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kinesiology and nutrition sciences Accomplishments

Dec 19, 2017
John Mercer (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) gave a presentation titled 'Why Do We Run the Way We Run?' at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. The presentation was attended by Kyushu University faculty and graduate and undergraduate students as well as by high school students interested in exercise science.

Dec 14, 2017
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) recently published an invited review article on the emerging role of dietary fruits and their bioactive compounds in the prevention and management of arthritis in the journal Food and Function. Basu co-authored this paper with Dr. Hal Scofield, a renowned rheumatologist at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. This review is based on Basu's ongoing clinical research on the role of nutritional supplements in arthritis.

Dec 8, 2017
Kara Radzak (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) presented “Defining Athletic Training in a Military Setting: A Survey Investigation into Profession Characteristics of Working with Tactical Athletes” during the 4th International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance, which took place in Melbourne, Australia. Her presentation was part of the “Health and Physical Training” portion of the program. The four-day conference addressed multiple topics within military human performance research including physical performance, injury prevention, and thermoregulation and environmental issues.

Nov 15, 2017
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition) published four invited book chapters in a series titled Biomarkers in Disease: Methods, Discoveries and Applications published by Springer this year. It is the most comprehensive evidence-based text on this topic. These book chapters are based on the original published research by Basu and her colleagues in clinical nutrition and epidemiology. The chapters are: "Dietary Soy Phytoestrogens and Biomarkers of Osteoporosis" "Hepatic Biomarkers in Diabetes as Modulated by Dietary Phytochemicals" "Lipids and Lipoproteins as Biomarkers of Vascular Complications in Diabetes and their Modulation by Dietary Phytochemicals" "Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers in Clinical Use and their Modulation by Functional Foods"

Nov 13, 2017
Ashley Tovar, James Navalta, Laura Kruskall, and Jack Young (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) co-authored “The Effect of Moderate Consumption of Non-nutritive Sweeteners on Glucose Tolerance and Body Composition in Rats,” which explored whether consumption of non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose altered body fat distribution. The article, which appeared in the November issue of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, was based on Tovar's master's thesis.  

Oct 11, 2017
Laura J. Kruskall (Nutrition Sciences) co-authored, Nutrition for Sport, Exercise, and Health. Fellow authors include Marie A. Spano and D. Travis Thomas. The book includes applied content and research-based guidelines to help students distinguish between nutrition recommendations backed by science and the plethora of misinformation available in the field. This comprehensive resource blends nutrition and exercise science with practical information to provide a clear understanding of how nutrition affects sports, exercise, and overall health.

Oct 10, 2017
Kara Radzak (Athletic Training) accepted an invitation to be the sole athletic trainer for Team USA during the 2017 World Archery Para Championship in Beijing, China. The event is held biannually and is second to the Paralympic Games in event prestige. The championship event received more than 200 athletes from nearly 40 nations who competed in 14 medal events, including six individual events. Team USA won three individual and two team medals.

Sep 25, 2017
John Mercer and Tedd Girouard (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) served as guest speakers during the FuelTalk Human Performance Summit, which brought performance industry leaders to share their knowledge about fueling the mind, body, and soul. Mercer spoke during the “Mindfulness and Meditation” during endurance performance topic, and athletic training program director Girouard spoke during the Nutrition and Athletic Performance topic.

Sep 11, 2017
Tedd Girouard (Athletic Training) served as keynote speaker during the “Strength Training for Endurance Athletes Seminar” hosted by the Las Vegas Triathlon Club. An accomplished triathlete, he addressed multiple aspects of strength training including frequency, training time management, and which exercises are most beneficial when preparing for an endurance competition.

Sep 8, 2017
Dharini Bhammar (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) is a co-investigator on a five-year, $2.7 million RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine whether overweight children have more breathing limitations, intolerance for exercise, and breathlessness when exercising compared to normal-weight children, leading to possible misdiagnoses for conditions such as asthma. The project will be conducted at the Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, a joint program of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Resources. Preliminary data has been published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and presented during the annual international meetings of Experimental Biology and the American College of Sports Medicine.