Physiology grad students honored, professor to lead ACSM chapter
Pictured are, from left, Jennifer DuPont, Christopher Martens and Jody Greaney.


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1:49 p.m., Dec. 6, 2010----Christopher Martens, a doctoral student in applied physiology at the University of Delaware, has won the MARC-ACSM Doctoral Student Investigator Award for his research on endothelial function in chronic kidney disease.

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Martens is advised by David Edwards, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology (KAAP).

MARC-ACSM is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. The awards were conferred at the 2010 MARC Annual Meeting, held in Harrisburg, Pa., from Nov. 5-6.

The award, which includes a plaque and $500, is based on the quality of a submitted abstract and the student's presentation at the meeting.

Two other doctoral students -- Jody Greaney and Jennifer DuPont -- were finalists in the competition.

Greaney, a biology student, is studying control of muscle sympathetic nerve activity in older adults. She works in the laboratory of William Farquhar, an associate professor in KAAP.

Advised by Edwards, DuPont is an applied physiology student investigating cutaneous vasodilation in response to local heating in people with chronic kidney disease.

“This is an excellent showing on the part of our doctoral students,” says Todd Royer, interim chair of KAAP, “and it speaks well of our new Ph.D. program in applied physiology, which Dave Edwards is directing.”

In addition to the awards, Farquhar is now president-elect of the organization, having just completed a term as secretary/treasurer.

“I support the organization because it provides a forum for our students to present their research, network with professionals in the field, and compete for awards,” Farquhar says. “More than 500 people attended the November meeting, so our students got great exposure and the chance to interact with lots of other people working in their fields of interest.”

Article by Diane Kukich
Photo by Evan Krape