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Trustee Candidate: Basic & Applied Science

Eric Rawson, Ph.D., FACSM
Bloomsburg University
Department of Exercise Science
Bloomsburg, PA

1. Please list your previous service to ACSM.

I have had the honor of serving in many roles since I joined the ACSM in 1996.  As a graduate student, I was a member of the student advisory council and was the graduate student information representative for New England ACSM (NEACSM).  After completing my graduate training, I became the Vermont state representative, chaired the special interest group and communications committees, and was Editor in Chief of the MAX! Newsletter.  In 2006, I became co-chair of the National ACSM Nutrition Special Interest Group, a role I continue to serve in today.  I was selected to be a program development assistant and abstract reviewer for the ACSM National Conference from 2003 to 2006, and ultimately, served as a member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee from 2007 to 2012.  Recently, I served as a member of task forces on enhancing basic science at the Annual Meeting and publication of Annual Meeting abstracts.  In 2013, I had the pleasure of gathering with students in a “Meet the Expert” networking session.  From the fall of 2012 to the fall of 2013, I served as the president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ACSM (MARC-ACSM), and, along with 850 attendees, speakers, board members, and volunteers, celebrated a most successful annual meeting.  I now serve as MARC-ACSM immediate past president.  ACSM has rewarded me for my scholarship and service with the 1999 NEACSM Outstanding Student Investigator Award, the 2000 NEACSM David N. Camaione Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, and with my advancement to Fellowship status in 2008.  I have chaired/moderated more than a dozen free communication sessions, symposia, and other lectures, and have authored/co-authored/delivered about 60 featured/tutorial/invited lectures and free communications at regional and national ACSM meetings.

2.  What is ACSM’s greatest strength and how would you make that aspect of the organization even stronger?

Our greatest strength is our dedication to mentoring.  ACSM members are passionate about the profession, the organization, and global health.  ACSM membership is unlike other professional organizations in that educators, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, and students are united by a common theme; the importance of physical activity.  The expertise of our members crosses an enormous range of disciplines, and it is the interdisciplinary nature of the ACSM that allows us to successfully bridge so many professions and serve the needs of so many.  A priority of the ACSM is to focus our passion and our expertise on mentoring new members.  Our efforts to reach out to student members and new professional members can be augmented through the regional chapters.  That is, we should be creating opportunities at the regional meetings to better identify, inspire, and nurture the next generation of ACSM leaders.  Our charge is to keep physical activity at the forefront of the public health agenda.  Through the regional chapters, with proper mentoring, we can instill our passion into our new members and future ACSM leaders, so they can continue to work towards a healthier world.

3.  ACSM works closely with many other organizations, including associations, companies, philanthropies, and governmental agencies. Indicate those organizations/companies/agencies for which you play an advisory, consulting, or leadership role.

In addition to serving on the Editorial Board of the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, I am also an Associate Editor for Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Amino Acids, and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  I am a peer reviewer for numerous journals (including MSSE).  I have reviewed grants for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Academy of Sciences Czech Republic Grant Agency, and have served as an ad hoc reviewer for the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Scientific Review Committee.  I am ready to serve, thank you for considering me for this position.

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