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The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced that Janice L. Thompson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Exercise at the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences,  is a recipient of its 2015 Citation Award. Dr. Thompson was selected for this award because of her significant contributions to sports medicine and the exercise sciences. She was recognized at an awards banquet during the association’s recent annual meeting on May 29 in San Diego, California.

Janice Thompson - ACSM Citation Award

“Citation Award winners are selected for their leadership and contributions in the areas of research and scholarship, clinical care, administrative services or educational services,” said Lawrence Armstrong, Chair of the ACSM Awards and Tributes Committee. “We’re happy to recognize Dr. Thompson’s tremendous accomplishments.”

Dr. Thompson is a professor of public health nutrition and exercise as well as director of research and deputy head of school at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Dr. Thompson’s research uses a mixed methods approach to examine the feasibility of changing physical activity and eating behaviors in ethnically diverse communities. Dr. Thompson has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and is co-author of four popular textbooks on nutrition that have been translated into Spanish, Korean and Arabic. Dr. Thompson has chaired several ACSM committees and served as ACSM vice president from 2008-2010.

Dr. Thompson received one of six Citation Awards that were awarded in 2015. Other recipients include:

L. Bruce Gladden, Ph.D., FACSM - Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Alan R. Hargens, Ph.D., FACSM - University of California at San Diego, San Diego, California

Mary Lloyd Ireland, M.D., FACSM - University of Kentucky HealthCare, Lexington, Kentucky

Richard G. Israel, Ed.D., FACSM - Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Bess Marcus, Ph.D. - University of California at San Diego, San Diego, California

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