Faculty: Physical Education and Recreation- University of Alberta
What do you wish you had known when you were in graduate school?
I wish I knew who Benjamin Zander was and his take on giving
students an A and the Art of Possibility.
What information/ advice did you learn in graduate school that has been most influential?
Integrity: this was the most important lesson I learned from
my supervisors. Bias is a natural part of the human condition; blind yourself
and let the measurements speak for themselves.
Where do you think exercise physiology graduates are most needed?
We need people with the confidence to work with individuals
living with chronic neurologic and neuromuscular conditions.
Where do you see your overall area of research headed in the next 5 years?
Exercise for people living with ALS (and other neurologic impairments)
is a field with many "well-intentioned" opinions that need empirical
testing. We need to catch up to our colleagues in cardiovascular and metabolic
Outside your own interests, what area of exercise science/ physiology do you find most exciting right now?
I can't seem to get enough of Martin Gibala and HIIT. Chris
Hadfield also reawakened my long-standing interest in exercise physiology in
altered gravity environments.
Why is being a CSEP Academic Member important to you?
This is a very supportive community that delivers tangible
information/services/etc., to a broad range of stakeholders, based on solid
research. Contributing to this noble enterprise is an honor.
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