Schedule & Speakers

Annual Meeting Schedule & Speakers

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 12:45 PM to 5:30 PM (PT)
Friday, February 26, 2021 - 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PT)


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Thursday, February 25 (Pacific Time)

12:45 – 1:00 pm

Welcome (Exec. Board)

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Keynote: “Fat Metabolism During Exercise”
Rebecca Randell, PhD GSSI       

2:15 – 3:15 pm

President’s Cup Competition & Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Thematic Session 1

3:30 - 4:30 pm

President’s Cup Competition & Exercise and Physical Activity Thematic Session 2

4:45 – 5:30 pm   

Professional Panel: Certify your Professionalism: Guide to Certifications in Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Training
Janet Peterson, DrPH, RDN, RCEP, FACSM and G. F. "Cisco" Reyes, PhD, CSCS*D


Friday, February 26 (Pacific Time)

8:00 – 8:15 am  

Virtual Meet and Greet

8:15 – 8:45 am      

Business Meeting (Bylaws/Constitution Update, Financial Report, Award Winners, Election, 2022 Meeting)

8:45 – 10:00 am  

Keynote: “Advances in Body Composition Research"
Dr. Steven Heymsfield, MD

10:00 – 11:00 am (concurrent sessions)

Curriculum Vitae workshop with Cheryl Minnick. PhD
Open Forum - Professionals, How YOU doin'? Lex Gidley, PhD



Keynote Speakers

Rebecca Randell, PhD

Rebecca is a Senior Scientist for the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Her current role involves managing and supporting GSSI service and education engagements in LATAM and APAC. She has a background in exercise physiology and sports nutrition, and earned her PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK where her thesis focused on nutrition interventions and fat oxidation rates during exercise. Rebecca is involved in developing techniques to support athletic performance and has extensive experience working with elite athletes such as FC Barcelona, Manchester City FC, and Olympic Badminton players.

Steven B. Heymsfield, M.D.

Dr. Heymsfield is a world-renowned expert in the fields of human obesity and body composition assessment. He is a Professor and member of the faculty, and former Executive Director of, the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana – an institution of the Louisiana State University System. Dr. Heymsfield previously held faculty appointments at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and Columbia University in New York, New York. Additionally, he previously served as Global Director of Scientific Affairs for Merck Pharmaceuticals. His research focuses primarily on human obesity, including energy balance regulation, weight-loss treatments, co-morbidity effects, and the development of related mathematical models.


Janet Peterson, DrPH, RDN, FACSM

Janet Peterson is a Professor of Health and Human Performance at Linfield University. Her research is focused on the intersection of public health, nutrition and physical activity with a dab of wilderness medicine on the side.  Her latest publication examined the knowledge, skills and abilities of high-altitude porters to identify and treat/seek assistance for altitude illness in the Khumbu region of Nepal. In addition to teaching at Linfield, Janet is a co-owner of Base Medical, a wilderness medicine education company and manages her own nutrition private practice, Fit 4 Health. 

Cisco Reyes, PhD, CSCS*D

Cisco is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Athletics at Linfield University, teaching and researching strength and conditioning-based topics. Cisco is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and continues to be a practicing strength coach at Linfield and his business "The RISE Lab" where he uses strength training as a means to elevate and empower youth athletes. Cisco is an executive board member for the NSCA's Sports Science and Performance Technology Special Interest Group, is an advisory board member for the NSCA's Oregon State chapter, and serves on the advisory board for Exsurgo, a sports performance technology company who focuses on practical devices to track athletic performance.