Southeast Chapter

2023 Fall Lecture

The SEACSM Fall Lecture was held on Wednesday, November 8. The speaker was Dr. Jenna Yentes from Texas A&M University. Her talk was "Red Bull, Donuts, and Palm Trees: A Journey in Pulmonary Biomechanics."

Red Bull, Donuts, and Palm Trees: A Journey in Pulmonary Biomechanics

Jenna Yentes, PhD
Associate Professor | Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management | Texas A&M University

About Dr. Yentes
As a human movement scientist, Dr. Yentes' work has focused on functional outcomes, gait and balance, in pulmonary disease and aging. As a first generation college student, Dr. Yentes is focused on creating a training environment that is welcoming and supportive of all students, and teaching scientific communication to the general public. In her free time, she is strategizing how to convince her partner to adopt more dogs, specifically, corgis.

About her talk
Successful research takes more than a good idea or question at the right time. Join Dr. Yentes as she discusses the challenges and successes that led to three research products: a paper, a grant, and a patent.


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Previous SEACSM Events

2022 Fall Lecture

The 2022 Fall Lecture was a virtual lecture on Thursday, November 8, 2022. A video of the lecture is coming soon!

The speaker was David O. Garcia, Ph.D., FACSM and the title of his talk was Advancing Obesity Prevention and Treatment for Hispanic Communities: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
David Garcia
David O. Garcia, Ph.D., FACSM is an Associate Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He has extensive experience in short and long-term intervention trials in the areas of physical activity, diet, and weight management. He received his training from leading institutions and mentors in the field. Dr. Garcia has designed and implemented trials as a lead investigator focused on reducing obesity-related health disparities among Mexican-origin adults. He is among the first to develop a gender and culturally-sensitive weight loss interventions for Hispanic males. More recently, he has focused on examining the prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and associated risk factors in the U.S.-Mexico border region. He has secured multiple pilot grants to support his research agenda, including an NIH-NIMHD Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01).

He is also the Director and Founder of "Nosotros Comprometidos a u Salud-Committed to Your Health".
a program developed to foster community-engaged research collaborations, service, and education to advance health equity in Southern Arizona. This community-based effort promotes regular access to
health communications and information, and opportunities to participate in lifestyle interventions
tailored for the Mexican-origin community. Within Nosotros, Dr. Garcia has provided students from
diverse backgrounds with numerous opportunities to engage in various stages of research, including over 70 Hispanic students who previously had not trained in lifestyle and health. The outreach and mentoring efforts of the Nosotros team have grounded his work in trust and community relevance. Over 1,500 participants of Mexican-origin descent have participated in his research studies in the areas of obesity and cancer prevention.

2021 SEACSM Fall Lecture Series

The 2021 Fall lecture series consisted of three virtual lectures "hosted" by institutions in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, but available for all SEACSM members to view live.

  1. Wednesday, December 8 at 4 pm EST hosted by Dr. Eric Plaisance at University of Alabama Birmingham
  2. Thursday, December 9 at 4 pm EST hosted by Dr. Katie Davis at Augusta University in Georgia
  3. Friday, December 10th at 4:00 pm EST hosted by Dr. B. Sue Graves at Florida Atlantic University

The 2021 Fall Lecture Series was coordinated by Shannon Mathis at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Eduardo Bustamante, PhD. University of Illinois-Chicago

Physical Activity as Medium—Not Medicine—for Public Health Impact


Through the lens of community-engaged physical activity intervention studies conducted in the UIC Healthy Kids Lab, we will explore how our research team has come to adopt a view of physical activity as “medium,” rather than “medicine.” We will explore how this framing has helped us promote mental health among children and families living in low-income communities; and its implications for overcoming traditional barriers to dissemination and implementation of physical activity interventions that have historically limited public health impact.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the session, attendees will attain a novel perspective on physical activity intervention at the individual and group levels. They will be able to define physical activity as medium and understand how embracing physical activity as medium in intervention contexts can improve fit, adoption, and sustainability.

The fourth Southeast ACSM Webinar
Growing in Leadership: Practical Lessons for Kinesiology Students—and Everyone Else was held on November 8, 2021.

Alicia Bryan, Ph.D., Columbus State University

In this conversation, Dr. Alicia T. Bryan, Interim Associate Provost and Vice President for Faculty Affairs at Columbus State University, talked about growing through leadership in Exercise Science.

alicia bryan

The third Southeast ACSM Webinar: Cardiometabolic Health, Exercise, and My Journey Through Academia was held on October 21, 2021.

Jonathan Ruiz-Ramie, Ph.D., Augusta University

In this conversation, Dr. Jonathan Ruiz-Ramie, Assistant Professor at Augusta University, talked about his research and journey through academia.

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.

SEACSM Diversity_September 2021

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!