Kinesiology graduate students receive Research Presentation Awards at the New England American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Conference

Dec 31 2012

Two UMass Amherst Kinesiology graduate students received presentation awards at the New England American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Conference held November 8-9, 2012, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. Jeffer Sasaki (left) received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Presentation Award for his presentation entitled “Validation of the Fitbit Wireless Activity Tracker® for the Prediction of Energy Expenditure”. Thomas Longyear (right) received the Outstanding Masters’ Student Presentation Award for his presentation entitled “The Molecular Mechanism of Fatigue: Examining the Role of H+, Pi, and Ca2+”.

The NEACSM is one of twelve regional chapters of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and represents the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The chapter conducts and assists with various public and professional programs, provides a member forum, and publishes educational and research materials for public and professional use.

The 2012 Conference was entitled “Building and Maintaining the Elite Athlete.”

The Department of Kinesiology also fielded a team of undergraduate students in the 9th Annual College Bowl held as part of the annual NEACSM conference. The UMass Amherst team, comprised of Kristen Millet, Matthew Bruha, and Angel Baez, tested their knowledge of sports medicine against 18 other teams from around the New England region. The team finished in third place, behind only the University of Connecticut and Springfield College in the competition.

Pictured from left to right: Kristen Millet, Matthew Bruha, and Angel Baez