The Exercise and Sports Science faculty are selecting a distinguished scholar for the Spring 2014 Brennan and Smith Lecture. Please check back regularly for updates.
Dr. Howell Wechsler (CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation) presented“Chasing the Holy Grail for Obesity Prevention: Strategies for Lasting, Powerful Changes in the Environments that Shape the Health of Children" to over 400 in the LBJ Ballroom on Tuesday November 19th. Dr Wechsler is an expert on building collaborative initiatives to address the epidemic of childhood obesity. He highlighted the importance of systematic environmental changes to prevent obesity and 10 key strategies recently found to be effective in reducing obesity rates in several states.
Dr. Wechsler at the Fall 2013 Brennan and Smith Lecture on Health and Human Performance.
Dr. Harold (Bill) Kohl (University of Texas Health Science Center Houston & Department of Health and Kinesiology, Austin ) presented “ The Physical Inactivity Pandemic- An Urgent, Global Public Health Priority” to a standing room only crown in LBJ Student Center 4-16.1 on Thursday April 4th. Dr. Kohl will present a lecture entitled “All are invited to the lecture and reception to follow. Dr. Kohl is a world-renowned scholar on the epidemiology of the effects of physical activity on public health. He is the founding president of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health and is a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology.
Dr. Maureen Weiss (University of Minnesota) presented the Fall 2012 Brennan and Smith Lecture entitled “Positive Youth Development through Physical Activity: Promoting Social, Psychological and Behavioral Competencies“ to an overflow crowd at the Alkek Theater October 18th. Dr. Weiss is a world-renowned expert in the psychology of sport and physical activity, particularly how structured sport and physical education programs contribute to social and psychological development of young people. She presented a model of youth development and elements of programs that have been shown by prospective studies to positively influence the development of children.
Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MacArthur Fellow) presented the Spring 2012 Brennan and Smith lecture entitled “The Science and Technology of Sport Concussion: Translating Clinical Research into Concussion Prevention and Management.” Over 600 attendees learned about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related concussions. The MacArthur Fellow or genius award recognizes extraordinary excellence and future potential in research and creative activity with an unrestricted award of a half a million dollars. The event was organized and hosted by Athletic Training faculty and students.
Dr. Myron Floyd (North Carolina State University) presented the Fall 2011 Brennan and Smith Lecture entitled: Advancing Social Justice in Health Promotion: "Realizing the Potential of Parks and Open Space". Over 380 students, faculty, and community members crammed the Alkek Teaching Theater to hear his lecture. Dr. Floyd examined how the provision of parks and open space contribute to public health through opportunities for physical activity and psychological restoration, as well as explored how expanded access to parks and open space can further social justice goals in health promotion.
Dr. Russ Pate (University of South Carolina) presented the Spring 2011 Brennan and Smith entitled: "Policies to Promote Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents". A standing room only crowd of students, faculty, and community members attended. Dr. Pated pointed toward an optimist future where collaboration of a variety of health professionals, with physical education playing a key role, addressing the hypokinetic diseases threatening young people in America.
Dr. Susan Tortolero (University of Texas School of Public Health In Houston) presented the Fall 2010 Brennan and Smith Lecture entitled: "The Power of Prevention: What Doesn’t Happen to Improve Teen Health”. Over 300 faculty, students, and community members attended and learned about the financial and social costs of teen pregnancy in Texas and evidence-based educational programs that can be used to reduce these problems.
Link to Dr. Tortolero’s PowerPoint presentation: Tortolero Texas State
Annually the Department of Health and Human Performance invites two distinguished scholars to deliver a Brennan and Smith Lecture. These lectures address current and important topics in athletic training, exercise and sports science, health education, physical education teacher education, recreation, and personal fitness and wellness education. Funding for this lecture series was generously provided by the estate of Molly Ann Brennan. Mrs. Brennan-Smith was a 1949 physical education graduate of Southwest Texas State who was influential in her service to education and research in the Houston area and Texas State University. She and her husband, Edgar Smith, have made several generous gifts to Texas State including this endowment.