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    The University of California - Davis is currently seeking graduate students
    to join its Exercise Science Graduate Program. Applications for Fall 2002
    admissions and financial aid are now being accepted. Applications should
    be received by January 15th, 2002 for the student to receive consideration
    for all financial aid options.

    Program Description
    The UC Davis Exercise Science Graduate Group (EXSGG) is administered
    through the Division of Biological Sciences. There are over 30 EXSGG
    faculty members representing interests in biology, physiology, human
    medicine, veterinary medicine, engineering, and nutrition. The EXSGG
    continues to emphasize research and teaching in the areas of exercise
    physiology and biomechanics.

    Degrees offered
    The EXSGG offers a program leading to the M.S. degree in Exercise Science.
    The program provides advanced, concentrated training in two areas: (1)
    exercise physiology and (2) biomechanics.

    Faculty Interests
    Students and faculty members in the EXSGG study human physical activity,
    which is broadly defined and includes locomotion, sports, and physical
    labor. Research opportunities allow integration of concepts from
    biochemistry, biomechanics, health sciences, human ecology, nutrition,
    physiology, and behavior to investigate both acute responses to and
    adaptive consequences of physical activity at all biological levels.

    Admission Requirements (GRE scores, GPA)
    Students are expected to have completed course work in calculus, physics,
    chemistry, exercise physiology, and biomechanics. Generally students have
    a 3.3 GPA or better and GRE scores of 1100 or better in the combined Verbal
    and Quantitative sections. Please visit our web site for more information
    about the program and admission process.

    Website addresses
    Exercise Science Graduate Group (
    Division of Biological Sciences (
    University of California Davis (

    Contact information
    Dawne Shell
    Exercise Science Graduate Group
    Graduate Group Complex
    145B Briggs Hall
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616
    (530) 752-9091

    Facilities & Equipment
    The Human Performance Laboratory houses equipment for the study of blood
    and muscle chemistry and enzymology, metabolism and energetics, muscle
    mechanics and electromyography, movement kinetics and kinematics, body
    composition and anthropometry, cardiorespiratory function during exercise
    in a controlled environment, control and acquisition of motor skills and
    the psychosocial aspects of human performance.

    The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility provides qualified researchers in
    the biological, medical and physical sciences access to state-of-the-art
    NMR instrumentation for spectroscopy and imaging. At present, the facility
    operates six spectrometers of varying purposes and capabilities. All of the
    spectrometers are multinuclear, and a large variety of high resolution,
    surface and imaging coils are available for use.

    The Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory is equipped with various kinematic
    and kinetic devices to assess three-dimensional motion and forces during
    occupational work, including: the Lumbar Motion Monitor (spinal motion),
    the Greenleaf system (hand/wrist motion); Bertec 4060 3-D forceplate; Lido
    Lift Simulator system; digital push-pull force gauge; accelerometers;
    inclinometers; electromyography systems; Biopac Student Lab System
    (physiology); and Kodak Ektapro 1000 high speed camera. Several
    occupational risk assessment software programs are also available in the

    The Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory is used to study disorders of
    musculoskeletal tissues and organs of domestic animals are studied using
    mechanical testing, gross and microscopic morphology and morphometry,
    radiography and microradiography, computer modeling; and epidemiology
    techniques. Basic science and clinical veterinary faculty, graduate
    students, clinical veterinary residents, and undergraduate students pursue
    research in the laboratory. Specialized equipment includes a servohydraulic
    biaxial materials testing system and equipment for the histologic
    processing of mineralized tissues.

    The Western Human Nutrition Research Center contains modern facilities and
    equipment used to measure total energy expenditure, dietary intake and body
    composition of humans, clinical chemistries in blood and other biological
    fluids, and isotopic tracers of nutrients by mass spectrometry. The center
    has a metabolic research unit to house volunteers for one to four months of
    intensive study. The Center is planning a new building to be completed on
    the UC Davis campus in a few years.

    David Hawkins, Ph.D.
    Human Performance Laboratory
    Exercise Biology Program - Division of Biological Sciences
    Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group - College of Engineering
    University of California-Davis
    Davis, CA 95616
    (530) 752-2748 (phone)
    (530) 752-6681 (fax)

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