Announcements - Students

2014 Commencement Information

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April 2, 2014

Dear Class of 2014:

On behalf of the entire faculty of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, we want you to know how proud we are of all you have accomplished here at Rutgers University and we know you are very excited about your upcoming commencement celebrations.

In an effort to provide some clarity to the schedule for commencement ceremonies, please note the following:

All SEBS and SAS students:

All-University Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 12:30pm in High Point Solutions Stadium on Busch Campus.

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SAS Students:

There will be a departmental ceremony and reception, sponsored by SAS, on Sunday, May 18th, in the College Avenue Gym, College Avenue Campus.  The formal convocation ceremony will begin at 9:30am, followed by light refreshments at 10:30am.  You do not need to RSVP but seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Department faculty will be present and the names of all SAS students will be called.

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SEBS Students:

There will be a SEBS ceremony, sponsored by SEBS, on Monday, May 19, 2014, at 10:00am at Passion Puddle, G.H. Cook Campus.  Inclement weather location:  Louis Brown Athletic Center, Livingston Campus.

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We congratulate each of you on your upcoming graduation.

Very truly yours,
Sue A. Shapses, Ph.D.
Acting Chair

1st Annual Rutgers Human Performance Conference

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Tracy G. Anthony, Ph.D. – Interaction of Dietary Protein and Exercise on Muscle Growth Mechanisms

Dr. Anthony is an Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers, a Fellow of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, and a Member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  Her research interests are related to the regulation of protein synthesis and turnover by nutrition and exercise.  Dr. Anthony received her B.S. from Virginia Tech University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular physiology at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, and then served as faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine before arriving to Rutgers.  Dr. Anthony was among the first to describe the anabolic effects of dietary protein after exercise and was instrumental in characterizing the intracellular growth pathways activated by amino acids in skeletal muscle.  She has published over 40 peer-reviewed original research articles and currently serves as Principal Investigator on a NIH-funded grant exploring amino acid stress responses.  She is an active member of the American Society for Nutrition and the American Physiological Society, serving on the editorial boards for The Journal of Nutrition and The American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism.  Dr. Anthony currently serves on the INMP review panel/study section at NIH.

Tony Ricci, MS, FISSN, CSCS, CDN, CNS – Training Considerations for Combat and Grappling Sports

Tony Ricci is an Athletic Performance Specialist and Sports Nutritionist. He was a former competitive Olympic lifter, former Mr. Eastern USA Bodybuilding Champion and holds black belts in multiple combat disciplines. For the better part of 28 years he has trained, coached, and consulted thousands with varied objectives ranging from weight loss and improved fitness to Olympic competition. Tony has trained professionals in Ballet, Figure Skating, Cycling, Modeling, Fitness Competitions, Swimming, Football, Powerlifitng, Baseball, Boxing, Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial arts. His current fighters include UFC’s Dennis the Menace Bermudez, Ryan Laflare, 3-time World Kickboxing Champion – Irish Bobby Campbell and undefeated professional boxer Chris Algieri. Tony is an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York, teaching graduate courses in Wellness, Sports Nutrition, Exercise Science, Nutritional Biochemistry and Cardiovascular Health. He is a Co- Founder of MY COMPETETIVE LIFE (A multi discipline Health/Wellness and Performance Enhancement Company). Tony serves on the Advisory Board and is a Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, on the Sports Nutrition Committee of the American College of Nutrition, and as the Head Coach for Vitargo Fight Performance Team.

William J. Kraemer, Ph.D., FNSCA, FACSM, FISSN – Strength & Conditioning for Power and Strength Sports: Science and Application

Dr. Kraemer is the Director of Research in the Dean’s office of the Neag School of Education and a full professor in the department of kinesiology working in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He also is a full professor in the department of physiology and neurobiology and a professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He earned a PhD in physiology from the University of Wyoming in 1984. He held multiple appointments at Pennsylvania State University, where he was professor of applied physiology, director of research in the Center for Sports Medicine, associate director of the Center for Cell Research, and faculty member in the kinesiology department and the Noll Physiological Research Center. He is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Kraemer is internationally acknowledged as the foremost expert on strength and conditioning research and his contributions to the field are immeasurable. An entertaining speaker, Dr. Kraemer has a unique ability to communicate with both scientists and practitioners.

Shawn M. Arent, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FACSM – Integrating Training, Nutrition, and Technology for Optimizing Performance in Soccer and Power-Endurance Sports

Dr. Arent is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers University. He is also the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory and Director of the Center for Health & Human Performance in the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health. Dr. Arent is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction and also a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and his MS and PhD at Arizona State University. Much of his recent research has focused on physiological responses to training-related stressors and their contribution to optimal performance and recovery. He is a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Dr. Arent is a member of the national staff for the US Soccer Federation and works closely with a number of teams at Rutgers University. He also provides performance enhancement advice for youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes in a number of sports, including soccer, football, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, softball, gymnastics, rowing, and cycling.

Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FISSN – The Science of Supplementation: Tackling the Effects of “Broscience” on Women

Dr. Smith-Ryan is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction and a Fellow in the International Society of Sports Nutrition. A former intercollegiate athlete, Dr. Smith-Ryan earned her Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests center around exercise and nutrition interventions to modify various aspects of body composition, cardiovascular health, and metabolic function. She is an active researcher in the field of sport nutrition and exercise performance, in both healthy and clinical populations. Some of her primary work has focused on high-intensity interval training, beta-alanine, and creatine supplemenation. Dr. Smith-Ryan contributes to the current body of scientific literature through her many peer-reviewed manuscripts, scholastic book chapters, and international/national presentations. She is also heavily involved with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Douglas S. Kalman PhD, RD, CCRC, FACN – Nutrition for Weight-Based Sports and Competitions

Dr. Kalman is an Adjunct Professor in the Robert Stempel School of Public Health at Florida International University and a Director in the Endocrinology Research Lab at Miami research Associates. Dr. Kalman received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University, Masters Degree from Hunter College - City University of New York and Doctorate in exercise and nutritional biochemistry (Health Research) from Touro University International. He has been the Nutrition Program Consultant for IMG Academies in Bradenton, FL, and is currently the Sports Nutritionist for Florida International University (FIU) in the Athletics Department as well as being the Team Nutritionist for Coral Springs Aquatic Center. He has been involved in over 200 clinical trials and projects within the pharmaceutical, medical and nutrition fields. He has published over 75 abstracts and more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is a Co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition and Co-Editor of the Journal – JISSN. He has worked with Olympic Athlete’s (Nagano, Japan, Salt Lake City, UT, Torino, Italy and the London 2012 games) for Winter and Summer sports, professional athletes (i.e., MLB, NFL, NBA), musicians and music groups, combat sports (UFC-MMA), collegiate athletes and teams as well as Nike’s Elite Distance Racing Team (Oregon Project) and the general population.

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Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Academic Year 2013-2014

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Master of Business and Science (MBS) Program

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The Master of Business & Science (MBS) Program - where Science meets Business

Overview:  The objective of the Master of Business and Science with a concentration in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology is to educate students about the systemic adaptations and responses to exercise, and the implications for application of these principles to the health, fitness, biotechnological, nutraceutical, supplement, and wellness industries.

Concentration in Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

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