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10-20-1999, 11:27 PM
Dear Biomch-l readers:
A student of mine is in a bit of a quandary and I thought the
readership might be able to help. The very capable undergraduate
student (about a 3.9 GPA) wants to go to grad school and
do something along the lines of "wilderness" exercise science.
We are requesting help in finding such programs or even defining
what this field is.

She is interested in backpacking, rock climbing, cross-country
skiing (from a wilderness locomotion standpoint, not racing),
mountaineering, wilderness survival, etc. She is looking for an
exercise science (or related field) grad program that will enable
her to investigate the physiological aspects of these activities.
She would also be interested in looking at equipment from a
biomechanical/physiological standpoint. For example, backpack,
hiking boot, and mountain bike performance would all be things she
would be interested in examining.

>From the literature and other source we are aware of some
schools that fit this description, and we know that some of
these topics are covered under "environmental physiology" (e.g.,
altitude training, etc.). We are looking for additional choices,
so if you are aware of such schools or researchers I would like
to hear from you. In particular, we are looking for schools or
individuals that do "in the field" research as opposed to research
in an environmental chamber. The student would be most comfortable
experimenting with gear or physiological measurements while at
8000m up the side of Mt. Everest.

Please respond to me directly, not the listserve. Thanks, summary
posted as usual if enough interst.
Jeff Ives, Ph.D.
Dept. of Exercise & Sport Sciences Phone: 607-274-1751
Ithaca College Fax: 607-274-1943
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA Email: jives@ithaca.edu

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