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Department of Kinesiology

Academic Year 2015-2016 IN PROGRESS….

Pedagogy Laboratory: Dr. Chris Gentry has begun to remodel the Pedagogy laboratory located on the second floor (HP 250) of the Health and Physical Education building. Dr. Gentry has been working with Dr. So, Dr. Oh, and Dr. Rymal on making the relevant renovations including computers with Dartfish Pro to analyze movement and wireless Bluetooth heart rate monitors.

Environmental Laboratory: Dr. Ng is currently developing the Environmental Physiology Laboratory. This laboratory will feature an environmental chamber that can simulate hot conditions ranging from hot, dry desert-like areas to hot, humid tropical rain forest climates with air temperature and relative humidity exceeding 100 °F and 80%, respectively. The laboratory will be equipped to handle thermoregulatory measurements such as sweat rate, hydration status, skin temperature, and core temperature. Core temperature assessment, in particular, will include technology developed by NASA that is also used in occupational safety settings, sports medicine, professional sports, and the military. Endurance exercise under heat stress can be assessed with a high-performance electronically-braked cycle ergometer. Once completed, this laboratory will be used for classroom lessons that explore the environmental effects on exercise responses and for conducting research examining physiological strain, exercise-heat stress, fluid replacement, and thermoregulatory and cardiovascular responses.

WARM WELCOME TO…. Maurice Godwin

Maurice Godwin was born in sunny Orlando, Florida, to Mizell and Linda Godwin. He grew up playing basketball and competing in track and field in high school, but did not develop a true love for fitness until after graduating from Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN) with a bachelor’s in Psychology. After spending over two years in youth counseling and teaching comprehensive sex education in rural Tennessee, Maurice chose to explore his budding interest in exercise science and return to school to earn a graduate degree in health and human performance from Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN). While at a regional ACSM conference in Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Timothy Leszczak, Godwin’s mentor at Austin Peay, urged him to meet with professors from Auburn University’s School of Kinesiology to discuss pursuing a doctoral degree. Excited by the chance to combine both passions for psychology and kinesiology, Godwin transferred from Austin Peay to Auburn and completed his master’s degree in exercise physiology and is finishing a doctorate in kinesiology with a concentration in psychophysiology and motor behavior. While pursuing a PhD from Auburn, he also founded and oversaw a student-led strength and conditioning program, founded a team handball sport club, worked as Communications Specialist for Team USA with team handball, and served at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

Godwin’s research foci include inhibition of the “choking under pressure” phenomenon, stereotype threat in sport and motor performance, and behavior patterns of elite performers. Godwin, or “Reese” as he is known by close friends, enjoys travel, cooking, live music events, playing with his three-year-old retriever/border collie mix, Chloe, and faithfully supporting his hometown Orlando Magic.

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