October 19, 2015
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Leader in Physical Education, Darla M. Castelli, to Speak at Adelphi University

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Adelphi University is proud to announce that Darla M. Castelli, Ph.D. will deliver The Robert and Augusta P. Finkelstein Memorial Lecture entitled “Fit, Healthy and Ready to Teach.” The event will take place in the Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom of the Ruth S. Harley University Center on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Darla M. Castelli is an associate professor of physical education pedagogy in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been working with school-age youth in physical activity settings for more than 20 years, leading several physical activity interventions. Dr. Castelli has been named Maine Physical Education Teacher of the Year and is a recipient of the University of Illinois Teaching Excellence Award.

Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Dietetic Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. She has presented her work at U.S. Senate and congressional briefings in support of the FIT Kids Act. Dr. Castelli is currently a member of two Institute of Medicine committees, on Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth and Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment. She received a B.S. from Plymouth State University, an M.S. from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

The Robert and Augusta P. Finkelstein Memorial Lecture was established in 1981 by Augusta P. Finkelstein in honor of her husband, the late Robert Finkelstein, a noted industrialist and staunch believer in state and federal support of elementary and secondary education. Following Mrs. Finkelstein’s death, the lecture was renamed for her as well, and continues to be generously supported by the Finkelstein family. Mrs. Finkelstein’s goal was “to provide a series of lectures by well-known persons recognized for their commitment to the elementary and secondary public school system.”

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