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CWU Presents The Power Of Muscle April 16

Central Washington University alumnus Jared Dickinson will return to campus on Wednesday, April 16, to present “The Power Of Muscle.” It’s sponsored by the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences, as part of the university’s spring quarter Natural Science Seminar series. The free, public presentation will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Science 147.

Scott Trappe, the director of Ball State University’s Human Performance Lab (HPL) will co-present the lecture.

“This is a scientific presentation about how muscle responds to a variety of stimuli, such as exercise, one’s nutritional status, and extreme environments, like one would experience during space flight,” said Leo D’Acquisto, CWU director of graduate studies in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences, who added, “I was one of Jared’s mentors while he studied here at CWU.”

Dickinson graduated with his CWU master of science degree in exercise science in 2006 then went on to Ball State University to work in its state-of-the-art HPL, with Trappe, who has been director of the HPL for more than ten years.

“This is a leading international lab in applied physiology work,” D’Acquisto added. “Scott has made a strong name for himself and continues to do wonderful work in the area of physiology.”

Dickinson received his PhD in 2009 in human bioenergetics from Ball State and, following some post-doctoral work, is now a faculty member in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University.

“(Trappe) was one of my students and colleagues while I was at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs years ago,” D’Acquisto pointed out. “I [also] graduated from Ball State's Human Performance Laboratory. In other words, all three of us have common ties.”

Dickinson and Trappe will also assist D’Acquisto with a symposium on aging at the American College of Sports Medicine Northwest 2014 annual meeting in Wenatchee this Thursday and Friday.  

Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

April 14, 2014

Photo: Jared Dickinson, courtesy University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.