UP Health Science and Medicine Lecture Series featured in the News

The June edition of the UP Health Science and Medicine Lecture Series was highlighted by the Daily Mining Gazette and the Mining Journal.

Supported by Michigan Tech’s Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology and Health Research Institute, the summer lecture featured Dr. Robert Sallis and his study published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

To watch the lecture series, find it on the Health Research Institute’s YouTube channel. Or read about the highlights on the Daily Mining Gazette’s or the Mining Journal’s website.


Students and Faculty Participate in the Michigan Physiological Society Meeting

Students and faculty from the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology and Department of Biological Sciences recently participated in the 8th annual Michigan Physiological Society (MPS) Meeting held virtually on June 24-25, 2021. Graduate students Jessica Bruning (KIP), Xingqian Chen (KIP), Carmen Scarfone (KIP), Aditi Vyas (BIO), Manas Warke (BIO), and Isaac Wedig (KIP) presented their research, teaching, and outreach focused projects. 

Dr. Steven Elmer (KIP) co-organized the featured symposium titled “Research and Teaching during COVID-19: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned” and received help from Greg Miodonski (KIP) and Carmen Scarfone (KIP) who served as moderators for two oral presentations. Anatomy and Physiology Instructor, Travis Wakeham (BIO), also presented during this session and the Michigan Tech “UP and Moving” Team helped to break up the sitting time by leading the audience through a movement activity.  

All students did a great job with their presentations including Isaac Wedig who earned a student award for one of the top oral presentations. Finally, Dr. Elmer was elected as the next MPS President-Elect and will serve on the executive leadership committee for the next three years. 


UP and Moving featured on Portage Health Foundation Podcast

Dr. Steve Elmer and PhD student Isaac Wedig were featured on the most recent episode of the Portage Health Foundation Podcast. They talked about how the threat of COVID-19 created the UP and Moving project, which has reached a milestone 100th workout. UP and Moving provides free live and recorded home-based workouts that can be found on its website, YouTube, and Facebook. They also discussed a study done by Dr. Robert Sallis, who was the speaker for the most recent edition of the UP Health Science and Medicine Lecture Series, and the impact that physical activity has on COVID-19 outcomes for infected adults. For Dr. Elmer and Isaac, the goal was simple: get adults in the Upper Peninsula physically active to positively impact their health not only during the pandemic but beyond it.

Dr. Elmer has received a $100,000 Community Health Impact Grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to continue with a one-year project titled “Keep the Western UP Moving during COVID-19 with Exercise is Medicine.”

If you would like to listen to the podcast in its entirety, click here for the PHF Podcast. To learn more about UP and Moving or to begin a workout routine with the project, click here for the UP and Moving website. 


Michigan Physiology Society Annual Meeting

Drs. Steve Elmer and John Durocher will be the session chairs for the Featured Symposium, “Research and Teaching during COVID-19: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned”, at the Annual APS Michigan Physiology Society meeting this Thursday, June 24th from 2-4pm.

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There is no need to register for the event – it is free to all MPS members and conference presenters; a Zoom Link will be shared with the membership and participants.


UP Health Science and Medicine Lecture Series

Join us on Monday, June 21st (7pm) for the UP Health Science and Medicine Lecture Series. The summer lecture will be delivered virtually by Dr. Robert Sallis, His most recent study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine here: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2021/04/07/bjsports-2021-104080

The UP Health Science and Medicine Lecture Series, which is supported by the Dept. of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology and the Health Research Institute at Michigan Tech, aims to help strengthen academic-clinical partnerships in rural Upper Peninsula need to improve health. This series is free and open to students, staff, faculty, clinicians, and community members.

Note that pre-registration is required to obtain the Zoom link
Meeting Registration – Zoom


Students Presenting at ACSM 2021

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Join our KIP students, Jamie Phillips and Isaac Wedig, this week for the presentation at the virtual Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, June 1-5th. Contributors from KIP and Biology include Phillips, J., Wedig, I.J., Laiho, A.M., Phelps, Miodonski, G.J., Huhta, E., Miller, C.N., Thivierge, G., Elmer, S.J., Exercise is Medicine on Campus at Michigan Tech: Promoting Physical Activity During the COVID-19 Pandemic. #kipmichtech#acsm#exerciseismedicine#MTU


COVID-19 Town Hall Series Continues into Summer

Join us tonight (May 27) from 7-8 p.m. for the COVID-19 Community Town Hall. The topic will be “Health and Well Being During the Pandemic and Beyond.”

Organized by the Health Research Institute at Michigan Tech, the 60-minute town hall broadcast can be heard live at 7 p.m. on radio stations 97.7 The Wolf (WOLV-FM) and 99.1 (WIKB-FM) and viewed through a Zoom webinar and Facebook Live. The town hall can also be viewed on ABC 10 Sunday (May 30) at 12 p.m.

Town hall moderators Steven Elmer and Kelly Kamm (HRI/KIP) will be joined by: 

  • Kate Beer (health officer/chief executive) — Western Upper Peninsula Health Department
  • Heather Grundy (pharmacist) — UP Health System-Portage
  • Dr. Zachariah DeYong (family/sports medicine) — Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center
  • Dr. Jason Bombard (psychiatry) — Aspirus
  • Jeremy Bigalke (doctoral student, psychology) — Montana State University
  • Isaac Wedig (doctoral student, integrative physiology) — Michigan Tech

For more information and past broadcasts, visit the COVID-19 Town Hall Series website.

COVID-19 Town Hall