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2018 ACSM Election

Trustee Candidate: International

Ollie Jay, Ph.D., FACSM
Associate Professor
University of Sydney
Department of Exercise
Science and Charles Perkins
Sydney, NSW

1. Please list your previous service to ACSM.

I joined ACSM as a member in February 2008, shortly before starting as a tenure-track assistant professor of Exercise and Environmental Physiology in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Since joining ACSM I have attended the annual meeting almost every year despite the longer travelling distance since I relocated in January 2014 to the Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Sydney in Australia, where I am director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory and lead researcher of the Climate Adaptation and Health Project Node at the Charles Perkins Centre. I served the ACSM Environmental and Occupational Physiology Interest Group (EOPIG) as a co chair from 2009 to 2012, and as chair from 2012 to 2015. My long-term commitment to ACSM was recognized in May 2014 when I was awarded fellowship status.

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

One of the greatest strengths of ACSM is that it is recognized globally as a trusted authority on exercise and health, and therefore has an enormous capacity to impact people’s lives through promoting the health benefits of physical activity. International outreach and engagement is a key factor determining the overall impact of ACSM’s activities, and the experience I have gained from working in the exercise science field in different countries (United Kingdom, Canada, Australia) has given me a useful perspective on how these international activities can be broadened even further. For example, ACSM could enhance its visibility through the establishment of “regional” chapters for specific overseas regions (e.g., Oceania, Asia). Associated events could help further expand international membership, enhance international student engagement, and help extend ACSM educational principles (such as Exercise is Medicine) to specific communities overseas who are currently not reached. A greater international engagement may also allow ACSM to import public health knowledge from lessons learned in other parts of the world, e.g., the integration of physical activity in urban design and transport.

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.

I am an editorial board member for the following scientific journals: Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise®, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Temperature. I am also a professional member of the American Physiological Society (Exercise and Environmental Physiology Section). I consult for or receive funding from the following organizations: Gatorade Sport Science Institute, National Rugby League (NRL), Cricket Australia, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, General Electric (GE), Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), U.S. Department of Defense.



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