Schedule & Speakers

Annual Meeting Schedule & Speakers

2020 Annual Meeting Program


Friday, February 28, 2020


Jordan AB

Jordan C

Jordan D

Simplot AC

8:30-10:00 am

Student Knowledge Bowl




10:00-10:15 am



Opening Remarks


10:15-11:00 am



Keynote- Scott Powers: Mechanisms of Exercise Preconditioning


11:15-12:00 pm


Undergraduate Thematic Session

Jack Berryman:
50 Years of MSSE: History, Content, and Impact, 1969-2019

Doctoral Student Presentations

12:00-2:00 pm

Lunch and Games

2:00-2:45 pm


Graduate Student Thematic Session

Ashley Smuder: Mechanisms of Cancer Cachexia

Master’s Student Presentations

3:00-3:45 pm



Chris Minson:
Building Resilience through Environmental Stress

James Navalta:
Wearing our Hearts on our Sleeve: The Truth about Smart Devices

4:00-4:45 pm



Thad Wilson:
Hypohidrosis: Mechanisms and Consequences of Reduced Evaporative Cooling

Shuqi Zhang:
The Neuromuscular Control of Balance: from Healthy Older Adults to Patients with Neurological


5:00-7:30 pm

Social and Poster Session



Saturday, February 29, 2020


Jordan AB

Jordan C

Jordan D

7:00-8:00 am

Fun Run (Boise Greenbelt)

9:00-9:45 am


Undergraduate Thematic Session

Trevor Bennion:
Exercise Science Entrepreneurship in the Digital Landscape

10:00-10:45 am


Undergraduate Thematic Session

Ben Bikman:
Insulin vs. Ketones: The Battle for Brown Fat


11:00-11:45 am


Traci Parry:
Mechanisms of Exercise Oncology: Shaping the Face of Cancer Care

Laura Meihofer:
The Pelvic Floor: Why it Has a Core Role in Movement and Stability

12:00-1:00 pm


1:00-1:45 pm



Jami Marseilles:
Challenged Athlete Foundation Ambassador

2:00-2:45 pm


Hands On: Shawn Simonson

Iain Hunter:
Put one foot in front of the other and don’t fall down

3:00-3:45 pm

Case Study

Hands On: Laura Meihofer

Khalil Lee:
Bridging the Gap: Using Sports Science as a Tool in the Development of Adolescent Athletes

4:00-5:00 pm



Business Meeting, Awards and Closing

Speaker Bios and Titles

Scott Powers, Ph.D.

Topic: Mechanisms of Exercise Preconditioning

Scott K. Powers is a physiologist who specializes in investigating the effects of muscular exercise and inactivity on both cardiac and skeletal muscle. Specifically, Powers’ research has focused upon exercise mediated changes in cardiac and skeletal muscle antioxidant systems and the role that these changes play in providing protection against ischemia-reperfusion injury. The current focus of the Powers’ laboratory is to investigate the mechanisms responsible for respiratory muscle weakness in patients subjected to prolonged periods of mechanical ventilation. Powers’ laboratory research has been funded by extramural grants from the National Institutes of Health, Florida Biomedical Research Program, American Heart Association-Florida, and American Lung Association-Florida.

In addition to conducting research, Powers is an enthusiastic teacher, having earned three University of Florida teaching awards. Moreover, he has co-authored four textbooks that are used in college exercise physiology courses. In addition to teaching awards, Powers has received several academic honors including being elected President of the Southeastern chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (1986) and Vice-President of the American College of Sports Medicine (1997-99). Furthermore, Powers was selected as the Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine Scholar in 1995 and he has earned a Career Enhancement Award from the American Physiological Society. He has served on grant review study sections for the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association-Florida, and NASA. Powers also serves on numerous editorial boards for scholarly journals and is currently a senior editor for the Journal of Physiology. 

Jack Berryman, Ph.D.

Topic: 50 Years of MSSE: History, Content, and Impact, 1969-2019

Jack W. Berryman, Ph.D., FACSM and FNAK, is professor emeritus of the history of medicine in the
Department of Bioethics and Humanities and adjunct professor emeritus in the Department of
Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. He served
as editor of the Journal of Sport History (JSH) from 1977 to 1984 and was special issue editor for “Sport,
Exercise, and American Medicine” in JSH in 1987. With Roberta J. Park, he published Sport and Exercise
Science: Essays in the History of Sports Medicine in 1992. He became the official historian for the
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in 1994 and published Out of Many, One: A History of the
American College of Sports Medicine the following year. Dr. Berryman was invited to present the D.B.
Dill Historical Lecture at the ACSM national meeting in 1994 and 2004. His recent efforts to honor and
preserve the careers of past and present ACSM leaders is available in the 10 volume DVD series, ACSM’s
Distinguished Leaders in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science, published by Healthy Learning. Dr.
Berryman received ACSM’s Citation Award in 2017. He is also an avid fly fisher and prolific freelance
writer with more than 300 articles in the fishing literature. His book, Fly-Fishing Pioneers & Legends of
the Northwest, won the best book award for the Outdoor Writers Association of America in 2007.

Iain Hunter, Ph.D.

Topic: Put one foot in front of the other and don’t fall down

Iain Hunter is a professor of biomechanics at Brigham Young University. He has been studying the mechanics of running related to performance since 1997. He works with USA Track and Field as their lead biomechanics expert for the steeplechase. His running experience includes racing the 800m for BYU and extending his range of racing to the marathon. His first marathon was in 2007. In his second marathon, he became the oldest winner ever of the St George Marathon. His other accomplishments in the St George Marathon there include setting age group records 4 times. His family are all runners with two of them now running for BYU.

James Navalta, Ph.D.

Topic: Wearing our Hearts on our Sleeve: The Truth about Smart Devices

Associate Professor James Navalta joined the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences during fall 2012 and teaches anatomical kinesiology and applied exercise physiology within the undergraduate program, and evaluation of physical work capacity and advanced exercise physiology within the graduate program. Navalta’s research focuses on the immune response to exercise (lymphocyte apoptotic and migratory responses), physiological responses to outdoor exercise (hiking and trail running), and the validity of wearable technology. Navalta earned his bachelor’s in physical education and biology from Brigham Young University – Hawaii, his master’s in kinesiology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Purdue University. His previous teaching experience was at Southern Arkansas University and Western Kentucky University. He is the co- founder and an executive editor of the International Journal of Exercise Science.

Jami Marseilles

Topic: Challenged Athlete Foundation Ambassador

Above all else, Jami Marseilles is a survivor. She survived the terrifying and painful ordeal of being stranded for 11 excruciating days in sub-zero temperatures, which ultimately led to the loss of both of her legs below the knee. With an indomitable spirit, Jami learned to not only walk on prosthetics, but to run, using specialized “cheetah legs.” She won awards on the U.S. Paralympics Team in sprints, but later found a strong passion for long distance running. During both running careers, Jami has been an ambassador for Ossur and The Challenged Athletes Foundation. Through these partnerships, Jami has become a mentor and a role model for people with various disabilities. Most recently, Jami has inspired the world by becoming the first and only bilateral amputee to complete the Boston Marathon. When Jami crossed that finish line, she proved once again that her will, and her drive to succeed, could overcome any adversity she faces. In addition to being an athlete, Jami is a classroom teacher to young students. She provides them with the perfect example of what perseverance and tenacity can achieve. She has written a book about her experiences called “Up and Running: The Jami Goldman Story” and inspires both abled and disabled individuals to take advantage of the chances they are given in life. She has used fitness to transform her life and influence others in incredible ways. For almost 30 years Jami has used fitness to guide all her life decisions. Her current situation continues to support how and why fitness will help heal any illness. Jami was diagnosed with stage 1 Breast Cancer in October 2016 and stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer in May 2017. These 2 diagnoses presented challenging medical decisions that Jami has faced. From this change of life’s path, Jami has chosen to provide HOPE for other amputees and cancer survivors’ through her charity, Warriors With Hope.

Laura Meihofer

Topic: The Pelvic Floor: Why it Has a Core Role in Movement and Stability

Laura has a diverse training background that has shaped her approach to analyzing human movement and rehabilitation. Her training began as she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from Simpson College in Indianola Iowa in 2008. She then attended Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester MN, where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. She was immediately offered a position working for Mayo Clinic, where she focused exclusively on individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction. Laura has always been very motivated in looking for different ways to engage with this population through her career. This led her to pursue two yoga certifications: Restorative Yoga Level 1 Teacher, and 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and most recently, she has expanded her practice online to provide information for both patients and providers via Laura Meihofer LLC: online blog, YouTube, and Instagram. The explanatory posts and videos provide detailed instruction and sample modifications for all types of patients. All of Laura’s work endeavors to demystify the pelvic floor with a well- educated, holistic approach to decrease fear of movement, and make a healthy movement lifestyle accessible to all. Working within a large institution, Laura has had many research and teaching opportunities, and is at home working within a multidisciplinary team. She has a rich practice that consists of a high volume of complex patients. She has consistent experience maintaining focus on successfully servicing a diverse range of patients, including; high-level gymnasts, Olympic lifting and CrossFit athletes, competitive runners, football players, and yoga instructors, all with their own unique pelvic floor concerns.

Shuqi Zhang, Ph.D.

Topic: The neuromuscular control of balance: from healthy older adults to patients with neurological

Dr. Zhang is an assistant professor affiliated with Biomedical Engineering program and Department of
Kinesiology. Dr. Zhang received a Ph.D. in Kinesiology specializing in Biomechanics from Louisiana State
University. Her research focuses on the complex control system underlying human balance and how
this system adapts to impairments accompanied with human aging and neurological diseases. She
particularly works with elderly individuals and patients with Neuropathy, Parkinson, and Multiple
Sclerosis. Her research lines would contribute to the predictive model to screen patients by using
machine learning algorithms with balance and gait control patterns.

Thad Wilson, Ph.D.

Topic: Hypohidrosis: Mechanisms and Consequences of Reduced Evaporative Cooling

Thad Wilson is a Professor of Physiology and the Physiology Lead for the Biomedical Sciences division of
the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His research interests are in 1) Eccrine sweat
gland and skin blood flow disorders, 2) Interactions of the thermal environment on medical conditions
and worker health/safety, 3) Simulation and lifespan issues in medical physiology education, and 4)
Modeling regional skin barriers and transdermal molecule movement. He is currently funded by the NIH
– National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to investigate the “Role of the
Sympathetic Nervous System in Rosacea”. Thad has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed articles
primarily in environmental physiology (Google Scholar H-index of 35), as well as a physiology textbook
(Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Physiology). This textbook is now in its 2nd edition and has been
translated into 7 languages. His teaching interests are focused around helping medical students help
themselves learn physiology. He has received medical teaching awards from Drexel University College of
Medicine, Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine, and Marian University College of Osteopathic
Medicine. In 2017, Thad was awarded the national Northup Educator of the Year from the Student
Osteopathic Medical Association Foundation. He is a former Associate Editor of Medicine; Science in
Sport and Exercise and currently sits on the editorial boards of Medicine; Science in Sport and Exercise, Journal of Applied Physiology, and the Journal of Thermal Biology.

Tracy Parry, Ph.D.

Topic: Mechanisms of Exercise Oncology: Shaping the Face of Cancer Care

Dr. Traci Parry is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro
and is Co-Director of the Exercise Oncology and Cardioprotection Laboratory. She earned her Ph.D. in
Exercise Physiology from the University of Northern Colorado and was a postdoctoral research fellow at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Medical School prior to joining UNCG. As a clinical
exercise physiologist, Dr. Parry’s research aims to understand the underlying physiological and
metabolic mechanisms of muscle wasting in chronic disease (cancer and cardiovascular disease) and
how exercise prior to (“pre-habilitation”) and during (rehabilitation) chronic disease supports traditional
treatment (pharmacological intervention). The ultimate goal is to determine how prescriptive exercise
alters physiological parameters and metabolic biomarkers to reduce fatigue and improve quality of life.

Ashley Smuder, Ph.D.

Topic: Bridging the Gap: Using Sports Science as a Tool in the Development of Adolescent Athletes

Ashley Smuder, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida. Dr. Smuder received her PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida where she also completed her post-doctoral training studying skeletal muscle physiology. Work in her laboratory is focused on understanding the molecular signaling pathways that promote cardiac and skeletal muscle dysfunction following disease or periods of prolonged inactivity. Her current research is focused on determining the mechanisms by which physical activity can preserve cardiorespiratory muscle function following exposure to chemotherapy.  

Chris Minson, Ph.D.

Topic: Building Resilience through Environmental Stress

Dr. Christopher Minson is the Kenneth and Kenda Singer Professor of Human Physiology. Dr. Minson’s research focuses on topics related to integrative cardiovascular physiology in humans. Current studies are investigating issues related to improvement of cardiovascular and metabolic function using chronic heat therapy, and understanding the relationships between the endocrine, autonomic, and cardiovascular systems in women in health and disease. He is also involved in projects related to cardiovascular aging, biomarkers of aging and risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and finding novel ways to improve thermal comfort and safely in work environments. He has published over 100 original research papers, served on NIH study sections, editorial boards of numerous top physiology journals, and has been consistently funded by NIH and the American Heart Association. He has received numerous awards for his research and mentoring.

Trevor Bennion, Ph.D.

Topic: Exercise Science Entrepreneurship in the Digital Landscape 

Dr. Bennion is a published scientist and photographer. He teaches graduate courses in exercise science and sports nutrition for A.T. Still University, and is the owner of Fitness & Physiology - an online platform for digital coaching and educational resources for exercise science. He hosts the podcast HIITCAST, with the popular on “bro-science” where he and his guests discuss and debunk common trends in health and fitness. He is the current president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ACSM, and also on the editorial board for the ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal. Dr. Bennion lives in Colorado, but is a native San Diegan. He enjoys constantly catching his breath as his sea-level genetics always feel shy of acclimating to mile-high living

Khalil Lee, Ph.D.

Topic: Bridging the Gap: Using Sports Science as a Tool in the Development of Adolescent Athletes

Khalil Lee is a Senior Scientist at the GSSI Satellite Lab at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, where he previously served as a research intern during the summer of 2012. His responsibilities include athlete performance testing and serving as the liaison within the GSSI/IMG Academy partnership. Khalil earned his BS and MS degrees in Sport and Fitness Management from Troy University, where he played two years as a defensive back on the Troy Trojans football team. In 2014, he received his PhD from Auburn University in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. While at Auburn, he conducted research in the areas of thermophysiology and the impacts of apparel on thermoregulation under the direction of Dr. David Pascoe. Prior to arriving at GSSI, Khalil served as an adjunct professor in the School of Kinesiology at Auburn, and he remains passionate about educating and translating the science of exercise and performance to a variety of audiences. Khalil enjoys spending time with his wife, cross training, cooking, and traveling.

Ben Bikman, Ph.D.

Topic: Insulin vs. Ketones: The Battle for Brown Fat

Benjamin Bikman earned his Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Duke-National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders.  Currently, his professional focus as a scientist and associate professor (Brigham Young University) is to better understand the role of elevated insulin in regulating obesity and diabetes, including the relevance of ketones in mitochondrial function.