College of Health Sciences News


June 20, 2020

Faculty Feature

 Cadence in Running

For runners, all mileage is not created equal. Pace and conditions are common considerations but Max Paquette, biomechanist and sports scientist at the University of Memphis College of Health Sciences, suggests that considering cadence might be just as important as those two factors.


June 15, 2020

Let's Talk: A Discussion on Racial Injustice and How We Can Help Our Students

We realize the burden that systemic racism creates for students of color, particularly Black students, and are committed to providing an environment that is both safe and supportive. We are dedicated to providing a quality education for our diverse student population, as we help develop a highly-skilled work force of health care professionals who represent and reflect the diversity of the University and our city.

The College of Health Sciences held an open forum for students, faculty and staff to exchange ideas, provide support and listen. Moving forward, we hope to improve what we do and how we do it, including continuing the conversation every semester.


May 27, 2020

Staff Spotlight

Kathy Walker

Kathy Walker, our assistant director of student services, was selected as the recipient of the University of Memphis Academic Advising Leadership Award. The inaugural Academic Advising Awards Committee reviewed credentials and over 100 nominations from faculty, staff and students to identify her as the winner. This award recognizes an academic advisor working at the UofM for three or more years, who contributes to the growth and development of other academic advisors, and serves in roles across the University that demonstrate leadership in advising.  ​Her favorite quote is from Confucius: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." This shines through in everything she does as she works tirelessly to assist and guide our students. We’re so fortunate to have her on our team!

May 20, 2020

Faculty Spotlight

Mary Catherine Schallert and Family

Mary Catherine Schallert, dietetics and nutrition clinical associate professor, was featured as a guest writer for Wholly Mother. This is a great read for anyone who is currently pregnant, freshly postpartum or just looking for solid nutrition advice in general.


May 19, 2020

Graduate Student Awarded 'Women in Sports Tech' Summer Fellowship

WiST Fellows 2020; Image by WiSTAdriana Miltko

Exercise, sport & movement sciences graduate student, Adriana Miltko, was awarded one of 15 summer fellowships from Women in Sports Tech, Inc. (WiST). These fellowships are in the form of $5,000 grants for students to pursue summer projects in sports technology. WiST Fellowships provide exceptional opportunities for female students to participate in summer internships, an integral part of resume building, networking and building career skills that can help propel these women into exciting roles in the sports tech industry. This year’s winning students will gain real-world experience at companies such as iMeasureU, Sports Innovation Lab, Zoomph, Learn to Win and U.S. Ski & Snowboard and their work will span the array of what’s possible in sports technology – from data analytics to sports science to product design and development and more.


May 18, 2020

Student/Alumni Spotlight

Raed AgeeliHannah Peters

Congratulations to two of our own recognized at this year's Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND) awards. Dietetics student, Raed Ageeli, was awarded a scholarship and is continuing his education in our clinical nutrition Master of Science/Dietetics Internship (MS/DI) program. Alumna Hannah Peters, M.S., R.D. won Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year for Memphis. Hannah graduated from our clinical nutrition MS/DI program in 2018 and currently works as a clinical registered dietitian at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto.

May 16, 2020

FLEXING ITS MUSCLE: Softball makes power a priority

Softball in the HPC lab

Encompassing biomechanical analysis and skill acquisition science, our Human Performance Center team helps the Memphis Softball team through detailed analysis and movement understanding.

"It (study) was helpful. Even though our coaches see certain things with our swings, we don't get actual data and analytics from our swings like we did with Dr. Greenwood. It was good seeing the 'facts' of our swings. It was good to get a perspective from someone who's not looking at a swing every single day."


May 15, 2020

Student Spotlight

Alexis NelsonHailey Fong

Exercise, sport & movement sciences graduate students Alexis Nelson and Hailey Fong each won a Force and Motion Foundation travel scholarship worth $1,000 for their research accepted at the American College of Sports Medicine conference.

Alexis's research abstract: “The relationship between Parkinsonian rigidity and gait characteristics”

Hailey’s research abstract: “Interaction of bra support and anterior cruciate ligament stress during landing and cutting tasks”

May 13, 2020

Student Spotlight

Adriana MiltkoRichard Beltran

Exercise, sport & movement sciences graduate students Adriana Miltko and Richard Beltran each received American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) Biomechanics Interest Group Student Research Awards for the scientific merit of their abstracts submitted to the 2020 ACSM meeting.

Adriana’s research abstract titled “Validity of Peak Tibial Acceleration Using Wearable Accelerometers during Running” was sponsored by IMeasureU/VICON.

Richard’s research abstract titled “Effects of minimal, traditional and highly cushioned shoes on lower limb mechanics in rear and non-rearfoot strike runners” was sponsored by Optitrack.

May 9, 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Today, we awarded 200 bachelor’s and 10 master’s degrees to the largest graduating class in the history of the College of Health Sciences. Our Tigers fought hard and finished strong and we are SO PROUD!

* Our apologies to our Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition graduates’ names missing from the video: Martina Faietti, Calla Ziegler, Montana Grace Bryan

May 4, 2020

Student Spotlight - 2020 Outstanding Student Award Recipients

These students were selected by our faculty as exhibiting strong leadership, character and scholarship, and who play an active role in departmental activities.

Aareon CarterAareon Demarien Carter - Junior, Physical Education Teacher Education
Aareon Carter arrived in Memphis about three years ago from Fort Wayne, Indiana. While obtaining his master’s degree is an educational goal, teaching children about the benefits and enjoyment of physical education is where his passion lies. Aareon has been on the Dean’s List several times during his academic career and has been the recipient of academic awards both in high school and college. Outside of the classroom, he is a mentor for the First Generation Student Success at the University of Memphis and also assists with a neighbor's community service. In his free time, he loves to solve puzzles, read non-fiction books, do yoga, swim, play basketball and listen to music.


Alli AldoushAli Aldosh - Junior, Physical Education Teacher Education
Ali Aldosh was born and raised in Memphis. Ali entered the physical education field because he’s passionate about sports and assisting people, and would love to share his love of sports and physical activity with his future students.  After earning his bachelor's degree, he plans to return to the University of Memphis for his master's degree in physical education teacher education. Ali has earned a spot on the Dean’s List consecutively since his arrival to the UofM. Ali spent his spring semester as a junior doing field experience at Madonna Learning Center, of which he appreciated every minute. Outside of the classroom, Ali gets involved with sports around his family and friends every chance he gets.


Adria CarterAdria Butler - Senior, Dietetics
Adria Butler is a Memphis native and a post-baccalaureate senior majoring in dietetics. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Dayton, where she was a member of their women’s track and field team. Upon graduating from the University of Memphis, Adria will go on to further her education by obtaining a master’s degree and work towards her career goal of becoming a sports dietitian. During her brief academic career at the UofM, Adria has received academic recognition multiple times, including earning a spot on the Dean’s List. Outside of the classroom, she is currently the dietetic assistant for the Memphis Grizzlies and a store athlete for Nike. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her loved ones.


Sara DavidsonSara Ann Davidson - Senior; Exercise, Sport & Movement Sciences
Sara Ann Davidson, from Ripley, Tenn., is a four-year Helen Hardin honors scholar and Dean’s List member. Sara Ann placed first at the Works in Progress Symposium for the College of Health Sciences this past November, by presenting a research project she worked on during a summer research fellowship with Max Paquette, Ph.D. In addition to her academic work, Sara Ann is also a student-athlete that has competed with Memphis Tigers Softball over the last four years. Because of her dedication and commitment to athletics and academics, she was nominated for the Elma Roane Award this spring. Combining her passion for both school and sport, she has decided to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in exercise science at the University of Memphis. Through her degree and future career, Sara Ann plans to become a sport scientist and hopes to give back to the game in a way that can help athletes improve their performance through scientific research and technology.


Jacob MullinsJacob Mullins - Graduate Student, Physical Education Teacher Education
Jacob Mullins is from Kingsport, Tenn. and has been working as a teacher for the last 15 years. He has taught a range of grade levels, mostly in the pre-k and primary grades. Jacob also coaches high school football and wrestling and one of his primary roles, which he is passionate about, is developing strength and conditioning programs for his athletes. One of Jacob’s goals is to promote physical literacy to his students and athletes. Upon his graduating this spring, he plans to continue his career in education and coaching, hopefully in a physical education position. Jacob enjoys spending his free time with his family.

April 30, 2020

Answering Questions with Inertial Sensors: Insights Across a Division 1 Athletics Program

Our Human Performance Center director, Daniel Greenwood, Ph.D., hosted a webinar with iMeasureU about our approach to integrating sports science into college athletics, sharing insights from completed projects with key practical lessons based on experiences of coaches, strength staff, athletic trainers and sports scientists.

April 29, 2020

Alumni Spotlight - 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients

Erica PerkinsErica Perkins - '07 Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise and Sport Science
Erica completed her Master of Public Health from Benedictine University in 2014 and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. As part of her graduate internship, Erica spent time working in a physical rehabilitation center in Haiti where she helped with clinical data management and statistical analysis. Currently, Erica is the Health Promotion Coordinator at Church Health, a non-profit organization in Memphis that provides affordable health services to individuals who are uninsured or underserved in Shelby County.
She manages the worksite wellness program for Church Health staff and serves as the onsite health coach for their 250 employees. Erica’s time at the University of Memphis provided the educational foundation and technical skills that she continues to utilize regularly in her career. A lifelong Memphian (except for a few years spent moving around as a Marine Corps spouse), she enjoys running in the woods, fancy cheeses, Memphis Football (Go Tigers!) and spending time with her husband and two children.


Andrew MartinAndrew Martin - '13 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education
During his time at the University of Memphis, Andrew received the Ralph Hatley Sr. Award for Most Outstanding Physical Education Student. After graduating, Andrew accepted the Physical Education position at Grahamwood Elementary School and has been working there ever since. Andrew Martin has worked diligently to create a unique and student centric approach to education at Grahamwood by creating a variety of activities and programs for the students to participate in. The programs are: AMPED morning exercise groups, basketball team,  cross country teams for 3rd-5th grades, Fuel Up to Play 60 club, run club that has 130 participants, roller skating club, parkour and yoga club.
The work that Andrew has contributed over the years has resulted in awards and recognitions to showcase his dedication and commitment to the field of Physical Education. Andrew Martin was named Shelby County Schools PE Teacher of the Year (2016, 2017, 2019), Memphis Parent Magazine Outstanding Teacher of the Month (October 2019), Let’s Move Active Schools National Award (2015-2018), Alliance for Healthier Generation Bronze Award (2019-2020), WREG TV Educator of the Week (April 2019), Marathon Kids National Ambassador (2016-Present) Mayoral Proclamation from Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris (March 2020), and grants from American Heart Association, Fuel up to Play 60, Action for Healthy Kids, Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Target Corporation and Coordinated School Health Commit to Fit Grant winner (2019). Andrew Martin just finished his master’s degree from Arkansas State University in educational leadership and has goals to take on leadership roles in the field of health and physical education. Andrew was recently named as the Lifetime Wellness Chair for the TAHPERD board.


Brooks GautBrooks Gaut - '19 Master of Science in Health Promotion
Prior to her time in Memphis, Brooks received her bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University in human services with a concentration in health studies and child development. Brooks currently works at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) in the emergency department where she provides psychosocial support to children and their families to promote coping and normalization of the hospital environment. Prior to beginning her career as a CCLS, Brooks worked at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in their Trauma Injury Prevention Department which sparked her passion for providing safety education to children and their families. She also holds certifications as a Child Passenger Safety Technician and Certified Infant Massage Instructor.
Throughout her master’s program, Brooks focused many of her projects on proper car seat safety and investigated barriers to proper usage amongst lower SES populations. In reference to her time at the University of Memphis, Brooks stated, “I was continuously blown away at how genuinely invested the professors were at seeing me succeed. They encouraged me to apply the theories and concepts from each course to my personal interests and passions which really helped the material I was learning make sense!" Brooks hopes to continue to grow her experience in community health by educating vulnerable populations on how to prevent injuries amongst the pediatric population.

April 18, 2020

Sports science at UofM takes a swing at boosting men's golf program

Memphis Men's Golf

Our Memphis Men's Golf team uses a scientific approach to up their game, one of the collaborative efforts between Memphis Tigers Athletics and our Human Performance Center.⁣ Director Daniel Greenwood, Ph.D. was an integral part of the team's success, lending expertise as beneficial as a perfectly struck approach to a well-bunkered green.


April 15, 2020

Student Spotlight

Some of our students were recognized at the President's Leadership Awards this week. Congratulations to Eunicea Clark (health sciences), MaKayla Carr (health sciences) and Brianna James (exercise, sport & movement sciences) for being selected as winners of the 20 Under 30 Award and Anthony Nguyen (exercise, sport & movement sciences) for the Outstanding Service Award. 

Eunicea Clark MaKayla Carr  Brianna James  Anthony Nguyen

April 13, 2020

Alumni Research Spotlight

Research study

College of Health Sciences alumni Dr. Trint Gunnels and John Henry Schriefer, in collaboration with Richard Bloomer, Ph.D. and Matt Butawan, published a dietary manipulation study in the Journal of Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Medicine. The work highlights the benefits of a purified vegan diet with regards to metabolic health outcomes.


April 1, 2020

Tiger Bites Sports Nutrition Program Receives AAC Grant

Tiger Bites with Memphis Volleyball

The Tiger Bites nutrition program from our Human Performance Center received $15,000 in research funding from the American Athletic Conference (AAC) which will allow the School of Heath Studies, Memphis Tigers Athletics and Campus Recreation Intramural Services to expand an already successful hands-on cooking course and nutrition education program. Building confidence in the kitchen and an understanding of the importance of healthy eating, this 6-week program, which has already been delivered to Memphis Volleyball and Softball, will now be available to other teams across campus.

Despite the availability of healthy eating information, our campus survey and student-athlete behavior results from across campus highlight that a significant gap in food knowledge and best-practice eating habits still exists. This project uses applied education to improve body composition, student-athlete health and overall nutrition knowledge, providing student-athletes with the confidence to make nutritious food choices based on the impact those choices have on health and athletic performance. This research funding will fund food and cooking costs allowing this program to reach more student-athletes on campus, as well as fund more detailed physical testing to measure the internal benefits of healthy eating.

March 19, 2020

Staying Active During COVID-19

Exercising During COVID-19

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents some challenges to maintaining a physically active lifestyle. Brandt Pence, Ph.D., University of Memphis College of Health Sciences assistant professor and resident immunophysiologist, consulted on these recommendations from Exercise is Medicine.


March 14, 2020

Student Spotlight

Daniel Chizhikov, a junior at White Station High School, won first place in the high school division at the Alabama State Research Symposium for his research. Since last summer, he has volunteered in our lab with assistant professor, Melissa Pupp, Ph.D., working on his project which uses drosophila (fruit flies) to understand the effects of different plant based fats on obesity-related health outcomes.

Daniel Chizhikov

March 10, 2020

Associate Professor Honored by Tennessee Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Marie van der Merw, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical nutrition and nutrition science, was awarded the prestigious IRIS Award from the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (TAND) based on her work within or related to the field of dietetics and letters of recommendation.  TAND honors individuals who support the field of nutrition and elevate the role of nutrition and dietitians.

Marie van der Merwe

February 26, 2020

Researchers Awarded Grant from American Athletic Conference (AAC)

Douglas Powell, Ph.D. and colleagues, with co-investigator Paul DeVita, Ph.D., of East Carolina University, were awarded $11,960 from the AAC to conduct the research study "Sports Bra Alters Anterior Cruciate Ligament Stress and Knee Joint Biomechanics during Cutting and Landing Movements". The purpose of this grant is to sponsor research in college athletics designed to promote student-athlete welfare, and to assist AAC member institutions and intercollegiate athletic programs in evidence-based practice for student-athletes.

Douglas Powell  American Athletic Conference Logo

February 25, 2020

Faculty Honored as Principal Investigators

The University of Memphis Division of Research & Innovation recently held its annual Research Celebration to highlight research achievements, honor first-time Principal Investigators (PI) and new PI Millionaires, and to recognize fiscal year 2019 PIs, faculty authors and editors. The honor of PI signifies the attainment of a position of research leadership on an externally supported sponsored project, with PI Millionaires obtaining $1 million or more. Sara Foley, Brandt PenceNiki Bray, (first-time PI) and Richard Bloomer (PI Millionaire) were FY19 honored faculty from the College of Health Sciences.

Sara Foley Brandt Pence Niki Bray Richard Bloomer

February 22, 2020

College of Health Sciences Hosts Mid-South Biomechanics Conference

The University of Memphis College of Health Sciences recently hosted the third annual Mid-South Biomechanics Conference. We welcomed over 100 people from all over the nation which included invited speakers, student presenters and corporate sponsors. The conference had a large student research focus with podium sessions, digital poster sessions and roundtable discussions. This event was a great networking opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students who hope to continue their studies or careers in biomechanics and movement sciences.

Mid-South Biomechanics Conference Mid-South Biomechanics Conference Mid-South Biomechanics Conference

February 17, 2020

Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Students Present at International Paper

University of Memphis registered dietitians, Sara Foley and Deidra Nelson, along with graduate students in the clinical nutrition master's and dietetic internship program, Lauren Fischer and Tara Toll, presented heart healthy cooking and nutrition tips to employees at International Paper. February is American Heart Month which aims to bring awareness to the risks of heart disease and steps needed to take to support a healthy heart. Employees sampled a green power blend smoothie and a mediterranean chicken quinoa salad, both highlighting key nutrients for eating heart healthfully.

Dietetics Students Dietetics Students at International Paper

February 8, 2020

Alumni Spotlight

Lizzy Simonin, a College of Health Sciences physical education teacher education alumna, was recently inducted into the University of Memphis M Club Hall of Fame.

From Tammy Degroff at GoTigersGo.com - A native of Lee's Summit, Mo., Lizzy arrived at the University of Memphis in the fall of 2008 and made an immediate impact on women's soccer in Conference USA. She appeared in 22 straight matches during her inaugural season, 18 as a starter, and led the team in points, goals and shots. She led the Tiger women's squad to an NCAA bid and played a season-high 103 minutes against Illinois. Her play in 2008 was so outstanding that Simonin was selected the Conference USA Freshman of the Year and was named to the C-USA All-Conference second team. Hampered by an ankle injury in 2009, Simonin appeared in just 16 of the team's 22 matches but still managed to tally 12 points and help her teammates return to the NCAA postseason. With her aggressive style of play, Simonin was moved to defender in 2010 and started every match, which included shutouts in 11 of the Tigers' 22 contests. For her outstanding play in 2010, she was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and led her squad to their third consecutive NCAA appearance. Entering her senior season, Simonin continued to excel. She started all 24 contests and helped her team to a 22-1-1 record and a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament invitation. An outstanding student-athlete, Simonin was named the 2011 recipient of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which is given annually to the most-outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I women's soccer. She also became the first player in C-USA history to be named the Defensive Player of the Year twice. Following graduation, Simonin returned to the Kansas City area to pursue her master's degree. She served as a graduate assistant coach at UMKC before returning to Memphis. Lizzy is currently an assistant coach for our Memphis Tigers women's soccer team.

Lizzy Simonin inducted into University of Memphis M Club Hall of Fame

February 3, 2020

Max Paquette Featured on Art & Science of Running Podcast

In this episode of the Art and Science of Running podcast, they speak with our own Max Paquette about injury prevention, strength training, footwear, aging, adapting and quantifying training. Max is an accomplished runner as well as associate professor in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Memphis, director of the Musculoskeletal Analysis Laboratory, and biomechanist within the Human Performance Center.

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 Max Paquette

January 21, 2020

Are Minutes and Mileage All Runners Need? – Investigating Training Load in Runners

IMeasureU spoke to researchers at the College of Health Sciences and UofM Human Performance Center about objective ways of training load monitoring in distance runners. Max Paquette and master's student, Megan Ryan, who is a competitive runner and was a member of the UofM cross-country and track teams, have started to question whether there are key aspects of training that mileage alone is not telling the coaches and athletes. Max and Megan began to speak to other local coaches who were working with runners. They found a common, question ‘how can we quantify training in a way that reflects the loads athletes are enduring in training more accurately?’

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Megan Ryan with the UofM College of Health Sciences  iMeasureU

January 6, 2020

Human Performance Center Director Presents at Sports Biometrics Conference

Human Performance Center director, Daniel Greenwood, recently presented on collaborating with coaches to improve human performance through applied sport science at the Sports Biometrics Conference in San Francisco. As a featured speaker, he was able to highlight our applied sport science program at the University of Memphis, the very unique collaborative approach, delivery of information, and the breadth of research completed.

A case study of 20 projects over 15 months with Tigers Athletics highlighted the HPC’s collaboration with coaches, combining their experience with scientific data to create useful and applied projects which directly improve athlete performance. The applied questions and practical answers make the approach very unique and targeted for each coach. The presentation then focused on information and the science behind the translation of scientific information into athlete behavior. This specifically uses knowledge from skill acquisition science and learning research, and applies that to the way the HPC shares, presents and uses data with trainers, coaches and athletes. Looking toward the future, coach collaboration will evolve using athlete collaboration to increase the effectiveness of our interventions and our recent school-wide coach interviews will combine research areas across sports.

Daniel Greenwood at Sports Biometrics Conference Daniel Greenwood at Sports Biometrics Conference

December 11, 2019

Breast Size and Bra Support on Lower Extremity Biomechanics

Shefit has funded a $10,000 project for our Musculoskeletal Analysis Lab (MAL) to study the interaction of breast size and bra support on lower extremity biomechanics with specific emphasis on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) stress. Research has shown that female athletes are up to 8 times more likely to experience an ACL injury than male athletes. One factor that is known to increase ACL stress is trunk position with individuals who land with more trunk extension experiencing greater ACL stress which increases the risk of ACL injury. Breasts are a passive tissue comprised of fatty and glandular tissues located on the front of the trunk. Because breasts lack muscle tissue and have weak intrinsic support, breast motion may alter trunk biomechanics increasing the risk of ACL injury. To compensate for the limited intrinsic support, extrinsic support is offered through the use of bras or sports bras. However, insufficient breast support may not adequately control breast motion or the effect of breast motion on trunk biomechanics. Therefore, the purpose of our study is to investigate the effects of varying breast size and bra support levels on trunk biomechanics, as well as the effect of altered trunk position on ACL stress. Because few research studies have investigated the relationship between breast motion and lower extremity biomechanics, this represents a novel research investigation that may provide researchers, clinicians, coaches and parents with a unique perspective of the importance of selecting the proper sports bra for improved performance and reduced risk of injury.

Woman exercising at gym        Shefit logo

December 5, 2019

Improving Gut Health in Runners

Kaneka Nutrients has funded a $135,000 project to study the impact of a novel probiotic supplement on GI distress in runners. Many active runners experience GI distress in response to strenuous, long duration runs. This study, led by Marie van der Merwe and Richard Bloomer, will evaluate the effectiveness of a dietary supplement on GI-related symptoms in runners, while also measuring changes to the gut microbiome and a variety of biochemical parameters.

Runner's gut health Kaneka logo

November 15, 2019

Improving Hydration Status

Richard Bloomer and colleagues will investigate the impact of a novel electrolyte tablet to improve hydration status in active individuals. The study, funded by Nuun, will recruit active men and women to receive fluid ingestion with and without an electrolyte tablet. Dehydration can result in impaired blood flow, fatigue and poor performance. Maintaining hydration is of great importance to overall health for all individuals. A simple electrolyte tablet may prove helpful in this regard.

 Nuun         Nuun Hydration

October 30, 2019

Student Spotlight

Madeline (Maddie) Wright was selected as this year's James E. Ward Future Professional Honor Award winner at the annual Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) Conference. Maddie is currently one of our PETE Residency Students and does an outstanding job representing our program.

Maddie Wright

October 23, 2019

Enhancing the Effects of Whey Protein

Melissa Puppa and Richard Bloomer received funding from Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes for their study, Blood amino acid profile following acute resistance exercise in trained men and women: impact of whey protein ingestion with and without ProHydrolase.  Amino acids are important for muscle tissue recovery and growth. Exercise enthusiasts aim to increase the blood amino acid pool during the hours following acute exercise, with the goal of improving the anabolic environment. ProHydrolase is a dietary supplement designed to improve the amino acid profile following acute ingestion of protein. This work will determine the blood amino acid concentration during the 4-hour post exercise period when 50 men and women ingest whey protein with or without ProHydrolase.

Whey protein  Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes

October 9, 2019

Higher Education Innovation and Leadership Fellows

Richard Bloomer has being selected for the first class of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission Innovation & Leadership Fellows. The THEC offers Tennessee public higher education institutions an opportunity to cultivate the next generation of executive leaders through structured leadership and higher education explorations. The program is uniquely focused on leadership at the enterprise level, those who hold or will hold positions of responsibility for the overall institution’s performance and sustainability.  The Fellows, selected competitively, will participate in a comprehensive development opportunity to broaden their understanding of institutional practices and the higher education landscape that prepares them for greater responsibility at the enterprise level.

Dr. Richard J. Bloomer

October 4, 2019

Functional Foods and Vascular Health

Richard Bloomer and his team received funds to evaluate maqui berry standardized extract on vascular, metabolic and anti-oxidative function in men and women. Maqui berry, also known as the Chilean wineberry, is rich in antioxidants and has been reported to combat inflammation and vascular dysfunction. This study will determine the impact of various doses of the maqui berry on biochemical and functional measures of vascular health.

Maqui berries

September 26, 2019

Niki Bray Inducted into the West Memphis Sports Hall of Fame

Congratulations to our clinical assistant professor and director of academic innovation & student success, Niki Bray, for her induction into the West Memphis Sports Hall of Fame. She was the Most Valuable Player in the 1992 state basketball tournament at Russellville, leading the Lady Devils to their first-ever state championship. Bray also played collegiately for the University of Memphis Women's Basketball Team and subsequently won multiple Tennessee state high school basketball championships as a head coach at Memphis Central (THE) High School.

Niki Bray West Memphis Sports Hall of Fame Niki Bray and group - West Memphis Sports Hall of Fame

September 3, 2019

Research to Evaluate Plant-Based Ingredients and Nitric Oxide

Richard Bloomer has received funding from Resync, LLC to investigate plant-based dietary supplements designed to increase circulating nitric oxide. Dietary ingredients such as beets and red spinach have been shown to aid nitric oxide production, a short-lived gas that can aid vascular health and blood flow. This work will determine the impact of novel dietary supplements on measures of nitric oxide in men and women.

Dr. Richard Bloomer Beets and red spinach Resync, LLC

August 28, 2019

Dietary Supplements and Gaming Performance

Richard Bloomer and investigators within the School of Heath Studies recently received $174,000 in funding from Applied Food Sciences to investigate the impact of a dietary supplement on gaming performance. High level gamers are now realizing the value of nutrition and select dietary ingredients to aid certain aspects of gaming performance, including reaction time, memory and focus. This new study will be the first of its kind to systematically evaluate a novel dietary supplement on performance metrics utilizing the popular game, Fortnite.

Fortnite gamer Applied Food Sciences, Inc.

July 31, 2019

Testing P.E. Fitness Tests - How the Students Feel

Kelly Simonton was part of a new study revealing that school fitness tests have little impact on student attitudes to PE – contrary to polarized views on their merits – and for many students, fitness testing during PE may be wasting valuable class time when used in isolation from the curriculum. The new research published in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy suggests that rather than increasing students’ enjoyment of PE or putting them off the subject, there is little association between fitness tests and student attitudes and emotions towards PE. This finding contradicts the strongly held beliefs of both proponents and critics of the tests.

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Kelly Simonton Physical education class

July 18, 2019

Brandt Pence Awarded Grant from American Heart Association

Brandt Pence (Nutrition Science) received a Transformational Project Award from the American Heart Association. The 3-year, $300,000 grant will allow Dr. Pence to examine how the regulation of mitochondrial function in macrophages can be used to treat atherosclerosis, a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. Co-investigators and consultants on the award include Liza Makowski (University of Tennessee Health Science Center), Daniel Raftery (University of Washington), Robert Read (University of Memphis), and Thomas Sutter (University of Memphis).

Brandt Pierce Awarded American Heart Association Grant American Heart Association