Sands, Moore receive ACSM student awards

Colleen Sands (left) and Christopher Moore (right) present their research at the
American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting

July 23, 2018

Kinesiology students Colleen Sands and Christopher Moore recently received student awards to attend and present research at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 65th annual meeting held in Minneapolis. Both students work in the Physical Activity and Health Lab under the supervision of Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Kinesiology Catrine Tudor-Locke.

Sands ‘18, a recent graduate who was named a spring 2018 Rising Researcher, received the Dr. Priscilla M. Clarkson Undergraduate Travel Award to present a poster titled “Does Music-Based Cadence Entrainment Alter Metabolic Intensity?” The $1,000 award, established in memory of the late UMass Amherst professor of kinesiology and dean of the Commonwealth Honors College, is given annually to an undergraduate student to present at the ACSM annual meeting.

“Ms. Sands has proven to be a capable and gifted young researcher,” says Tudor-Locke. “In her last two years as an undergraduate she proved to be a valuable asset to our research team, and as a result, I invited her join my lab this fall as a graduate student. Her attention to detail and the high quality of work she produces has been greatly valued, and she works exceedingly hard. Her passion for this field is also evidenced by her personal public health initiative in her local community to develop a Kids’ Running Club from the ground up, acting on her passion for spreading awareness of the importance of physical activity in youth.”

Christopher Moore ‘17 received the Michael L. Pollock Student Scholarship and presented a poster titled “Revisiting the ACSM Metabolic Equation for Walking: Development of a Cadence (steps/min) Metabolic Equation.” The $200 award is given to help pay travel expenses for graduate students traveling to ACSM's Annual Meeting to present their scholarly work.

“Mr. Moore has accepted and excelled at every challenge I have thrown at him,” says Tudor-Locke. “Notably, he is off to an incredible start as a scholar after only his first year as a graduate student. He has been an active co-author contributing to submitted manuscripts and is currently leading (as well as continuing to co-author) numerous other manuscripts that are coming out of our lab. He has already been a part of thirty-four academic conference presentations, including eight as first author. I look forward to witnessing his continued and soaring trajectory.”