Kim Rogers, intern with the NWCLFM and adjunct faculty in the sport and performance psychology department, was recently awarded the 2016 Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship. Started in 1995, the Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship honors outstanding graduate and undergraduate student members based on academic record and extracurricular accomplishments. Rogers, was one of two graduate students and three undergraduate students to receive this national award. Her winnings include $1,750 and a free three-year SHAPE membership.
“I am deeply honored to receive the 2016 Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship,” said Rogers. “This award would not have been possible without the support and expertise of the many professors and researchers I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with throughout my graduate studies. The monetary award will help further support my research in the areas of health promotion and sport and exercise psychology.”
Dr. Conrad Woolsey, director of the sport and performance psychology program and faculty member of the NWCLFM, was on a U.S. Navy research team along with lead investigator, Commander Dr. Thomas Sather, and recently published a study showing that the younger a person consumes energy drinks, the greater the odds they would consume greater quantities later in life. The study, conducted on U.S. Navy personnel, found that people in this test group who began using energy drinks between the ages of 13-16 were nearly five times more likely to consume high quantities of energy drinks during a single occasion when compared to those who started consuming energy drinks between 20-23 years of age. Also, persons who began to consume energy drinks between the ages of 13 and 16 years were 2.5 times more likely to consume high quantities of energy drinks during a single occasion when compared to those who started between 17-19 years of age. This is the first published study from this data, but one of many other publications on this topic for Dr. Woolsey. The research team conducting this new study included: Dr. Sather, Dr. Woolsey, Dr. Ronald Williams Jr., Dr. Marion W. Evans Jr. and Dr. Fred Cromartie. Learn more!