Southeast Chapter

Exclusive Members-Only Opportunity: "Picture a Scientist" Screening and Panel Discussion

Female and minority scientists in the U.S. continue to face harassment, gender and racial bias and institutional discrimination at different stages in their careers. The eye-opening documentary “Picture a Scientist” paints a real-life portrait of these struggles through personal stories and data. The film seeks to raise visibility around the critical issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in science and challenge viewers to move toward change. Watch the documentary and then join a panel of ACSM members at 4 p.m. EDT on September 22, 2021 to expand the conversation more broadly.

Register here for the link to watch the documentary and join the discussion!

ACSM President L. Bruce Gladden, Ph.D., FASCM, will provide opening remarks. Lacy Alexander, Ph.D., FACSM, will then moderate a discussion between Alicia Bryan, Ph.D., FACSM, an associate professor at Columbus State University; Sue Marsh, Ph.D., an associate professor at Washington State University; Lisa Barkley, M.D., FACSM, a family physician and the Family Medicine Department Chair at Charles Drew University; and Jorge Granados, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Panelists will share their reaction to the documentary; discuss topics like internal misogyny, pulling up the ladder, the role of allies and strategies to change the culture; and take questions from attendees. You don’t want to miss this exclusive members-only event.

Hilliard Discussion: Does Vigorous Exercise Suppress Immune Functioning?

You’re invited to the next debate in the Hilliard Discussion series, sponsored by the Sydney and JL Huffines Institute of Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Texas A&M University.  This free, online debate series with audience participation argues cutting edge topics in Sports Medicine and Human Performance. 

Given the concern about immune functioning over the past two years, there is great interest in whether exercise strengthens or weakens immune functioning.  This debate will focus on the long-running hypothesis that vigorous exercise actually suppresses immune functioning.

Our speakers for the debate are:

1) PRO: Dr. David Nieman, Appalachian State University.  Widely considered one of the leaders in exercise immunology, Dr. Nieman will be arguing that vigorous exercise suppresses immune functioning.

2) CON: Dr. Emily LaVoy, University of Houston.  One of the young leaders in exercise immunology, Dr. LaVoy will be arguing that vigorous exercise does not suppress immune functioning.

This debate will be live online September 29, 2021, from 7:00–8:30 pm CT (online venue opens at 6:30 pm).  Go to the preregistration link (  to reserve your spot in the audience (or go to for more information).  During the debate, there will be a time for audience questions, so get your questions ready.

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ACSM Panel Discussion: HIIT for Chronic Disease

October 5 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET
Registration for this event closes October 5th at 4:00PM ET
The popularity and widespread utilization of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is well known in healthy populations. Conversely, HIIT is now beginning to emerge as a viable option for therapeutic exercise for those with chronic disease. However, questions remain to its safety, applicability and implementation strategies within an exercise program.
In this panel discussion, free to join for ACSM members, attendees will be able to interact and ask questions directly with the authors of several feature articles published in the special themed issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. Simply register for the event, download your complimentary articles from your registration follow-up email, and bring your questions to the event to get the answers to them and many others.

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The second Southeast ACSM Webinar, Move from Lead to Inclusion: Journey from Student to ACSM Fellow was held on September 2, 2021

L. Jerome (Jerry) Brandon, Ph.D., FACSM, Georgia State University

The objective of this webinar was to provide students and professionals at all levels, especially those underserved and in the minority, with pathways to effective careers in Sports Medicine. This seminar  included educational preparation, professional development, and organizational service.

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Watch the webinar on the SEACSM YouTube channel. COMING SOON!

The first Southeast ACSM Webinar on Diversity in Exercise Science and Kinesiology was held on July 13, 2021

Charles Burrage, Ed.D., CSCS, University of North Georgia
Sasha McBurse, M.S., University of West Georgia
T.J. Exford, Ph.D., MSED, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University

Topics of discussion included panelists’ field of expertise, current occupation, and professional journey. We  also discussed career goals, finding appropriate mentors, and other techniques for professional success in the field.
SEACSM Diversity webinar

Watch the webinar on the SEACSM YouTube channel. COMING SOON!

2021 SEACSM Fall Lecture Tour

We are currently recruiting a speaker and host universities in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. More information will be coming soon!

Future Lecture Tour Locations:

2022 — NC, SC, VA
2023 — KY, TN, LA, MS
2024 — AL, FL, GA

2022 Southeast ACSM Annual Meeting

February 17–19, 2022
Hyatt Regency Greenville

Greenville, SC

Help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary SEACSM Annual Meeting! You can learn more at the SEACSM Annual Meeting web page.

Other ACSM events

ACSM Advanced Team Physician Course 

December 1–3, 2021
National Harbor, MD

ACSM's International Health & Fitness Summit
March 31–April 3, 2022
Dallas, TX

ACSM’s 2022 Annual Meeting
May 31–June 4, 2022
San Diego, CA

Learn more about other upcoming ACSM Events