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Dr. Lin LinDr. Lin Lin
University of North Texas

Dr. Lin Lin is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Her research lies in the intersection of new media and technology, cognitive psychology, and education. She has conducted research on the impacts of new media and technologies on the brain, cognition and learning, specifically in media multitasking, online learning, and game-based learning. Lin received her doctoral degree from Columbia University, and has published at dozens of academic journals, including the journal of the National Academy of Sciences.  She has been cited and interviewed by magazines and newspapers such as Le Temps, Ingenioren, the Scientific American, and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. You can find more info about Dr. Lin at

Please meet Lin and learn more about her research on media multitasking and her joint-research with Dr. Tao Zhang and Dr. Xiangli Gu on physically interactive video games in the following weeks at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Dr. Tao ZhangDr. Tao Zhang
University of North Texas

Dr. Tao Zhang is an assistant professor of kinesiology, health promotion and recreation at the University of North Texas. He earned kinesiology degrees from Shanghai University of Sport and from Louisiana State University.  Zhang was a former lecturer and coach at Shanghai University of Sport and Shanghai Aquatic Sports Center in China, where he led his women’s rowing teams to win two national championships. His research focuses on supportive physical and social environments, achievement motivation, physical activity, and health outcomes from social, psychological and behavioral perspectives.

Dr. Zhang was inducted as a Fellow in the Research Consortium of AAHPERD in 2012, and earned the Mabel Lee Award from AAHPERD in 2013. He has made numerous research presentations, has written many publications, and has received several grants to incorporate emerging technologies into students’ learning.  Zhang serves as Editorial Board Member both for the Journal of American College Health and for Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, and received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health.

Dr. Xiangli GuDr. Xiangli Gu
University of North Texas

Dr. Gu is an assistant professor in the department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation at the University of North Texas. Dr. Gu's research interests include student motivation in physical activity, childhood obesity, and mental health. She has made numerous research presentations at international and national conferences, and published articles in numerous physical education and psychology journals.  Dr. Gu has received several national and regional grants supporting her researches, and recently received funding from the Society of Health and Physical Education for a project focusing on the relationships between motor skill performance, physical fitness, physical activity and adolescents’ academic performance. Armed with dedication and zeal, Dr. Gu strives to be an exemplary educator and researcher focusing on promoting individuals' physical activity and health.

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