Applied Health Sciences News
MSU APPLIED HEALTH SCIENCES' NEW LAB OFFERS BROADENED OPPORTUNITIES FOR HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University's department of applied health sciences (AHS)
has a new Clinical Exercise Physiology and Metabolism Laboratory. AHS is a part of
the school of nursing and health professions at Murray State.
The new lab creates a state-of-the-art health science facility that provides one of
the top exercise science learning experiences in the region. The lab also provides
an environment for students and faculty from other AHS programs to develop, test,
and apply knowledge and skills through service learning and research — common in the
field of health professions.
"The mission of this lab is to provide a superior quality hands-on instruction to
undergraduate students in our exercise science and athletic training programs through
integrative, in-depth lab experiences," said Dr. Michael Kalinski, AHS department
chair. "This laboratory also has a purpose to foster collaborative efforts within
Murray State University and the surrounding community to develop and implement empirically-based
Research has already begun in the new lab. "Active Steps for Diabetes" is a community-based
intervention program for Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Jason Jaggers, assistant professor in
AHS and director of the Clinical Exercise Physiology and Metabolism Laboratory, is
a co-investigator of this research program. Collaborating in the program are other
faculty in the school of nursing and health professions, as well as the Murray-Calloway
County Hospital Center for Health and Wellness and the Murray Health Department.
"The new laboratory now has a metabolic cart with a resting metabolic rate canopy
system, lactate analyzer, mobile force plate, resting and stress testing ECG system,
blood lipid analyzer and an innovative ultrasound machine that measures body fat percentage
and changes in lean tissue mass," Jaggers explained.
The ParvoMedics metabolic cart allows Jaggers to measure not only the amount of energy
a person burns during rest, but also how fit an individual is based on the maximal
amount of oxygen their body is able to consume for energy production.
The equipment can provide an assessment and measures to determine cardiorespiratory
fitness and aerobic power, along with blood pressure, heart rate, electrocardiographic
responses to exercise, pulmonary function and exercise energy expenditure. These measures
can be determined on a variety of populations ranging from general to athletic groups
of individuals, to more specific clinical populations such as cardiovascular disease
patients and diabetics.
Plans for the new lab include increased opportunities for applied health sciences
students and faculty to conduct research on a regular basis. Other possibilities for
the future include incorporating fitness assessments for Murray State faculty and
staff to enable students to gain real-life experience working with individuals who
are seeking fitness consultations and health assessments.
For more information on the department of applied health sciences at Murray State
University, go online at
Murray State University students studying applied health sciences in the school of
nursing and health professions gain real-world experience through the use of the new
Clinical Exercise Physiology and Metabolism Laboratory.
— MSU photo provided
Dr. Beth Rice, Assistant Professor in the Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Management
Program has reached a milestone in her professional career obtaining tenure this year
and other accomplishments during the last academic year.
Dr. Beth Rice coordinates both the undergraduate and graduate programs and directs
the Dietetic Internship. She is actively involved in School Nutrition advocacy at
the national level. She has been appointed to the National Food Service Management
Institute Advisory Counsel, as well as the School Nutrition Association's Research
Dr. Rice was recently awarded a grant to study milk preference in elementary and middle
As an adviser to the Student Nutrition Association (SNA), she annually assists with
coordinating Empty Bowls, a community event hosted by Murray Art Guild.
Dr. Jason Jaggers has achieved great success in his first year as an Assistant Professor
in the Department of Applied Health Sciences. Since joining the faculty at Murray
State University in 2013 he has published 5 manuscripts as first-author in prestigious
journals such as the Journal for Associations in Nurses AIDS Care, International Journal
of Sports Medicine, AIDS Care, and the Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. In addition
he has also served as co-author on 2 additional publications. In an effort to share
his research findings Dr. Jaggers presented data of a home-based exercise program
for people living with HIV at the American College of Sports Medicine national conference.
While at Murray State University he has successfully funded a CISR grant that included
collaborations with faculty within our department from the Nutrition and Dietetics
area, as well as faculty in Nursing. In addition to research, Dr. Jaggers also teaches
students in the exercise science labs and in the classroom for courses ranging from
Research Design and Statistics to Exercise Considerations for Special Populations.
The Physiological Society of India awarded the Prof. S.R. Maitra Memorial Oration
and silver medal to Dr. Michael Kalinski which was delivered in Calcutta India on
January 15, 2014 at Calcutta University.
AHS Faculty Jason Jaggers received grant funding for project.
Active Steps for Diabetes is an educational and exercise program for adults with Type
2 diabetes delivered by an interprofessional team designed to improve the overall
health status of this at risk population. This program includes the collaborative
effort of the Murray-Calloway County Hospital Center for Health and Wellness, Murray-Calloway
County Health Department and the faculty from the College of Health Science and Human
Services and School of Nursing.
In April 2014 Dr. Kalinski has published a chapter "Sport and Exercise Physiology" in in a prestigious Encyclopedia of Life Support System (EOLSS), developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, by EOLSS Publishers, Oxford, in United
Kingdom. EOLSS is world's largest on-lineEncyclopedia. .
It has extensive state-of-the-art coverage of many disciplines, with contributions
by thousands of scholars from over 100 countries and edited by over 395 subject experts.
It is rich in interdisciplinary subjects and attempts to forge transdisciplinary pathways
between disciplines. EOLSS On-line is rapidly becoming the most sought-after reference
site in the World.
The Department of Applied Health Sciences is now on the international map! We are
creating international visibility, Department's connections around the globe!
AHS Faculty Frank Pleban awarded grant for project.
"Assessing Health Behaviors of International College Students - A Cross-Sectional
Design." This project aims to identify and support the health needs of international
students at Murray State University. A primary component of this study is to construct
a multicultural, cross-sectional assessment to assess the health needs of international
students enrolled at Murray State University. The project is a collaborative venture
involving faculty in the Department of Applied Health Sciences and the Department
of Educational Studies, Leadership, & Counseling.