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Q&A: Legacy of the Space Shuttle, Part 2
ACSM Playing a Key Role in Upcoming United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases
Policy Corner: Debt Ceiling Legislation Could Affect Federal Science Agencies
Applications Now Online for 2012 International Awards
An Inside Look: September 2011 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®
Professors: Head Back to School with ACSM’s Faculty Network
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Q&A: Legacy of the Space Shuttle, Part 2: Understanding Human Physiology for Earth, Space and Beyond
By Stuart M. C. Lee, M.S. and Alan D. Moore, Jr., Ph.D., FACSM
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Stuart M. C. Lee, M.S., is a lead research scientist for Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering in NASA Johnson Space Center's (JSC) Cardiovascular Laboratory. Over the past 19 years, including 16 years in the JSC Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Lee has published extensively on cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, thermoregulatory and orthostatic function in space flight and space flight analogs. Alan D. Moore, Jr., Ph.D., FACSM, is a senior scientist for Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering assigned to the Exercise Physiology and Countermeasures Project at NASA JSC. He has been an investigator in several space flight studies and currently is the principal investigator of an ongoing study of International Space Station astronauts. Moore is also an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association.

The National Space and Aeronautics Administration’s (NASA) space shuttle program came to a successful close last month when the Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center on July 21. ACSM thought this would be a great opportunity to interview two long-time members who have supported NASA programs for many years at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Stuart Lee and Dr. Alan Moore shared their perspectives on some of the scientific and medical benefits of the space shuttle program and the work that must be done to support future human space exploration. This is the second commentary in a two-part series that commemorates the conclusion of the program, with a focus on issues of special interest to the sports medicine and exercise science community.

Q&A questions include:
  • In addition to space exploration, many benefits have been realized through NASA’s efforts. Can you tell us about NASA’s mission to share their knowledge and technology, particularly regarding medicine, exercise and basic research?
  • What role will medicine and physiology have in future space missions? More

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ACSM Playing a Key Role in Upcoming United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases
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Recognizing the urgency of addressing the rise in global health issues relating to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the United Nations will convene an historic Summit on Sept. 19 and 20, 2011 at the UN Headquarters in New York City, New York, USA. The United Nations Summit will focus on the prevention and control of NCDs worldwide, with special emphasis on social and economic impacts for developing countries.

ACSM is playing a key role with the UN Summit, including organizing an official preconference immediately prior to the start of the Summit that will underscore for the UN delegates and others the importance of physical activity in preventing and treating major NCDs, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. ACSM also has secured a number of key partner organizations for this preconference, including the CDC/WHO Collaborating Center on Physical Activity and Health, and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. The ACSM and partner preconference (called a Side Event in UN terminology) will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, directly across from the UN. It will complement the official inter-governmental sessions, provide an opportunity for global representatives to share information and experiences, identify key strategies, and develop action plans for building on the resulting United Nations Declaration that will come from the Summit. More information on this and other actions ACSM will be taking to make physical activity and health a key issue on the global stage will be available in the coming weeks in SMB and through special e-briefings.

Policy Corner: Debt Ceiling Legislation Could Affect Federal Science Agencies
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Article courtesy of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).

After an extended battle with Congress, in early August President Barack Obama signed comprehensive legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling and engage in a two-step process to address the country’s $14.3 trillion deficit. The Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), Public Law 112-25, includes few details about how the mandated cuts in discretionary spending will be achieved, making it hard to immediately determine how funding for research and science agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation, will be affected in fiscal year (FY) 2012 and beyond. However, it is clear that the bill aims to enforce a newfound measure of fiscal discipline regarding federal spending.

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Applications Now Online for 2012 International Awards
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As the international voice of sports medicine and exercise science, ACSM attracts members from more than 90 countries throughout the world. More than ten percent of members reside outside of the U.S., and ACSM serves international members with specialized programs such as international awards. These awards provide funding for professionals and students to attend the 2012 ACSM Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, and participate in clinical and research exchange opportunities. Applications for the following awards are now online:

2012 International Student Awards
The International Student Awards assist with travel costs for international members (residents of the U.S. and Canada are not eligible to apply) to attend ACSM’s 2012 Annual Meeting. Applicants must not hold a completed doctorate degree and must be the first author on an abstract accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting. Learn more and apply.

2012 Oded Bar-Or International Scholar Award
The Oded Bar-Or International Scholar Award provides subsidized airfare and lodging, a living stipend and medical insurance to a scholar interested in visiting and studying abroad for up to two months. Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) and must represent a discipline recognized by ACSM. Learn more and apply.

2012 RAFA-PANA Scholarship Award
ACSM plays a lead role in the RAFA-PANA Scholarship Award. The RAFA-PANA Scholarship Award provides subsidized airfare and lodging, a living stipend and medical insurance to a young scientist, health practitioner or other professional interested in bringing scientific expertise and knowledge back to their country. Winners will visit and study in the U.S. or Canada. At this time, only residents of RAFA-PANA countries are eligible to apply. Learn more and apply.

The ACSM Clinical Scholar Award application will be available later this year. The 2012 application deadline for all international awards is February 1, 2012. If you have questions about any of these awards, please contact Heather Turner, assistant director of membership and chapter services, at hturner@acsm.org or 317-637-9200 ext. 138.

An Inside Look: September 2011 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®
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The September issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (MSSE) is available online now. ACSM members can access the journal for free – simply log in at the ACSM website and click “My ACSM.”

MSSE Editor-in-Chief Andrew J. Young, Ph.D., FACSM offers his insights into the September issue: More

Professors: Head Back to School with ACSM's Faculty Network
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As you are heading back to school this semester, don’t forget to activate your free membership in ACSM’s Faculty Network. In 2010, more than 400 members joined the ACSM Faculty Network and gained access to exclusive resources and discounts for their students.

With our enhanced student benefits, ACSM's Faculty Network can provide your students with invaluable career and research direction. Whether students are entering the research, clinical or health-and-fitness field, we can offer them a network of professionals and resources to enhance their educational development.

Give your students the ACSM advantage this year by joining the Faculty Network today!


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Exercise and Science Headlines

Headlines include recent stories in the media on sports medicine and exercise science topics and do not reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. Headlines are meant to inform members on what the public is reading and hearing about the field.

Nonalcoholic Beer Aids Marathon Recovery
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A new study reports that beer is an excellent recovery beverage for marathon runners. But you may not want to start a raucous celebration just yet. The beer was effective only if it was nonalcoholic.

Running a marathon is, of course, punishing to the body, causing muscle soreness and inflammation. Grueling exercise can also weaken the immune system, making athletes susceptible to colds and other ills in the weeks after the event. Some athletes, particularly in Europe, long had downed nonalcoholic beer during hard training, claiming that it helped them to recover, but no science existed to support the practice.

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The Ongoing Controversy Over Screening Young Athletes with ECG
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As today’s Heart Beat column reports, a group of international experts recently published recommendations for interpreting the electrocardiograms of young athletes, hoping to reduce the number of false positive results that can spark further, costly testing.

The debate over whether high school and college athletes should routinely have ECGs added to their pre-participation physicals has been brewing for years, sparked by the rare but shocking deaths of young, seemingly healthy athletes on the field of play.

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