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AT Faculty Elected to Leadership Roles in the Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida

Patricia M. Tripp, Ph.D., has been elected president of the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida.

Christopher D. Brown, Ph.D., has been elected secretary of the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida.

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Chris Hass elected fellow to the National Academy of Kinesiology
The NAK encourages and promotes the study and educational applications of the art and science of human movement and physical activity and to honor by election to its membership persons who have directly or indirectly contributed significantly to the study of and/or application of the art and science of human movement and physical activity. Chris Hass, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, serves as the associate provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs.

HEB alum Shayne Rodney accepts position at UF Health Shands Hospital
As trauma, injury prevention & outreach coordinator, Rodney assess safety problems in local communities to help inform outreach, education and policy changes.

Grad Student Writing Award goes to Trina Mitchell
APK graduate student Trina Mitchell received the 2020 American Kinesiology Association Graduate Student Writing Award.

Rachel Kelley,
 Scholar Award Winner
APK doctoral student Rachel Kelley won the 2020 American Kinesiology Association Doctoral Scholar Award. 

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Michelle Smith Receives Multicultural & Diversity Affairs "MCDA Director's Award"
The Inclusive Excellence Awards recognize and celebrate the efforts of individuals, departments and groups who display exceptional leadership in fostering diversity and inclusion both on campus and in the surrounding Gainesville community. Michelle Smith, JD, is the assistant dean for incusion in HHP and the Levin College of Law.

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Recognizes APK Programs 
 Many thanks to Joslyn Ahlgren, Ph.D., and Blain Harrison, Ph.D., for their efforts. The NSCA Education Recognition Program recognizes and distinguishes schools with strength and conditioning or personal training curricula that prepares students for certification exams.

Felix-Antoine Savoie Awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship
APK graduate student Felix-Antoine Savoie accepted a two-year Canadian Postdoctoral Fellowship (mentors: Stephen Coombes, Ph.D., and David Vaillancourt, Ph.D.).

Orlando Laitano accepts FSU faculty position
Graduate student Orlando Laitano from APK's Muscle Stress Physiology Lab has accepted an assistant professor position at Florida State University.

Juhan Lee Receives College on Problems of Drug Dependence Award for Early-Career Investigators
HEB doctoral student Juhan "John" Lee received the travel award for early career investigators at the 2020 College on Problems of Drug Dependence annual meeting. The awardees will be announced during the virtual conference, and his research presentations will be highlighted.

Dave Straley named to 30-UNDER-30 Class of 2020
Sport Management alum Dave Straley, who is an event coordinator at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, was recently recognized by the International Association of Venue Managers.

Julia Choi, Steve Coombes and Amy Mobley Awarded Mowery Innovative Research Initiative Fellowships
The investment in HHP from Art Mowery, BSESS '91 DMD '96, and Kim Mowery, BSESS '96 DMD '01, helps support advances in research that lead to significant discoveries in human wellness. This year's recipients included APK's Julia Choi, Ph.D., and Stephen Coombes, Ph.D. and HEB's Amy Mobley, Ph.D.

Gerard Robinson

Gerard Robinson (APK) awarded T32 BREATHE Fellowship — Mentor: Tom Clanton

Julia Choi Receives Grant Funding
APK assistant professor Julia Choi, Ph.D., and a collaboration partner were awarded the Michael J. Fox Grant to study new generation DBS devices and brain recordings during natural walking and adaptations.

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APK's Leo Ferreira wins UF Opportunity Award for his research into "reversible thiol oxidation and antioxidant treatment of cardiac and diaphragm contractile dysfunction in patients with end-stage heart failure."

New Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Grant Funded — Congratulations David Vaillancourt, Ph.D. and Steve Coombes, Ph.D.!

Doctoral Student Sumire Sato was Awarded a Fellowship from the De Luca Foundation
Sato was one of the top-five to receive a Graduate Student Grant-in-Aid from the American Society of Biomechanics. Mentor: Julia Choi, Ph.D. Read more.

 Dr. Ashley Smuder
Ashley Smuder awarded John F. Perkins Research Career Enhancement Award
Assistant professor Ashley Smuder, Ph.D., will visit Dr. Brad Behnke’s lab at Kansas State with a student to learn a technique for her laboratory to measure vascular function using a pressure myograph system. 

Sidney Baudendistel Receives Graduate Student Grant-in-Aid from the American Society of Biomechanics
Mentor: Chris Hass, Ph.D.

Howard Tietjen Assumes as Chair of the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute Industry Advisory Board 
Howard Tietjen, professional with around 20 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry and a passion for new challenges has started his term as the adviory board chair this July. Read more.

Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute Student and Faculty Develop Rural Community's Resilience Post-Hurricane Through Home Sharing

Melody Xu and Lori Pennington-Gray, Ph.D., propose the use of vacation homes as disaster-relief tools post hurricane to assist locals in rural communities in Port St. Joe, FL. The project was conducted in collaboration with the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning and partially funded by the Eric Frieheim Tourism Institute. Read more.

Robert Lindsey makes Full Professor at Johnson C. Smith University
Robert Lindsey, Ph.D. '00, is an active member in NC Shape, Shape America, Phi Epsilon Kappa and the Beta Rho Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc located in Charlotte, NC. Currently, Dr. Lindsey serves as the President-Elect for the NCAAHE Organization in the state of North Carolina.

Ten Years=Ten Tons of Organic Vegetables Grown & Donated Food at Urban Gardens
Since 2010, HHP alum Ray Wunderlich III, BSHSE '86, and volunteers at WunderFarms have grown and donated to charity over 10 tons of vegetables using ecological/sustainable techniques. WunderFarms trains school groups and non profits to grow their own healthy food using sustainable techniques and teaches about food systems. Each year, Wunderlich's organization diverts almost 60,000 lbs of food scraps from the landfill.

Recent Publications

Neural Dedifferentiation across the Lifespan in the Motor and Somatosensory Systems.
Cassady K, Ruitenberg MFL, Reuter-Lorenz PA, Tommerdahl M, Seidler RD. Cereb Cortex. 2020 May 18;30(6):3704-3716. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhz336. PMID: 32043110

Quantitative Separation of Tremor and Ataxia in Essential Tremor.
Casamento-Moran A, Yacoubi B, Wilkes BJ, Hess CW, Foote KD, Okun MS, Shukla A, Vaillancourt DE, Christou EA. Ann Neurol. 2020 May 17. doi: 10.1002/ana.25781. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32418250

Exercise-induced oxidative stress: Friend or foe?
Powers SK, Deminice R, Ozdemir M, Yoshihara T, Bomkamp MP, Hyatt H. J Sport Health Sci. 2020 May 4:S2095-2546(20)30039-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jshs.2020.04.001. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32380253 Free article. Review.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Neurofilament Light in the Differentiation of Parkinsonism. 
Archer DB, Mitchell T, Burciu RG, Yang J, Nigro S, Quattrone A, Quattrone A, Jeromin A, McFarland NR, Okun MS, Vaillancourt DE. Mov Disord. 2020 May 1. doi: 10.1002/mds.28060. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32357259

Matrix Metalloproteinase 13 from Satellite Cells is Required for Efficient Muscle Growth and Regeneration.
Smith LR, Kok HJ, Zhang B, Chung D, Spradlin RA, Rakoczy KD, Lei H, Boesze-Battaglia K, Barton ER. Cell Physiol Biochem. 2020 Apr 11;54(3):333-353. doi: 10.33594/000000223. PMID: 32275813

Step time asymmetry but not step length asymmetry is adapted to optimize energy cost of split-belt treadmill walking.
Stenum J, Choi JT.J Physiol. 2020 Jul 14. doi: 10.1113/JP279195. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32662881

Resting-state brain and spinal cord networks in humans are functionally integrated.
Vahdat S, Khatibi A, Lungu O, Finsterbusch J, Büchel C, Cohen-Adad J, Marchand-Pauvert V, Doyon J.PLoS Biol. 2020 Jul 2;18(7):e3000789. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000789. eCollection 2020 Jul.PMID: 32614823

Effect of aerobic and resistance exercise training on inflammation, endothelial function and ambulatory blood pressure in middle-aged hypertensive patients.
Boeno FP, Ramis TR, Munhoz SV, Farinha JB, Moritz CEJ, Leal-Menezes R, Ribeiro JL, Christou DD, Reischak-Oliveira A.J Hypertens. 2020 Jul 15. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000002581. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32694343

Nicotinamide riboside-A missing piece in the puzzle of exercise therapy for older adults?
Custodero C, Saini SK, Shin MJ, Jeon YK, Christou DD, McDermott MM, Leeuwenburgh C, Anton SD, Mankowski RT.Exp Gerontol. 2020 Aug;137:110972. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2020.110972. Epub 2020 May 22.PMID: 32450270 Review.

Plasma Concentrations of Select Inflammatory Cytokines Predicts Pain Intensity 48 Hours Post-shoulder Muscle Injury.
Hedderson WC, Borsa PA, Fillingim RB, Coombes SA, Hass CJ, George SZ.Clin J Pain. 2020 Jul 14. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000861. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32675582 

Neurophysiological Correlates of Gait in the Human Basal Ganglia and the PPN Region in Parkinson's Disease.
Molina R, Hass CJ, Sowalsky K, Schmitt AC, Opri E, Roper JA, Martinez-Ramirez D, Hess CW, Foote KD, Okun MS, Gunduz A.Front Hum Neurosci. 2020 Jun 4;14:194. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2020.00194. eCollection 2020.PMID: 32581744

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