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May 6, 2021

Dietetics alumna receives CPSDA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Dietetic Internship Scholarship

Video courtesy of CPSDA

From the the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA):

Congratulations to the first CPSDA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Dietetic Internship Scholarship recipient, Adria Butler. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Adria earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from the University of Dayton, where she also competed as a student-athlete in track & field. She then earned a bachelor's degree in dietetics from the University of Memphis. Adria will begin her Dietetic Internship at Florida State University in the fall of this year. ⁣

Adria’s interest in sports nutrition began during a summer internship at D1 Sports Training and Therapy. She assisted⁣ in the training of athletes of all ages, including professional athletes. She noticed the benefits of the individualized dietary plans developed for their clients, but their plans were not developed by registered dietitians. She then had the opportunity to serve under the registered dietitian at the University of Memphis Campus Recreation Center’s smoothie bar, which piqued her interest in sports nutrition.

Adria wrote “Working at UofM was an invaluable experience, not only because it was my first job in the field of nutrition, but it also allowed me to be mentored by a registered dietitian who was a young, African-American female like myself. I learned a great deal from her, most notably the need for diversity and cultural competency within the field of dietetics to provide the best care to⁣ patients."

With this scholarship, CPSDA seeks to increase diversity within our organization and throughout the profession with a commitment to supporting increased enrollment of BIPOC students in dietetic internships. 

May 4, 2021

Nutrition professor elected president of MAND

Tracy Bruen

Clinical assistant professor and M.S. Clinical Nutrition/DI program director, Dr. Tracy Bruen, was elected president of the Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) for the 2021-22 term.

Dr. Bruen is passionate about implementing evidence-based practice in the clinical setting and the promotion of registered dietitians as healthcare leaders. Her research interests include diabetes treatment and prevention as well as critical care nutrition. She has served as a mentor and preceptor for students for over 20 years and desires to continue to make a positive impact on the future of the profession.

May 2, 2021

Health Sciences professor elected UofM Faculty Senate president

Pat Travis, PhD

Clinical associate professor and Healthcare Leadership unit coordinator, Dr. Pat Travis, was elected to serve as president-elect of the University Faculty Senate. He will serve in that capacity until April 2022 and transition to president for the 2022-23 term.

The Faculty Senate consists of 44 senators representing departments, independent units and areas across the University. It serves as a forum for the formulation of faculty opinion, a university-wide voice for faculty views and the primary vehicle for faculty participation in University governance. 

April 28, 2021

Health Sciences professor selected for MBJ's 40 Under 40

Dr. Fedoria Rugless

Research assistant professor, Dr. Fedoria Rugless, was selected as one of Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 honorees. For 25 years, the Memphis Business Journal has recognized the best and brightest young professionals in the Mid-South who are making a difference in their professions and in the community.

"Memphis has given me the opportunity to operate and explore vast areas consistent with my passions. It has also created opportunities to meet, network and collaborate with many within the city and community to enhance this area and promote change, growth and development. It has also provided me with additional skills in leadership, being a neutral convener and liaison between various community partners and organizations," says Rugless.

Dr. Rugless also serves as the director of research for Church Health. This dual position was developed by the President's office in collaboration with Church Health leadership, with the vision of developing a nationally recognized collaborative research program between the University and Church Health with the goal of building a strong collaborative research network that enhances the community-based clinical work being done at Church Health, while providing University faculty with the opportunity to conduct research within a model healthcare organization. This role embodies both of her passions and areas of service in the healthcare and research arenas. Ultimately, she desires to reduce healthcare disparities within underserved populations, and for all to obtain holistic health and wellness.

40 Under 40, Class of 2021 >

April 22, 2021

College of Health Sciences students honored by the Office of the President

President's Leadership Awards and Honors Assembly

Student Leadership & Involvement in conjunction with Student Academic Success, the Commencement Office and the Office of the President hosted the President's Leadership Awards and Honors Assembly. This reception honored the University of Memphis' finest and brightest student academic achievements, student leaders and organizations for their dedication to the University. 

Inducted into the 2021 Carson's Circle - MaKayla Carr

MaKayla Carr

2021 Honorees:

2021 Honorees

  • Outstanding Senior in Health Sciences - Taleecia Rodgers
  • Outstanding Healthcare Leadership Student Award - Alexandra Rathbun
  • Outstanding Senior in Exercise, Sport & Movement Sciences Award - Braam Bisscop
  • Outstanding Dietetic Student Award - Ayden C. Hayes
  • Outstanding Health Promotion Student - Ashley Chism
  • Ralph Hatley Award - Stephen Dowda
  • Biomechanics Achievement Award - Adriana Miltko and Alexis K. Nelson
  • Exercise Physiology Achievement Award - Wangkuk Son
  • Eleanor Mae Ferguson Award - Kimberley Smit
  • Outstanding Contribution to Student Life - Desiree' Dyson
  • The Melvin A. Humphreys Prize for Student Research - Megan R. Ryan (not pictured)

2020 Honorees:

2020 Honorees

  • Outstanding Dietetic Student Award - Ashlyn Redmond
  • Outstanding Senior in Health Sciences - Jose Manuel Sanchez
  • Outstanding Health Promotion Student - Madison Mills
  • Outstanding Healthcare Leadership Student Award - Melissa King (not pictured)

April 22, 2021

Applying Sport Science Podcast Premieres

Daniel Greenwood, PhDApplying Sport Science Podcast

In this podcast series, Human Performance Center director Dr. Daniel Greenwood chats openly and honestly with coaches, athletes and scientists about their experiences (both good and bad) with sport science and sport scientists, to help developing and aspiring applied scientists understand the industry, their role, and ultimately how to be effective and contribute to athletic performance.

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April 15, 2021

Health Sciences student elected Lt. Governor of the 112th General Assembly Internship Program

Jada Cooke

Health Sciences senior, Jada Cooke, was elected Lt. Governor of the 112th General Assembly of Tennessee Legislative Internship Program Intern Mock Session. Jada graduates in May and plans to attend graduate school and complete a double major in Occupational Therapy (OT) and Communication. She hopes to become an OT for special needs children or pursue a career in politics.

"For the past four months, I have had the opportunity to participate in the Tennessee Legislative Internship Program with the Tennessee General Assembly. Honestly, I had no idea that this program even existed, until I received an email from the University of Memphis stating that they thought I would be a great fit for the program. Long story short, I was awarded the internship and have learned a lot of valuable information about different events that take place during the legislative process.

Since I have been here, I have worked with Senator Raumesh Akbari and her amazing staff on different bills and resolutions. I have even had the opportunity to write a bill myself concerning the special education programs in public schools. Along with this, I have also had the opportunity to become a writer for the TLIP newsletter. However, once the program was coming to an end, I felt like something was missing.

With this in mind, I decided to run for the 2021 Lieutenant Governor for the Tennessee Legislative Internship Program Intern Mock Session. During this election process, I learned a lot about myself and how to work better with others. I have taken time out of my days to allow others to get to know me as not just an acquaintance, but a future leader. For that, I am eternally grateful.

I would like to thank everyone who believed that a shy young lady, could become an outspoken woman and do amazing things in this position. Also, I would like to personally thank Senator Akbari, Ms. Patton, Mr. Gaye, Mr. Puttbrese, Ms. Frierson, Professor Dawkins, Professor Langston and the entire College of Health Sciences for pushing me every day and believing that I could do it from the very beginning."

April 13, 2021

Faculty member selected as Academic Research Fellow at the Hooks Institute

Shameka Hamlin-Palmer

Clinical assistant professor, Dr. Shemeka Hamlin-Palmer, has been selected as an Academic Research Fellow at the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. The Hooks Institute is a premier center for scholars working on race and social justice scholarship. The Academic Research Fellows Program fulfills the Hooks Institute’s mission of teaching, studying, and promoting civil rights and social change.

Dr. Hamlin-Palmer's development has been grounded in theories and methods found in the field of social and behavioral science. In addition to teaching, she has dedicated the past 15 years to working, partnering and collaborating with CBOs, health care organizations and other academic institutions to reduce the impact of health disparities, including HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental health, cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer in minority populations throughout the United States.


April 6, 2021

College of Health Sciences hosts final Healthy Conversations event of the season

Healthy Gut, Healthy life

The microbiome is made up of many trillions of bacteria living in and on your body. Everyone has a unique microbiome - your geography, health status, stress level, age, gender and diet can affect the composition of your microbiome and the types of bacteria found in your body. Our diets have a large impact on the types and abundance of bacteria found in the gut. By changing the foods you eat, you can influence your microbiome’s balance.

This panel discussion included a nutrition scientist, clinical dietitian and gastroenterologist covering recent research on the gut microbiome and its role in human health. Learn clinical perspectives and recommendations for improving gut health. When your microbiome is balanced, your entire body benefits.

Presented by:

  • Marie van der Merwe, PhD - Associate Professor / Nutrition Scientist, University of Memphis
  • Anna Tuttle, MS, RD, LDN - Clinical Dietitian, UT Health Science Center / Le Bonheur Children's Hospital 
  • Mark Corkins, MD - Gastroenterologist, UT Health Science Center / Le Bonheur Children's Hospital

March 16, 2021

PETE Alumnus recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education

Andy Martin holding award

Physical Education Teacher Education alumnus, Andy Martin, was selected as the Coordinated School Health Coordinator of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Education. He was selected for his work at Germantown Municipal School District and for leading the charge to keep students engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some initiatives he implemented:

  • Virtual Run Challenge for Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Virtual Run for Walk Across TN
  • No Smoke November Anti-Tobacco Campaign
  • Toys for Tots drive
  • The Fitness Warehouse (staff exercise challenge for January)
  • The Biggest Loser (staff weight loss challenge from Jan-March)
  • Learning Labels nutrition experience (teach students to read nutrition labels)
  • Germantown Gets Cooking Challenge (student and staff cooking challenge)
  • Hydrate for Health (student and staff water intake challenge)
  • Staff Yoga Sessions taught by licensed instructor

March 10, 2021

PETE student receives honors from Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD)

Stephen Dowda standing on trackStephen Dowda

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) senior, Stephen Dowda, received the James E. Ward Student Honor Award for the University of Memphis and was selected as the overall TAHPERD 2020 James E. Ward Future Professional Award winner for Tennessee. Stephen is the first overall winner from the University of Memphis PETE program within the last 10 years. He graduates this semester and looks forward to a successful career as a Physical Education teacher. 

James E. Ward Future Professional Honor Award was established to recognize an outstanding Tennessee college or university student majoring in health, physical education, recreation, dance and/or related areas. 

February 26, 2021

Faculty honored as Principal Investigators

Kelly SimontonFY20 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 2020 PIs, faculty authors and editors.

Kelly Simonton was honored this year as a first-time PI. Other FY20 honored faculty were Richard Bloomer (PI Millionaire), Daniel Greenwood, Brandt Pence, Douglas Powell and Marie van der Merwe.

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. 

February 21, 2021

College of Health Sciences partners with Movendo Technology to predict, evaluate and treat sports injuries in student athletes

Photo by Movendo Technology

The College of Health Sciences has partnered with Movendo Technology to integrate Movendo’s robotic system hunova© into the screening and physical rehabilitation of their student athletes for knee related deficits, concussions and overall performance.

The hunova© is a programmable robotic medical device consisting of two independent electromechanical movable platforms, one at foot level and one at seat level. The device, which can deliver more than 200 evaluations and exercises for postural control, stretching, muscle strengthening, balance, core stability and proprioception, operates in active, passive and assistive modes.

“Objective evaluations and individualized training are key for preventing injuries, optimizing performance and better return-to-play decisions,” explains assistant professor, Dr. Douglas Powell. “We are planning to evaluate and train student athletes from almost all sports teams for both baseline and throughout the season with the hunova©. The Memphis Tigers will certainly profit from this new technology.”


February 16, 2021

ESMS associate professor selected to coach 2021 USATF team
Dr. Max Paquette

Associate professor, Dr. Max Paquette, was selected for the men’s distance team coach position for the United States of America Track & Field (USATF) association at the 2021 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 champs in St. George, Grenada.

He will serve as an assistant coach to cover men’s distance (800m, 1500m, 3000m steeplechase, 5000m, 10000m, 10000m/20000m race walk), ensure Team USA's training plans prescribed by their personal coaches are executed, help athletes in any way needed during the competition, and collaborate with medical support staff, personal coaches and other Team USA staff ensuring a safe and successful competition for the athletes.

The NACAC athletics association hosts an under 23 years (U23) and a senior (any age - professionals) championship competition that both occur every two years in countries that make up NACAC. 

February 13, 2021

PETE assistant professor receives top honors

Dr. Kelly Simonton 

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) assistant professor, Dr. Kelly Simonton, was selected as the SHAPE America Southern District's Taylor Dodson Award winner. This award recognizes an outstanding young professional under 40 years of age who is a contributor within the health, physical education, sport and leisure, and dance fields or to the profession through allied fields. They must also be of high moral character whose contributions have most fully expressed the spirit of service which the award represents.

Dr. Simonton's work has had a profound impact on students as he prepares them with best teaching practices which amplify the status of the PETE field in schools and communities. He believes that professional expectations and service must involve continuous engagement in best practices, learning and helping those in the field to optimize the Physical Education programs being offered to students. Dr. Simonton's beliefs, commitment and work in Physical Education represent the spirit of service as represented by the Taylor Dodson Young Professional Award.

Dr. Simonton has been with the UofM College of Health Sciences for two years and spent the previous five years as a doctoral student and PETE instructor at Louisiana State University. His research focus revolves around achievement motivation in physical education and physical activity, specifically as it relates to student and teacher emotions and their motivational effects. His primary interests involve understanding the influence of emotion and motivation as well as the essential antecedents and outcomes of emotions in these settings. Subsequently, his research includes exploration into understanding teacher effectiveness, student value and behavioral outcomes.

Other interests include secondary physical education curriculum development and physical education teacher education training. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Quest and Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. He has been the lead or co-author of 23 presentations at SHAPE America state and national conventions and has presented at several other state, national and international conferences including International Association for Physical Education for Higher Education (AIESEP) and North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA).

February 10, 2021

PETE alumna receives Teacher of the Year award

Crystal Williams

UofM Physical Education Teacher Education alumna, Crystal Williams, was selected as the SHAPE America Southern District Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Crystal is a University of Memphis graduate, who received both a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education Teacher Education and master’s degree in Health Sports Science. She has over 10 years of experience in health and fitness which includes teaching at the college level, pre-K-8 physical education and sport coaching.

Currently, she is an elementary physical education teacher at Bailey Station Elementary - Collierville, SHAPE ELIT member, Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD) VP-elect and TAHPERD technology chair. In past years, she was a lead physical education teacher for her school district and a Cooperating Teacher for the University of Memphis.

February 6, 2021

CHS instructor featured on The Strength Game podcast

Alex Carnall

College of Health Sciences instructor and Human Performance Center sport scientist, Alex Carnall, was a guest on episode 16 of The Strength Game podcast. He discusses bridging academic research with applied coaching, the importance of possessing an athletic background, integrating sport science based on sport coach-driven questions and more.

As an athlete, Alex played collegiate baseball and has medaled and competed at both the state and national levels in weightlifting. Alex is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a member of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Society of Biomechanics. 


February 4, 2021

Faculty Spotlight

Cheri Kilmurray

Health Sciences instructor, Cheri Kilmurray, was invited to give a poster presentation at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco annual conference in February for her poster, "Perceptions of cigarette pictorial health warning labels among adults in Jordan." Dr. Kenneth Ward from the UofM School of Public Health (SPH) was lead for the project and also an author on the poster. Kilmurray is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in the UofM SPH.

This study looked at the effects of 24 pictorial cigarette health warning labels (PHWLs) and its effects on adults in Jordan. They developed and tested 24 PHWLs focusing on four risk themes (general health, female-specific, male-specific and child secondhand exposure). Smokers and non-smokers rated how images affected their motivation to quit or not start smoking, respectively. Attention, knowledge and fear also were rated. Cessation and prevention motivation ratings were uniformly high across the four risk themes. Sex differences were observed in responses to PHWLs that featured male-specific health risks suggesting that it is advantageous to target images of male-specific tobacco related diseases to men. These results indicate that this set of PHWLs may be useful for smoking prevention/cessation efforts among adults in Jordan. 

February 3, 2021

Graduate Student Spotlight

Richard Beltran

Exercise, Sport & Movement Sciences graduate student and Musculoskeletal Analysis Laboratory graduate assistant, Richard Beltran, landed a Performance Science internship with the Major League Baseball team, Tamp Bay Rays, beginning this summer. He will have the opportunity to integrate sports science, athletic training, strength and conditioning, and nutrition aimed at improving the performance and well-being of players across the entire Rays organization. Richard earned his undergraduate degree in exercise science from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. and will earn his Master of Science from the College of Health Sciences this spring.


January 26, 2021

From Student to Professional - Becoming a Sport Scientist

Research assistant professor and Human Performance Center director, Dr. Daniel Greenwood, was the presenter for our first spring 2021 Healthy Conversations event. This virtual presentation shared his decades of applied sport experience and introduces the newly released ‘Professional Education Certification in Sport Science’ which seeks to help participants with the applied and practical skills, understanding and training to adapt their education knowledge to real-life sport settings.

Sport science is gaining momentum in high performance settings with coaches, athletes, trainers and management both asking more questions and hiring more staff to work alongside them. More and more often, individuals, groups and teams seek data driven information based on scientific principles to better guide athletic development and performance optimization.

While thousands of students graduate annually from universities with the knowledge to contribute in these areas, it is the ability to apply that knowledge and maneuver through the sporting landscape which dictates those with successful applied careers.

PowerPoint presentation slides available upon request » daniel.greenwood@memphis.edu

January 13, 2021

Human Performance Center director featured as guest on podcast

Research assistant professor and Human Performance Center director, Dr. Daniel Greenwood, was a featured guest on the Alto Sports Performance podcast. They discuss sport science, coach engagement, and the importance of ensuring work is applied and impacting athlete performance.

Listen on Spotify >

December 19, 2020

Nutrition and Dietetics faculty and students lead virtual culinary nutrition classes

Bridge Builders Culinary ClassBridge Builders Culinary Class

Clinical associate professor Mary Catherine Schallert with CHS Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics students are leading culinary nutrition classes for members of the Bridge Builders program. The curriculum is developed by Angelika Briones and Sara-Grace Long for their senior project. The above Zoom photos are from the second of the six-class series featuring Maggie Herin (Clinical Nutrition graduate student and CHS Dietetics alumna '19), Ayden Hayes (Dietetics senior), Christian Hill (Dietetics junior) and Sarah Guthrie (Dietetics senior). Other participants include Caroline Duncan, Karen Navarro and Katherine Waits.

Bridge Builders programs (part of Bridges USA) transform young people in countless ways, and the result is a growing community of young leaders poised to reach across, lead the way and build our community. The virtual culinary nutrition classes are made up of students from grades 7 through 12.

December 11, 2020

CHS student, alumna and faculty recognized by MAND

Maggie HerinLaura CantrellSara Foley

Every year, the Memphis Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) recognizes outstanding dietetic students and dietitians. We'd like to recognize this year's recipients from the College of Health Sciences.

Outstanding Dietetics Student of the Year: Maggie Herin ’21 - graduate student in our Clinical Nutrition Master's and Dietetic Internship program 
Demonstrates academic achievement as documented by letters from program faculty or preceptors, and demonstrate leadership and professional potential.

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year: Laura Cantrell, CHS Alumna ’18 – Master of Science in Nutrition
Demonstrates concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population. Demonstrates leadership, e.g., legislation, research, education, clinical dietetics, food service management, public relations, career guidance, etc., in the association or employment.

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year: Sara Foley, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND; CHS Clinical Assistant Professor
Demonstrates concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutrition status of the population, and demonstrate leadership in the association or employment, minimum of 35 years old AND has worked a minimum of 10 years as RDN.

December 2, 2020

CHS faculty awarded COrS grant

Brandt PenceCOrS Co-PIs

College of Health Sciences faculty were awarded one of 18 Community of Research Scholars (COrS) grants from the University of Memphis Division of Research and Innovation. Dr. Brandt Pence is Principal Investigator for the grant that will support the creation of a regional interest group: "Metabolism, Immunity, and Inflammation Mid-South" (MIIMS). College of Health Sciences co-investigators include Dr. Melissa Puppa, Dr. Marie van der Merwe and Dr. Yufeng Zhang. The group will hold a regular academic conference for investigators with broad interests in this research area. The interest group is intended to facilitate research collaborations between investigators in the Mid-South region. The group will be co-directed by Dr. Liza Makowski from UTHSC.

The CoRS Program is designed to cultivate interdisciplinary discourse and nurture the growth of research affinity groups across campus. Each 'community' includes faculty representing multiple disciplinary perspectives and research approaches with shared interests in exploring a common research theme.

December 1, 2020

CHS faculty awarded COrS grant

Fedoria RuglessCOrS grant Co-PIs

College of Health Sciences faculty were awarded one of 18 Community of Research Scholars (COrS) grants from the University of Memphis Division of Research and Innovation. Dr. Fedoria Rugless is Principal Investigator (PI) on the project “Capacity Building for Broader Impacts” along with Dr. Barbara McClanahan, Dr. Jebose Okwumabua and Dr. Shelly Stockton as Co-PIs and part of the research team as faculty experts.

This project seeks to engage our faculty in capacity building for broader impacts via grantsmanship workshops to foster their knowledge base and skills in community-based research.  This will be a pilot study that will start with training faculty in the College of Health Studies. It will be a series of workshops that will focus on building individual capacity for broader impacts with an emphasis on community competence and relationships, on building partnerships for broader impacts, connecting for meaningful research and community outcomes, communicating broader impacts and research dissemination. 

The CoRS Program is designed to cultivate interdisciplinary discourse and nurture the growth of research affinity groups across campus. Each 'community' includes faculty representing multiple disciplinary perspectives and research approaches with shared interests in exploring a common research theme.

November 19, 2020

Graduate Student Spotlight

Jenny Gee

Jennifer Gee will be receiving her Master of Science in Health Studies with a concentration in Health Promotion.⁣ She was a graduate assistant with our Health Promotion unit and led the UofM Step It Up walking program. She has already landed a job at FedEx as a health fitness professional through HealthFitness. In her position, she will be teaching group fitness classes, personal training, and planning and implementing health and wellness programs for members.⁣ Jennifer is originally from Houston, Texas and received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in wellness from the University of Texas at San Antonio.⁣

November 2, 2020

Faculty Spotlight - "Why runners should end their obsession with weekly mileage"

Max Paquette

Runners obsess over weekly mileage. Weekly mileage has long been king when it comes to endurance sport, but new research is suggesting that when you’re planning training, it shouldn’t be the only marker of your workload. Dr. Max Paquette recently published a paper on the topic, urging runners to stop obsessing over their mileage, but to look at it alongside several other factors in their training. He wants it to be one measure of training, not the whole equation. “When you start thinking about it, you realize that distance and minutes run don’t mean the same thing for every person. We’re not saying you should throw out distance entirely, we’re saying that when it comes to monitoring the response to training, relying on mileage only can be misleading.”


October 18, 2020

Inside the Immune Response - UofM Fall 2020 Magazine

Dr. Brandt Pence

The UofM College of Health Sciences was featured in the latest issue of the University of Memphis magazine. “Inside the Immune Response”, featuring assistant professor Dr. Brandt Pence, dives into how the research he is conducting could help identify effective therapies for COVID-19 patients.

UofM Fall 2020 Magazine >

October 16, 2020

Faculty and student served at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates

Ashley RedmondMary Catherine Schallert

Dietetics senior Ashlyn Redmond was selected as one of 12 Dietetics students nationally to serve as a scribe for the 105th meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates (HOD). In this role, Ashlyn was responsible for capturing key thoughts from delegate discussions in order for them to be reported out to the body at large and used in impacting policy and direction for the Academy.

Clinical associate professor Mary Catherine Schallert was elected to serve as the Tennessee Delegate for the Academy’s House of Delegates. The topic of this session of the House was “How Can the Academy and its Members Accelerate Nutrition and Health Equity”.

As a forum of leadership development, the HOD positions and educates members for leadership opportunities within the Academy. Leadership from the House of Delegates aims to empower the profession by embracing its values, developing a progressive culture and reflecting on the diversity for the future of the organization. The Academy implements strategic planning and changes through policies, actions and composition to embody the vision and voice of its members.


October 15, 2020

CHS scientists evaluate hydration product

Dr. Jackie PenceNuun

Dr. Jackie Pence is lead author on a recent study published in the journal, Nutrients that evaluated the effects of Nuun electrolyte tablets on fluid balance in men and women. The study was conducted in the Center for Nutraceutical and Dietary Supplement Research, within the College of Health Sciences. A follow up study is now planned using the Nuun Instant powder sticks. Dr. Richard Bloomer is the principal investigator and recipient of this research funding, which was provided by Nuun & Company, Inc. 

October 13, 2020

Clinical assistant professor selected as MIT Catalyst Fellow

Dr. Tracy Bruen

Dr. Tracy Bruen, clinical assistant professor and director of our M.S. Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Internship program, was selected as a 2020 MIT Catalyst Fellowship recipient. She is one of 12 fellows who were selected from three cities across the U.S. Dr. Bruen will be working with the Memphis VA Medical Center and VHA Innovation leaders to help research and find solutions for problems related to disparities in healthcare access, technology, health management improvement and health system resilience in the Memphis area. 

Catalyst Fellows collaborate with one another and with practicing professionals in areas relevant to healthcare to identify and develop new biomedical research projects. Working together and with the guidance of Catalyst faculty and mentors, they identify medical needs that can be met with innovative technologies, build multiprofessional teams to design these new technologies, and launch projects that show strong potential for healthcare impact. This program is designed to expedite solutions into action and sustain them over time. 

October 8, 2020

Inside the UofM sports science lab: ‘Prehab’ instead of rehab

By Danielle Lerner, Daily Memphian - 

“Let’s go, Danielle! Push!” 

As the small crowd urged me on, I ignored the burning in my quads and focused on extending my leg upward, combating the machine’s resistance. The seat belt tightened across my chest as I leaned forward in my seat and gripped the padded handles at my sides, determined to fight through fatigue.

Eight, nine, 10 times — and then it was over, my effort quantified in a line graph on a computer screen. 

I wasn’t expecting to work out in a lab in front of a cheering squad of grad students, but then again, I guess most people wouldn’t know what to expect when being analyzed by sports scientists. Unless you’re a Memphis basketball player. 

College players spend huge chunks of their lives hunting for a competitive edge — how to jump higher, run faster, rehab quicker, eat better. For the Tigers, help is in their own backyard.



October 7, 2020

CHS associate professor awarded Science Educator of the Year

Max Paquette in LabMax Paquette

Dr. Max Paquette was named 2020 Tennessee's Science Educator of the Year for Higher Education. Each year educators across Tennessee are nominated by their peers to be chosen as an outstanding Science Educator. There are four levels of awards recognized by the Tennessee Science Teacher's Association: K-4, 5-8, high school and higher education.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Paquette is the director of the Musculoskeletal Analysis Laboratory and biomechanist within the Human Performance Center. He advises undergraduate internship students, master's students and serves on multiple doctoral dissertation committees. Dr. Paquette actively collaborates with researchers from other institutions within the U.S. and around the world and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Society for Biomechanics and International Society of Biomechanics.

October 6, 2020

Alumni Spotlight

Matt Butawan

It’s National Physician Assistant Week! We’d like to recognize CHS alumnus, Matt Butawan, who is currently in the Physician Assistant program at Christian Brothers University. Matt earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Science in Nutrition Science from the University of Memphis. He also worked as a research associate for our Human Performance Center and Center for Nutraceutical and Dietary Supplement Research and co-authored dozens of research journal articles while pursuing his graduate degree in the College of Health Sciences.

October 1, 2020

Student Spotlight

Lauren Fischer

Congratulations to Lauren Fischer for being awarded the Patsy Jane O’Malley Memorial Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics Foundation. Lauren is in our Clinical Nutrition Master’s and Dietetic Internship program and led our Healthy Teaching Kitchen last year as a graduate assistant. 

She is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, but has lived in Memphis since 2003. After graduating in December, her goal is to become a registered dietitian. She is drawn to the connection and impact that food has on our overall health and would like to work in an area of dietetics with that concept in mind.

September 21, 2020

Student Spotlight

Martín Del Real

Congratulations to Clinical Nutrition graduate student, Martín Del Real, on being awarded the Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

Martín was born and raised in Panama and moved to United States in 2012. He graduated from California State University Sacramento with a bachelor’s in food and nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics. Martín served on the UofM Human Performance Center's 2019-2020 Tiger Bites Nutrition team. He is currently working towards a Master of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in clinical and completing his dietetic internship in the UofM College of Health Sciences.

August 29, 2020

Faculty Spotlight

Max Paquette

Congratulations to associate professor Dr. Max Paquette on being named an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Fellow. ACSM Fellowship is an elite member status to recognize commendable service, to encourage continued service to the College in a leadership role with ongoing dedication, and to recognize distinguished achievement in sports medicine and related disciplines.

August 24, 2020

CHS research study featured on local news

Local 24 News featured College of Health Sciences and our Fortnite research study on their nightly news program. Dean Dr. Richard Bloomer is conducting the gaming study and is looking for gamers to play along. Participants will get paid $300 to play the game Fortnite, three separate times in a lab at the University. The study is evaluating whether caffeine or a proprietary herbal supplement will improve the gamer's mental ability and performance.

"A lot of the individuals involved in gaming activities are interested in using supplements because some of these individuals will play for 8, 10 hours, 12 at a time," said Bloomer. "A lot of times I think gaming gets a bad rap. People think if you're playing hours, playing these things, you are wasting your mind away. But we do know there is some value performing certain tasks competitively and very rapidly."


August 22, 2020

Student Spotlight

Brianna JamesBCBSTN

Photo by: Chris Chip Heard

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation has awarded $10,000 scholarships to minority students pursuing degrees in healthcare to help reduce health disparities by improving workforce diversity.  College of Health Sciences exercise, sport & movement sciences major, Brianna James, was named as one of the six recipients.

“In my time as an athlete and a college student, I’ve seen schools with great athletic programs that still have insufficient access to quality physical therapy,” she says. “I want to bring that access to underserved areas because I know how important rehab can be.”


August 19, 2020

Student Scholarship Winners

Teren ParteeShawn Glasscock

Congratulations to Teren Partee and Shawn Glasscock, winners of our $200 book scholarships sponsored in part by the University of Memphis Campus Community Fund. They participated in this summer's College of Health Sciences student success initiative, the Virtual Student Summer Institute, founded by Dr. Niki Bray.

August 10, 2020

UofM faculty receive Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services grant

Jebose Okwumabua

College of Health Sciences faculty, Dr. Theresa Okwumabua and Dr. Onyejebose Okwumabua, received $102,000 from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to continue implementing the “Substance Use Prevention Among Vulnerable Youth” project. The aim of this work is three-fold: 1) to deter substance use and the associated disciplinary problems among youth participating in a local job training program; 2) to reduce negative separations from the program, due to, for example, violation of the program’s substance use policies; and 3) to foster positive youth development, as measured by successful program completion, positive health and life-enhancing conflict resolution and decision-making skills, substance use risk perceptions and enhanced protective factors.

August 8, 2020

Summer 2020 Graduates

Congratulations to our Summer 2020 graduates! We awarded 113 bachelor's and four master's degrees to the last class graduating under the School of Health Studies name. Our Tigers fought hard and finished strong and we are SO PROUD!

Watch the Summer 2020 University of Memphis online commencement:


August 6, 2020

Faculty Spotlight

Running during the Pandemic - Washington Post

In a survey of around 1,100 people across the United States conducted by researchers at Auburn University and the University of Memphis, 40 percent of respondents said they were running more frequently than they were pre-pandemic, with 27 percent reporting increased distance and 34 percent saying they had upped their minutes running. Exercise, Sport & Movement Sciences associate professor, Dr. Max Paquette, contributed his expertise to Washington Post article, "Running more than ever before? Here are tips for doing it safer and better."

Read More >

August 5, 2020

cytokine stormBrandt PenceYufend Zhang

Brandt Pence (UofM, Health Sciences) and Ted Cory (UTHSC, College of Pharmacy) are joint principal investigators on a pilot project that will examine how cellular senescence affects inflammatory cytokine storm in COVID-19. Cellular senescence is increased during aging and contributes to chronic inflammation and a host of age-related diseases, and it is speculated that lung cell senescence might exacerbate inflammation and fibrosis during COVID-19. These conditions contribute to the acute respiratory distress syndrome which is characteristic of very severe SARS-CoV-2 infections, and therefore they may be biological mechanisms for the disproportionate incidence of severe and fatal COVID-19 in older adults. Yufeng Zhang (UofM, Health Sciences) will also contribute as a co-investigator on the project, which is funded by the UofM/UTHSC Collaborative Research Network (CORNET) program.

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July 21, 2020

Alumni Spotlight

Andy MartinGrahamwood Elementary Virtual Running Club
Students in the Grahamwood Elementary Virtual Running Club have virtually crossed the United States. When Andrew Martin started his virtual running club, all he wanted to do was find new ways to reach out to his students. Following school closures due to the outbreak of  COVID-19, the former Grahamwood Elementary P.E. teacher was forced to shift toward online learning, something that Martin discovered was not easy. As the weeks went on and the quarantine continued, Martin began to brainstorm ways that he could better connect with his students. He eventually landed on the idea of starting a virtual running club. (excerpt by Matthew Harris from Memphis Parent)


July 17, 2020

Clinical Nutrition graduate student receives grant for nutrition education program

Lauren Fischer

Lauren Fischer, graduate student in our Clinical Nutrition & Dietetic Internship program, received funding from the University of Memphis Green Fee proposal committee for her applied project: College Nutrition Education Program with an Emphasis on Hydroponic Gardening and Food Demonstrations. The Green Fee funding is awarded to those whose project meets the objective of building a more sustainable campus. With this funding, Lauren will host a 4-week nutrition education program focusing on fresh herbs, cooking skills and gardening for college students on campus. 


July 8, 2020

Human Performance Center looks to reduce knee injuries

Memphis Tigers Women's Basketball with HPCMemphis Tigers Women's Basketball with HPCMemphis Tigers Women's Basketball with HPC

Dr. Daniel Greenwood, director of our Human Performance Center, worked with the Memphis Tigers Women's Basketball Team to determine how to better prepare the athletes to help prevent injuries. It was among 20 projects with Memphis Tigers Athletics covering a 15-month period where the Center collaborated with coaches to improve on-field, on-court, on-course and on-track performances.


June 30, 2020

College of Health Sciences awarded grant for first-generation initiative

First-Gen Trailblazer's ClubNiki Bray

The College of Health Sciences student success initiative, the Trailblazer’s Club, was awarded over $2,000 by the University of Memphis Campus Community Fund to support the goals of the program. Founded in 2020 by Dr. Niki Bray, Director of Academic Innovation & Student Success, the Trailblazer’s Club is an organization designed to focus on the success of over 600 first-generation undergraduate students in College of Health Sciences. The Club will use these funds in part for book scholarships awarded to select participants of our Virtual Student Summer Institute.

June 26, 2020

Drowning prevention grant awarded to College of Health Sciences

Lifeguard trainingDebra WyattBlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust

The College of Health Sciences, led by the efforts of instructor/coordinator Debra Wyatt, was awarded $10,000 from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust for our drowning prevention program. This award enables the continuation of free AHA BLS certifications and allows for the expansion of the program to provide free lifeguard training and certification, which will also provide students with a marketable skill for employment.

The award will help us address the nationwide shortage of lifeguards, which is fundamental in preventing death due to drownings. To help students with the skills test to enter into the lifeguard class, free swimming classes and workshops will be offered to help develop conditioning and improve swimming abilities.

June 20, 2020

Faculty Feature

 Cadence in Running

For runners, all mileage is not created equal. Pace and conditions are common considerations but Dr. 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 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.