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Russell Pate

Pate leads launch of new physical activity plan

EXSC Professor and National Physical Activity Plan Alliance Chairman Russell Pate launched the newNational Activity Plan Alliance on April 20 in Washington D.C.

Madeleine Giess

From horseback to heavy lifting

UofSC Today chronicles undergrad Madeleine Giess’ journey to becoming an exercise science major. The junior shares what she loves about her Arnold School program and her field.

Sara Wilcox

Wilcox named fellow by SBM

Sara Wilcox, a professor in the Department of Exercise Science and director for the Prevention Research Center, has been elected to fellowship in the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Paul Beattie

Training the armed forces

Exercise Science Clinical Professor and Vietnam Veteran Paul Beattie leads Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty and students to help train Fort Jackson chaplain candidates for the armed forces.

Morgan Durand

EXSC major bikes and builds

Exercise Science senior and USC Triathlon Club President Morgan Durand volunteers with the non-profit Bike & Build, cycling across the country to build homes in support of fair and affordable housing.

Morgan Durand

Study promotes physical activity in preschoolers

Researchers led by EXSC Professor and CPARG Director Russell Pate have found ways to increase physical activity for preschoolers with a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

SPARC Awards

Nine students earn SPARC awards

Arnold School graduate students from EXSC, HPEB, COMD, EPI/BIOS and ENHS have earned 2015-2016 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the USC Office of the Vice President for Research.

HPV Vaccine

Carson wins mentor award

EXSC Professor and Chair James Carson has been honored with the Distinguished Research Leadership Award by the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics for his mentoring efforts.

Diptadip Dattaroy

Students named Breakthrough Graduate Scholars

Keith Brazendale (EXSC), Diptadip Dattaroy (ENHS), Justin Hardee (EXSC) and Danielle Schoffman (HPEB) earn 2016 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar awards from the Office of the VP for Research

Michael Beets

Beets and Chatterjee named Breakthrough Stars

EXSC Associate Professor Michael Beets and ENHS Assistant Professor Saurabh Chatterjee receive 2016 Breakthrough Star awards in recognition of early career research and scholarship achievements.

Sarah Fitz-Maurice

DPT grad lands dream job

A December graduate who earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the Department of Exercise Science, Sarah Fitz-Maurice has turned a clinical rotation into her dream job.

Justin Hardee

Justin Hardee: I am Public Health

EXSC student makes the most of the No. 1 ranked doctoral program in the country.

Tryon and Farr

Students discuss grad school with congress

The Arnold School's Kitty Tryon (EXSC) and Deeonna Farr (HPEB) were chosen by the university as the two USC students to share their graduate school experiences with congressional staff members.

Gaye Christmus

10 ways to make time for exercise

The Huffington Post has published an article by grant writer and editor Gaye Christmus (Department of Exercise Science) on how to make time for exercise—even when you don’t have time.


Wilcox joins National Academy of Kinesiology

EXSC Professor and Prevention Research Center Director Sara Wilcox has been elected to join the National Academy of Kinesiology as an Active Fellow, signifying her contributions to the field.

EXSC Ranked #1

Exercise Science Ph.D. program ranks #1

The National Academy of Kinesiology has ranked the Department of Exercise Science's Ph.D. program #1 in the nation among 52 doctoral programs that focus on the study of physical activity.


Video: Service Creates Memorable Education for Volleyball's Blomgren

Sarah Blomgren is a senior majoring in exercise science who plays volleyball for USC. Over the summer, she traveled to Cost Rica where she helped build a road, establish organic farming, and taught English to grade schoolers.

HSC Supplement

Healthy Communities Study

Members of the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group guest edited and co-authored a special issue on the NIH-funded Healthy Communities Study for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Margaret Barrett

Undergrad blogs about studying abroad

Margaret Barrett, a junior majoring in exercise science, is studying abroad this fall at the University of Hyderabad in India, and she’s blogging about it for the USC Study Abroad Office.


Study links conceptual/motor systems

Researchers clarify the relationship between conceptual and sensory-motor systems of the brain by testing conceptual understanding and corresponding physical impairments using robotic devices.

Denise Peters

Balancing career and family

Denise Peters landed a postdoctoral research fellowship with Emory University after the August grad successfully balanced raising her two young daughters while earning a PhD in Exercise Science.

Morgan Porter

Video promotes physical fitness

Morgan Porter creates a fun video of members from the Department of Exercise Science to encourage physical fitness in honor of 2015 National Dance Day on July 25.

Kerry McIver

McIver joins Leadership Columbia

Kerry McIver, research assistant professor of exercise science and Children's Physical Activity Research Group investigator, has been selected for the 2015-2016 class of Leadership Columbia.

Mark Stout

EXSC alumnus honored as Fellow

Arnold School alumnus Mark Stout (Master of Science in Exercise Science) has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.


Strengthening the S.C. National Guard

EXSC students gain practical experience by leading training sessions for S.C. National Guard service members during a pilot program aimed at improving health and physical readiness.

Lily Gullion

Crowdfunding project follow-up

UofSC Today recently checked in with exercise science undergrad Lily Gullion who successfully crowdfunded her research project on gaming and social skills in the Netherlands.


Undergrads compete for D.C. fellowship

EXSC undergrad Haley Yaw named finalist and Magellan Scholar Klara Milojkovic (researching with HPEB) named winner of Mount Vernon Leadership Fellowship out of nationwide competition.


Pate honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Russell Pate, exercise science, has been named one of five recipients of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.


Practicum confirms career plans

Molly Sullivan provides cardiac rehabilitation to the Arnold School’s Louisa Campbell through her practicum, helping Campbell recover and confirming her own commitment to the cardiac field.


Snowball's chance

Adam Mayer, a senior in exercise science, graduates in May after earning one of three Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, the highest award for graduating seniors.


Morgan Clennin: I Am Public Health

Doctoral student combines public health and exercise science with Health Aspects of Physical Activity program.


Outstanding EXSC student awards

Undergraduates Courtney T. Bellissimo, Ron L. Doiron, Kristen N. Fuss and Adam Michael Mayer have been recognized with Outstanding Exercise Science Student Awards.


EXSC athlete most decorated

Undergraduate Sabrina D’Angelo (Department of Exercise Science) earns President’s Award, finishing her college career as the most decorated student-athlete in USC women’s soccer history.


Crowdfunding a project in the Netherlands

Exercise Science undergraduate Lily Gullion is crowdfunding a summer trip to the Netherlands to test video games’ utility in measuring social skills related to Autism Spectrum Disorder.

World Activity Day

World Activity Day

Join us for a fun filled field day promoting active and healthy lifestyles at the Strom Thurmond Wellnessand Fitness Center on Sunday, April 12. All proceeds benefit United Cerebran Palsy of South Carolina.


Students and colleagues keep his work alive

The State reports that Dr. Fayad’s students keep their mentor’s efforts moving forward through his research projects. Colleagues step in to support his studies by assuming supervisory roles and offering other assistance to further his work.


C'iana Cooper: "I Am Public Health"

Arnold School student awarded prestigious UNCF Merck award.

The Obesity Society to recognize and honor Dr. Steven Blair

Blair to receive the Dr. Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award.

Study gets international attention

A study led by Arnold School researchers is receiving international attention. Why? Because the findings suggest people under age 55 should limit their coffee consumption!

Next step in obesity challenge

An award from The Duke Endowment will fund physical activity interventions in early childhood programs. The goal is to thwart obesity as early as possible in lives of children.

Faculty receive top honors

Inspiring others: Arnold School faculty members Dr. Steve Blair and Dr. Casey Goldston Giraudy are among USC faculty to receive top honors at the 2013 Faculty Awards Ceremony.


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