I am pleased to announce that the 2014 annual TACSM scientific meeting will be held at the Brown-Lupton University Union (the BLUU) on the beautiful Texas Christian University campus (Fort Worth, TX) on Th-Fr, Feb. 27-28. Please come enjoy the annual TACSM meeting and our new TCU conference facilities at the BLUU.
GET INVOLVED! We have an exciting agenda shaping up for you this year!
We are working out the bugs in our new software for online registration. We now estimate that it should be up and running on or about Monday, November 11. In addition, the updated instructions and information on submission of abstracts for poster presentation, student grant awards, manuscript awards, majors of the year, and the undergraduate scholar award are available on the Student Corner page. Thanks for bearing with us as we try to improve our meeting registration process!
New this year: 1) there are two deadlines for abstract submission. To have your poster presentation judged and be considered for awards, your abstract is due on January 17, 2014; however, if you would like to submit a non-judged abstract, you can do so until Feb. 14 (posters not eligible for award consideration), 2)we are accepting clinical case studies for poster presentation!! Get yours done! While clinical case studies will not be formally judged this year, the abstracts will be published in the International Journal of Exercise Science, and students will have the opportunity to present their poster and receive feedback from professional members.
Get your student bowl teams together now. Remember, our 2013 TACSM team “brought home the gold” this year in Indianapolis! In fact, the TACSM team has placed in the top 3 for the last three years! Contact Phil Stanforth firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 20, 2014 to enter your team(s).
This year’s meeting format will include the 5th annual student bowl and research poster presentations on Thursday. Friday’s agenda features keynote speakers including our 2014 TACSM Honor Award winner, Dr. Vic Convertino, from the US Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston and Dr. Jeff Woods, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Other distinguished speakers confirmed thus far include Drs. Tony Babb (UTSW) and Steve Crouse (TAMU). The Gatorade Sports Science Institute speaker this year will be a sports nutritionist, Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD. Other breakout sessions will include a round-table for pre-health professionals (pre-med, PT, OT, chiropractic, cardiac rehab, etc.) and an opportunity to hear from Dick Cotton, National Director of Certification for ACSM, who will share information on ACSM certifications and the direction of careers in exercise science/health & fitness. The top masters and PhD SRDA winners will each give a 10 min slide presentation introducing their grant proposal and our past-president lecture will be by Dr. Brian McFarlin (UNT).
In other exciting news, we are bringing TACSM into the 21st century! We are working to get our new membership management software updated and fully functional. This software will ease the annual meeting registration and payments considerably. Bear with us as we go through any growing pains.
We are here for YOU, the student. I hope to see each of you in Cowtown on Feb. 27-28, 2014!