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Active Voice: Introducing ACSM's new Translational Journal;
  Call for Editor-in-Chief Applications
2015 Honor and Citation Award Recipients
Friday is Last Day to Apply for 2015 ACSM Foundation Grants
Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
Reminder: Deadline for Fellowship Application February 1
Per-Olof Åstrand: Remembering the Man and His Pioneering Scientific Contributions
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


Active Voice: Introducing ACSM's new Translational Journal; Call for Editor-in-Chief Applications
By Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, is regents’ professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research in the College of Education at Georgia State University and executive director of After-School All-Stars Atlanta. He currently is serving on the ACSM board of trustees as an elected vice president and is chair of the ACSM Publications Committee.

This commentary presents Dr. Thompson’s thoughts on the new translational journal being launched by the American College of Sports Medicine.

ACSM’s mission statement is “The American College of Sports Medicine advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.”

As we strive to continuously advance our mission, the new journal, titled the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, represents the confluence of this critically important mission, ACSM’s overall strategic planning goals and ACSM’s ongoing investment in providing members with valuable benefits they can use to further their professional goals, while meeting the needs of online/digital consumers.

The new journal will be transformative for the college, fitting into multiple strategic initiatives across the multidisciplinary aspects of ACSM. Likewise, it directly addresses the mission of the College by advancing our ongoing efforts to disseminate innovative findings from the fields of exercise science and sports medicine.

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2015 Honor and Citation Award Recipients
Congratulations to the 2015 ACSM Honor and Citation Award recipients. These individuals will be formally recognized during the awards banquet at the 62nd ACSM Annual Meeting, World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise Fatigue in San Diego on May 29.

Honor Award Recipient

William O. Roberts, M.D., FACSM
Phalen Village Clinic
University of Minnesota Medical School
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Citation Award Recipients

L. Bruce Gladden, Ph.D., FACSM
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama

Alan R. Hargens, Ph.D., FACSM
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California

Richard G. Israel, Ed.D., FACSM
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado

Mary Lloyd Ireland, M.D., FACSM
University of Kentucky HealthCare
Lexington, Kentucky

Bess Marcus, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California

Janice L. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM
The University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Awards and Tributes Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Honor and Citation Awards. The nomination deadline is April 15, 2015. For Honor and Citation Award descriptions and nomination instructions, click here.

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Friday is Last Day to Apply for 2015 ACSM Foundation Grants
January 16 is the deadline for several grants offered through the ACSM Foundation Research Program, including the following grant opportunities: ACSM's Foundation Research Grant Program started in 1989 with one research initiative in basic and applied science, and it awarded $50,000 among five doctoral research students. In 2014, the foundation awarded approximately $140,000 among 24 research students. For more information about the ACSM Foundation, click here.
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Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
Check out the two free featured articles from the January/February 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® at

The free featured articles for this issue include, "The Movement Based Program Method: Adapted for Select Populations," by Matthew King, M.Ed. and Dixie Stanforth, Ph.D., and A Nutritionist's View column, "Functional Foods and Health," by Stella L. Volpe, Ph.D., RD, LD/N, FACSM. The articles are available free of charge on the journal's website until February 20, so download your copies today.

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Reminder: Deadline for Fellowship Application is February 1
The deadline to submit ACSM fellowship applications is February 1. Members can access the fellowship requirements and applications by logging into their online ACSM account. The next round of applications will be accepted in August 2015.
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Per-Olof Åstrand: Remembering the Man and His Pioneering Scientific Contributions

Professor Björn Ekblom, Dr. Per-Olaf Åstrand, and Dr. Skip Knuttgen Photo taken in 2008 during a lunch meeting at the Gymnastik-och Idrottshögskolan (The Swedish School of Health and Sport Sciences)
Per-Olof Åstrand was a man of numerous talents. Recognized internationally as a scientist, he produced groundbreaking research in human physiology during a career that exceeded a half-century. His talents as a scientific writer resulted in a book called, “Textbook of Work Physiology,” first published in 1970 and considered for decades to be the “academic bible” of exercise physiology. As a musician, he was accomplished on the piano, accordion and guitar and could perform the remarkable feat of presenting one melody by whistling and another melody on the keyboard while humming a third melody— simultaneously. A dedicated naturalist, he spent hours tramping the forests and fields and enjoying his expertise as an accomplished bird watcher. It should also be noted that he bicycled every workday between his laboratory and home (eight miles or 13 km away). Above all, however, he was a humanitarian who extended warmth and friendship to all with whom he had contact and interaction.

I first met P.-O. in 1959. I had just arrived for a two-year appointment in the laboratory of Prof. Erling Asmussen at the University of Copenhagen. I was immediately alerted to overlapping interests with research being conducted on both anaerobic muscle metabolism and youth fitness by Åstrand in Stockholm in the laboratory of Prof. Erik Hohwü-Christensen at the Swedish College of Physical Education and Sport. P.-O. had recently completed a study of the physical fitness of Swedish schoolchildren that became his doctoral dissertation.

Upon my arrival, he immediately showed a spirit of friendliness and cooperation that were his trademarks. This weeklong visit began a relationship that matured and lasted more than 50 years. It involved numerous interactions on both sides of the Atlantic that combined both scientific and academic activities with family visits. Per-Olof Åstrand was a gentleman, scholar, scientist and, above all, a uniquely wonderful human being. His contributions to the science of exercise and sport will long be remembered, respected and utilized.

Howard G. Knuttgen, Ph.D., FACSM; ACSM President 1973-74
Harvard Medical School

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When Night Clubs Meet Fitness Studios
U.S. News and World Report
"This is a no-judgment zone.”

That's Elena Littles's message before a 305 Fitness class in the District of Columbia last month. If you want to sing, holler or shriek, do it. If you feel the urge to jump, spin or roll on the (padded) floor, be her guest. You say you’re itching to flail your arms and shimmy? Go for it.

All the 305 Fitness instructor — who's also a cheerleader for the Washington Redskins and a dancer and student at Howard University — cares about is that you move and have fun. And, in a blacked-out room with flashing colored lights, a live deejay and other dancers with nothing but fun and fitness on their minds, it's hard not to.

"I don't think you get this anywhere else: the energy, the workout, the people. It's just kind of one-of-a-kind," says Ian McCabe, 27, a hair colorist and salon owner in the District of Columbia who took his first Fitness 305 class a few months ago when the company started offering classes in the capital after launching in New York. He now attends several classes a week.

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Experts: High-Tech Trackers Will Play Big Role in Fitness in 2015
Americans will continue to flock to indoor cycling, interval training, group fitness classes and other calorie-burning activities in 2015, but now high-tech devices will monitor their every waking - and sleeping - hours, fitness experts say.

Consumers bought an estimated 84 million tracking devices in 2013, figures from analyst group HIS Inc showed. The gadgets are giving fitness experts new insights into the most popular trends in the industry.

MyFitnessPal, a digital fitness app and online website, said data from its 47 million users in the United States shows back-to-basic fitness routines such as cycling grew in popularity last year, a trend likely to continue in 2015.

"The trend list was compiled to identify the workouts we thought would be hot for the year, going into the new one," said Rebecca Silliman, a spokeswoman for MyFitnessPal.

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