School of Health Studies News

April 18, 2018

Meet Us in the Garden - Celebrating Earth Day in the TIGUrS Urban Garden

This past Wednesday, the University of Memphis celebrated Earth Day in the TIGUrS Urban Garden. People of all ages gathered in the garden to listen to various vendors promote their mission of sustainability. These vendors ranged from biking groups to jewelers who use driftwood from the Mississippi River to our very own sustainability group on campus. Live music from Brennan Villines and Aaron Brock kept everyone's energy up while they jumped in bounce houses, received henna body art, released butterflies, played with animals at the petting zoo, ate snow cones and sandwiches, and participated in our two fitness classes - yoga and zumba. We had a great turnout this year and are looking forward to another great Earth Day celebration next year! Come celebrate with us and remember to like the TIGUrS Garden on Facebook!

For more photos, please visit the UofM Rec Center on Facebook (@UofMRecCenter).

 U of M Staff does yoga during Earth Day.    Campus School student examines butterfly    Campus School student dances during Earth Day

U of M Students slide down bounce house together   Campus School student dances during Earth Day


April 16, 2018

UM Students Teach Campus School Fifth Graders to Swim

The PHED 2703 Teaching Swimming and Water Safety Instructor (WSI) class (offered every spring TR 1:00-2:25), just completed an assignment that doubles as community service for our very own Campus School. During the semester, students of this course learn the techniques to teach others how to swim and then get the opportunity to put their new skills to work. They get to teach the fifth graders from Campus school, six one-hour lessons. Upon course completion, students who have successfully met the requirements have the option to become a certified swimming instructor through the American Red Cross.

 UM student teaches a Campus School 5th grader to dive safely into pool.

SHS Instructor teaches a Campus School 5th grader to float in pool.

UM student teaches a group of Campus School 5th graders to swim.


April 11, 2018

Celebration of the 20th World Tai Chi Day

From 12:30 to 1:30 pm, School of Health Studies, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute and Alumni Association at University of Memphis, presented the 20th World Tai Chi Day on campus to promote health, harmony and community through physical activity. After the greetings from Dr. Hsiang-te Kung, Director of Confucius Institute, Ms. Guiling Chang, a Wushu master, and her students performed wonderful Tai Chi and other Wushu exercise. All audience then participated in practice of basic Tai Chi movements followed the guidance of Mr. Michael Coplon, a Tai Chi expert and instructor at the School of Health Studies. The event attracted about 30 to 50 students, faculty and friends on campus. Several students attended the event commented, "This is a wonderful opportunity and we enjoyed it very much."

Ms. Guiling Chang instructs students during World Tai Chi Day


 Students perform Tai Chi during World Tai Chi Day under the instruction of Ms. Guiling Chang

MR. Michael Coplon instructs student in Tai Chi


April 4, 2018

Rise Against Hunger

On April 4th, the School of Health Studies hosted a meal packaging event in support of Rise Against Hunger. We had a great turnout with more than 80 volunteers dedicating their time. Over the course of the day we were able to package 11,664 meals to send to children in need. The meal components were Rice, Soy, Dehydrated Vegetables, and a vitamin/mineral pack.

Students package meals for Rise Against Hunger 2018.


March 9, 2018

Dr. Pence receives American Heart Association Award

Dr. Brandt Pence, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, was the recipient of an American Heart Association Grant for his work, "Glycolytic Metabolism and Cellular Function in Monocytes from Older Adults." Not only was Dr. Pence a recipient, but his application was scored in the first percentile of all applications submitted. This is a tremendous accomplishment and speaks to the quality of Dr. Pence's work. The two-year, $154,000 project, will expand upon our understanding of immune function within older adults. Congratulations Dr. Pence!

Photo of Dr. Brandt Pence


February 27, 2018

Dr. Bray and Dr. Martin Presented with SHS Teaching and Research Awards

Please join SHS in congratulating Dr. Niki Bray and Dr. Keith Martin, the recipients of the SHS Teaching and Research Awards, respectively!

Dr. Bray's work is titled, "Decision-making in the classroom using virtual reality." Dr. Bray uses virtual reality as a training simulator to provide opportunities for students to have various learning experiences involving basic, introductory skills across disciplines in the School of Health Studies. Using a simulated classroom environment, students have repeated practice opportunities in a highly engaged, real-time, immersive clinical experience both on and off campus. 

In Dr. Martin's research, he proposes that dietary mushrooms are an untapped source of health benefits which may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and inflammation. Dr. Martin studies how certain fungi, such as white button mushrooms and portabella, can protect the single layer of cells which line blood vessels. He will also explore how this protection happens by examining the cellular mechanisms such as gene activation.


February 22, 2018

Dr. Powell Recognized as First Time Principal Investigator 

Dr. Doug Powell was recognized at The University of Memphis Annual Research Award Ceremony as a first time principal investigator for his project with the NCAA. Dr. Powell continues to maintain a very productive research program, having published 9 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 28 peer-reviewed abstracts in 2017. For more information on Dr. Powell's work, please see

 Dr. Doug Powell receives UM award.


February 19, 2018

SHS Faculty Publishes New Findings on MSM

Dr.s Buddington, van der Merwe, and Bloomer continue researching the influence of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) on metabolism. To learn more about the study, visit the Natural Products Insider website. 



February 6, 2018

SHS Basketball Night at FedEx Forum 

School of Health Studies alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to cheer on the Memphis Tigers against the Wichita Shockers.

  • 8 pm tip off
  • FedEx Forum, downtown Memphis

If you are an alumni of SHS and would like to attend, reserve your tickets here. We would love to see you there!


January 21, 2018

SHS Annual Meal Packaging Event

Join us on April 4, 2018 as we partner with Rise Against Hunger for our annual meal packaging event. Volunteer or donation opportunities are still available. Email for more information. 



January 4, 2018

SHS Graduate Students Present their Research

Recent graduates from the MS program in Nutrition were featured on the newly released 2018 promotional poster for the American Society of Nutrition meeting—the premier scientific meeting for nutrition scientists worldwide. Jessica Hill and Brooks Delahaye both presented their research at the 2017 meeting and an overview photo captured both of them during their presentations (middle photo below). For information on our graduate programs, please click here.

Nutrition Newsletter features two School of Health Studies Students