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ASU Grad Inducted into American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education

October 21, 2005

Former Arizona State University graduate student Bo Fernhall, currently a University of Illinois associate dean for Research and Academic Affairs in the College of Applied Life Studies in Urbana-Champaign, was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education at its national meeting in Dallas on Oct. 1. The academy is an honorary organization limited to 125 leading scholars in the field of kinesiology and physical education.

Fernhall is the second graduate student from ASU's Department of Exercise and Wellness to be inducted. Ken Fox, a professor at the University of Exeter in England was inducted in 1998.

Fernhall is internationally known for his work in training and conditioning for physical fitness, wellness and elite performance, cardiac rehabilitation, and exercise testing for adapted/special populations. Most recently, Fernhall's research has focused on the influence of physical activity on autonomic function in persons with Down Syndrome. These efforts have resulted in more than 200 peer reviewed articles and abstracts.

In addition to his research accomplishments, Professor Fernhall has served as a member of the Board of the North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine. He has chaired both the research committee and the publications committee of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Fernhall is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. He has been invited to present his work in a number of international venues including; Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, Holland, Italy, Mozambique, Portugal and Switzerland.

Professor emeriti Charles B. Corbin, Department of Exercise and Wellness and Robert P. Pangrazi, Department of Physical Education from ASU's Polytechnic campus, also are active fellows in the academy. Gary Krahenbuhl, former chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education and former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU's Tempe campus received the Heatherington Award, the Academy's most prestigious award at the Dallas meeting.