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1 Exercise Physiology Graduate Program

2 and Sport Sciences Welcome Message from the Department Chair Welcome! On behalf of the Kinesiology (KIN) Department, I feel very proud to be a part of the wonderful programs we have available to our students. The KIN department provides some of the strongest programs in the fi eld, that foster unique collaborative efforts within our diverse University community, the outside community, and abroad. In Sport Administration, we have enjoyed great partnerships with friends and colleagues in the South Florida sports industry. We have a very comprehensive program that provides a strong linkage to the world of competitive sports and the community! Our Athletic Training Program has achieved national accreditation and provides great clinical experiences that interface with the UM Varsity Athletics Department, Sports Medicine Clinics and local high schools. In Exercise Physiology, we have extensive collaborative ties with our Medical School, the Miami Project, the Varsity Athletics Department, the Veterans Administration Hospital, and more. The program houses the very sophisticated Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology providing a strong emphasis in metabolism, cardiovascular physiology, aging, obesity, and nutrition. Tracks in Sports Medicine and Women s Health round out the program. We expect to provide you with an excellent University of Miami experience and one that enables you to be on top in today s job market. I have an open door policy and look forward to meeting all of you as you embark upon your studies at the University of Miami. Sincerely, Arlette Perry

3 Mission Statements University of Miami The University of Miami s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. School of Education Our mission is to engage in scholararly research and to prepare leaders in the study and promotion of personal, family, school and community well-being. Through research, teaching, and service, we seek to integrate the physical, emotional, intellectual and organizational well-being of diverse populations. The supports the vision and mission of the School of Education through scholarly research, exemplary teaching, and community service. Our mission is to promote knowledge within the widespread realm of sports-related science across the disciplines of sport administration, exercise physiology, and athletic training. Graduates of our programs are well prepared for careers in diverse settings refl ective of our multicultural community.

4 School of Education & Human Development Dean Isaac Prilleltensky Deans Department of Educational and Psychological Studies Department of Teaching and Learning Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Laura Kohn-Wood Chair Walter Secada Acting Chair Arlette Perry Chair Senior Associate Dean Walter Secada Athletic Training Sport Administration Exercise Physiology Associate Dean Planning, Communications and External Relations Marilyn Neff Kysha Harriell Director Warren Whisenant Associate Chair Program Director Kevin Jacobs Graduate Program Director Associate Dean for Research Soyeon Ahn Assistant Dean Gina Astorini

5 Exercise Physiology Program Contact Information Faculty Dr. Arlette Perry, Professor Chair and Director of Clinical and Applied Physiology Laboratory Offi ce Location: Merrick Building Room 315 Offi ce Phone: Dr. Joseph Signorile, Professor Offi ce Location: Max Orvitz Building - Room 114 Offi ce Phone: Dr. Robert Robertson, Professor Offi ce Location: Merrick Building Room Offi ce Phone: Dr. Kevin Jacobs, Associate Professor Offi ce Location: Merrick Building Room 317-C Offi ce Phone: Dr. Wesley Smith, Clinical Assistant Professor Offi ce Location: Merrick Building Room 315 Offi ce Phone: Dr. Brian Arwari, Lecturer Offi ce Location: Merrick Building Room Offi ce Phone: Graduate Admissions Coordinator Ms. Lois Heffernan, Graduate Admissions Coordinator Offi ce Location: Max Orvitz Building Room 311-D Offi ce Phone:

6 Faculty Research Specialties Arlette Perry, Ph.D., Chair of, Professor, and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology Research specialties: Obesity/weight management (minority and pediatric populations), women s health, cardiovascular physiology. Relevant publications: Wang X, Perry AC. Metabolic and physiological responses to video game play in a group of 7-10 year-old boys. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 160: , Perry AC, Applegate EB, Jackson ML, Ross RJ, Goldberg RM, Kempner L, Feldman, BB. Can visceral adipose tissue and its anthropometric surrogates predict health related outcomes in overweight women: The case for racial differences. Journal of Applied Physiology 89: , Joseph Signorile, Ph.D., Professor and Assistant Director of the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology Research specialties: Training, sarcopenia and function, exercise diagnosis and prescription, periodization. Relevant publications: Signorile JF, Sandler D, Kempner L, Stanziano D, Ma F, Roos BA. The ramp power test: a power assessment during a functional task for older individuals. Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 62: , Signorile JF, Carmel MP, Lai S, Roos BA. Early plateaus of power and torque gains during high- and low-speed resistance training in older women. Journal of Applied Physiology 98: , Kevin Jacobs, Ph.D., Associate Professor. Research specialties: Human metabolism, nutrition, and environmental physiology. Relevant publications: Jacobs KA, Krauss RM, Fattor JA, Horning MA, Friedlander AL, Bauer TA, Hagobian TA, Wolfel EE, and Brooks GA. Endurance training has little effect on active muscle fatty acid, lipoprotein cholesterol, or triglyceride net balances. American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism 291: E656-E665, Jacobs KA, Casazza GA, Suh SH, Horning MA, and Brooks GA. Fatty acid re-esterifi cation but not oxidation is increased by oral contraceptive use. Journal of Applied Physiology 98: , Wesley Smith, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor. Research specialties: Age-associated skeletal muscle sarcopenia; and assessment of functional independence in older adults. Relevant publications: Signorile JF, Sandler D, Ma F, Bamel S, Stanziano D, Smith W, Sandals L, Roos BA. The gal lon-jug shelf-transfer test: an instrument to evaluate deteriorating function in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 15: 56-74, Smith WN, Dirks A, Sugiura T, Muller S, Scarpace P, Powers SK. Alteration of contractile force and mass in the senescent diaphragm with beta(2)-agonist treatment. Journal of Applied Physiology 92: , 2002.

7 Exercise Physiology General Program Description The fi eld of Exercise Physiology is one of the most rapidly growing areas of study in the country. From the science of sports and human performance to the study of health and longevity, exercise physiology prepares students for a number of professions in research, clinical work, and/or commercial/corporate enterprise. A degree in Exercise Physiology will prepare students with a sound background in the sciences, the most current and up-to-date research in the fi eld, and an opportunity to participate in high level research. The program also trains students to work on sophisticated laboratory instrumentation doing advanced level research in the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology. Masters of Science in Education - M.S.Ed. The Masters program is a 36 credit program in which students are presented the tools to develop linear thinking needed to conduct research via in depth exposure to modern research in the area of applied physiology, wellness, nutrition, and exercise performance. The students will apply physiological concepts by participating in laboratory experiments related to the widespread realm of exercise science. Students receive a sound scientific education with opportunities for applied physiological research and hands-on clinical experiences. Alternatively, students may elect the Sports Medicine graduate track where they will receive increased exposure to gross anatomy, advanced kinesiology, and biomechanics while focusing on prevention and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. Because the program enjoys a strong relationship with the Medical School, College of Arts and Sciences, HealthSouth Baptist Hospital, and the UM Varsity Athletics Department, there is much opportunity for interdisciplinary research in a variety of different specialties. The program prepares students for advanced level certifi cation by the American College of Sports Medicine or National Strength and Conditioning Association. Doctor of Philosophy - Ph.D. The Doctoral program in Exercise Physiology consists of in-depth coursework in exercise science, research methods and statistics, and an outside supporting field such as medical/clinical physiology, physical therapy, biochemistry, behavioral medicine, and women s health. The program represents a 30-credit core course curriculum combined with 12 credits of a specialty outside supporting field, 15 credits of research competencies and a 12-credit dissertation. Students final dissertation will result in the preparation of a manuscript ready for publication and presentation at the national or regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference. Additionally, doctoral students will complete dissertation research in the program s well-equipped Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology in diverse topics including: obesity and chronic disease prevention, cardiovascular physiology, aging and skeletal muscle performance, environmental physiology, exercise biochemistry, metabolism, nutrition, and more. In addition to working in the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology, students may also collaborate with the Medical School, Nursing School, and Athletics Department to conduct high quality and applied research in the field. The goal of this program is to provide students with the tools necessary to conduct well-designed exercise science research while enhancing their scientific writing and presentation skills. Exercise and

8 Exercise Physiology General Program Description Women s Health Certificate Program Sports Medicine Graduate Track This graduate track focuses upon the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries from sport and exercise. Students will receive strong training in Gross Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Exercise Physiology against a solid background in Biomechanics. Students will have the opportunity to use sophisticated laboratory instrumentation and to collaborate with our Medical School, Varsity Athletics Department, and Department of Biomedical Engineering. This track consists of a four course curriculum designed to prepare students to work in the fi eld of Women s Health and Pediatrics. Students are exposed to a variety of gender sensitive units in Obesity, Cardiovascular Physiology, Osteoporosis, Women s Sports Medicine, Menstrual Cycle and Menopause, Physiology across the Women s Lifespan, Nutrition and more. All students possessing a 3.0 GPA or greater in the 4-course curriculum will receive a Certifi cate of Completion in Women s Health that will enable them to work in a variety of clinical and research settings focusing upon women s health and/or pediatric physiology. The curriculum can also serve as an outside supporting fi eld in the Ph.D. doctoral program. For more information, see KIN 681 Issues Specifi c to Women s Health KIN 682 Psychosocial Issues in Women s Health KIN 683 Sports Medicine for the Female Athlete KIN 684 Energetics of Obesity

9 Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology Exercise Physiology graduate students have the opportunity to work on their own studies and a wide variety of collaborative research projects in the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology. These opportunities provide graduate students with valuable clinical experiences in fi tness evaluation, exercise program design and implementation, as well as the necessary skills to operate some of the most sophisticated physiological instrumentation available. The Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology opened in 1983 and is designed to facilitate research in human health, longevity, exercise performance, and metabolism. The laboratory consists of areas dedicated to research in cardiovascular function, muscle strength and power, and biochemistry. The cardiovascular function laboratory is equipped with a VMAX 229 metabolic cart and a pulmonary function unit, a portable breath-by-breath oxygen consumption unit, a 12-lead ECG system, a Physio Flow device capable of measuring stroke volume and cardiac output noninvasively, a hydrostatic weighing tank, a DEXA machine for assessing bone mineral density and body composition, two treadmills, and four cycle ergometers. Additionally, the cardiovascular function laboratory has a unique Hypoxico system capable of simulating altitudes up to 21,000 feet. The muscle strength and power laboratory is equipped with load cells, a Biodex machine, a Biodex balance and stability system, a video-enhanced explosive power system, photocell timing units, a jumping mat for measuring explosive leg power and vertical jump height, computerized pneumatic resistance training equipment, and an EMG unit capable of measuring muscle electrical activity. The biochemistry laboratory was completely renovated in 2006 and furnished with new equipment including a refrigerated centrifuge and cold storage devices (Ultralow -80 C freezer, -20 C freezer, refrigerator) for plasma/serum sample preparation and storage, a full array of adjustable pipets, a microplate spectrophotometer, a ph meter, a ventilated hood, and a water purifi cation system. This laboratory allows for the quantifi cation of various blood metabolites and hormones. Plans are currently underway to relocate the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology to a much larger newly renovated space on campus by August 2009 to meet the growing needs of Exercise Physiology faculty and graduate students.

10 M.S.Ed. in Clinical and Applied Exercise Physiology Program Components The M.S.Ed. in Exercise Physiology consists of 36 credit hours as follows: Major - 21 Credits KIN621 - Advance Systemic Exercise Physiology KIN630 - Cellular Exercise Physiology KIN631 - Laboratory: Techniques in Functional Evaluation of Skeletal Muscle KIN679 - Principles of Exercise Prescription/Assessment: Cardiovascular KIN686 - Exercise Prescription Assessment Laboratory KIN735 - Methods in Biomechanical Laboratory KIN740 - Neurophysiology in Exercise Science Restricted Electives - (6 Credits of Graduate KIN courses) Research Competencies - 9 Credits KIN746 - Research Methods in Exercise EPS700 - Introductory Statistics OR KIN702 - General Linear Models KIN799 - Special Project in Exercise OR KINXXX - KIN Graduate Elective + Comprehensive Exam NOTE: University of Miami Exercise Physiology undergraduate students are eligible for a 30 credit Accelerated Master s Track if they enroll in KIN579 and 586 during their senior year.

11 Exercise Physiology Program Components - Ph.D. The Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology consists of courses in the major, an outside supporting field, research competicies, and dissertation: Required Core in the Major (21 credits) KIN621 - Advance Systemic Exercise Physiology KIN630 - Cellular Exercise Physiology KIN631 - Laboratory: Techniques in Functional Evaluation of Skeletal Muscle KIN679 - Principles of Exercise Prescription/Assessment: Cardiovascular KIN686 - Exercise Prescription Assessment Laboratory KIN735 - Methods in Biomechanical Laboratory KIN740 - Neurophysiology in Exercise Science Restricted Electives (9 credits of graduate KIN courses) Outside Supporting Field (12 credits from another department) Research Competencies (15 Credits) KIN746 - Research Methods in Exercise KIN702 - General Linear Models KIN703 - Applied Multivariate Statistics KIN708 - Introduction to Structural Equation Models (SEM) KINXXX - KIN Graduate Elective Unrestricted Electives (3 Credits or graduate coursework) Dissertation (12 Credits) NOTE: 2/3 of all coursework must be at or above the 600 level, Students entering with a Master s degree in Exercise or a related degree must take a minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework at the University of Miami in addition to 12 credits of dissertation

12 Exercise Physiology Program Components - Ph.D. The Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology consists of courses in the major, an outside supporting field, research competicies, and dissertation: Required Core in the Major (21 credits) KIN621 - Advance Systemic Exercise Physiology KIN630 - Cellular Exercise Physiology KIN631 - Laboratory: Techniques in Functional Evaluation of Skeletal Muscle KIN679 - Principles of Exercise Prescription/Assessment: Cardiovascular KIN686 - Exercise Prescription Assessment Laboratory KIN735 - Methods in Biomechanical Laboratory KIN740 - Neurophysiology in Exercise Science Restricted Electives (9 credits of graduate KIN courses) Outside Supporting Field (12 credits from another department) Research Competencies (15 Credits) KIN746 - Research Methods in Exercise KIN702 - General Linear Models KIN703 - Applied Multivariate Statistics KIN708 - Introduction to Structural Equation Models (SEM) KINXXX - KIN Graduate Elective Unrestricted Electives (3 Credits or graduate coursework) Dissertation (12 Credits) NOTE: 2/3 of all coursework must be at or above the 700 level, Students entering with a Master s degree in Exercise or a related degree must take a minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework at the University of Miami in addition to 12 credits of dissertation

13 Graduate Exercise Physiology Course Descriptions KIN 579 Principles of Exercise Prescription/Assessment: Cardiovascular: This course presents a comprehensive overview of the physical, physiological and metabolic responses of the human body to exercise testing and training both in health and disease. The successful student will gain an understanding of the process involved in prescribing safe and effective therapeutic exercise in healthy individuals as well as patients with heart and lung disease, diabetes and obesity. An overview of environmental and legal considerations in the prescriptive process will also be discussed. KIN 640 Neurophysiology in Exercise Science: This course examines the functions of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems in regulating exercise homeostasis and the structural and functional modifi cations to the systems through training. KIN 680 Scientifi c Bases for Training Prescription: Neuromuscular: This course provides an examination of the scientifi c bases of modern training techniques designed to optimize performance, their functional application and potential impact on performance in sport and everyday activities. KIN 681 Issues Specifi c to Women s Health: This course focuses upon clinical health issues relevant to women. Students will acquire a body of knowledge concerning the specifi c biological and physiological changes women experience from birth to maturity, and from the pre- to postmenopausal state. Women will also learn signifi cant issues related to women s health and be able to make more educated decisions regarding their personal health and treatment options. KIN 682 Psychosocial Issues in Women s Health: This course covers a broad spectrum of topics related to mental well-being and personal health and well-being. The study of women across their lifespan, their self-esteem, their femininity, and their interface with the family will be emphasized. Attention will be paid to the historical, cultural, and anthropological development of women and their role in society. The infl uence of gender will cover several key areas including a) pregnancy, b) menopause, c) menstrual cycle, d) stress and career vs. family, e) depression, and f) body image. KIN 683 Sports Medicine for the Female Athlete: This course focuses upon the physiological effects of exercise on the female athlete as it relates to her performance and health. Physiological differences between male and females will be examined as it impacts the woman s performance capabilities and potential. Gender specifi c health considerations for the exercising female will also be explored. KIN 684 Energetics of Obesity: This course is designed to evaluate the current obesity crisis in America. It will also cover how environment, dietary intake, nutritional partitioning, and various types and intensities of exercise impact weight gain. Psychological issues and the latest physiological implications of weight gain and fat distribution will be emphasized. The course will encompass a step by step approach to the recognition, care, and management of the overweight patient. KIN 586 Exercise Prescription Assessment Laboratory: This course presents an introduction to the field and laboratory tests used in the evaluation of cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, and flexibility. The results of these tests will aid the practitioner in the development of an effective exercise prescription.

14 Graduate Exercise Physiology Course Descriptions KIN 588 Gross Anatomy for Exercise : This course provides human dissection of all major body systems. This course is held at the University of Miami, medical campus, cadaver laboratory. Special consideration is given to injury sites in sports such as the knee, shoulder, elbow, neck and spinal areas. KIN 589 Readings in Exercise : This course provides directed readings focusing on current research in the fi eld and contemporary trends. KIN 641 Aging: Physiological Changes and Their Implications of Training: This course will examine the physiological changes that occur due to aging and their impact on fall prevention, independence and the application of prophylactic exercise prescriptions. KIN 642 Cardiac Rehabilitation I-IV: This course represents an in-depth review and evaluation of the cardiac patient according to sound physiological procedures. Students must understand the methods of stress testing and how to use stress test results to implement sound cardiac rehabilitation programs. Finally, the latest training procedures and methodology to improve different types of cardiac conditions, reduce risk factors, and maintain longterm compliance will be discussed Phase I through Phase IV review of Cardiac Rehabilitation is fully examined. KIN 746 Research Methods in Exercise : This course presents an introduction to experimental study design and basic statistical methods appropriate for studies in exercise and sport sciences. Students will also learn effective methods of data presentation and scientific writing to be used in the preparation of abstracts, posters, slide presentations, theses, dissertations, and peer-reviewed manuscripts. KIN 799 Special Project in Exercise : This course represents the capstone course in a student s fi eld and should represent a culmination of all information learned in class. This is embedded in a scholarly research project that is written for potential publication.

15 Research Competencies Graduate Exercise Physiology Course Descriptions EPS 661 Measurement and Psychometric Theory: This course examines fundamental concepts in classical and modern test theories. Practical applications to test use and development with focus on cross cultural measurement. EPS 671 Group Comparative Research Designs and ANOVA Methods: This course covers group comparative designs, univariate parametric and nonparametric methods and statistical inference. Topics include probability, sampling, estimation, ANOVA, ANCOVA. Students will be required to use computer packages (SAS/SPSS). EPS 672 Regression Methods: This course specializes in correlational designs and regression methods. Students will be required to use computer packages (SAS/SPSS). EPS 673 Introduction to Structural Equation Models (SEM): This course includes techniques for the analysis of multiple quantitative measures including multiple regression, discriminate analysis, canonical variate analysis, and MANOVA. Computer application is integrated. KIN 646 Research Methods in Exercise : This course presents an introduction to experimental study design and basic statistical methods appropriate for studies in exercise and sport sciences. Students will also learn effective methods of data presentation and scientific writing to be used in the preparation of abstracts, posters, slide presentations, theses, dissertations, and peer-reviewed manuscripts.

16 Faculty Profiles Dr. Arlette Perry, Professor, FACSM, Chair of and Sport Sciences and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology Arlette Perry received her undergraduate training at CCNY and Brooklyn College. She then received an assistantship to study at Louisiana State University where she received her Master of Science degree. She received her Ph.D. at NYU where her graduate education focused upon cardiovascular physiology, metabolism and lipid biochemistry. Dr. Perry s current research has focused upon obesity and its health implications in addition to women s health issues. Her goal is to extend the knowledge in women s health particularly in minority populations and to develop a comprehensive center for the Multicultural Study of Obesity in both adults and children. She also developed the Women s Health Certificate Program to examine gender-related issues relevant to women s physiology and longevity and to facilitate more research in the underrepresented on all issues relevant to health and well-being. As Chair of the KIN department, Dr. Perry s work has resulted in more than $18 million in funding and gifts which culminated in the development of the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology. Dr. Perry s students have received numerous awards and funding for their own research which includes the American Heart Association, the Basic Research Support Grant, the Benjamin Mingle Award for Innovative Research, the Award for Outstanding Student Creativity and the Dissertation of the Year Award. Dr. Perry is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a speaker for ACSM s Strategic Health Initiative for Women, Sport and Physical Activity, a member of the Institute of Women s Health, a certifi ed Clinical Exercise Physiologist, and the scientifi c advisor to the Mayor s Fitness Challenge. In 2000, she was appointed to the Women and Ethnic Minorities Committee by the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. In 2002, she received a secondary appointment to the School of Medicine s Department of Internal Medicine and in 2004, she received the May Brunson Award by the Women s Commission for her research in Women s Health. Dr. Perry was the fi rst investigator to show that sedentary pregnant women can safely exercise at intensities above 150 bts/min after which time the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology rescinded their 140 bts/min cutpoint for exercising primigravidae. She was the fi rst to show racial differences in fat distribution and demonstrate health-related implications even after controlling for potential confounders, i.e. exercise, diet, smoking, stress. She was the fi rst to demonstrate that Japanese American children have higher coronary risk factors and more detrimental diets as early as ages 8-12 compared to children never having left their native country of Japan. She was the fi rst investigator to examine the dose response effects of exercise on placental volume and birth outcomes and show these may be related to exercise modality. She was the fi rst to examine Calorie expenditure, metabolism, lactic acid accumulation and glucose levels following video game play in children as early as 8-10 years old. More recently, Dr. Perry has embarked upon a Translational Health Literacy program for teachers, students, and one designed to integrate knowledge in exercise physiology, health, fi tness and nutrition. She has received a $460,000 grant to pursue her research in this area.

17 Faculty Profiles Dr. Joseph Signorile, Professor and Assistant Director of the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology Joseph Signorile has been at the University of Miami since Prior to coming to the University he completed his Masters Degree at the University of Florida where he then served as a faculty member for the next four years. He completed his Ph.D. in exercise physiology at Texas A&M University in In addition to his professorship at the University, Dr. Signorile holds a joint appointment at the Miami Veterans Affairs Health Center as a Health Research Specialist. Dr. Signorile s current research focuses on exercise prescription with special emphasis on exercise interventions to reduce the physical, psychological and fi nancial impact of the aging process on our graying population. To this end, his most recent funded projects have concentrated on the use of whole body vibration as an intervention for increasing muscular strength and power, range of motion, and lean body mass, while reducing body fat in aging individuals. He and his students have recently completed two studies examining the optimal protocols for increasing power in younger individuals and a third study examining the impact of whole body vibration and external loading on oxygen consumption and caloric output. In addition to the work on whole body vibration, Dr. Signorile is pursuing two other major lines of research. The fi rst is resistance training for health and functional performance. Two studies are currently in progress. One is a comparison of circuit versus hypertrophy resistance training techniques performed at controlled and high contractile speed to determine the optimal technique for increasing muscle mass and reducing body fat. The other is the determination of optimal loading for power on different pneumatic resistance training machines employing an older male population. The second line of research is the development of testing protocols that will allow clinicians, including physicians, physical therapists and health and fi tness professionals to measure important physical performance variables in a clinical setting with minimal cost and training. Dr. Signorile is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the American Geriatrics Society. His most recent publications include: Optimal frequency, displacement, duration and recovery patterns to maximize power output following acute whole body vibration training in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research; The ramp power test: A new method of power assessment for older individuals in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences; Walker use, but not falls, is associated with lower perceived physical functioning and health of residents in an assisted-living environment in Clinical Interventions in Aging; Electromyographical analysis of scapular stabilizers during the use of Bodyblade, cuff weights and Thera-Band resistance in the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation; and, The gallon jug shelf transfer test: An instrument to evaluate deteriorating function in older adults in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

18 Faculty Profiles Dr. Kevin Jacobs, Associate Professor Kevin Jacobs joined the faculty at the University of Miami in He completed his Masters in applied exercise physiology at San Diego State University in 1993 and worked as a research physiologist at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego until He earned his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from The Ohio State University in 2000 and completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley and the Palo Alto VA Health Care System. His research focus is human metabolism and more specifi cally the ways in which factors such as exercise intensity, nutritional status, training status, gender, age, menstrual cycle phase, and environment alter substrate (carbohydrate, fat, and protein) use at rest and during exercise. His research involves basic measurements such as the analysis of respiratory gas exchange and concentrations of various blood metabolites and hormones to more complex measurements of substrate turnover by stable isotope infusion and analysis. The results of his research not only further basic science, but are also applied to improving our understanding of the etiology of metabolic diseases such as obesity and non-insulin-dependent diabetes and developing more effective lifestyle interventions to prevent and treat these diseases. His research has involved men and women of various ages and levels of fi tness as subjects that have been studied in environments as varied as a standard laboratory at sea level to a high altitude research station at Pikes Peak, Colorado (14,100 ft. elevation). Currently, Dr. Jacobs is the principal investigator of a study examining the infl uence of sildenafi l citrate on cardiovascular function and exercise performance at moderate simulated altitudes. Additionally, Dr. Jacobs is engaged in collaborative research with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to examine the effects of exercise and nutritional manipulations on lipid use in men and women with spinal cord injuries. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. His most recent publications include Endurance Training Has Little Effect on Active Muscle Free Fatty Acid, Lipoprotein Cholesterol, or Triglyceride Net Balances in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, Menstrual Cycle Phase and Oral Contraceptive Effects on Triglyceride Mobilization During Exercise and Fatty Acid Re-esterifi cation But Not Oxidation Is Increased by Oral Contraceptive Use In Women in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Dietary Composition Infl uences Short-Term Endurance Training-Induced Adaptations of Substrate Partitioning During Exercise in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, and Catecholamine Response Is Attenuated During Moderate Intensity Exercise In Response to the Lactate Clamp in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism.

19 Faculty Profiles Dr. Wesley Smith, Clinical Assistant Professor Wes Smith joined the faculty at the University of Miami in He graduated from the University of Florida with a MS degree in Exercise Physiology and continued on towards his PhD were he won the Lee and McCachren Doctoral Student Scholarship, and was awarded the University of Florida Teacher of the Year for teaching lab sections of the Human Anatomy course for the College of Human Performance. Dr. Smith focused his research on aging and skeletal muscle, and also performed research using an in vitro heart model to study ischemia-reperfusion induced myocardial injury and oxidative stress. His Masters Thesis, Alterations of contractile force and mass in the senescent diaphragm with beta-2 agonist treatment, was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Dr. Smith transferred to University of Miami in order to focus his research interests on geriatric exercise physiology and physical vulnerability in seniors. Dr. Smith completed his Ph.D. at the University of Miami where he was the two-time winner of the Exercise and Sports Science Department s Outstanding Doctoral Student award. Since being hired as a visiting professor, his research focus has been on the preservation of the active lifespan and physical well being in aging adults. His mission-based research aims to contribute to this goal through the betterment of muscle testing and exploration of new exercise strategies specifi cally designed to combat age-associated functional decline. In this regard, Dr. Smith has developed a cost-effective, easy to use fi eld test, which can quantify lower body muscle power in seniors. This data was presented at the 2007 American Geriatric Society conference and the manuscript has recently been submitted for publication. Further investigations by Dr. Smith using this test have revealed muscle power levels linked to physical vulnerability and fall risk in seniors, as well as the relationship between power and self-rated functional independence. He is also investigating the differences in electrical potential generated by the muscle cells of geriatric subjects with varying levels of muscle power using electromyography of seniors while performing a functional task. These works are going to be presented at the 2008 American College of Sports Medicine conference and the manuscripts are currently in preparation. In addition to research on age-related alterations to skeletal muscle, Dr. Smith is initiating a study to determine the effects of exercise mode on stereotypical behaviors in autistic children. He also has taught nine different graduate and undergraduate courses since coming to the University of Miami and has established the Exercise Physiology student organization for which he is the faculty advisor. He is also the faculty advisor for Inquiry, the University of Miami undergraduate research organization. Dr. Robert Robertson, Professor Bobby Robertson joined the University of Miami faculty in 1973, during which time he has been an active faculty member and full professor. Dr. Roberts earned his Bachelor s Degree from Oregon State University, followed by his Master s of Education Degree. Later that year, Dr. Roberts joined the Navy s officer program as an Ensign. Dr. Roberts served four years in the Navy as a parachutist and 13 months in Viet Nam. After completing his tour of duty, Dr. Roberts returned to Oregon to earn his Doctorate of Education from the University of Oregon. Dr. Robertson s teaching responsibilities include: Gross Anatomy, Sports Injuries, Kinesiology and Tennis. Dr. Robertson s areas of concentration are human dissection and movement. His specifi c interests are the tibiofemoral, glenohumeral, humeroulna, radiocarpal and intervertebral joints. He has spent decades studying and analyzing human movement of these joints.

20 Dr. Brian Arwari, Lecturer Faculty Profiles Brian Arwari joined the University of Miami faculty in Brian completed his Ph.D. in Psychophysiology, Cognitive Psychology and Personality Psychology at the University of Rome La Sapienza. Dr. Arwari returned to the University of Miami, after having spent a year here as a Ph.D. exchange student in Dr. Arwari was born in Italy. Having grown up in a family involved in aviation, he has lived in 4 continents and in over a dozen countries. This has given him a unique appreciation for diverse cultures. Having degrees in both Psychology and Psychophysiology, Dr. Arwari has enjoyed a variety of professional experiences in both fields. As a Psychophysiologyst, Dr. Arwari worked for over 7 years in a leading psychophysiology lab of the University of Rome. The majority of his research has been in the area of anxiety, arousal, hereditary personality traits and motor cortex potentials. His area of expertise Psychophysiology is electroencephalography and electrocortical potentials. He has also worked as a scientifi c director of a research institution focusing on tinnitus. As a cognitive psychologist, Dr. Arwari has worked in an array of areas, most notably as a consultant to the Italian Ministry of Internal Affairs and as a special consultant to the Offi ce of the Prime Minister. Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD, LMHC Lisa Dorfman has been a leader in the health care fi eld for more than two decades, as a licensed nutritionist, licensed psychotherapist, certifi ed coach and athlete working with professional, world and national class athletes, and is a Board Certifi ed Specialist in Sports Dietetics and a Board Certifi ed Professional Counselor. Since 2003, she has been the Sports Nutritionist for the University of Miami, counseling hundreds of athletes, some onto NCAA, Olympic and world titles and careers in football, baseball, basketball, T&F, tennis, diving, and golf. Lisa is personal nutritionist for many professional athletes, including those in the NFL, MLB, PGA, USTA, and boxing. Lisa is also the national Olympic and Paralympics Team Nutritionist for US Sailing.

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