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Study Abroad - Winter 2017

Join us in Athens, Greece in January 2017 for . . .

Lifestyles of the Mediterranean

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This program will present the traditional Mediterranean lifestyle pattern to students of the modern era, through conducting research, observing traditional practices, and undertaking experiential activities.  Students will have the opportunity to not only study, but to also experience the concept of the Mediterranean lifestyle in Greece, where this traditional lifestyle pattern has been implemented for thousands of years and researched in terms of its effects on health, well-being, and disease.

During the first week, the program’s educational activities will take place in Athens, the capital of Greece, one of the world's oldest cities. Classical Athens was a center for the arts, learning and philosophy, and it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Today, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. While in Athens, students will familiarize with the history, evolution and culinary aspects of the Mediterranean lifestyle, through visits to archaeological sites and educational workshops in traditional food markets and establishments.

The program will continue with a 5-day trip to Peloponnese, a peninsula in the southern part of Greece. While in Peloponnese, students will study the production, nutritional properties and health benefits of traditional Mediterranean foods and spirits, familiarize with the concept of Greek breakfast, taste traditional Mediterranean recipes, and participate in several interactive educational group activities.

During the 2-week program, some days will be devoted to theoretical lectures, discussion sessions or workshops on the scientific and culture themes of the day, followed by studying in local institutions. Other days will be devoted entirely to field trips, excursions and interactive educational activities, including visits to monumental sites and cultural places of natural beauty, demonstrations of Mediterranean lifestyle practices, as well as collective activities in nature.

       
Program Specifics:    Additional Information:
    Location:  Athens, Greece           For a draft of the syllabus and course schedule, click here.
          Start Date:  Monday, January 2, 2017      
    End Date:  Monday, January 16, 2017     For more information or to apply, click here.
    Credits:  3  (Fulfills 3-credit upper level elective for the
Exercise Science and Sport Studies major)
                               
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Joanne Hunt or Dr. Sara Campbell.
    Language of Instruction:  English      
    Application Deadline:  October 1, 2016      

 

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New Course Sections Offered for Summer and Fall 2016

Please take a few minutes to review your schedule and consider the following new sections we have added to the Summer and Fall 2016 course schedules.

Summer 2016
        377:407:D6  Administration of Exercise Science and Applied Kinesiology

Fall 2016
        377:304:02  Exercise and Aging
        377:310:03  Motor Learning
        377:311:02  Sport Marketing
        377:370:01  Exercise Physiology
        377:371:05-06  Exercise Physiology Lab

Career Opportunity - Associate/Full Professor

Application Status:  Closed

Associate/Full Professor - Health and Physical Activity/Kinesiology
Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

 

Job description:

Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time / Tenure Track

Position Summary:

The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, within the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) of Rutgers University, invites applications for a tenure-track associate/full professor in the area of health and physical activity/kinesiology.

An established track record of external funding is expected. The department’s focus is on issues related to health, and we will consider applicants in all physical activity/kinesiology related disciplines.

The successful candidate will maintain a dynamic research program; seek extramural funding in the area of specialization; teach undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of health, physical activity, and kinesiology; and mentor and train graduate students. Special consideration will be given to candidates utilizing human subjects in their research program.

As appropriate, candidates may also be considered for affiliations with the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the School of Health Related Professions, and/or the Departments of Nutrition, Genetics, and Cell Biology and Neuroscience.

Competitive salary, startup funds, core resources, and laboratory space will be provided.

Overview:

Rutgers University is the State University of New Jersey. It is a comprehensive, research-intensive AAU land-grant university in the New Brunswick-based campuses, and is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies is part of a vibrant and interactive Life Sciences community that includes over 100 faculty members in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics, and Cell Biology and Neuroscience. It has over 1000 undergraduate majors and offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, and an M.S. program in Global Sport Business.

The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies is highly interdisciplinary with ongoing collaborations with many of Rutgers' other programs (e.g., the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences), as well as productive relationships with Intercollegiate Athletics and the newly formed Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health.

Required Education:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a health-related field and/or an M.D.

Required Experience:

Applicants must have an established track record of external funding, a strong publications record in scholarly journals, the potential to make substantial contributions as an independent investigator, a record of service, including service to professional associations, and have a commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate students. They should also be committed to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Earliest Effective Date of Employment:

September 1, 2016

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should apply online through the Rutgers Interfolio website link by submitting their curriculum vitae, a letter of interest expressing experience and qualifications, and the names and contact information for three references. Questions can be addressed by e-mail to: Mrs. Jan Houtman, Administrative Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Career Opportunity - Assistant Professor

Application Status:  Closed

Assistant Professor - Human Nutrition and Energy Metabolism
Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

 

Job description:

Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time / Tenure Track

Position Summary:

The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, within the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) of Rutgers University, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the area of human nutrition and energy metabolism.

The successful candidate will maintain a dynamic research program; seek extramural funding in the area of specialization; teach undergraduate and graduate students; and mentor and train graduate students. Special consideration will be given to candidates utilizing human subjects in their research program.

Primary teaching responsibilities and research interests will be in the area of advanced nutrition and metabolism, nutrition and physical activity, and healthy lifestyle.

Core resources, startup funds, and laboratory space will be provided.

Overview:

Rutgers University is a state land-grant university in the New Brunswick-based campuses and is the new university member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.  The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies is part of a vibrant and interactive Life Sciences community that includes over 200 faculty members in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Genetics, and Cell Biology and Neuroscience.  It has over 1000 undergraduate majors and offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, and an M.S. program in Global Sport Business.

The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies is highly interdisciplinary with ongoing collaborations with many of Rutgers' other programs (e.g., the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences) as well as productive relationships with Intercollegiate Athletics and the newly formed Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health.

Required Education:

PhD in Nutrition / Metabolism from an accredited institution is required by start date.

Required Experience:

Applicants should have demonstrated record of significant research, the potential to make substantial contributions as an independent investigator, and have a commitment to teaching undergraduate and graduate students.  They should also be committed to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Certification as a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist status from the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2) Demonstrated experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate students; 3) Evidence of publications in scholarly journals in the areas of human nutrition/metabolism; 4) a record of service, including service to the discipline and professional associations.  Priority will be given to applicants whose background supports the development of a program in metabolic regulation/adaptations during stress in humans (including but not limited to exercise, severe trauma, and prolonged cold exposure).

Earliest Effective Date of Employment:

September 1, 2016

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should apply online through the Rutgers Interfolio website link by submitting their curriculum vitae, a letter of interest expressing experience and qualifications, and the names and contact information for three references.  Questions can be addressed by e-mail to: Mrs. Jan Houtman, Administrative Assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dr. Sara Campbell's Study is in the News

Can Your Workout Impact Your Gut Health?  Yes—And Here's Why

By Lauren Mechling | Vogue | March 25, 2016

Fungi, protozoans, bacteria, nonliving viruses.  It might not be pretty, but the human microbiome is a beautiful thing.  The approximately 100 trillion bacteria that live in our gut (and, to a lesser degree, our mouths and skin) boost indispensable functions that support metabolism, immune systems, and mental health.  Ever-mounting evidence of the powers of the microbiome — some call it “the forgotten organ” — has the health-conscious among us downing probiotic-packed yogurt drinks and investing in prebiotic supplements.  Now, it might have us booking into a Spin class.

The link between physical activity and gut flora was noted two years ago, when researchers published a study comparing the national rugby team of Ireland and sedentary men, which found that the elite athletes had healthier guts.  But the study did not control for dietary differences among its subjects, which left room for interpretation.  The latest research, however, confirms what the rugby study suggested:  We can alter our bacterial structure through exercise.

“That people who move more have a more diverse microbiome is something that we noticed at my lab several years ago, but we couldn’t prove causality,” says Rob Knight, Ph.D., director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation at U.C. San Diego.  “These studies are incredibly exciting.”  One, published last week in the journal PLOS One, compared two sets of young mice: those that exercised and those that didn’t.  Some of the rodents ate a high-fat diet, others, low fat.  Over the course of 12 weeks, the rodents that ran on a wheel, regardless of diet type, experienced an increase in several helpful bacteria—some by as much as 40 percent.  The study’s lead author, Sara Campbell, Ph.D., at the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers University, points out that she found exercise to be extremely effective at raising levels of butyrate, the bacteria that helps protect against colon cancer.  “Exercise might also help you feel less bloated,” she says.

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