Month: December 2015

Gervais Receives McFarland Award


Add The McFarland Award to the list of  awards and honors Brett Gervais has received throughout his time at Michigan Tech. The McFarland Award is given for excellence in athletics, academics and civic leadership. Brett will graduate this semester with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.  Brett has been accepted into CMU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program on Michigan Tech’s campus.  Congrats Brett and best of luck to you in PT school.





Brett with Michigan Tech, Defensive Backs Coach, Josh Wood at the awards banquet.


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New Lecturer Christopher Schwartz

Christopher Schwartz
Christopher Schwartz

Christopher Schwartz joins the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology as a lecturer. Before coming to Michigan Tech, Schwartz was a lecturer at University of Iowa. Schwartz earned a PhD in Biological Sciences and Bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science and Biological Sciences (pre-professional) from Michigan Tech.

He was a postdoctoral research fellow at New York Medical College. He is also a member of the American Physiological Society and has been USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach.

Read more at Tech Today.

Andrew Chapp Awarded AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to Andrew Chapp for receiving a Predoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association. Andrew is a Biological Sciences PhD student working in Dr. Qinghui Chen’s electrophisyiology lab.  Andrew will continue to work in Dr. Chen’s lab focusing on a project titled, “Acetate as an Active Metabolite of Ethanol: Neural and Cardiovascular Implications.”

Andrew recently published a portion of his ethanol research in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and has given several oral presentations pertaining to the effects of acetate on neuronal excitability.  The project Andrew has proposed is expected to have a positive impact on providing insight into the neuronal mechanisms of an alcohol associated hypertension and stroke. Additionally, this proposed study will provide not only a known cellular mechanism for pharmacological intervention of alcohol induced hypertension, but also broader implications to future studies in the alcohol research community related to acetate on learning/memory, motor control, and addiction/depression.