Accomplishments: Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences

May 19, 2020
Jason Avedesian and Janet Dufek (both Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), recently published two papers, "The Influence of Sport-Related Concussion on Lower Extremity Injury Risk: A Review of Current Return-to-Play Practices and Clinical Implications" and "Landing Biomechanics in Adolescent Athletes With and Without a History of Sports-Related Concussion" in the International Journal of Exericse Science and Journal of Applied Biomechanics. Their papers examined how sports-related concussion...
May 8, 2020
James Navalta, Kara N. Radzak, Graham R. McGinnis, Gabriela Guzman Ramirez, and Crystal Maxwell (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) recently published an article, "Validity and Reliability of Three Commercially Available Smart Sports Bras during Treadmill Walking and Running," in the journal Scientific Reports. This is the first literature published on the accuracy of heart rate in smart sports bras as wearable technology devices. Guzman and Maxwell are students.
May 7, 2020
John Mercer, Andrew Craig-Jones, and Daniel Denton (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) are co-authors, along with lead author Kenji Masumoto of Japan's Kyushu University, on a manuscript published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. The manuscript is titled "The Effects of Stride Frequency Manipulation on Physiological and Perceptual Responses during Backward and Forward Running with Body Weight Support." Craig-Jones is a doctoral student. Denton is an undergraduate.
May 1, 2020
Jason Longhurst and co-authors Morgan Wise, Daniel Krist, Caitlin Moreland, Jon Basterrechea, and Merrill Landers (all Kinesiology and Physical Therapy) recently published an article, “Brain Volumes and Dual-task Performance Correlates Among Individuals with Cognitive Impairment: A Retrospective Analysis,” which will be published soon in the Journal of Neural Transmission. The authors examined medical records of 65 patients with memory loss who had received physical therapy to determine if...
April 29, 2020
Dharini Bhammar (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Danielle Strozza (Medicine), and co-authors recently published a paper, “Pitfalls in Expiratory Flow Limitation Assessment at Peak Exercise in Children: Role of Thoracic Gas Compression,” in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.  The article investigated the effects of thoracic gas compression on assessment of expiratory flow limitation at peak exercise in children with and without obesity.  The findings show that when...
April 27, 2020
Dustin Davis, James Navalta, Graham McGinnis, Arpita Basu (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), Reimund Serafica (Nursing), and Ken Izuora (Medicine) published a comprehensive invited review on the role of acute dietary polyphenols and post-meal physical activity in improving postprandial hyperglycemia and related metabolic impairments immediately following meal consumption in adults with the metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes. This report is part of the ongoing research project led by...
April 22, 2020
James Navalta (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), who is the co-founder and executive editor of the International Journal of Exercise Science (IJES) received notice that the journal has been formally accepted into Scopus. IJES is a student-focused journal in the field of kinesiology, requiring student authorship and providing opportunities for young professionals to be involved in the peer-review process. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database and provides journal metrics...
April 13, 2020
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) published an invited commentary in the Journal of Nutrition on the role of culinary spices in reducing inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease. The commentary involved a recent article published in the same journal that showed a high-saturated fat and high-carbohydrate meal with spices can remarkably lower after-meal release of inflammatory cytokines when compared to the same meal with no spices in overweight/obese men. 
April 6, 2020
Samantha Coogan (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) has received the 2020 Academic Assessment Award for an individual. This award is given by the office of the vice provost for academic programs and the office of academic assessment.     She was nominated by professor John Mercer and Dean Ronald Brown for her work to develop academic assessment practices for the didactic program in nutrition and dietetics. Her work to acquire feedback from community partners and strengthen the assessment...
March 11, 2020
The CSUN Faculty Achievement Award recognizes faculty members for outstanding dedication to students through advising, classroom instruction, mentorship, or special events. Those receiving the award in 2020 are: William Ramsey, College of Liberal Arts, department of philosophy Caitlin Saladino, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West Brett Levner, College of Fine Arts, department of film Shubhra Bansal, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, department...
January 3, 2020
John Mercer (Kinesiology) gave a presentation at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, titled "Bridging the Gap Between Research and Application."
November 6, 2019
 John Mercer, Boram Lim, Cordero Roche, and Andrew Craig-Jones (all Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) presented a symposium on their research “Physics and Physiology of Endurance Sports: Swim, Bike, and Run” at the 2019 Southwest American College of Sports medicine annual meeting. This was the first conference presentation for the three doctoral students under the guidance of Mercer.