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Howdy! Welcome to our most recent issue of On the Move! We started OTM a few years ago to let our students, faculty, alumni, and colleagues know about some of the incredible activities and programs that are taking place in the Department of Health & Kinesiology (HLKN) at Texas A&M University. It’s an exciting time in the history of our department. Over the last five years, the department has experienced unprecedented growth and support. This spring, we will have over 3,000 undergraduate majors and about 300 graduate students pursuing degrees in Health Education, Kinesiology, and Sport Management. That’s about a 60% increase in majors since the fall of 2010! We also continue to have a very large Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP) that serves over 12,000 students per semester in activity related courses and will begin offering two new health and wellness courses next fall that will count as science core electives. Collectively, our department leads the university in number of majors and student credit hour generation. To accommodate this growth, we have renovated facilities in Blocker and Heldenfels; hired several new faculty members, staff members, and graduate assistants; and, have expanded our online and distance education programs. We moved into our new PEAP Building last fall and construction is underway for a new strength & conditioning building that will house our Applied Exercise Science Laboratory and provide assessment space for our Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance. Plans are to move into that new facility in May of 2014. The university has also allocated funding to build a 22,000 sf. Human Clinical Research Center that will house our Exercise & Sports Nutrition Lab, the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity, and serve as a university core facility for conducting human clinical research. We hope to break ground on this new facility in the fall of 2014. Finally, we received approval to begin conceptual architectural drawings for a new HLKN Academic and Research Building that we hope to gain approval to build within the next few years. Our faculty and students are also making a significant impact through their scholarship and professional service. Our faculty has increasingly produced record levels of publications, presentations at national meetings, and external funding commitments. Dr. Claude Bouchard from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center will be visiting our department for about 10 weeks this year as an inductee to the Texas Institute for Advanced Studies. Moreover, we continue to invite some of our field’s most outstanding scholars to participate in our Distinguished Lecture Series; the Huffines Discussion; and, seminars in health, kinesiology, and sport management. When our colleagues visit they are amazed at the growth, facilities, energy, and impact that our students, faculty, and department are making in our fields. Finally, we are seeing increasing grant awards and gifts for program development from alumni and friends of our department. Our vision is simple. We aim to not only be the largest health & kinesiology department in the nation but the best! I hope you enjoy reading about some of our activities. I also encourage you to stay up to date about our department by visiting our website and following us through our social media outlets. Until then, I would like to thank you for your interest in our programs and support. Together, we are building truly a remarkable program! Gig ‘em, Richard B. Kreider, Ph.D., FACSM, FISSN, FACN Professor & Head

On The Cover: The new Physical Education Activity Program Building at sunset. Read more on page 2.



Contents A New Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 PEAP Building is now a reality


More Moving Ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Future facilities highlight continued advancement in the department

Science In The Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Camp provides local children with fun STEM learning

Fall Lecture Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 A look back at the lectures and special events in HLKN

Recruiting Future Coaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4

A new venture looks to make leaders in education

Faculty Fellow Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Dr. Claude Bouchard

G.Rollie & Read Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 A Final Goodbye

MSAT Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 12

Athletic training program receives recognition from CAATE

Rock and Roll Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Study looks for link between performances and heart rate

Giving Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Be a part of the continued growth of CEHD and HLKN

World Wide Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Collaboration with the heart of Asia


Current External Funding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18



WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY: Dell Billings EDITING: Kathryn Koza DESIGN: Emily Carlton

A New Home PEAP Building is now a reality for HLKN

The Physical Education Activity Program Building,

Texas A&M University continues to take a proactive approach to exercise and physical fitness with the opening of the new Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP) Building. The PEAP Building is a campuswide partnership between the Departments of Health and Kinesiology, Recreational Sports and Aggie Athletics. The 115,000 square foot facility uses span from recreation to instruction for our students. Breaking ground in May 2012, the facility was completed in time for the 2013 fall semester. At a cost of $25 million, it came in under the original proposed budget proposed. The PEAP Building replaces and marks the final phase for the former homes of Health & Kinesiology, G. Rollie White Coliseum and the Read Building, as part of the redevelopment of Kyle Field. In October, a grand opening celebration included numerous dignitaries and Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin.

Fencing students show off their skills for visitors during the PEAP Building grand opening.

“When it came time to really looking at the issues in terms of making the best investment we could make, this building rose in my mind,” Loftin says. The building is unique because of the amount of students who will eventually use it. At some point in their college career, virtually every student takes classes from PEAP and will walk through those doors.

volleyball courts, four basketball courts or variations of all three. Other features include weight rooms, areas for boot camp, dance, fencing, judo, gymnastics, Pilates, selfdefense, sports conditioning and yoga. Facilities for archery are also housed here and a lighted running area is located outside the back of the building. Three special use rooms are available for meetings and classes. PEAP faculty, staff and graduate student offices are also in the new building. The PEAP Building also has a secondary use for students after hours, providing much needed breathing room and more opportunities for students to use the on campus fitness facilities. An estimated 25,000 students yearly receive fitness and health advances through PEAP. When combined with the thousands of additional students taking advantage of facilities at the Student Recreation Center, the wellness of the campus student population looks bright. This building is part of the future vision for the department, college and university. It is a place where AGGIES COMMIT to a lifetime of lifetime of good health and healthy activities, with an emphasis on research in exercise and fitness. The PEAP Building is located at the corner of Penberthy Road and John Kimbrough Boulevard.

“Almost no other building on campus, with the exception of the MSC, touches every student at Texas A&M,” Loftin says. The largest division in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, the PEAP Building houses all functions of the program and offers almost 900 student classes each year. An aerial view of the PEAP Builing.

The main court on the first floor can be converted to 12 badminton courts, six Texas A&M president Dr. R. Bowen Loftin speaks to guests at the PEAP Building grand opening.


More Moving Ahead Future facilities highlight continued advancement in the department In the past year, the department has undergone numerous location changes. The trend to advance and prepare for research endeavors continues with the next generation of new facilities. Opened in 1985, The Netum A. Steed Physiology Research and Conditioning Laboratory served as a weight room and training area for athletes at Texas A&M and was considered the nation’s top strength and conditioning facility. The lab was located on the southwest tip of Kyle Field, adjacent to the Huffines Institute building. Netum Steed was also home to the department’s Applied Exercise Science Laboratory (AESL). Under the direction of Steve Crouse, the lab advances the quality of life through physical activity. In addition to research conducted at the AESL, the laboratory offers the FITLIFE Exercise Program available to the community. This program provides cardiovascular testing and low cost exercise classes, while supplying the lab with a stream of ongoing clinical research in the area of applied exercise science. Both Netum Steed and the Huffines building shared the same fate as G. Rollie White and the Read Building, and were demolished to make room for the Kyle Field renovation.

Meanwhile, construction has begun on west campus for a new strength and conditioning center for Aggie Athletics. As with Netum Steed, research areas for the Applied Science Exercise Laboratory, FITLIFE and the Huffines Institute are part of the new building. Expected to be completed in 2014, the new center will be located on Tom Chandler Road, behind Ellis Field at the Aggie Soccer Complex. First envisioned by HLKN, a university facility for conducting human clinical research trials is also on the horizon. The Human Clinical Research Center (HCRC) will serve as a core facility for Texas A&M faculty interested in human research collaboration in a central setting.

Renderings of the Strength and Conditioning Center (above) and the Human Clinical Research Center (below). Both are early designs and the final appearance may change.

The HCRC will be located on John Kimbrough Road, near the Physical Education Activity Program Building. PBK, the architects that behind the PEAP building will provide conceptual drawings and future designs. When complete, researchers from the ESNL and CTRAL will serve as anchors for the new facility. The College of Education and Human Development, the Division of Research, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President of Texas A&M are contributing to funding for the HCRC.

“I got here when the doors to Steed opened and I locked the doors behind me,” Crouse says. “It’s sad to see it go, but we are really excited for the future facility.” For now, programs from Netum Steed will share space with the Exercise and Sport Nutrition Lab (ESNL) and the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL), currently located in the Texas A&M Research Park.


Science In The Summer Camp provides local children with fun STEM learning


National science camp gives kids glimpse into the life of astronauts working in space While most young people were enjoying summer vacation, Texas A&M University played host to more than 50 Brazos Valley middle school students at a special summer camp highlighting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. In collaboration with the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) came to Aggieland. Named for astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris, the first African-American to walk in space, the program is a partnership between The Harris Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation. EMBHSSC provides an opportunity for middle school students to learn more about STEM in a college setting. Texas A&M was one of 20 camps from across the nation to play host to student campers who were selected to participate based on grades, test scores, a 200 word essay and letters of recommendation. Students attend free of charge and live in university dorms. During the camp, students completed at least 54 hours of advanced study taught by local educators and university faculty. Dr. E. Lisako McKyer and Dr. Corliss Outley, department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences, served as camp co-directors.

energy affects the impact of an object on a surface. Campers broke into groups to decide what materials to use for space suit’s skin. The groups were given 20 minutes to select at least four materials and arrange them into a “space suit” swatch. The swatches had to withstand a puncture from the force of a falling center punch, simulating a space meteoroid. The groups earned points based on the least number of punctured layers and the overall cost of materials used. The result? “We did AWESOMELY well!” McKyer says. “Dr. Harris and Mignon Smith, the camp national director, told us that our kids broke the space suit challenge national record!” Students also participated in a little fun and games, and a dance routine they put together in a day to the music of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” For McKyer, the best part of the camp was the closing banquet, when students gave presentations about what they learned. “We were able to see how far they came in such a short time,” McKyer says. “The changes were so remarkable that it had their parents in tears.”

Running the ten day camp became a departmental affair for HLKN, with faculty serving as camp counselors. Graduate students taught biology lessons, while undergraduate students coordinated food and served as backup counselors. Feedback indicated the work of students at Texas A&M was some of the best in the country. For example, in the “Space Suit Challenge,” the goal was to understand how

NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris talked with the campers about his time in space and the wonders of science.

Dr. Harris assisted in the testing phase of the Space Suit Challenge.

Campers join with a member of the Aggie Dance Team in a musical routine to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”


Fall Lecture Series A look back at the lectures and special events in HLKN Each semester, the Department of Health and Kinesiology brings to Aggieland some of the top researchers and experts in their fields. This semester was no exception.

Kinesiology Diversification Seminars Alicia Jessop (left) and Dr. Windy Dees (right) were two of the speakers at the CSMRE Ph.D. Seminar Series. Pictured here with center director Dr. Gregg Bennett.

In the fall, the department offered a unique kinesiology seminar series for students. “Kinesiology Diversification: Investigating Our Professional Spectrum Through Research and Application” presentations included speakers from various universities and the professional world. Invited speakers included professors, strength coaches, sports agents and many others representing all the divisions of HLKN. Presenters spoke less about their own research and more about the roads taken that lead to where they are today in their careers. Dedication, hard work and a commitment toward goals were the themes surrounding students decisions about the next stages of their professional lives. • • • • • • •

Hall of Fame baseball coach Mark Johnson (left with Dr. Mike Greenwood) spoke at the Kinesiology Diversification Seminar Series.

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Dr. Brandon Marcello, Stanford University Doug Rogalski, former MLB scout, MLB professional sport agent Dr. David Szymanski, Louisiana Tech University coach Mark Johnson, former Texas A&M baseball coach Jon Jost, Florida State University Dr. Margaret Jones, kinesiology program director, George Mason University Michael Brungardt, former head strength and conditioning coach, San Antonio Spurs Dr. Claude Bouchard, Pennington Biomedical Research Center Lance Walker, director of performance, Michael Johnson’s Performance Center Dr. Tim Zigenfuss, chief executive officer, The Center for Applied Health Sciences Dr. Nancy Williams, Penn State University

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Dr. Allen Kinley, Olympic sports, Texas A&M Dustin Joubert, doctoral student

CSMRE Ph.D. Seminar Series The objective for the seminar series from the Center for Sport Management Research and Education (CSMRE) is for sport management division graduate students to interact with people in their field about the ways sport management theories are used in the professional world. • • •

Dr. Stephen Ross, associate professor, University of Minnesota “Consumer Behavior in Sport” Dr. Kirk Wakefield, Baylor University “Segmentation in Sport” Dr. Windy Dees, University of Miami and Alicia Jessop, attorney and owner of “Sports Marketing and The Law” Dr. Bettina Cornwell, University of Oregon “Sponsorship in Sport”

Huffines Discussion In 2013, the third annual Huffines Discussion moved to a new venue. The Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Library played host as eight leaders in the field of sports science, wellness and nutrition presented their findings and personal stories. Each presenter has 15 minutes to talk about their research, with additional time at the end for audience questions. Nearly 500 attendees were in attendance, with another 500 online viewers from 22 institutions around the nation and world. • • •

Dr. Ed Howley, University of Tennessee “How Much Exercise Is Enough?” Mr. Charlie Kimball, IndyCar Series driver “Diabetes In The Fast Lane” Dr. Jim Pivarnik, Michigan State University “Exercise and Pregnancy: Past, Present,

Leaders in their field. Experts in their profession. Bringing research and expertise to our students each semester. • • •

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and Future” Dr. Janet Rankin, Virginia Tech University “Fit Me, Fit Planet” Dr. Roberta Anding, Director of Sports Nutrition, Texas Children’s Hospital “Sports Nutrition: Peewees to Pros” Dr. Robert Sallis, KaiserPermanente, Exercise is Medicine “Exercise and Health: How to Prescribe Exercise in Clinical Practice” Mr. Adam Sargent, academic advisor, University of Notre Dame “Wonderfully Flawed” Mark Johnson, former Texas A&M baseball coach “Athletics as the Front Porch of the University: Why Athletics is Important to a University’s Mission”

Other Special Lectures •

Dr. Randy Cottrell, program coordinator for public health studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has published over 70 articles in worksite health promotion, coordinated school health and professional development and authored or co-authored eight textbooks in the areas of stress management and research methods. With his unique

experiences living and teaching overseas, Cottrell presented two lectures to our health education students. Dr. H. Rich Milner, professor of education from the University of Pittsburgh and editor in chief of “Urban Education” spoke with students from all over the University. Topics included strategies for preparing job applications and locating faculty positions with a social justice/ equity focus, effectively interviewing for faculty positions, ideas for coping with issues related to race, gender, culture and discrimination and successfully writing and publishing research/scholarship in various journal outlets. Dr. Mike Reid, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida, was greeted by a full house as part of the Texas American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Fall Speaker Series. Reid is an established investigator whose research addresses the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie muscle weakness and fatigue. His lecture titled “Muscle Weakness in Chronic Disease” discussed the way certain diseases can impact muscles and what can be done to limit those effects.

The 2013 Huffines Discussion speakers.

Dr. Mike Reid (above) and Dr. Randy Cottrell (left) were two guest speakers this semester.


Recruiting Future Coaches A new venture looks to make leaders in education

Dr. John Thornton speaks to students from the Spring Branch ISD Coaching Academy.

It started with a question: Why isn’t Texas A&M University producing more coaches?

careers, all students and student-athletes are invited to be a part of the Coaching Academy.

The athletic coach is an integral part of a young person’s life, serving as mentors, teachers, leaders and secondary parents. That’s why faculty member John Thornton believed that an academy for coaching presented an opportunity for growth at the university. Thornton also served as A&M’s senior associate athletic director.

“We are assisting them in reaching the particular professional futures the field of coaching offers,” Thornton says. “The educational experiences and awareness of options in the field will enable them to identify and reach career objectives while making a positive impact in the communities where they work.”

“The guiding premise was that students and student-athletes were becoming increasingly interested in the various opportunities to coach and work in youth development,” Thornton says.

A campus wide effort is behind the formation of the Academy. In addition to Aggie Athletics, representatives from the College of Education and Human Development, the Accelerate Program and the Department of Recreation and Park and Tourism Sciences, serve on the advisory council. Anne Kenimer, associate provost for undergraduate programs, and dean Doug Palmer provided part of the startup funding.

This led to a conversation between Thornton and Tim Lightfoot, director of the Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance and the formation of the Texas A&M Coaching Academy. The goal of the Coaching Academy is to prepare and support 21st century coaches. “The Huffines Institute was a natural fit with an established relationship with Aggie Athletics, a tremendous reputation and similar guiding principles,” Thornton says. “The Institute prides itself in facilitating application by developing professionals and opportunities for those interested in human performance, coaching and athletic training and we anticipated that the Academy could add to that effort.” In less than a year of its existence, the Coaching Academy is well on its way to becoming a fullfledged organization on campus—appointing a director, establishing an advisory council and adding courses, including Sports Conditioning and Best Practice in Coaching and Athletic Administration. Donors are providing start up funding for the next two years and a sustaining endowment is in development. With the number of graduates who eventually become coaches at some point in their


Even in its infancy, the Coaching Academy is positively received by students. A recent participant offers an example of the perception of the future for the Academy:

“I want to thank you for an excellent, thought provoking class. With the last two classes of my coaching minor coming up this fall, I can honestly say that so far your class has taught me the most about coaching and the importance of organization…I look forward to the prosperity of a “coaching academy” at Texas A&M. I also think that your class should be required for any student pursuing a coaching minor as well as all PEK majors as most will work closely with or become athletic directors. Thank you again for the resources you have provided and for the knowledge you have given me. I added your class to my schedule the morning of the first day and am so very glad I did.” To learn more about the Texas A&M Coaching Academy, visit the website for The Sydney and J.L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at

Faculty Fellow Profile: Dr. Claude Bouchard The Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) recently announced its 2014 Faculty Fellows. Annually, the Institute brings renowned scholars to campus for extended visits to interact with faculty and students to enhance the quality and reputation of the University. In this second class of Fellows, Dr. Claude Bouchard joins the HLKN and University family, serving as an in-residence TIAS Faculty Fellow for the Department and College of Education and Human Development. Bouchard will make monthly campus visits to meet with faculty and students and discuss current and upcoming research endeavors. Bouchard is director of the Human Genomics Laboratory at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He earned a B.P.Ed from Laval University, MS. from the University of Oregon and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on genetics associated with obesity, including type 2 diabetes and hypertension. He is the author and co-author of several books and more than 1000 scientific papers. Bouchard is a foreign member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium and served as the Leon Mow Visiting Professor at the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. He is also a member of the Order of Canada as well as Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine at Laval University. Other awards include honoris causa doctorates in science from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), the University of South Carolina, Brock University (Canada), the University of Guelph (Canada) and the University of Ontario. He is a Knight in the Ordre National du Quebec and received the Earle W. Crampton Award in Nutrition from McGill University. Bouchard is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Nutrition, the American Heart Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Among Dr. Bouchard’s many awards: • Honor Award from the Canadian Association of Sport Sciences (1988) • Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine (1992) • Benjamin Delessert Award in nutrition from France (1993) • Officer of the Order of Leopold II of Belgium (1994) • Willendorf Award from the International Association for the Study of Obesity (1994) • Sandoz Award from the Canadian Atherosclerosis Society (1996) • Albert Creff Award in Nutrition of the National Academy of Medicine of France (1997) • TOPS Award (1998) • Honor Award from the American College of Sports Medicine (2002) • Friends of Albert J. Stunkard Award (2004) • George A. Bray Founders Award from The Obesity Society (2008) • W. Henry Sebrell Award from the Weight Watchers Foundation (1999) • E.V. McCollum Award from the American Society of Nutrition (2011)


Netum Steed and the Huffines Institute building during the demolition phase.

The College hosted a tailgate at the PEAP Building before the Aggie football team BTHO Vanderbilt.

Sport management graduate students presented their lastest research findings to faculty and fellow students.


The Texas A&M golf course re-opened to the public last fall. Greens to be used specifically for PEAP classes will be available in the spring.

Sport management students gave back to the community again this year, helping with the construction of a home with Habitat for Humanity.

Marybeth Henthorne, Crystal Vinal, and Rose Gentry had a little fun dressing up for Halloween.


G.Rollie & Read Building A Final Goodbye

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MSAT Accreditation Athletic Training program receives recognition from CAATE While the Masters of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program at Texas A&M University is still a program in its infancy, it already has been recognized by The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), earning program accreditation to allow program graduates to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination to become certified athletic trainers (ATC). The MSAT program is a professional, entry-level athletic training curriculum for students who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in athletic training but who wish to pursue athletic training credentials by the Board of Certification and pursue a career as a certified athletic trainer. For more information about the MSAT program, visit http:// Students and faculty work best in a climate that fosters personal and professional growth and the MSAT program is designed to prepare students in the management of health problems associated with sports and other activities. A wide range of possibilities exists for athletic training

students after they leave Texas A&M. Athletic trainers are employed in more than 40 different work settings including secondary schools, college/universities, sports medicine clinics or in professional sports organizations. With its strong foundation of science and scientific principles, the program prepares graduates to advance athletic training within the health care system to better serve clients, the profession, and the community by serving as clinicians, educators, administrators and researchers. Director of the MSAT program since its inception, Lori Greenwood credits her students and others for accomplishing the successful launch of the program. “I would like to thank everyone who participated in this process including administrators, support staff, faculty, physicians and most importantly students,” Greenwood says. “I would especially like to thank our class of 2013 students for taking the initial leap of faith.”


The 5th Annual HLKN Distinguished Lecture Series Global Impact and Perspectives of Health, Kinesiology and Sport Management April 9-10, 2014 Rudder Theatre Renowned speakers come to Texas A&M to discuss topics relevant to our students. This is a special event hosted by the Department of Health and Kinesiology. It is open to all students and the public. More details coming soon to the HLKN website. 14

Rock N Roll Research Study looks for link between performances and heart rate From Buddy Holly to Katy Perry, music entertains people around the world. Live music performances can affect an audience’s mood and energy levels and can also have an effect on the performers. One study strives to learn more about the stressors professional musicians undergo before and during a live performance.

The data showed that the same impact was felt no matter what type of music or instrument played. Jazz bands, contemporary Christian music and other genres had similar effects on performers. And regardless of what type of instrument -- a saxophone player had the same max heart rate as the lead singer or the drummer.

As part of the study, exercise physiology graduate student Heather Vellers sought to find out how a musician’s body reacts during these performances. The study chronicled heart rates during rehearsals and compared that to when they were live in front of an audience.

Preparation time before the event was one factor that appeared to make a difference, as band members without a recent practice session experienced elevated heart rates.

Because the research delves into what is usually considered part of the medical arena and results usually focus on the physiological stress on the audience instead of the performer, it is a unique kinesiology study.

Heather Vellers (with Dr. Tim Lightfoot) prepares for research with a local band.

“The musician’s heart rates were between 70 and 94 percent of heart rate prior to performing when there was no practice before,” Vellers says. The performer’s heart rate also climbed when a performer was playing a solo or when a certain piece of music affected an audience response.

Each artist was outfitted with a heart rate monitor before practice sessions and live performances. To determine whether any differences existed in responses among certain instruments, all band members wore the monitors. Factors such as years playing in public, height and weight measurements and music tempo were also taken into account.

For Vellers, this research was a unique experience. With her interest in science regarding the heart, the mixing of exercise physiology with the performing arts may open up new ideas for future research. It also provided an opportunity to share the value of research with the participating artists.

Vellers initially believed the heart rate of the artists would rise, but didn’t expect they would maintain a maximum heart rate during the full performance. The research proved otherwise.

“Most performers in the study didn’t have a prior knowledge of what heart rate was or what it meant,” Vellers says. “So to be able to explain it provided knowledge they did not have before participating in the study.”

Vellers heart research took her to many performances in the area.

“While in a ‘gig’ performance, we saw 60-85 percent of maximum heart rate among all musicians,” Vellers says. “What’s interesting here is that number is in line with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommended heart rate during normal exercise.”


Excited About HLKN? Be a part of our continued growth The Texas A&M Department of Health & Kinesiology is dedicated to providing the highest quality of education for its students. Crucial to the educational experience is outstanding faculty, state of the art equipment and facilities, and scholarships for students who cannot afford tuition. Lecture series and symposiums, which bring in top industry leaders to share their knowledge with our students, are also vital to our learning culture. This quality of education is made possible with the help and generosity of some very special people.

• Permanent endowed gift of $100,000. A permanent endowment can be established over a period of up to five years. You have an option to give an additional $5,000 each year to allow for the fellowship to be awarded during the year preceding full funding of the endowment.

Giving Options

• Non-endowed gift of $15,000 funding three $5,000 annual awards

Endowed Scholarship Program

Building Endowments

For some students, a scholarship may determine whether or not they can achieve their dream of earning a college degree. Help our future health, kinesiology and sport management leaders who are in need of scholarships today. The impact of your generosity will be felt for generations to come.

Another way to give back is by naming a building or center in honor of a family member or friend to the university. Endowments are available for our new PEAP Building, the Human Clinical Research Center (HCRC) building, as well as the Texas A&M Coaching Academy, the Transdisciplinary Center for Health Equity Research (TCHER), the Center for Sport Management Research and Education (CSMRE), the Exercise and Sport Nutrition Lab (ESNL) and the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL). For information on how to give to the College of Education & Human Development or the Department of Health & Kinesiology please contact:

• Permanent endowments can be established for $25,000 or more • Scholarships may be established in your name, the name of a loved one, or someone you wish to honor • Payment may be made in one or multiple payments over a five-year period • Gifts to establish scholarships are eligible for corporate matching gift programs • Scholarships are awarded to highly motivated students within the Department of Health & Kinesiology Faculty Fellowship Program You can create a gift to inspire faculty research and teaching through a faculty fellowship. As a department, we are


committed to providing resources and recognition to well deserving professors who are preparing our students for important careers in health, kinesiology and sport management.

Steve Blomstedt Sr. Director of Development College of Education & Development 802 Harrington Tower 4222 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-4222 979.847.8655


World Wide Learning Dr. Lei-Shih Chen works to improve health research in the United States and Taiwan One goal for the Department of Health and Kinesiology is the generation and transfer of knowledge from Texas A&M University to the world stage. A new program designed to meet this need is already showing promise. Lei-Shih Chen, assistant professor in health education, is leading a program to engage with health professionals in her home country of Taiwan. Chen’s project “Initiative to Link Taiwan and the United States: A Scholar & Student Exchange Program in Health Education” aims to bring the two together for health collaboration. The program originated as part of a George Bush Presidential Library Foundation grant. Chen served as program director, along with co-directors Susan Ward and Christine Tisone, of the health education division. Program goals are to obtain information from faculty and students about their interest in learning in Taiwan and to inform faculty and students of opportunities to conduct research, teach and study in Taiwan. It is a personal mission for Chen. Both she and her husband (Dr. HuangJen Wu, assistant professor in chemical engineering) obtained their bachelor and master’s degrees in Taiwan and doctoral degrees at Texas A&M. “Both have special meaning for us,” Chen says. “Those are the places I love and care about. From the surveys and workshops implemented this summer as part of the objective of this project, I learned that our students and faculty are very interested in international collaboration and experience with Taiwan.” The tie in for researchers from Taiwan is a natural one. The United States offers some of the top health education and public health programs in the world. For Taiwan, many of the country’s faculty obtained their Ph.D. degrees in the United States and later returned home to teach at universities.

On a recent trip overseas, Chen visited with several universities, promoting collaborations and identifying funding sources so the initiative (program) could continue its work for years to come. The Taiwan universities offered glowing comments about HLKN and Texas A&M. “They were very impressed that we have such a large number of undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty in health education,” Chen says. “They were also amazed with the courses selection and services we offer, such as professional writing classes, health promotion and genomics and professional skills development.”

Lei-Shih Chen talks to students interested in traveling to Taiwan for a student exchange program.

The trip took Chen to 13 programs all over the country, including the National Taiwan University, considered Taiwan’s most prestigious university and the National Taiwan Normal University, whose health education program is similar to the program at Texas A&M. Chen also met with representatives from Asia University, an institution established in 2001 that is already collaborating with universities in the United States. Chen says the meetings were very successful. The College of Public Health at National Taiwan University expressed an interest in signing an agreement for academic collaborations and reciprocal educational exchange program with our college. National Taiwan Normal University is prepared to advertise HLKN programs to their undergraduate students. Several faculty and students in Taiwan expressed interest in becoming a student or visiting scholar in the United States.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) was founded in 1912, making it the first democratic republic in Asia.

Asia University also expressed interest in hosting Texas A&M health majors. As a result, Chen is taking a group of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to Taiwan in January 2014 as part of a study abroad program.


Recent External Funding BLOOMFIELD, SUSAN (PI, Professor and Assistant Provost) Iron Overload and Oxidative Damage: Regulators of Bone Homeostasis in the Space Environment 8/1/2013 - 7/31/2016 $193,596 NASA-Washington BLOOMFIELD, SUSAN (PI, Professor and Assistant Provost) Resistance Exercise and Bisphosphonate Therapy as a Novel Pre-Treatment to Prevent Bone Loss 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014 $5,000 American College of Sports Medicine CHEN, LEI-SHIH (PI, Assistant Professor) Establishing a Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Support Program within Chinese American Community in Houston and Austin areas of Texas 3/1/2012 - 2/28/2015 $8,280 Light and Salt Association CROUSE, STEPHEN (PI, Professor) MARTIN, STEVE (Co-PI, Clinical Assistant Professor) Cardiovascular Health and Physical Fitness Assessments Workshop for Firefighters 1/1/2012 - 2/28/2013 $20,000 City of College Station CROUSE, STEPHEN (PI, Professor) FLUCKEY, JAMES (Co-PI, Associate Professor) Protein Synthesis in Skeletal Muscle: Effects of Combined HydroWorx & Resistance Training 7/1/2012 - 8/31/2013 $20,978 Hydroworx, Inc. CUNNINGHAM, GEORGE (PI, Professor and Associate Dean) Sexual Orientation Diversity in Sport Organizations 5/1/2012 - 4/30/2013 $7,515 Texas A&M University Office of the Vice President for Research CUNNINGHAM, GEORGE (PI, Professor and Associate Dean) Using a Community Health Development Intervention to Build Community Capacity, Core Research Project within the Center for Community Health Development 9/30/2011 - 9/29/2014 $9,742 DHHS-PHS-CDC DEUTZ, NICOLAAS E. (PI, Professor) Arginine Metabolism in Older Adults

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6/1/2013 - 5/31/2014 $13,067 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences DEUTZ, NICOLAAS E. (PI, Professor) Development of Reversed Sepsis Pig Model 10/1/2012 - 1/31/2013 $58,185 University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center DEUTZ, NICOLAAS E. (PI, Professor) Testing for Citruline in Samples Provided by Henry Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. 12/1/2012 - 1/31/2013 $2,625 Henry M. Jackson Foundation DEUTZ, NICOLAAS E. (PI, Professor) Tryptophan Enriched Diets to Improve the Mood and Cognitive Function of Multiple Sclerosis Patients 4/1/2013 - 4/30/2013 $7,200 Maastrict University Medical Center ENGELEN, MARIELLE (PI, Associate Professor) THADEN, JOHN J; DEUTZ, NICOLAAS E.; WILLSON, VICTOR L. (Co-PIs) Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Protein Modulation to Induce Anabolism in COPD 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2014 $377,041 DHHS-PHS-NIH-NHLBI ENGELEN, MARIELLE (PI, Associate Professor) Longitudinal Assessment of Fat Free Mass Index and its impact on Lung Health and Overall Health Metrics in Pediatric Patients with Cystic Fibrosis 4/1/2012 - 6/30/2014 $7,362 Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute FLUCKEY, JAMES (PI, Associate Professor) BK96 - analyses contract 5/4/2012 - 5/3/2014 $8,630 Abbott Nutrition FLUCKEY, JAMES (PI, Associate Professor) Impact of Multiple Missions of SpaceFlight on Muscle 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013 $5,000 American College of Sports Medicine KREIDER, RICHARD (PI, Professor and Department Head) Curves Women’s Health & Fitness Initiative 8/15/2008 - 8/31/2013 $293,159 Curves International

KREIDER, RICHARD (PI, Professor and Department Head) Curves Women’s Health & Fitness Initiative 6/1/2013 - 12/31/2014 $700,224 Curves International

CROUSE, STEPHEN (Co-PI, Professor) The City of Bryan Fire Department Cardiovascular Health Profiles 1/1/2012 12/31/2013 $30,500 City of Bryan

KREIDER, RICHARD (PI, Professor and Department Head) Effects of Tart Cherry Supplementation on Markers of Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage 4/1/2013 - 3/31/2014 $93,728 Anderson Global Group, LLC

MARTIN, STEVE (PI, Clinical Assistant Professor) CROUSE, STEPHEN (Co-PI, Professor) The City of Bryan Police Department Cardiovascular Health Profiles 2/1/2012 - 12/31/2013 $10,000 City of Bryan

KREIDER, RICHARD (PI, Professor and Department Head) Woodbolt International Research & Development Program 10/1/2013 - 8/31/2016 $421,641 Woodbolt International

MARTIN, STEVE (PI, Clinical Assistant Professor) CROUSE, STEPHEN (Co-PI, Professor) The City of College Station Fire Department Cardiovascular Health Profiles 1/1/2011 - 12/31/2013 $37,600 City of College Station

LAWLER, JOHN (PI, Professor) FLUCKEY, JAMES (Co-PI, Associate Professor) Redox Regulation of nNOS Translocation and Muscle Atrophy During Mechanical Unloading 7/1/2012 - 8/23/2015 $131,466 NASA-Washington LAWLER, JOHN (PI, Professor) Triggers of Skeletal Muscle NADPH Oxidase During Disuse 7/18/2012 - 11/30/2013 $4,996 American College of Sports Medicine LAWLER, JOHN (PI, Professor) Developing Novel, Targeted Countermeasures to Reduce Oxidative Stress and Skeletal Muscle Atrophy During Microgravity 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2015 $50,000 NASA-Washington LAWLER, JOHN (PI, Professor) FLUCKEY, JAMES (Co-PI, Associate Professor) Redox Regulation of nNOS Translocation and Muscle Atrophy During Mechanical Unloading 7/1/2012 - 8/23/2015 $133,317 NASA-Washington LIGHTFOOT, JOHN TIMOTHY (PI, Professor and Director) Undoing the Damage: Reprogramming the effects of early high sugar/high fat diets through exercise 9/15/2013 - 9/14/2015 $187,080 DOD-Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity MARTIN, STEVE (PI, Clinical Assistant Professor)

MARTIN, STEVE (PI, Clinical Assistant Professor) CROUSE, STEPHEN (Co-PI, Professor) Brazos County Volunteer Fire Department - Pct 3 Clinical Testing Program 9/1/2013 - 1/31/2014 $5,795 Brazos County Volunteer Fire Department MARTIN, STEVE (PI, Clinical Assistant Professor) CROUSE, STEPHEN (Co-PI, Professor) The City of College Station Fire Department Cardiovascular Health Profiles 1/1/2011 - 12/31/2013 $20,000 City of College Station MASSETT, MICHAEL (PI, Associate Professor) Genetic Basis for Exercise Training Responses 4/1/2008 - 3/31/2014 $366,250 DHHS-PHS-NIH MASSETT, MICHAEL (PI, Associate Professor) Porter Physiology Development Fellowship 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014 $28,300

American Physiological Society

MASSETT, MICHAEL (PI, Associate Professor) Porter Physiology Development Fellowship 2013-2014 Academic Year for Joshua Avila 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014 $28,300 American Physiological Society


Recent External Funding McKYER, E. LISAKO (PI, Professor and Director) MCLEROY, KENNETH (Co-PI, Adjunct Professor) Building Capacity in Rural and Underserved Communities: Center for Community Health Development 9/30/2009 - 9/29/2014 Service Grant DHHS-PHS-CDC McKYER, E. LISAKO (PI, Professor and Director) ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp - Introduction to Veterinary Medicine 1/31/2013 - 12/31/2013 $42,433 Harris Foundation McKYER, E. LISAKO (PI, Professor and Director) State Evaluation of Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies in Texas: Texas Safe Routes to School and Incr4eades Healthy Food Access for WIC Clients 7/15/2008 - 7/17/2013 Research Grant Robert Wood Johnson Foundation McKYER, E. LISAKO (PI, Professor and Director) Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE) Project: Statewide Evaluations of the Implementation of the Texas Safe Routes to School and the WIC Healthy Food Policies 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014 $14,727 Texas A&M Health Science Center RIECHMAN, STEVEN (PI, Associate Professor) PPAR-delta and Resistance Exercise in Obese Adults 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013 $1,000 American College of Sports Medicine RIECHMAN, STEVEN (PI, Associate Professor) The Effects of Caffeine on the Muscle Protein Synthesis Pathway Post Resistance Exercise 3/1/2013 - 2/28/2014 $1,000 American College of Sports Medicine SHEA, CHARLES (PI, Professor) The Behavioral and Electromyographic Effects of Normal and Augmented Feedback on Motor Control in Older


Adults 6/1/2013 - 5/31/2014 $1,980 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity TEN HAVE, GABRIELLA ADRIANA MARIA (PI, Senior Research Associate) DEUTZ, NICOLAAS E. (Co-PI, Professor) Effect of Enteral Nutritional Intervention on Glutathione Metabolism during Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Induced Sepsis in the Pig 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013 $37,007 European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism WELTY-PEACHEY, JON (PI, Assistant Professor) Sport for Social Dhange During a Complex Era: The Importance of Leadership 6/1/2013 - 5/31/2014 $1,822 Florida State University WELTY-PEACHEY, JON (PI, Assistant Professor) Sport For Social Change: A Longitudinal Impacts Assessment of a Sport-ForHomeless Initiative 5/1/2013 - 4/30/2014 $13,608 TAMU Office of the Vice President for Research WOODMAN, CHRISTOPHER (PI, Associate Professor) Post-translational Mechanisms Regulating eNOS Function and EndotheliumDependent Dilation in Senescent Skeletal Muscle Resistance Vessels 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2015 $25,000 American Heart - South West Recent external funding for the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University is over $3 million.

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On The Move Magazine - Winter 2014  

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