BU Lecturer Discusses How Genes Affect Muscle

For Immediate Release

October 6, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— An expert in the field of exercise science will discuss the effects of heredity on muscle development during the third program in the 2005-06 Provost’s Lecture Series at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Priscilla Clarkson, editor-in-chief of Exercise and Sport Sciences Review, will discuss “Ninety-Pound Weakling or Arnold Schwartzenegger? How Genes Affect Muscle” during a free program Thursday, Oct 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kehr Union, Multipurpose A and B, sponsored by BU’s department of exercise science.

Clarkson is a professor of exercise sciences and associate dean for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a recipient of its 2005 honor award, she has published more than 100 research articles and given national and international scientific presentations. Clarkson’s major research focus is on exercise-induced muscle soreness and damage. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorial degrees from the University of Massachusetts.

Programs in Bloomsburg University’s Provost’s Lecture Series, all open to the public free of charge, bring experts to campus to discuss academic issues and research findings. Also planned is a presentation by 1975 BU graduate Lynn Matrisian, president of the American Association of Cancer, a professional society of more than 24,000 laboratory and clinical scientists, and professor of cancer biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Martisian’s lecture, sponsored by the nursing department, will be offered Thursday, April 6, 2006, at 7:30 in Kehr Union, Ballroom, as part of BU’s annual Health Sciences Symposium.

For more information on the Oct. 20 program, contact BU’s department of exercise science at (570) 389-4049.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.