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2013 NSCA Grant Recipients

GNC Nutritional Research Grant Recipients

Clayton Camic / University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

2013 GNC Camic

The Influence of an Arginine-based Supplement on Indicators of Fatigue
Clayton L. Camic received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Morehead State University (2001), a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Wyoming (2003), and a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2011). He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Exercise and Sport Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and his main research interests include evaluation of muscle function and fatigue using electromyography as well as ergogenic aids.

Colin Carriker / University of New Mexico

2013 GNC Carriker

Effect of Inorganic NO3 on O2 Consumption in Trained and Untrained Runners
Colin Carriker is a doctoral candidate in Exercise Science at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He holds a teaching assistantship and is actively involved in research with faculty and other graduate students. His research interests include nutritional interventions and environmental stressors such as high altitude and cold physiology. Carriker received his Master of Science degree from Central Washington University where his thesis was conducted in a cold environment. His appreciation for exercise as preventative medicine stems from his previous experience working as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and emergency medical technician.

Graduate Research Grant - Doctoral Recipients

Haley Bergstrom / University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2013 Graduate Bergstrom

Physiological Responses at the Critical Heart Rate During Treadmill Running
Haley Bergstrom is currently a doctoral student in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the direction of Dr. Terry Housh. Bergstrom received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Doane College and completed her Master of Science in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her main research interests include the evaluation of cardiovascular, metabolic, neuromuscular, and perceptual responses during dynamic fatiguing exercise.

Anthony Duplanty / University of North Texas

2013 Graduate Duplanty

Effect of Alcohol Ingestion on Resistance Exercise Induced mTOR Signaling
Anthony Duplanty is a doctoral student focusing on exercise physiology in the Biology Department at the University of North Texas (UNT). He received his Master’s degree in Kinesiology at UNT and has worked for Dr. Jakob Vingren in the Applied Physiology Laboratory for the past three years. Duplanty’s research interests are in muscle physiology and endocrine response to resistance exercise.

Dustin Grooms / Ohio State University

2013 Graduate Grooms

Visual Interference Neuromuscular Training Effects on Movement Performance
Dustin Grooms completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Northern Kentucky University in 2008 and his Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Virginia in 2009. After an internship with the Cincinnati Bengals (National Football League) and two years with the College of Mount Saint Joseph as an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach, he began his doctoral studies in Health and Rehabilitation Science at the Ohio State University in 2011. Grooms’ research interests include neural control of human movement, biomechanics, visual-motor training, and human performance.

Edward Jo / Florida State University

2013 Graduate Jo

Periodized Resistance Training and Whey Protein During Obesity Treatment
Edward Jo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at California State University-Long Beach in 2006 and a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology at California State University-Fullerton in 2009. Currently, he is advancing his educational and scholarly work at Florida State University in pursuit of a PhD in Exercise Physiology. Jo’s research and expertise is centered on exercise training and nutrition to prevent and treat obesity and obesity-related conditions, as well as to optimize body composition and performance in athletic and unhealthy populations. Jo is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and NSCA Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has extensive experience training and consulting clients for weight loss, bodybuilding, sports performance, and functionality.

Graduate Research Grant - Master's Recipients

Ronald Budnar / University of North Texas

2013 Graduate Budnar

The Effect of Ethanol on Hormonal Response to Resistance Exercise in Women
Ronald Budnar completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2011. Following graduation, he decided to continue his education at UNT and is now a second-year master’s student working in the Applied Physiology Laboratory. His research interests include muscle physiology and exercise endocrinology with a focus on strength and power adaptations.

John Harry / University of Memphis

2013 Graduate Harry

Effects of Footwear Type on Maximal Effort Jumping Performance
John Harry is a second-year master’s student in the Exercise and Sport Science program at the University of Memphis. He is a graduate assistant in the Exercise Neuromechanics Laboratory, and also teaches undergraduate courses. Harry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University-Fullerton. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, he worked as a strength and conditioning coach in Southern California, specifically with high school athletes. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and is also certified through USA Weightlifting (USAW). He has a passion for teaching and introducing the Olympic lifts to his students, and has competed in numerous Olympic weightlifting competitions. Harry plans to pursue a PhD in Exercise Science following completion of his graduate program at the University of Memphis.

Hailee Wingfield / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2013 Graduate Wingfield

An Acute Metabolic Evaluation of Exercise and Nutrition in Women
Hailee Wingfield is in her last year of the Exercise Physiology Master’s Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a research assistant in the Applied Physiology Lab, a teaching assistant in the Lifetime Fitness Program, and the fitness services graduate assistant in Campus Recreation. Wingfield is also a certified Health Fitness Specialist (ACSM), Group Fitness Instructor (ACE), and Health Coach (ACE). Her thesis focus is acute metabolism in women following different exercise modalities and nutrition interventions.

International Collaborator Grant Recipient

Alejandro Lucia / Universidad Europea de Madrid SLU

2013 International Lucia

In-Hospital Exercise and Telomere Length in Children with Solid Tumors
Alejandro Lucia is a Professor in Exercise Physiology at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. He has earned his MD and PhD and has published multiple articles in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. His current areas of research include: exercise prescription as a coadjuvant therapy to improve the health, functional status, quality of life, and wellbeing of patients with chronic or genetic disorders (adult and pediatric cancer, cystic fibrosis, anorexia, Alzheimer’s disease, McArdle disease [glycogenosis type V], graft versus host disease) and special populations (gravida women, nonagenarians); several randomized controlled trials published on the clinical benefits of physical exercise (included in-hospital programs or interventions in nursing homes); biological responses and adaptations to exercise (study models: healthy and diseased populations, murine models of disease (dietary-induced obese rats, mice with graft versus host disease, or “knock-in” mice with McArdle disease); and genetics (association studies) of muscle and exercise-related phenotypes and genetics of human longevity (centenarians).

Young Investigator Grant Recipients

Maren Fragala / University of Central Florida

2013 Young Investigator Fragala

IGF-1 Mediated Monocyte Responses to Muscle Recovery Treatments
Maren Fragala is an Assistant Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Her research focuses on integrated physiological approaches to understanding skeletal muscle functioning with applications to both facilitating recovery and performance in athletes and preventing and treating sarcopenia in older adults. Prior to joining UCF, she studied various aspects of strength and conditioning in young to old populations at Harvard’s Prevention Research Center on Physical Activity and Nutrition, University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory (where she completed her PhD), University of Connecticut Health Center on Aging (where she completed her postdoctoral research), and University of Massachusetts’ Exercise Physiology Laboratory (where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree). She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) with Distinction through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Chad Kerksick / University of New Mexico

2013 Young Investigator Kerksick

Influence of Eccentric Duration on Anabolism, Damage and Oxidative Stress
Chad Kerksick is currently an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences Department at the University of New Mexico. He also serves as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) State Director for New Mexico and on the Executive Council for the Nutrition, Metabolism, and Body Composition Special Interest Group. His current research investigates the impact of acute and chronic exercise and nutritional interventions on the physiological, biochemical, and molecular responses that impact muscle function, hypertrophy, and atrophy in athletes, elderly, and other clinical populations.

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