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KNOXVILLE — Dixie Thompson and David Bassett, both professors in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, were among eight U.S. and two international scholars recently inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology.

The National Academy of Kinesiology is an honorary organization composed of people who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of kinesiology through scholarship and professional service. The National Academy promotes the study and educational applications of the art and science of human movement and physical activity. Fellows in the National Academy of Kinesiology reflect a “who’s who” of eminent scholars in the field.

Thompson, who is the head of the department at UT, is an expert in exercise physiology, and her research focuses on the link between physical activity and health. She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, editor-in-chief of the Fit Society Page Newsletter and associate editor-in-chief for ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal. Thompson is a past president of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and past chair of the Physical Fitness Council of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Bassett’s area of expertise is exercise physiology, and much of his research focuses on developing tools and techniques that allow physical activity energy expenditure to be objectively monitored. His research has been funded by various agencies, including the National Institutes of Health. Bassett is a fellow and a Board of Trustees member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has served as a member of the science advisory board of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He is co-director of UT Knoxville’s Obesity Research Center.

For additional information on the National Academy of Kinesiology (formerly the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, AAKPE), refer to the academy’s website or call the business office at 217-403-7545.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu)