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2018 ACSM Election

Vice President Candidate: 

L. Bruce Gladden, Ph.D., FACSM
Auburn University
School of Kinesiology
Auburn, AL

1.  Please list your previous service to ACSM.

ACSM Citation Award
Editor-in-Chief of Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise®
ACSM Board of Trustees member
Member of Planning Committee for ACSM 2018 Integrative Physiology of Exercise conference
Member of ACSM Program Committee
Topical Representative for ACSM Program Committee
Member of ACSM Science Integration & Leadership Committee
Session Organizer for first ACSM Integrative Physiology of Exercise conference in 2006
Member of ACSM Regional Chapters Committee
Associate Editor-in-Chief for Basic Sciences of Medicine & Science in Sports and
President of Southeast ACSM
Member of Southeast ACSM Executive Board and numerous committees
Southeast ACSM Scholar Award
Southeast ACSM Service Award

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

As an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I majored in zoology and minored in chemistry. However, in my last term, I took an exercise physiology course that was taught by Dr. Hugh Welch. I was hooked! That class connected my interests in sports, exercise, health, and science, and catapulted me into graduate school with Dr. Welch as my mentor. As a graduate student at Tennessee, I had the good fortune to attend the inaugural meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) in 1973. SEACSM was founded by basic exercise scientists at the University of Tennessee and has now grown into a highly successful regional chapter model. In 1974, I attended my first national meeting when ACSM came to Knoxville. Currently, the annual SEACSM meeting draws almost twice the attendance of that 1974 national meeting. Since those first experiences with ACSM, I have considered ACSM to be my home for the basic science, the teaching, and the medicine of exercise and physical activity, all in one place. ACSM is without peer in bringing together all of these interests; that is its greatest strength. This creates a wonderful cross-fertilization of interests ranging from the fully applied to the molecular mechanistic. Within this broad interaction, I have always considered the basic and applied science area to be the foundation of our organization, and accordingly, I think we need to strive to retain and improve our emphasis on that area. Should I be elected Vice-President, I would continue working to preserve and enrich our basic science component, especially at our annual meeting. I am currently working towards this goal in several ways: 1) as a member of the ACSM Program Committee, 2) as a member of the ACSM Science Integration & Leadership Committee, and 3) as a member of the Planning Committee for the ACSM 2018 Integrative Physiology of Exercise conference. As specific goals, I think we should maintain and strengthen our cooperation with the American Physiological Society (APS), particularly with regard to its Integrative Biology of Exercise (IBE) meeting that occurs every four years. Even more importantly, I think that ACSM should maintain its commitment to our own Integrative Physiology of Exercise meeting that has now taken place three times at the two-year mark of APS’s IBE meetings. Further, I hope to enhance the ongoing success of the World Congress on Basic Exercise that is currently occurring in conjunction with the ACSM annual meeting each year. My goal is not to reduce the roles of Medicine or Education and Allied Health, but instead to nurture our foundation in basic and applied science. It is that foundation that validates our medical and education efforts.

3.  What is a second area of ACSM that you would like for the College to make additional progress, and how could that best be done?

The annual ACSM meeting is one of the most significant efforts of the organization, and it continues to be successful, with record-breaking submissions and attendance almost every year. However, challenges almost certainly lie ahead with the advent of more and more specialty meetings. As a means of maintaining the excellence of the annual meeting for the foreseeable future, I recommend that ACSM attempt to recruit sponsors for a much greater number of annual awards for doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and young and mid-career scientists. Certainly, ACSM has career awards such as the Citation Award and the Honor Award, and honorary lectures. However, a major incentive for meeting attendance by future scholars and impactful mid-career scientists is a system of numerous awards in the form of free meeting registration and honoraria on the order of $500 to $1,500.

4.  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.

Chair of the Environmental & Exercise Physiology (EEP) Section of the American Physiological Society (APS)
Longtime member of APS and EEP
Past member of Public Affairs Committee of APS
Ad hoc reviewer for NIH, Medical Research Council of Canada, and various European grant agencies
Reviewer for numerous journals including Journal of Applied Physiology and Journal of Physiology
Many leadership positions within my university, including chair of the University Senate


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