Exercise Science Alumni and Friends Breakfast
Alumni and friends of NMU Exercise Science Division in the HPER Department at NMU met for breakfast at the 2013 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeing, Indianapolis, IN. Attendees included: Phil Gallagher, PhD – Ex Sci alum and Exercise Physiologist at Kansas University, Paul Eigenmann, MS – Ex Sci alum from Switzerland, Phil Watts, PhD – NMU Faculty, Bryan Dixon, MD – Marquette physician, Barb Coleman, MS – NMU Faculty and alum, Scott Drum, PhD – NMU Faculty, Sarah Breen, PhD – Visiting NMU Faculty from Ireland, and Cindy Anderson, MD – Marquette physician
Professors and Graduate Student Travel to the Annual Rocky Mountain ACSM Conference
Left to right in the photo: Dr. Phil Watts presented the opening keynote address at the conference – a review of the physiology of rock climbing with a focus on children and youth. Dr. Scott Drum is the outgoing President of the RMACSM and was one of the coordinators of the event. Dr. Lanae Joubert presented the closing keynote address at the conference – the role of physical activity and B-vitamin status on blood homocysteine levels. Ryan Weatherwax, graduate student in Exercise Science, presented a research poster on increased ejection fraction during and after chemotherapy in a breast cancer survivor.
Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association
Over 900 people, including 30 NMU students, attended the 45th Annual Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association conference in Wheeling, Ill. The meeting and symposium fosters students with networking and leadership experience, while providing professionals with opportunities to earn continued education credits through workshops, lectures and learning labs.
Michigan--American College of Sports Medicine
Seven HPER students, three undergraduate and four graduate, attended the Michigan American College of Sports Medicine (MIACSM) in Gaylord, MI at Tree Tops Resort recently (Feb 2013). Three of the students, Bry Bellovary, Ryan Weatherwax, and Megan Suer, presented for 10-minutes each about the incidence of rhabdomyolysis in CrossFit® participants, Herceptin use and ejection fraction change in a breast cancer survivor, and carrying various loads while running, respectively. Additionally, three students participated in the MIACSM Student Quiz Bowl. Overall, the conference was great for networking with other students and faculty from all over Michigan.
Faculty Led Study Abroad--Costa Rica
RE 495 The Role of Ecotourism in Sustaining Ecosystems in Costa Rica January 2-12, 2013 ten students traveled to Costa Rica with faculty leaders David Kronk and Janel Krooks. The course introduced students to a variety of ecosystem methods used to manage Costa Rican protected land areas in a sustainable way. Students visited dry forests, cloud forests, tidal pools and beach ecosystems while learning the biology and ecology of these areas, as well as the impact of ecotourism. Please see additional information from the University of Georgia's residential campus in Costa Rica. Click here for a video of the trip
Students Travel to the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance
Eleven HPER students and five faculty members traveled to Traverse City to attend and present at the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Annual Conference. In addition, NMU students hosted the MAHPERD Cup during the conference.
ISBS - Melbourne, Australia
Mitchell Stephenson, Erika Purdy and Dr. Randy Jensen went to the ISBS (International Society of Biomechanics in Sport) held July 23-6, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. Mitch presented a poster titled "Reliability of knee joint measures in a cutting movement." Erika made an oral presentation titled "Force and time analysis of backstroke to breaststroke turns." Both were coauthors, along with other students, on a paper Dr. Jensen presented titled "Effect of acute feedback on knee angle and movement during a horizontal land and cut maneuver."
ACSM - San Francisco
At the ACSM in San Francisco, a number of current and former students met up with NMU faculty: Left to right - Stephanie Howe (former student, now Ph.D. candidate at Oregon State), Dr. Randy Jensen, Dr. Brian Dixon (Marquette physician), Dr. Phil Watts, on the other side: Paul Eigenmann (former student, now a Fitness Specialist in St. Gallen, Switzerland), Bryanne Bellovary (current GA), Molly Burger (undergraduate and former Freshman Fellow with Dr. Watts).
The following presentations were made: Erich Petushek (former GA, now Ph.D. candidate at Michigan Technological University) presented "The Effect of a Dynamic and Static Start on Snatch Pull Technique and Performance." Bryanne Bellovary (current GA) presented: "Comparison of Isotonic and Isokinetic measurements of extension/flexion strength and Quadriceps-Hamstring ratio." Molly Burger (undergraduate and former Freshman Fellow with Dr. Watts) presented "Effect of High-Intensity Interval Training on Stride Distance During Treadmill Double-Pole Roller-Skiing" Dr. Jensen presented "Analysis of jumping technique via functional principal components data analysis versus peak ground reaction force." and "Effect of Acute Feedback on Landing Patterns in a Horizontal Land and Cut Maneuver." Both had a number of student coauthors and for the latter, Sarah Leissring (undergraduate and former Freshman Fellow with Dr. Jensen) was the lead author. Dr. Watts presented "Strength: volume ratio for the forearm in climbers and non-climbers."