With the new school year on the horizon, the College of Health & Human Performance has several important updates and exciting news to share, including the formation fo two departments and new department chairs.
This summer, Dr. Mildred Maldonado-Molina joins HHP as the new Health Education & Behavior department chair. She comes to the college from the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics at the UF College of Medicine where she is an Associate Professor and Director of the Family Data Center.
This summer, Dr. David Vaillancourt moves into his new role as the Applied Physiology & Kinesiology department chair. He joined UF and APK in 2011, and in addition to the role of professor, Vaillancourt served as director of the Center for Exercise Science and vice-chair for the department.
Amy R. Mobley, Ph.D., associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Health Education & Behavior, received the Nutrition Education and Behavioral Science RIS Mid-Career Award supported by Abbott Nutrition.
Robert “Bob” Singer, Ph.D., retired chair of HHP’s Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (formerly Exercise and Sport Sciences), passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the age of 82.
In partnership with the Walt Disney World Company, the University of Florida’s College of Health & Human Performance now offers an expanded selection of online master’s degrees to Disney employees. Master’s degrees in Tourism and Recreation Management, Applied Physiology and Kinesiology and Health Education and Behavior will join the Bachelor of Science in Sport Management as online degrees eligible for 100 percent tuition coverage under Disney Aspire.
On Sunday, May 5, the College of Health & Human Performance recognized degree recipients in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Dean Michael Reid, Ph.D., presided over the ceremony for Spring 2019 graduates in the departments of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology; Health Education and Behavior; Sport Management; and Tourism, Event and Recreation Management.
On April 12, 2019, Robert Leeman, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Health Education & Behavior, was named the inaugural Mary F. Lane Endowed Professor which will be housed in HHP in perpetuity.
On April 12, 2019, we recognized 12 HHP alumni, faculty, staff and students who are making an impact within The Gator Nation and beyond. Their impact is profound and they are a source of inspiration and pride.
In collaboration with Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, HHP welcomed elementary school students for an immersive biomechanics experience featuring 10 labs and four departments.
On Monday, April 15, HHP hosted “Transparency: Physiology, Wellness and Beyond in the Trans Community.” The event featured student presentations on physiological changes during the medical transition process. Presenters from Dr. Joslyn Ahlgren’s human physiology class responded to questions posed by faculty judges and members of the community. Attendees had the opportunity to learn new information shared by LGBTQ advocates and take this knowledge forward into professional careers and other opportunities.
Earlier in April, the university celebrated Graduate Student Appreciation Week with a university-wide research day and awards ceremony. Congratulations to six graduate students recognized for outstanding mentoring, teaching and research.
On Monday, April 8, Brittany Schambow, academic advisor in the Department of Health Education & Behavior, was selected as UF’s Professional Advisor of the Year. This award is a testament to Schambow’s outstanding student advising and commitment to professional development.
This is the second year in a row an advisor from HHP earned this campus-wide recognition. In 2018, DeEtta Rhodes, academic advisor in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, earned the top spot across all UF colleges.
Both the College of Health and Human Performance and Multicultural and Diversity Affairs are proud to announce their first informational event focused on physiology and wellness in the transgender community. “Transparency: Physiology, Wellness and Beyond in the Trans Community,” will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in the Florida Gym on April 15.
UF faculty, including Dr. Angélica Almeyda Zambrano, are collaborating with a team of international researchers to understand how ancient landscapes can help us design, plan, organize and maintain systems resilient to cultural and ecological change.
On March 19, HHP hosted the 34th annual D.K. Stanley Lecture Series featuring noted Stanford professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences and former Obama administration senior drug control policy advisor, Dr. Keith Humphreys. His presentation “Effective Strategies for Responding to the Opioid Crisis” discussed multiple strategies and tactics that have some effectiveness in reducing the opioid epidemic and associated harms. Watch the lecture, as well as a special Facebook Live interview.
With his recent laboratory discovery, Dr. Vaillancourt, professor and researcher at HHP in the Applied Physiology and Kinesiology department, is poised to transform how Parkinson’s disease is diagnosed and monitored — and maybe even cured one day.
On Monday, March 4, President Fuchs and Vice President Jodi Gentry celebrated staff legacies at the University of Florida with 25 years or more of service. The College of Health & Human Performance has eight staff members with 25 years and counting.
The first “Stand-Up and Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day” was held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. On this day, Gators from around the world donated to various causes across UF and in support of the College of Health & Human Performance.
With support from NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, APK's Dr. Rachael Seidler is studying the effects of spaceflight on the human brain — specifically the impact on white matter in areas that control movement and process sensory information.
UF Online has risen to No. 5 in the 2019 rankings by U.S. News & World Report for the best online programs in the country, up from No. 12 in 2018. This ranking includes the College of Health & Human Behavior online bachelor degrees in Health Education and Behavior, and Sport Management.