McCraw Departmental Lecture Series

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The monthly departmental seminar series is named after the late Dr. Lynn W. McCraw who served as Professor and Chairperson of the department from 1958 to 1973. Review a summation of Dr. McCraw's contributions.

Upcoming Lecture

Vanessa Heggie, Ph.D.

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Associate Professor
  • College of Medicine and Dental Sciences
  • University of Birmingham, UK

Talk Title: "Performing at the limit – learning from the history of extreme sports and exploration"

When: Friday- November 20, 2020

Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Where: Online

For more information contact Conor Heffernan.

Past Lectures

2020

October Liesl Nydegger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Gender Health Equity Lab, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Systemic and Interpersonal Barriers to HIV Prevention among Black & Latina Women"
Audrey Stone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Autonomic Control of Circulation Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Exercise and diabetes: A cautionary tale"

2019

October Sophie Lalande, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
"Exercise limitations in patients with type 2 diabetes"
Miguel Pinedo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
"Migration as a social determinant of health: Advancing Latino health research"
December Jason Shurley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Coaching, University of Wisconsin Whitewater
"From forbidden to mandatory: The evolution of strength training for sport"

2018-2019

September Bill Kohl, John Bartholomew, Ed Coyle, and Darla Castelli, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
"Physical Inactivity: It Takes a 'Village' to Understand It"
October Jennifer L. Temple, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director, Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, University of Buffalo
"Caffeinated Kids: The Impact of caffeine on physiology and behavior in adolescents"
January Liesl Nydegger, Julie Maslowsky, Miguel Pinedo, and Keryn Pasch, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
"Health Disparities in Texas: Preparing KHE Students in a Changing State"

2017-2018

September Paul J. Fadel, Professor, The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation
"Sympathetic Control of the Circulation in Type 2 Diabetes Patients”
October Deborah Parra-Medina, MPH, Ph.D., FAAHB, Director, Latino Research Initiative, Professor, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the University of Texas at Austin
"Enlace: A Promotora-led Physical Activity Intervention for Latinas in South Texas"
February Lara Latimer, Ph.D. Lecturer and Research Program Coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
“Confessions of an Ivy League Postdoc: Expectations, Revelations, and Validation"
April Roger Farrar, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
“Muscle Macrophages: Not Just for Clean up, But Necessary for Repair”

2016-2017 

November Paul von Hippel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin
"Why are some countries more obese than others—demographics or environment?"
December Scott K. Powers, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, the University of Florida
"Exercise: Teaching Myocytes New Tricks"
NOTE: Starts at 11 AM
February Jonathan Matthis, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Perceptual Systems, The University of Texas at Austin
"Gaze and the visual control of foot placement when walking over real-world rough terrain"
March Miyoung Kim, RN, Ph.D., Professor, School of Nursing, the University of Texas at Austin
"Role of community-based participatory research (CBPR) in addressing health equity for underserved communities"

2015-2016

September Dr. David K. Wiggins, Professor, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, George Mason University
"Black Auxiliaries, Aryan Racial Supremacy, and the Berlin Olympic Games”
October Julie Maslowsky, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, the University of Texas at Austin
“The role of sleep in adolescent health”
November Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, the University of Texas at Austin
“Enhancement of Cognitive and Physical Performance by Near-Infrared Lasers"
February Jaimie Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, the University of Texas at Austin
“School Gardens: Impact on health in children"
March Paul Gordon, Ph.D., MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation, Baylor University “Muscular Fitness - Get a Grip, it's your Health"

2014-2015

September Jan Todd, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology, the University of Texas at Austin
“Reflections on the Emergence of Physical (Cultural) Studies"
October Colin Wilborn, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Exercise Science, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
“The role of diet and supplementation in the prevention of overtraining"
February Larry Abraham, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, the University of Texas at Austin
“Pursuing peculiar paradoxes in performance…one foot at a time"
March John Bartholomew, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, the University of Texas at Austin
“Environments Change Behavior, But Who Changes Environments?"

2013-2014

September Michael Mackert, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Advertising, the University of Texas at Austin
"Communicating with low health literate audiences: education and persuasion"
October Thomas Hunt, J.D., Ph.D., Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, the University of Texas at Austin
"Sport and cold war"
November Richard Simpson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston
"The impact of persistent viral infections and physical exercise on the aging immune system"
January Rick Neptune, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
“Improving Human Performance through Design Optimization"
February Aaron Baker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin
"Reengineering growth factor signaling in ischemic disease"
March Rochelle Buffenstein, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
"The naked mole-rat, a novel model for biomedical research"
April Darla Castelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, the University of Texas at Austin
"Plasma to Playground: Physical Activity and Cognitive Health in Children and Emerging Adults"

2012-2013

September Edward Coyle, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Physiology of the Marathon: How Fast Might They Go?"
October Michael Cramer, J.D. Director, Texas Program in Sports and Media
"Sports, Media, and American Culture"
November Rosa Schnyer, D.A.O.M., Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
“Acupuncture in the Management of Chronic Pain"
January Rick Neptune, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
“Improving Human Performance through Design Optimization"
February Tim Lightfoot, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology
Texas A&M University
"Is Voluntary Physical Activity Really Voluntary?"
March Juan Dominguez, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
"Brain and Hormone Influence on Natural and Artificial Reward"
April Lovett Distinguished Alumni Award Lecture 
Speaker and title TBD; Mary Steinhardt will announce at a later date Bob Heere, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education "This is Our Team! Community Development in and Through Sport"

2011-2012

September Mark Regnerus, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
“Sexual decision making and emotional health in emerging adulthood”
October Scott Mclean, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology, Southwestern University
“Research to Application: How do you take an idea from the lab to the pool?”
November Liza Shapiro, Ph.D., Professor, Dept of Anthropology
“Primate locomotion and the evolution of human bipedalism”
January Steven Riechman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University
"Cholesterol: When Bad Is Good and More Is Better."
February Victor Convertino, Ph.D., Senior Research Physiologist
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
"From Space to Iraq: Physiological Research and Clinical Applications."
March Matthew Brothers, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
"Mechanisms of Impaired Blood Pressure Control in Heat stressed Individuals"
April Tre' McCalister, Ph.D.
"Impact of Worksite Health on Population Health" 
Honoring Dorothy Lovett Distinguished Alumni

2010-2011

September Verner Moller, Ph.D. 
Lance Armstrong & the Media: “Innuendo, the Athlete and Responsible Journalism”
October Dr. William Cooke, Ph.D., Professor at the Department of Health and Kinesiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 
“Humans Under Pressure: Studies of Autonomic Cardiovascular Control”
November Dr. Andreana Haley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology
Surviving Prosperity: “Metabolic syndrome and the brain”
January Dr. Mark Hayward, Ph.D., Professor, Population Research Center, College of Liberal Arts
“Marriage, Divorce, and Biological Risk: Does the Body Forget?”
February Dr. Chandra Bhat, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
“On Jointly Analyzing the Physical Activity Participation Levels of Individuals in a Family Unit”
March Dr. Guy Parcel, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
“Intervention Mapping: Theory and Evidence-based Planning for Health Promotion Programs”
April Dr. John Ivy, Ph.D., Department Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
“Regulation of Blood Glucose by Amino Acid Supplementation”

2009-2010

September Dr. Pamm Kellett, Ph.D., School of Management and Marketing
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Sports and Drought: “Managing the Physiological, Social & Governance Impacts”
October Craig M. Kemper M.D., Translational Research in the Austin Medical Community
“Ongoing neuroscience research at the brain and spine center and future directions of collaboration between UT and the medical community”
November CANCELLED
January John B. Bartholomew, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
Texas I-Can: “The Impact of Physically Active, Academic Lessons on Activity,  Behavior, and Academic Outcomes”
February Hirofumi Tanaka, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
“Swimming and cardiovascular disease risks”
March Jason Wilken Ph.D., MPT, Director, Military Performance Lab, Brooke Army Medical Center
“Physical Performance Assessment in Highly Active Military Amputees” 
April Ben Carrington, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
“Sport and the Remaking of Race. Or, how Tiger became black”

2008-2009

September Marlene Dixon, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
“The Work-Family Interface in Sport: A Multilevel Perspective”
October Jan Todd, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
“Size matters: muscles, drugs, and sport”
November Dr. Jaime Schultz, University of Maryland
“Technologies of Gendered Athleticism in the Twentieth Century, U.S. Women's Sports”
January Louis Harrison, Ph.D.,  UT Curriculum and Instruction
“Racial  Influences in Sport & Physical Activity"
February Dilip Karnik, M.D.
Medical Director, Pediatric Neurology Department, Dell Children’s Hospital
“Current Advances in the Neurobiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders”
March H. W. (Bill) Kohl, Ph.D., Research Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"On Outbreaks, Overload, Epidemics, and Specificity “Physical Activity and Public Health"
April Christine Dolbier, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina
"Promoting Resilient and Thriving Stress Responses"
Honoring Dorothy Lovett Distinguished Alumni

2007-2008

September Deborah Rohm Young, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland-College Park
"Physical Activity Interventions for Young Girls: Lessons Learned and Next Steps"
October David R. Bassett, Jr., Ph.D., Professor
Department of Exercise, Sport, and Leisure Studies, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
"The Cycling World Hour Record"
November Thomas P. Erlinger, M.D., Director of Clinical Research, Seton Family of Hospitals
"Diet Effects on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors"
January Alexa K. Stuifbergen, Ph.D., RN, Professor, School of Nursing
"Physical Activity for Persons with Chronic & Disabling Conditions"
February Robert Malina, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Physical Activity: the Present in the Context of the Past"
March Evangelos A. Christou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University
"Aging and Learning Novel Fine Motor Tasks"
April Laurence Chalip, Ph.D.,  Ed Coyle, Ph.D., Roger Farrar, Ph.D., and Jules Woolf, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Steroid use in sports: interdisciplinary approaches for ongoing problems"

2006-2007

September Peter Stone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,  Department of Computer Sciences
"RoboCup: The Robot Soccer World Cup"
October Christine Schmidt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering 
"New Tissue for Old Bodies: Engineering Approaches for Functional Nerve Regeneration"
November James Flucky, Ph.D., Associate Professor,
Department of Kinesiology, Texas AM University
“Regulation of Muscle Protein Synthesis: Effects of Resistance Exercise and/or Simulated Microgravity"
January Michael Smolensky, Ph.D., Health Sciences Center at Houston  
"Circadian Rhythms in Human Physiology and Physical Performance"
February Stephen Hursting, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences 
"Obesity, Energy Balance and Cancer: A Mechanistic Perspective"
March Lisa Griffin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Neural Adaptations to Fatigue and Training: Applications to Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation"
April Jeffrey J. Zachwieja, Ph.D., Gatorade Sports Science Institute
"From Carbohydrate U to Carbohydrate Business with a Little Sprinkle of Protein in Between"

2005-2006

September (Cancelled due to Hurricane Rita) 
October No lecture
November No lecture
December Rafer Lutz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Baylor University
"The thIN Crowd. Social Norms and their Impact on Exercise Participation"
January Marcia G. Ory, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Health, Texas A&M University
"What Translational Research Tells Us About Keeping Older Adults Physically Active" 
February Robert L. Helmreich, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology
Dealing with Danger in Aviation and Medicine"
March Allisa Carter, Ph.D., UT Volunteer and Service Learning Center
"The UT service-learning initiative: Incorporating community service into your classes."
April Christopher Ellison, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sociology
"Religion, Health, and Mortality: What We Know, What We Need to Know"

2004-2005

September John Hoberman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Germanic Studies
"The Doping Mess After Athens: Where Are We?"
October Waneen Spirduso, Ed.D, Jan Todd, Ph.D., Terry Todd, Ph.D. Department of Kinesiology and Health Education with Terry Christian, CAHPERD
"We Remember… Dr. Lynn McCraw"           
November Richard Kreider, Ph.D., Professor
Center for Exercise, Nutrition and Preventive Health Research, Baylor University
"Overview of the Curves Women's Health Initiative"
January George Cunningham, Ph.D., Professor, Sport & Sport Management, Texas A&M University
"On Being Different: the effects of Diversity in Sports Organizations"
February John Bartholomew, Ph.D., Laurence Chalip, Ph.D., Ed Coyle, Ph.D., Nell Gottlieb, Ph.D., John Ivy, and Dolly Lambdin, Ed.D., Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Possible Causes and Cures for Obesity in Texas: a Multi-Discipline Program"
March Lisa Leiden, Ph.D., VP for Research
"Human Subjects - what you always wanted to know and needed to know"
April Carla Costa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
Title being researched

2003-2004

September Debra Umberson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sociology
"Marital Quality and Health"
October Patricia Stout, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Advertising
"Stigma and Media Depictions of Mental Illness"
November Christine Green, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Understanding Sport Event Volunteers"
January Jonathan Dingwell, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Adventures in Variability: Examining How Coordination Changes Across Time"
February Chandra Mueller, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Sociology
"Adolescent Health and Academic Achievement: Findings from a new national study"
March Sharon Brown, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Nursing
"Overcoming a Genetic Predisposition for Diabetes: The Starr County Border Initiative"
April Theresa Jones, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology 
"Neural Plasticity, Motor Learning, and Brain Damage"

2002-2003

September Hirofumi Tanaka, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
“Age-related reductions in physiological functional capacity in women”
October Laurence Chalip, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
“Policy Legitimation in Sport and the Aims of Sport Management”
November Martita A Lopez, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
“Exercise and Sleep Quality in Adults”
December Lisa Beesley, Ph.D., Assistant ProfessorGriffith University, Australia
“Formulating and disseminating research designed for application: Maximizing the utility of knowledge”
January John Traphagan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies
“Being a Good Roujin: Senility, Power and Self-Actualization in Japan”
February Phil Stanforth, M.S., Lecturer, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Forty Acres of FIT?  Fitness Profile of Students in UT Conditioning Classes"
March Jody Jensen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"The Puzzles of Motor Development"
April Roger Farrar, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Designer Genes: More than Fashion"

2001-2002

September Dan Funk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"The psychological continuum model (PCM): A conceptual framework for understanding an individual's psychological connection to sport"
October Peter Cribb, Ph.D., Project Director for CATCH
"CATCH: A Coordinated Approach to Child Health"
November Rueben McDaniel, Ed.D., Professor, McCombs School of Business
"Preventative Services in Family Practice Units"
January Karen Coleman, Ph.D., Psychology Department
"Program Evaluation in El Paso: Walk El Paso!"
February No Lecture
March Milton Jamail, Lecturer, Department of Government
"Foul Ball: Inside Cuban Baseball"
April Alexandra Loukas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Child and Adolescent Problem Behaviors: Examining Individual and Contextual Influences"

2000-2001

September David Warner, Ph.D., Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
"The Cost of Diabetes in Texas"
October Jack Wilmore, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University
"The HERITAGE Family Study"
November Eric Stice, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Psychology 
"A Dissonance-based Eating Disorder Findings at Last"
January Terry Todd, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"The Myth of Muscle Binding"
February Dolly Lambdin, Ed.D., Lecturer, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"Helping Teachers COPE II"
March Bob Spina, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
"The Effects of Aging and Physical Activity on Vascular Stiffness"
April Waneen Spirduso, Ed.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education:
"Physical Function in the Elderly"