Jane Kent, professor of kinesiology, has been named chair of the department. She takes over for Catrine Tudor-Locke, who assumed the position of associate dean of research and administration for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences in March.
“Jane has had a long-standing commitment to kinesiology, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and the university, and I look forward to working with her in this new position,” says Marjorie Aelion, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. “I also want to thank Catrine Tudor-Locke for her service as chair for the last two years.”
Kent’s research is in the area of human skeletal muscle function, bioenergetics and fatigue. In particular, she examines the mechanisms of fatigue and how these vary depending upon age, gender, chronic health status and habitual physical activity level. A related interest is on understanding the influence that fatigue has on functional capacity. Her lab takes a state-of-the-art, integrated approach to understanding human muscle function from the cell to the organism.
Kent’s research team is currently examining the age-related changes in muscle energetic capacity, and how these changes may influence the loss of mobility and health that often occurs in this growing segment of the population.
Kent has served on the faculty at UMass Amherst for 17 years. She is a fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Kinesiology.