School of Health Studies News


February 22nd-23rd, 2018: Save the Date!

Mid-South Movement Science Conference at the UofM

We are excited to announce the inaugural Mid-South Movement Science (MSMS) conference to be hosted at the University of Memphis on Thursday, February 22nd to Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

This conference will have a large student research focus with thematic posters sessions, podiums, invited speakers, a keynote speaker, poster sessions (mostly student research proposals), and tutorials.

We will have our website up and running soon, and it will include all necessary information.

This conference has no registration cost (FREE) and will have three topics of focus:
1) Health and Clinical Movement Science
2) Engineering Movement Science
3) Sports & Performance Movement Science

Again, this will be a FREE conference!

For more information about the MSMS conference, click here.


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


December 27, 2017

Fall Commencement

The School of Health Studies celebrated another successful commencement. Congratulations goes out to all of our new graduates! We wish you all the best, your hard work has paid off!

Dr. Williams-Hooker with student


December 11, 2017

SHS Nutrition Led Grocery Store Tours Featured on WUMR

Dr. Ruth Williams-Hooker and student intern Sara Zellers were recently interviewed on WUMR about the fantastic and meaningful work our Dietetics program is doing with grocery store tours. These tours are targeted to low-income and minority areas of the greater Memphis area. Listen to the audio to learn more about the great work our faculty and students are doing in the community!

Sara Zellers, a SHS student, teaches community members on a grocery store tour.


November 15, 2017

Master from Confucius Institute Teaches Martial Arts

SHS is honored to have a Master from the Confucius Institute teaching one of the PHED Mixed Martial Arts classes this spring. Chang Guiling is an award winning Kung Fu and Mixed Martial Arts teacher from Xi'an University of Finance and Economics in Shaanxi Province, China. Ms. Chang will be teaching on Monday's and Wednesdays from 12:40-2:05.

Photo of Chang Guiling teaching mixed martial arts class.


November 10, 2017

SHS Faculty in Runner's World

Dr. Max Paquette was recently quoted in Runner's World Magazine. You can read his advice on strengthening the calf muscles online here:


November 6 - 17, 2017

SHS Advising Office Hosts Walk-In Hours

The SHS advisors have been hard at work ensuring that our students are ready for a successful spring semester. Thanks to everyone who participated in our advising campaign and booked their advising appointment early!

Students who have not yet been advised for spring 2018 are invited to participate in a walk-in appointment. Walk-in hours will begin Monday, November 6th and will be available until Friday, November 17th. Walk-in advising is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 901-678-4316 for a complete schedule of the walk-in hours.

***Don't forget, students can also participate in self-advising by electronically submitting the forms online. This link allows you to submit a proposed schedule and request permits:


November 6, 2017

SHS PETE Student and Faculty Honored at TAHPERD Convention

SHS faculty and students recently attended the 48th annual Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) convention in Murfreesboro, TN. Sarah Bateman, an undergraduate residency student in PETE, was selected as winner of the James E. Ward Future Professional Award from the University of Memphis (see photo below). This year Dr. Todd Layne will begin his term as President of TAHPERD. Please join us in congratulating Sarah and Dr. Layne for their hard work!

Sarah Bateman at TAHPERD

Todd Layne at TAHPERD Convention



October 25, 2017

Health Studies Programs Popular at Recent Event

Kathy Walker, Angie Johnson, and Jessica Newsome from the School of Health Studies participated in the Health Education & Information Fair for prospective students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. Numerous students stopped by the Health Studies table to learn more about our many excellent programs!

Health Fair


September 27, 2017

UofM Deans expand collaboration with Chinese University

Drs. Richard Bloomer and Lin Zhan traveled to China recently as featured speakers at the 2nd International Forum on Health Education and Promotion held at Sanda University in Shanghai. Dr. Bloomer, Dean of the School of Health Studies, shared recent research in his talk, Impact of Dietary Intake on Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease. As China experiences a rise in the incidence of obesity and type II diabetes, Dr. Bloomer discussed the role of nutrition in preventing the development of disease. Dr. Zhan, Dean of the Loewenberg College of Nursing, delivered a talk entitled, Health Promotion: Concepts & Practice in Nursing. Dr. Zhan focused her presentation on building a culture of health for all and used the ACES Project and Let's Talk Health Project as examples. Both talks were well received and highlighted the role that clinicians play in sharing health-specific information with patients and clients in an attempt to improve health outcomes. The forum was held as part of Sanda's 25th anniversary celebration and was attended by several Chinese dignitaries and other VIPs from around the world. Drs. Bloomer and Zhan worked with Sanda's chief administrators to solidify collaboration opportunities to include graduate student enrollment, as well as faculty exchange and study abroad programs for faculty and students from both institutions. The initial exchange is scheduled to begin in 2018 and the deans are excited about the opportunities this collaboration brings to UofM students and faculty.

Dr. Bloomer and Dr. Zhan



September 9, 2017

Healthy Teaching Kitchen Offers Smoothies for a Cause

Starting this fall, the Healthy Teaching Kitchen (HTK) will offer nutrient packed smoothies to SHS students, faculty, and staff in the Elma Roane Field House main hallway. HTK plans to offer different flavors of smoothies every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Proceeds from HTK benefit Rise Against Hunger, with a goal to donate more than 13,000 meals this spring. Both graduate and undergraduate students in dietetics acquire valuable learning experiences through this project in providing nutrient analysis and nutrition education to the customers we serve. Hope to see you there.

Healthy Teaching Kitchen Smoothies


August 31, 2017

SHS Faculty Researchers Featured in New York Times

Dr. Carol Irwin and her fabulous team of researchers were recently featured in the New York Times for their important and life-saving work in partnership with the USA Swimming Foundation.  Read the article here:


AUGUST 29, 2017

Annual Cultural Competency Event: Hispanic Culture

On Tuesday, August 29, the Clinical Nutrition Masters Program and Dietetic Internship hosted a cultural competency event exploring Hispanic culture. Over fifty attendees, which included thirty-five dietetic preceptors, participated in the event presented by the 15 dietetic interns, who will graduate this December. The interns presented on the Hispanic culture's origin, traditions, characteristics, and the effects of acculturation. They also identified current dietary practices and nutrition risks of the Hispanic population, and how these factors influence the nutrition care provided. Dr. Diana Ruggiero entertained the group by getting everyone on their feet with a bit of Zumba, and exposed the group to the Spanish language.  A culinary demonstration was provided to showcase common ingredients, foods, and other culinary aspects of the Hispanic diet. Last, the dietetic interns performed a case study skit that identified the role of the RD and demonstrated a few techniques to help strengthen nutrition counseling skills when working with this population. Each attendee received 3 continuing education hours as a small token of appreciation for their time and support to the dietetic programs here at U of M.

Hispanic Culture Event



August 21, 2017


Congratulations to our Academic Services Coordinator II, Kathy C. Walker, M.S. for winning the SHS "Most Valuable Professional Award." Kathy has been with us for 6 years and has been an exceptional employee. Congrats Kathy!



August 19, 2017

SHS to Sponsor Ed Murphey Mile

The School of Health Studies will be sponsoring the Ed Murphey Mile. On August 26, 2017 elite and high school runners from across the nation will honor decorated runner Ed Murphey with an attempt to break the 4-minute mile. This event is the first of it's kind in Memphis, TN. For more info, or to sign up to race, click here:



August 6, 2017

SHS Hosted Camp CHEF

SHS hosted a fun and healthy weeklong camp experience for incoming 3rd through 5th graders June 19-23. We had 20 energetic campers from Memphis area schools attend. Each day started with garden time by exploring the TIGUrS Garden and learning how fresh produce cultivates and the steps needed to maintain healthy plants. Campers then prepared nutritious snacks and lunchtime meals to acquire many different culinary skills, such as chopping, measuring, sautéing, and baking. Lunchtime was followed by a nutrition lesson focusing on the "Eating the Rainbow." They learned about different nutrients in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet foods and how to prepare them. The days ended with a physical activity event to emphasize the importance of exercise and that movement can be fun! We hope that each camper learned lifelong skills that they can blend into their lives to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


July 25, 2017

Vote for SHS

Dr. Ruth Williams-Hooker has applied for a State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant and she needs your help! Voting will take place online and will begin in August. If awarded, these funds will be used to continue nutritional education to the community in local grocery stores. If you are willing to vote, please email Dr. Williams-Hooker and you will receive the voting link.  You can also follow along on our Facebook page to keep up with voting and other SHS events! 


July 14, 2017

Dr. Bloomer Named Dean

Dr. Rick Bloomer has been named Dean of the School of Health Studies and the Center for Wellness and Fitness. Having served as the Director for the SHS since August of 2015, he will now also work to integrate academic programming into the existing student recreation center, focusing on academic as well as physical wellness. The School of Health Studies is proud to be under his leadership. Congratulations, Dr. Bloomer! 

Dr. Bloomer


July 8, 2017

SHS to Continue Grocery Store Tours

School of Health Studies faculty member, Dr. Ruth Williams-Hooker received a $10,000 grant from the State of Tennessee, Minority Disparities Division to continue to provide grocery store tours in Kroger stores and to provide nutrition classes in local libraries, senior centers, middle schools and businesses. To date, Dr. Williams-Hooker and her interns/students have reached almost 500 people in Memphis with their nutrition message.


June 30, 2017

PETE Student Competed at 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championship

Physical Education Teacher Education student Michael Criticos competed in the NCAA Outdoor Championships for Track and Field earlier this month. Coming in at 13th place, Criticos was the only representative from the American Athletic Conference in the men's javelin competition. We are proud of Michael's athletic performance as well as his outstanding academic performance. To read more visit the Tigers Athletics website.


June 19, 2017

SHS Faculty Selected as State Director for NSCA

Robert Townsend MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT an Exercise and Sport Movement Sciences instructor in the SHS was recently selected to be the NSCA State/Provincial Director for Tennessee serving until April 2020. The National Strength and Conditioning Association is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to advancing the profession of strength and conditioning worldwide. The NSCA disseminates research based knowledge and practical application through certifications, journals, career development and continuing education. Mr. Townsend's roles will include being a liaison between NSCA Headquarters and the Tennessee members, increasing public awareness of the NSCA and hosting NSCA-approved clinics.


June 12, 2017

Discussion of the Dietary Supplement Theacrine

While a recent guest on the neuroscience-focused program SmartDrugSmarts, Dr. Bloomer shared the latest information on the emerging dietary supplement known as theacrine. Click here to listen to the full interview.


June 5, 2017

SHS Faculty continue important work in youth swimming

School of Health Studies faculty, in partnership with the USA Swimming Foundation has continued important work investigating youth swimming ability. In the most recent phase of this study completed earlier this year, Dr.s Carol and Dick Irwin and Dr. Todd Layne discovered a 5-10 percent improvement in overall swimming ability among America's youth. According to Dr. Carol Irwin "The end goal is to create real solutions designed to ensure children are safer in the water, especially minority youth who are at a higher risk for drowning." To learn more, visit



May 20, 2017

SHS Students present at national meeting

The annual Experimental Biology meeting was held in the Chicago from April 22-26 this year with 14 000 scientists and exhibitors attending. This is a multidisciplinary, scientific meeting that features plenary and award lectures, workshops and oral and poster presentations. Laura Crone (Clinical Nutrition) and Jessica Hill (Nutrition Sciences), both master's students from the School of Health Studies presented their thesis work in the poster session in Energy and Macronutrient metabolism. Jessica was also selected as the first place winner in the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition


APRIL 20, 2017

Dr. Bloomer provides interview for NTV Broadcasting Company, Russia

Dr. Bloomer provided expert opinion pertaining to the ingestion of dietary nitrates with regards to human health. Although once thought to be a health hazard due to the possible formation of nitrosamines, more recent evidence indicates multiple health benefits associated with the ingestion of nitrate-rich foods (e.g., vegetables) and dietary supplements. These include improvements in physical performance, as well as a reduction in blood pressure. The featured story will air soon as part of Russian NTV Broadcasting Company programming.


April 19, 2017

Stop Hunger Now Event


The University of Memphis community participated in a meal packaging event organized by Rise Against Hunger – formerly known as Stop Hunger Now. This nonprofit organization packages meals to poverty stricken countries to feed children in school feeding programs, orphanages and churches. Children from all around the world are struggling from food insecurity and malnourishment which affects their growth and development by not consuming their nutritional needs for the day. This also affects their performance in education due to not being able to retain information. The event successfully raised a little over $2,900 which allowed for the packaging of 10,000 meals to be shipped off to other countries. This will be an annual event hosted by the School of Health Studies, so be on the lookout for the future date this fall!


April 12, 2017

Dr. Bloomer serves on expert panel in The Wall Street Journal article

Dr. Bloomer is one of three expert panelists in a featured article in today's edition of The Wall Street Journal entitled, "Can Different Forms of Fasting Make You Healthier?" The article focuses on the research which supports dietary approaches to improve various measures of health, including weight loss. The full article can be viewed by clicking here .


March 20, 2017

TAND Annual Meeting

Students from the School of Health Studies undergraduate Dietetics program had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting in Nashville on March 20.



March 14, 2017

Special guest presentations this week in Dr. Okwumabua's Introduction to Public Health class

Students in Dr. Okwumabua's Introduction to Public Health class were treated to special guest presentations this week. Sergeant Jonathan Overly and a team from the Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit, as well as the director from Hearts for Hope and Healing delivered a lecture on Heroin Epidemic in Memphis. These groups are raising awareness of drug addiction as an important public health issue. We appreciate these individuals taking the time to speak with our students about the role of law enforcement in public health!



March 6, 2017

SHS professors share knowledge via podcasts

Drs. Bloomer and van der Merwe were recent guests on The [T]ruth Fitness/Nutrition Community podcast, hosted by Andrew Carter. The full interviews can be viewed at the links below.


March 2, 2017

Healthy Teaching Kitchen!

We rolled out our new mobile Healthy Teaching Kitchen this week to provide nutrition education and tasty food and meal replacement shakes to students, faculty, and staff. On the menu were high protein banana pancakes, chicken pita pockets, and high protein smoothies—made with MyoFeed™ protein powder. Menu items were a big hit, with the smoothies in particular proving to be a convenient choice for students heading to and from class. The kitchen will serve as an educational and outreach tool reaching students, faculty, and staff on our campus, as well as many groups throughout the Memphis community.

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February 24, 2017

UofM Research Investment Fund Grants

Drs. van der Merwe, Paquette, and Bloomer were announced yesterday as recipients of University of Memphis Research Investment Fund grants. Specifically, Dr. van der Merwe is a team member on two separate awards: a Team Initiation Grant entitled, "Circadian Regulation of Blood Pressure in Diurnal Nile Grass Rats" and an Interdisciplinary Innovations Grant entitled, "Eczema Prevention in Children." Dr. Bloomer is a member on the Team Initiation Grant with Dr. van der Merwe, while Dr. Paquette is the Principal Investigator on a Discovery & Development Grant entitled, "Functional Evaluation of a Novel Dynamic Ankle Orthosis." Colleagues assisting with this collaborative work are from the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the School of Public Health, the UofM Animal Care Facilities, the UT Health Science Center, and LeBonheur Children's Hospital.


February 17, 2017

SHS Grocery Store Tours Resume

The School of Health Studies has partnered with Kroger and the AARP "Fresh Savings" program to offer grocery store tours and nutrition education classes through a minority disparities grant from the Tennessee Department of Health. Dietetics student interns and faculty will resume giving grocery store tours in the community February 18, 2017. This effort was featured in the February 2017 issue of Good Health Memphis through the Commercial Appeal. Full article:


February 15, 2017

SHS Mix & Mingle

On Wednesday, February 15th from 11-1p.m. Students, Faculty, and Staff gathered for some food, fun and games at the SHS Mix & Mingle. We played Jenga, Hockey, Corn Hole, Seinfeld trivia, and more. The Clinical Nutrition program also hosted a bake sale to raise money for stop hunger now. We had a wonderful time meeting and greeting all the students.

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February 2, 2017

SHS to Collaborate on Grant

Faculty within the School of Health Studies are co-leading a Collaborative Opportunity Grant in conjunction with the College of Nursing and the Office for Academic Innovation. The grant is titled "Enhancing Accessibility, Affordability and Attainment in Health Care Education Through Reinventing Curriculum Delivery" and is supported through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This collaboration aims to improve student success and retention through development and implementation of adaptive learning courses, as well as experiential learning and credit-by-exam options. The School of Health Studies is proud to partner with the Lowenberg College of Nursing and West Tennessee Healthcare, in an attempt to strengthen the future healthcare workforce.


January 17, 2017

Newly Launched UofM Global Features SHS Programs

The UM Global program provides an alternative pathway to graduation that is 100 percent online. The School of Health Studies is proud to offer four online degree programs featured in UM Global, including our Healthcare Leadership undergraduate degree, as well as Health Promotion, Environmental Nutrition, and Physical Education Teacher Education graduate degrees. Learn more at


UofM Global Online Degrees
With UofM Global, you can pursue your college degree and manage your busy lifestyle by enrolling in one of the online undergraduate or graduate degree programs available at the University of Memphis.


January 5, 2017

SPAHCC to host seminar series

The Sport Performance and Health Consulting Center will kick off a series of coaching seminars on January 12, 2017. In this initial seminar, Dr. Max Paquette and Nick Dwyer will present training concepts and methods for endurance running performance. Open to all local and regional coaches, the event will be held at 6:30 PM on the UofM campus. To reserve a spot, email


December 12, 2016

Health Sciences professors Dr'.s McClanahan and Stockton have partnered with the University of Memphis Green fee to install solar charging stations on campus. These charging stations can power up a laptop or cell phone between classes and are located in front of the UC, Clement, and McWherter buildings.



December 7, 2016

Health Sciences Student Mary Catherine McDaniel is featured on the cover of the December issue of Memphis Health and Fitness Magazine! Mary Catherine's story of strength and resilience through a difficult time is inspiring. We are proud to call her one of our own! Check out her story on news stands or online:



November 29, 2016

Sara Foley, Clinical Assistant Professor, selected as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)

Congratulations to Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of the Dietetic Internship Program, Sara Foley! She has been selected as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). AND is the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, and recognizes prominent members of the organization who display the Academy's values, which include customer service, integrity, innovation, and social responsibilities. Fellows demonstrate leadership, provide valuable commitment to their profession and communities, and have a hunger for life-long learning.



November 9, 2016

Dr. Okwumabua is honored at Shanghai Sanda University

Dr. Jebose Okwumabua, a professor within the Health Sciences/Health Promotion program in the School of Health Studies, was an invited guest at Sanda University in Shanghai, China recently. Dr. Okwumabua was an honored speaker and also discussed ideas for collaboration between the School of Health Studies and the School of International Medical Technology at Shanghai Sanda University. Discussions for future collaborations are ongoing, with plans for a visiting scholars program, as well as collaborative research in the areas of childhood obesity, smoking prevention, and senior care management through healthy lifestyles.

Dr Jebose


October 26, 2016

Faculty Members Publish Peer-Reviewed Article on MSM

Drs. Marie van der Merwe and Rick Bloomer published the paper, "The influence of methylsulfonylmethane on inflammation-associated cytokine release before and following strenuous exercise" in the Journal of Sports Medicine. The paper demonstrates the ability of MSM to impact inflammation resulting from high force exercise. To read the full text of this article, please click here.


September 26, 2016

Great Turnout for Weightlifting Competition

On August 27th the Iron Tigers Weightlifting Club hosted a USA Weightlifting sanctioned competition. There were a total of 26 athletes who came to the Elma Roane Field House to compete. Athletes as young as 10 years old to 50 years plus came from throughout the Mid-South, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Missouri, and Louisiana. To view footage of the competition, please see the video:


September 23, 2016

SHS Instructor, Niki Bray, Leads Panel at Adaptive Learning Summit in Chicago

The School of Health Studies Instructor, Niki Bray, moderated a panel discussion on overcoming barriers with content when implementing adaptive learning at the 1st Annual RealizeIt Summit held in Chicago, IL on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. The panel was composed of a number of adaptive learning leaders from across the country including (from left to right) Tonya Troka (University Program Director, General Education and Psychology, CTU), Judy Komar (Vice President of Educational Technology, CTU), Annie Schultz (Program Chair, Mathematics Curriculum Committee, Herzing), and Karen VenDouern-Srba (Vice President, Academic and Instructional Technology).


September 19, 2016

Recent Graduate Publishes Peer-Reviewed Article

Janice Daniels, a recent graduate of the Master of Science program in Nutrition Science within the School of Health Studies is lead author on the recently published manuscript entitled, "Intestinal adaptations to a combination of different diets with and without endurance exercise." The paper is published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, which currently has an impact factor of 1.8. To read the full text of this article, please click here.


August 24, 2016

Iron Tigers Weightlifting Club

The Elma Roane Field House is home to the Iron Tigers Weightlifting Club, a registered club with USA Weightlifting and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since established in the spring of 2015, Iron Tigers Weightlifting has been training competitive weightlifters who are students and community members. Competitive lifter and U of M student, TJ Hardaway has qualified for University Nationals to be held in New Orleans in September.

Iron Tigers Weightlifting Club is hosting its third local weightlifting competition on Saturday, August 27th at 10:30am. Iron Tigers Weightlifting has also hosted USAW Coaching Courses with the instructor Mike Gattone, Senior International Coach and personal coach for the 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2004 Olympian, Tara Nott. The next course, USAW Advance Sports Performance Coach (Level 2) is scheduled for the weekend of October 1st and 2nd. Coach Gattone will be returning to Memphis for a USAW Level One Sports Performance Coaching Course scheduled for February 11th and 12th. Registration for the coaching courses can be done through the following links:


July 5, 2016

SPAHCC Staff Competes at Olympic Trials

Lauren Paquette, sport psychology consultant within the Sport Performance And Health Consulting Center and, wife of School of Health Studies assistant professor Dr. Max Paquette, will be competing at the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials held July 1st to July 11th in Eugene Oregon at historic Hayward Field on University of Oregon campus. Lauren will be competing in the 5,000m race. She will first compete in the semi-final at 4:20pm (PDT) on Thursday July 7th. A top 6 finish in her section of the semi-final will automatically advance her to the final. To secure her spot on the US Olympic Team Lauren will need to come Top 3 in the final on Sunday July 10th at 4:28pm (PDT). Lauren has already achieved the Olympic Games standard in the 5,000m (15:24.00) by running 15:14.45 earlier this year. The semi-final and final of the women's 5,000m will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra at the times mentioned above and, on NBC and NBCSN.



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Partnership with Sandra University in China

The School of Health Studies (SHS) has partnered with Sanda University in Shanghai, China to assist Sanda University professors with the development of a health promotion/health education program which will soon be offered to their undergraduate students. The partnership will allow for both academic and research collaborations, as well as opportunities for students and faculty from both institutions to travel and study within the partnership program. Dr. Bloomer and faculty from the SHS recently met with Sanda University administrators and faculty to discuss and confirm this collaborative agreement.

Sanda University Collaboration


June 3, 2016

Health Studies Student Honored with Award

Dan Kuhman, a graduate of the School of Health Studies with a BSEd degree in Health and Human Performance, was awarded the Melvin A. Humphreys Prize for Student Research for his outstanding contributions. The award was established to recognize the outstanding research performance of students within the School of Health Studies and was recently presented to Dan by Kay Humphreys, widow of Melvin Humphreys. Recipients are selected on the basis of the best, single and/or first authored scholarly work presented or published in an academic or professional forum. In an impressive fashion, Dan worked to prepare and publish three first author peer-reviewed manuscripts during his time in the School. Dan is currently a graduate student at East Carolina University studying in the area of biomechanics.

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June 2, 2016

New Graduate Certificate in Faith and Health

Through collaboration with the Church Health Center, a new graduate certificate in Faith and Health is being offered starting fall 2016. The coursework focuses on the intersection of faith and health—providing students with knowledge and understanding of how these two key areas influence one another in providing patient care. Consisting of 12 credit hours, students will take part in two hybrid (in-class/on-line) courses and two practicum courses (utilizing the Experiential Learning Credit). For more information, please contact Dr. Bloomer.


May 31, 2016

Grant to Study the Dietary Supplement MSM

Dr. Bloomer received a grant from Bergstrom Nutrition to study the dietary supplement MSM, a popular ingredient used to prevent and treat inflammation. Recent work from his lab has noted that a daily dosage of 3 grams of MSM results in a significant increase in blood MSM after just two weeks of treatment, with a continued rise in blood MSM after four weeks of treatment. The present study seeks to investigate the impact of escalating dosages of MSM over a four month period in relation to blood MSM concentrations in men.


May 20, 2016

SPAHCC Director Interviewed on Action News 5

Dr. Paquette was recently interviewed on Action News 5 to discuss the Sport Performance and Health Consulting Center. Watch the entire interview here:


April 29, 2016

SHS Faculty Member Honored

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at The University of Memphis recently honored a School of Health Studies faculty member, Dr. Carol Irwin, Associate Professor, Physical Education Teacher Education, as one of three UofM faculty members for her scholarly contributions toward their mission of social justice at the Institute's Annual Gala on April 21st, 2016. Dr. Irwin's research focuses on the public health issue of minority children's "no or low" swimming ability, and their subsequent elevated fatal and non-fatal drowning rates. Since 2009 along with dedicated community partners, Dr. Irwin has supported and evaluated a free/low cost "learn to swim" program called Splash Mid-South as a viable solution to enhance swimming ability and decrease drowning rates for Memphis area children.


April 18, 2016

Stop Hunger Now Event a Success

Students, faculty and staff from the School of Health Studies and The University of Memphis came together on April 6, 2016 to pack meals for overseas disaster areas and parts of the world where children do not get enough to eat. Clinical Nutrition Graduate Intern, Christina Ralston, worked on setting up this event. She successfully raised over $3,900, which allowed for the packaging of approximately 13,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization—meals that were then provided to feed those in need. Please click here to view the video or here to learn more about the SHS.


April 5, 2016

Dr. Williams-Hooker and Christina Ralston on Local Memphis Live

Dr. Ruth-Williams Hooker and Christina Ralston, graduate student in Clinical Nutrition, explain the Stop Hunger Now program on Local Memphis Live. Please click here to watch the video.


March 21, 2016

New Research Center now Open in SHS

The Center for Nutraceutical and Dietary Supplement Research was approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents to open within the School of Health Studies. Directed by Dr. Bloomer, the Center has the mission to investigate botanical agents, dietary ingredients, and finished dietary supplements in terms of safety and efficacy, through the use of cell culture experiments, animal studies, and human clinical trials. For more information on the Center, please visit the website by clicking here.


March 17, 2016

SHS Faculty Members Honored

Dr's. Marie van der Merwe and Chad Touchberry were honored by the Office of Research Support Services as first-time Principle Investigators during the 2015 calendar year. Dr. van der Merwe is an Assistant Professor in the Dietetics/Nutrition unit, while Dr. Touchberry is an Assistant Professor in the Exercise Science unit. Both investigators lead novel and innovative research programs which are receiving national attention. Moreover, a large number of students are involved in their work, allowing for their expertise to be shared with aspiring scientists. For more information on their research and the research of others in the SHS, please click on our "Faculty" and "Research" tabs above.



March 4, 2016

2015-2016 Outstanding Dietetic Student Award

The Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) recognized Ms. Courtney Nordhus, Clinical Nutrition Graduate Student as the 2015-2016 Outstanding Dietetic Student at the annual Eat Right to Fight Hunger Gala on March 4, 2016. Ms. Nordhus will also be recognized at the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND) annual meeting later this month as the Outstanding Dietetic Student for the state of Tennessee. Many students from across the state competed to gain this title and we congratulate Ms. Nordhus for her service to the profession of dietetics.


March 1, 2016

Undergraduate Student Publishes Two First-Author Articles

Former Exercise and Sport Science undergraduate student Daniel Kuhman has published two scientific articles from research he conducted in the Musculoskeletal Analysis Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Max Paquette.

The first article titled "Ankle and knee kinetics between strike patterns at common training speeds in competitive male runners" was published in the European Journal of Sport Science in late 2015. This work was completed as part of the Helen Hardin Summer Research Fellowship program. The second article titled "Comparison of ankle kinematics and ground reaction forces between prospectively injured and uninjured collegiate cross country runners" was published in Human Movement Science earlier this year. This work was completed as part of Daniel's senior project.

Daniel's work sheds light onto the mechanisms associated with the development of running-related injuries. The findings from his work will help scientists and clinicians prevent injury development by identifying at-risk runners using biomechanical variables. Daniel graduated from the Exercise and Sport Science program in May 2015 and is now pursuing a Master's degree in the field of biomechanics at East Carolina University.


February 23, 2016

Graduate Students Publish Peer-Reviewed Manuscript

Graduate students working in the Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic Lab under the direction of Dr. Bloomer published a manuscript entitled, "The influence of a passion flower extract on free testosterone in healthy men" in the journal Integrative Molecular Medicine. The research highlights the potential benefit of a plant-based dietary agent to increase testosterone in older men, while favorably impacting subjective feelings such as libido and energy level. To view the full text paper, click here.


February 13, 2016

SPAHCC Staff Member Achieves World Indoor Track & Field Championships Standard

On Saturday February 13th, one of the SPAHCC staff members, Lauren Paquette, competed at the Vanderbilt Music City Challenge indoor track and field meet in the 3000m. Lauren ran away from the field in the last 1000m to win in a facility record time of 8:57.78. This was an 11 second personal record for Lauren and also the fastest 3000m ever run on Tennessee soil by a woman. Her time also bested the World Indoor Championship standard (9:00.00) and ranks her 6th in the U.S. and 18th in the World for the 3000m. For perspective, a time of 8:57 in the 3000m is achieved by running two back-to-back miles in 4:48.
Lauren is now preparing for the U.S. Indoor Track Championships to be held in Portland, Oregon March 11th-12th where she will need a top 3 finish to earn a spot on the U.S. team for the World Championships which will also be held in Portland one week later.


February 10, 2016

Concerned About Diet Sodas?

Investigators within the School of Health Studies recently published a paper entitled, "Blood glucose and insulin response to artificially- and sugar-sweetened sodas in healthy men" which was designed to determine whether or not diet sodas induce an increase in blood insulin—a concern that has been raised in the lay press recently. High levels of insulin are associated with the metabolic syndrome and the accumulation of excess body fat. The authors concluded that "Artificially sweetened sodas containing sucralose or aspartame do not result in any acute elevation in blood sugar or insulin following a 20 ounce load. There is no reason to suspect that a higher consumption would result in an elevation in these measures. Any noted insulin resistance linked to high intake of artificial sweeteners is likely a function of the excess calories and processed ingredients often included within artificially-sweetened food and beverage products." To read the full text of the paper, please click here.


February 3, 2016

Running Science Symopsium

Strong Turnout for the Running Science Symposium

After an overwhelmingly positive response leading up to the Running Science Symposium, over 120 runners of all skill level showed up last night, despite wet conditions, to get tips and insights. Although we were unable to answer all 80 questions submitted to the Symposium in the 90 minute time slot, our panel was able to address the common themes amongst a majority of the questions. In the coming months, we plan to organize a seminar series focused on specific running-related topics such as training, injuries, running form, nutrition and more. We would like to thank our partners OrthoMemphis, Breakaway Running, and Schilling Nutrition Therapy for their help and expertise as well as everyone who was able to attend.


JANUARY 26, 2016

Undergraduate Researchers Invited to Present at NCUR 2016

The research abstract titled "Homemade Vegan and Gluten-Free Breakfast Bars" of three SHS undergraduate students (Corinna Rankin, Yvonne Gibbs, and Tarakka Sexton) was accepted for presentation at 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) to be held at the University of North Carolina in Asheville from Thursday, April 07, 2016 - Saturday, April 09, 2016. With more than 4,000 abstract submissions, this is an excellent achievement. The students conducted their research with Dr. Smith during the Fall 2015 section of NUTR 4802, Experimental Foods.


JANUARY 20, 2016

Grocery Store Tours

Fresh Savings/Kroger/AARP program
Dr. Ruth Williams-Hooker and the clinical nutrition department has teamed up with Kroger stores to host grocery store tours in low income areas of Memphis. These tours aim to educate individuals in these minority areas to make healthier food choices while grocery shopping. Kroger has recently set up a 6-month Fresh Savings plan to encourage families to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. This plan will incorporate the AARP program and undergraduate/graduates students from the clinical nutrition department. For more information, please contact Dr. Williams-Hooker at

January 13, 2016

Running Science Symposium

The Sport Performance & Health Consulting Center in collaboration with OrthoMemphis and Breakaway Running will be hosting a Running Science Symposium at the University of Memphis on February 2nd at 7:30pm. This symposium will be have a Q&A format with a panel of expert speakers on topics related to running science from the Memphis community. The experts include a sport physiologist, sport biomechanist, sport psychology consultant, footwear/gear expert, sport nutrition consultant and physical therapist. Interested individuals are invited to visit the Symposium Facebook page  and post any questions they may have regarding running science. This is a FREE event!!! For more information, email the organizers at:


January 13, 2016

School of Health Studies Awards First Faculty Research Grant

Dr. Chad Touchberry was the recipient of the first faculty research grant awarded by The School of Health Studies. This $7500 award will fund a cell culture investigate to study the influence of the protein known as FGF23 and its association with the development of cardiac hypertrophy. Dr. Touchberry's novel and sophisticated work will provide additional data pertaining to the role of FGF23, associated with chronic kidney disease, and the development of cardiac hypertrophy.


January 12, 2016

New Award: Compound Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Bloomer has received research funding to investigate the pharmacokinetic profile of theacrine, a novel and emerging plant-based ingredient that is now being used within dietary supplements. Theacrine is a purine alkaloid found primarily in the leaves of the Camellia Kucha plant and has been reported to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory/ analgesic, anti-depressive, locomotor, and sedative/hypnotic properties. The study will be performed in conjunction with the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.


January 11, 2016

Fruit Juice Consumption Reduces Inflammation In Older Adults

In conjunction with colleagues from Chiang Mai University, Thailand, Dr. Bloomer published the paper, "Consumption of star fruit juice on pro-inflammatory markers and walking distance in the community dwelling elderly" in the journal Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. The paper describes the value of star fruit juice consumption on levels of blood inflammatory biomarkers, suggesting a potential health-enhancing benefit of juice consumption.


December 8, 2015

Undergraduate Students Co-author Manuscript

Two recent graduates of The University of Memphis (Dan Kuhman and Keanan Joyner) co-authored a manuscript with Dr. Bloomer entitled "Cognitive Performance and Mood Following Ingestion of a Theacrine-Containing Dietary Supplement, Caffeine, or Placebo by Young Men and Women" which was recently published in the journal Nutrients. Both Dan and Keanan were undergraduate students and are now pursuing their graduate degrees. Undergraduate and graduate students are frequently engaged in faculty-directed research in The School of Health Studies and have shared authorship on multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts over the years.


November 18, 2015

First Weightlifting Meet

First Weightlifting meet held in The School of Health Studies

On Saturday, November 14th, Iron Tiger Weightlifting Club hosted an invitation competition sanctioned with USA Weightlifting. Iron Tiger Club members competing were Grant Center, TJ Hardaway, Anthony Cabrerra and David Dailey. Competition highlights included Taylor Babb in the 14 year old age division, lifting an unofficial American Record in the snatch lift of 71kg in the 58kg body weight category.


November 10, 2015

School of Health Studies Growing Student Enrollment

The School of Health Studies was noted in a recent article in The Daily Helmsman to have the third highest student enrollment for students declaring a specific major, behind 1) Nursing and 2) Instruction and Curriculum Leadership. The Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS) program is chiefly responsible for the School's rapid growth, with over 550 declared EXSS students at the present time. Programs in The School of Health Studies provide students with a variety of options for graduate school and career paths, including many areas within the allied health sciences (e.g., Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Dietetics). For more information, please visit our Academic Programs site.


November 4, 2015

New Sport Performance and Health Consulting Center

The School of Health Studies is now home to the Sport Performance and Health Consulting Center (SPAHCC). The mission of the SPAHCC is to provide state-of-the-art sport performance and health assessment services to athletes and members of the Memphis community and surrounding areas. Dr. Max Paquette will serve as the Director of the Center, with support from other faculty members and staff. For more information, please visit






October 8, 2015

Manuscript Publication

Drs. Randy Buddington and Marie van der Merwe have co-authored a paper in the prestigious American Journal of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. The paper, Lung Volume recruitment in a preterm pig model of lung immaturity, highlights their work using novel ventilation strategies to improve lung function in preterm infants. For more information on this work, contact Dr. Buddington at


October 1, 2015

New Award: MSM as a sulfur donor

Dr. Randy Buddington was recently awarded funding to investigate the incorporation of sulfur donated from methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) into rodent tissue. Sulfur is third most abundant mineral element in the body and is associated almost exclusively with amino acids. There is concern of the adequacy of the Western diet to provide adequate levels of sulfur to meet the need for synthesis of sulfur containing amino acids. Supplementing the diet with sulfur amino acids poses risks. Hence, alternative sources of sulfur are needed. This study will validate MSM as a sulfur donor based on incorporation of labeled sulfur into proteins.


October 1, 2015

"Alive at 25" Program receives national recognition

Wayne Gutch, Instructor in the School of Health Studies, has been a leader of the "Alive at 25" driving program within Shelby County for the past several years. The program teaches defensive driving skills and techniques to local high school students, in an attempt to reduce automobile related injuries and fatalities. The program recently received The Remarkable Results Award at an event in Atlanta, Georgia for its outstanding success over the past several years--the highest honor for any such program in the country.


September 29, 2015

Faculty in  Triathalon

Faculty in Triathlon

Marda Kaiser-Rehnelt competed in the ITU Olympic Triathlon World Championships in Chicago on September 20, 2015. She raced on behalf of Team USA after qualifying at the National Championships last summer. Marda teaches PHED 1015 stationary cycling for the department as an adjunct.


September 24, 2015

New Grant Award

Dr. Ruth Williams-Hooker received a Health Disparities grant from the State of Tennessee Health Department. Both graduate and undergraduate students in the Nutrition program within the School of Health Studies will provide two services as part of this work:
     1. Grocery store tours within low income, minority areas of Memphis
     2. Nutrition classes in churches and libraries within low income, minority areas of Memphis
The purpose of the tours and classes is to provide nutrition education in attempt to help individuals make better food choices and to improve overall health. Example tour and course topics include: nutrition and diabetes, nutrition and hypertension, the importance of water consumption, healthy snacks for kids, how to shop on a budget, and how to read nutrition labels. For more information, please contact Dr. Williams-Hooker at


September 16, 2015

New Grant Award

Dr. Bloomer has been awarded a $103,000 grant to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Spilanthes acmella extract supplementation in healthy men. Prior work in his lab has shown that Spilanthes acmella extract increases testosterone production in men, following acute ingestion. This follow-up study will determine the impact of the extract on testosterone and related variables over the course of a 12 week intervention.


September 15, 2015

PETE Instructor Honored

Niki Bray, Instructor in the Physical Education Teacher Education program, has been invited to apply for the Adaptive Learning Fellow through WCET (WICHIE Cooperative for Educational Technologies). The WCET Fellows Program will augment WCET's operational ability to continue as the leader in the practice, policy & advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. WCET's Adaptive Learning Fellow is an opportunity for the successful applicant to grow their knowledge base on the topic of adaptive learning in postsecondary education.


August 27, 2015

OOFOS Footwear Company Grant - Dr. Max Paquette

Dr. Max Paquette recently received a grant from the OOFOS Footwear Company to study the effects of footwear on recovery parameters following a marathon.

The purposes of this funded study are to: 1) compare self-reported fatigue, muscle soreness and inflammation when wearing one of three different types of footwear in the days following a marathon and, 2) compare ankle and knee motion among the three footwear types during level-walking.

Investigators will randomly assign runners participating in the St-Jude Memphis Marathon (December 5th) to one of three footwear groups including a control group. In the weeks before the marathon, the movement of their ankles and knees will be measured during a laboratory session among the three footwear types. Then, immediately following the marathon, runners will be asked to wear the footwear type assigned to them for three days following the race. Before, immediately after, and in the days following the marathon, self-reported fatigue and muscle soreness will be measured in addition to muscle inflammation.

These findings may help runners and coaches decide which footwear type may be more effective in speeding up recovery following a marathon.

For more information, contact Dr. Paquette at


August 20, 2015

The Tiger Cookbook

As her Master's Project for a degree in Clinical Nutrition, Allison Moore developed an online cookbook for students at the University of Memphis. It includes cooking hints, sanitation information, and a variety of healthy recipes for meals on a budget. See the cookbook here!


August 18, 2015

New Neonatal Research Facility in Roane Fieldhouse

The first day of life is the most dangerous day of life and because of the immaturity of critical organ systems, this is really true for preterm infants. Unfortunately, preterm birth remains the most common cause of neonatal death and especially here in Memphis and Shelby Country. Investigators in the School of Health Studies, in collaboration with neonatologists, healthcare personnel, and industry partners are leading the world in advancing the care of preterm infants.

UM research is not only helping more preterm infants survive those first hours and days after birth, it is helping preterm infants grow and develop normally and become healthy children. Notably, lung immaturity and inability to breathe (asphyxia) is the leading cause of preterm death. Research at UM is improving methods for providing ventilation support for preterm infants. Additional UM research is improving nutrition support for preterm infants improving growth and development of the brain.

The Fieldhouse is not only the site of intense athletic competition, it is now supporting research that is saving the lives of infants and providing them with the chance to one day become Tigers.


August 17, 2015

PETE Program Receives Distinguished Honor

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) baccalaureate degree program was awarded national recognition by their specialized professional association (SPA), which is a significant distinction given to a teacher preparation program within the NCATE accreditation process, and is the only such program in the state of Tennessee that is noted to have acquired this honor.


June 29, 2015

Grant Awarded

The NCAA awarded a $10,000 grant to Dr. Tim Ryan, associate professor of Sport and Leisure Management in the School of Health Studies; Bob Baker, director of the Center for Athletic Academic Services; Kelly Penwell, director of the Experiential Learning Lab; and Dr. Richard Irwin, associate dean of the University College. Irwin also oversees the Experiential Learning Lab, home to the University's Academic Internship Program. The U of M proposal was on our NCAA grant on student-athlete career readiness and was one of six selected from 137 applicants.

The NCAA recently added the results of their findings and program to their webpage:


June 26, 2015

Faculty Award

Cody Havard, a faculty member in the Sport and Leisure Management program, was selected as the winner of the Emerging Scholar Award for the Sports Marketing SIG of the American Marketing Association.


June 2, 2015

Green Fee Grants Awarded to HSS Faculty Members

Drs. Barbara McClanahan and Shelly Stockton were recently awarded Green Fee grants to support environmentally friendly initiatives on campus. Dr. McClanahan will lead the project referred to as Park Green, which will focus on increasing the awareness of pollution from vehicles and encourage movement toward the development of a sustainable and environmentally friendly campus. The project will identify and dedicate preferred parking spaces for low emission and hybrid vehicles through the purchase and installation of appropriate signage. The award amount is $10,000.

Dr. Stockton will lead the project referred to as U Charge. This is an initiative that is encouraging the University of Memphis to incorporate green technology by installing solar-power charging stations for cell phones, tablets, and laptops. The U Charge initiative will help students, faculty, and staff to stay connected and decrease the use of fossil fuels and incorporate solar technology promoting a free and clean resource for energy. The award amount is $24,083.


June 1, 2015

MS in Environmental Nutrition

The HSS online Master of Science program in Environmental Nutrition was recently ranked 2nd in the United States by See this ranking here.

The program offers a 33 credit-hour Master's degree that focuses on the effects of food and nutrition as related to the environment. The coursework and overall degree is designed to attract students who are interested in sustainable food/nutrition practices and systems.

For more information, please contact Dr. Robin Roach at


May 26, 2015

Grocery Store Tours with Clinical Nutrition Interns

The Clinical Nutrition Interns, members of the Student Dietetics Association and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center Interns provided grocery store tours at various Kroger stores in Memphis. Participants in the tours reported that they learned a great deal about which foods are more healthy and 83% said they would change their intake of fruits and vegetables after taking the tour. Funding for the tours was provided by the Better Produce for Health Foundation and Kroger. Below is the YouTube video of a tour.


May 22, 2015

Sport Commerce Students Work with Jackson Generals

Sport Commerce Master's students enrolled in Sport Marketing and Sport Promotions and Information Services classes worked in a consultant role with the Jackson Generals of Minor League Baseball's Southern League. As part of a grant funded by the Sport Marketing Association, the students in the classes completed projects to help the Generals better market and promote their product to existing and potential fans.

Students shared their work with the Jackson Generals in December 2014, and made presentations to the organization in April 2015 focused on increasing attendance at games. The Generals are currently working to implement an idea presented by Andrea Wensits to enhance educational days held by the organization for school-aged children in the Jackson area.

For questions about this work, please contact Cody Havard at


May 19, 2015

Publication of Research Related to MSM

Investigators within the School of Health Studies publish novel research pertaining to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent known as methylsulfonylmethane or "MSM" in the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Biopharmaceutics.

Read the press release picked up by the international media outlets Nutraceuticals World and New Hope 360. Read the full text article here.

For questions pertaining to this work, please contact Richard J. Bloomer at