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  • The ACSM Foundation in Action

    by User Not Found | Oct 21, 2015
    By James M. Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM


    The American College of Sports Medicine Foundation was formed to pursue resources needed to advance the work of the College. One of our goals has been to involve individuals, foundations and those in the corporate world who share ACSM’s interests in furthering exercise physiology, sports medicine, policy and public health issues to support our mission to advance health through science, education and medicine. 

    Student AwardsIndividual members of ACSM have made a difference for the College and the programs it supports. In 2014, nearly $61,400 was received in individual gifts thanks to ACSM member donors. As you reflect on what ACSM means to you personally and professionally, I encourage you to consider joining me in making a gift to the ACSM Foundation anytime throughout the year. One outcome of these donations is the creation of additional endowments to fund research grants, scholarships and awards. I’d like to recognize 2015’s foundation scholarship and travel awards winners:

    • The 2015 Michael L. Pollock Student Scholarship -- (Jaquelyn Holt and Ryan Pettit-Mee)
    • The Steven M. Horvath Travel Award (Riana Pryor and Scott Crawford)
    • The Gail E. Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award (Jessica Knurick and Paddy Dempsey)
    • The Lisa Stroud Krivickas Clinician-Scholar Travel Award (Dina Christina Janse van Rensburg)
    • The Priscilla M. Clarkson Undergraduate Travel Award (Mateus da Silva Bezerra)
    • The GSSI-ACSM Sport Nutrition Award (Louise Turner)
    • The GSSI-ACSM Young Investigator Award (David Clayton)
    • And finally, the GSSI-ACSM Young Scholar Travel Award (Benjamin Ryan and Jenna Gillen)

    The Foundation has a strong commitment to funding research and disseminating the findings. We are very pleased to honor the researchers who competed successfully for the 2015 Foundation Research Grant Program:

    ACSM Foundation Research Grants:

    • PAFFENBARGER-BLAIR FUND FOR EPIDEMIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ON PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
      • Youngdeok Kim

         

    • ACSM RESEARCH ENDOWMENT
      • Marcia J. Abbott
      • Daniel Gagnon
      • Nathan T. Jenkins
      • Anna E. Stanhewicz

         

    • CLINICAL SPORTS MEDICINE ENDOWMENT
      • Robert C. Lynall

         

    • CARL V. GISOLFI MEMORIAL FUND
      • Matthew T. Wittbrodt

         

    • NASA SPACE PHYSIOLOGY RESEARCH GRANT
      • Anita V. Mantri
      • Amanda L. Zaleski

         

    • DOCTORAL STUDENT RESEARCH GRANTS
      • Jacob M. Allen
      • Daniel H. Craighead
      • Aaron J. Done
      • John J. Guers
      • Justin Perry Hardee
      • Jin Hee Jeong
      • Hawley E. Kunz
      • Sanghee Park
      • Meghan G. Ramick
      • Lindsay A. Tanskey
      • Heather L. Vellers
      • Zachary M. Zenko

         

    • DR. RAYMOND A. WEISS RESEARCH ENDOWMENT
      • Elena L. Ivanova

    During the 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting we awarded $135,504 to these talented young investigators, a total of 23 grants. Two years ago, ACSM entered into a multi-faceted partnership with the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), in part to fund a joint research venture. The 2015 recipient of the ACSM- AMSSM Clinical Research Grant was Dr. M. Kyle Smoot.

    As we look to the future, I challenge each of you to participate by giving of your time, talent and resources to the Annual Fund and other programs of the ACSM Foundation. 

    I encourage those researchers and young investigators to apply for any of these opportunities provided by the ACSM Foundation today!


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