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Sports medicine expert to speak at Lamar Friday, April 13

Tim Lightfoot, Omar Smith Endowed Professorship and director of the Sydney and J. L. Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine at Texas A&M University, will speak at 2 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Room 101 of the Education Building at Lamar University.

The presentation, sponsored by the Health and Kinesiology department and the American College of Sports Medicine, is titled “Challenging the Paradigms: The Implications of Activity Being Regulated by Biology.”

Lightfoot graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with bachelor’s and master’s degrees and earned a doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He completed a consultantship with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in the biomedical laboratory and post-doctoral research training at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University. The National Institutes of Health has funded his research on the genetics of physical activity and his lab has a unique interest in the physiological responses of motorsports athletes to the race environment.

His research has been featured in numerous general media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times,, National Public Radio, the Rush Limbaugh show, CNN, the NBC Today Show, MSNBC, Charlotte Talks radio show, Revista Epoca (a Brazilian weekly magazine), and on Australian National Radio.

He has been named Teacher of the Year twice at two different Universities, was awarded the Henry Montoye Research Scholar Award by the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine in 2010, and named Alumnus of the Year in Kinesiology by the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is a native Texan, married, has three dogs, used to race automobiles for fun and has a passion for playing the bass guitar.

A reception after the lecture is planned. For additional information, contact Rick Carter at (409) 880-7379.