Exercise Science News

Welcome to the 2020-21 Academic Year!

April 5, 2021 -- Spring term has progressed with students learning in a variety of formats and accessing campus facilities under guidelines in accordance with COVID-19 requirements. Everyone has welcomed the evolving interactions and energy on campus! Here are some highlights of spring activities:

  • Exercise Science students benefitted from the virtual format of this year's annual American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conference Feb. 25 and 26, saving the time and expense normally required to travel, with information sessions available online. View the informative sessions on YouTube
  • Also in February, Puget Sound's Career and Employment Services department hosted a virtual career fair in partnership with several other colleges. The career fair attracted more than 70 employers for students to explore through group information sessions and 1:1 meetings. Participating organizations of particular interest to Exercise Science students included those in biotech and life sciences, federal government agencies, health care, technology, and large non-profits. View the full list of participating organizations.
  • In March, alumni working in STEM and health professions participated in a virtual panel discussion hosted by the ASK a Logger program. Students who attended learned about potential career paths, connected with fellow alumni, and were inspired by alumni stories in their respective fields.

At this time, continuing students are in the process of registering for next year and plans are underway for commencement ceremonies in May. We hope you'll check back to learn more about this year's graduates!

Aug. 31, 2020  -- The University of Puget Sound is poised for remote learning this fall and the Exercise Science department is excited to engage with students in the virtual realm! We look forward to an inspiring semester together!

Exercise Science students: If you haven’t done so already, please familiarize yourselves with the Protocol for COVID-19 Screening and Testing. While we miss seeing you in person, we are available to answer your questions or point you in the right direction, so feel free to contact your professors or the administrative office at exercisescience@pugetsound.edu. We will send updates periodically and welcome your thoughts and feedback any time.

March 2020 -- The American College of Sports Medicine Northwest (ACSM NW) annual conference occurred Feb. 28 and 29, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. The ACSM is the primary international professional organization for exercise science and sports medicine. The Exercise Science department supports students' participation and helps coordinate logistics for them to attend and present their research. This year’s theme was, “In the World of Science there is Constant Flux.” Several students and faculty attended, with students poised to participate in the conference poster presentation session!

Student Research Presentations at ACSM 2020
Congratulations to the following students who presented their research at the conference poster presentation session this year:

The Northwest regional chapter annual meeting is designed to foster opportunities for students and up-and-coming professionals to attend lectures and research symposiums given by experts in the field, present their own research, learn about graduate and professional opportunities, and network with their peers. Of the approximately 400 attendees at recent annual meetings, about 300 are undergraduate students. 

The department has a history of coordinating students' participation. Last year, Angus Lamont ’19 attended the conference in Bend, Ore., and presented his research, “Quantifying Passive Joint Stiffness at the Elbow Following EIMD of the Elbow Flexors.” He won an award in the poster presentations category Undergraduate Student Free Communication. “I enjoyed the experience,” said Angus. “I would recommend the conference to anybody who wants to get a better idea of the different types of exercise science research out there.”

September 2019 -- Exercise Science welcomes Dr. Kirsten E. Coffman, who is joining the department as assistant professor. Dr. Coffman received her doctorate in biomedical sciences; biomedical engineering and physiology from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Massachusetts. Through her comprehensive training in the Biomedical Sciences and breadth of research experiences, Dr. Coffman is well prepared and excited to offer students exposure to a variety of career paths and experiential learning. We look forward to an inspiring year with Dr. Coffman!   

September 2019 -- Last spring students participated in elections for the 2019-20 Exercise Science Club co-presidents. We are pleased to announce this year's co-presidents, Jillian Stoewer '20 and Kayli Brown '20! Watch for future communications on upcoming plans and activities!