UBC Exercise, Kinesiology and Health Seminar Program

UBC Vancouver’s School of Kinesiology and UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences present the UBC Exercise, Kinesiology and Health Seminar Program. The seminar program is a forum for critical academic discussion between students and faculty members from all disciplines.

The series is designed to expand knowledge about topics from the broad field of kinesiology and health studies for graduate students and faculty members. All visitors are welcome to attend the virtual series.

Upcoming Speakers



Collaborating with Community Organizations to Facilitate Healthy Development

Dr. Corliss Bean is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University. Her research involves working with community organizations at local and national levels to development, implement and evaluate programming with the goal of fostering youth psychosocial development. Corliss is also a member of Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange’s Provincial Academic Network. Dr. Corliss’s interests include positive youth development, life skill development, sport psychology, girls and women, and coaching.
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Anti-Racist and Decolonial Approaches to Exercise Sciences

Although the diversity among participants in Canadian athletic spaces and students in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences programs has steadily increased, our organizations still struggle to develop a deep understanding of (anti-)racism issues, awareness of ongoing structural barriers, and actions to ensure representation and justice for those who experience racialization and oppression. Dr. Joseph will share her perspectives on decolonizing sport studies and her research that takes a data-driven, evidence-based approach to exposing the operations of whiteness in sport and education.

Dr. Janelle Joseph is an award-winning Assistant Professor in Critical Studies of Race in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. She is Founder and Director of the Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity, and Anti-racism in Sport (IDEAS) Research Lab and author of the text Sport in the Black Atlantic: Cricket Canada and the Caribbean Diaspora. Dr Joseph’s current research focuses on decolonizing sport studies, and anti-racism activism among Black athletes and educators.
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From Batman to Brain and Back Again

A life in science is a journey that rarely follows a strict and linear path. This “fireside chat” outlines a perspective and lived experience of following the passions of martial arts, popular culture, and knowledge sharing as they converge in a career in sensorimotor neuroscience.

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Are we born to rest or run?

Daniel Lieberman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, and the Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences at Harvard University. He is also a member of Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. He was educated at Harvard (AB ’86 Summa cum Laude, PhD ’93) and Cambridge (M.Phil. ’97). His research is on how and why the human body is the way it is, and the relevance of human evolution to contemporary health. Major research foci include the evolution of long distance walking and running abilities, the effects of shoes on locomotor biomechanics and injury, and the evolution of the highly unusual human head. To address these questions, he combines experimental biomechanics and physiology, paleontology, and comparative anatomy. He has ongoing fieldwork projects in Kenya and Mexico. At Harvard, he teaches a variety of courses on human evolution, anatomy, and physiology. In addition to many articles, he has published several books including The Evolution of the Human Head (Harvard University Press, 2011), and The Story of the Human Body (Pantheon, 2013). He is an avid runner.

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Training your arteries – vascular function with exercise training in healthy and clinical populations

Maureen J MacDonald received her Honours BSc in Chemistry from Acadia University, Canada, in 1991 and her MSc (1993) and PhD (1998) in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, Canada. After post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Ontario she started her academic career as a faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since 2000 she has been a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, where she is a full professor and is the Dean of Science.

Dr. MacDonald the director of the Vascular Dynamics Laboratory. Her research interests are in the area of integrative exercise physiology. Most recently, together with her research team, she has been examining the impact of high intensity interval training on the blood vessels and heart in individuals with coronary artery disease and the use of heat therapy as an alternative to exercise training. She normally teaches a weekly high intensity interval training class in the McMaster fitness facility which is now being offered remotely from her family room due to the pandemic.

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Past Speakers




  • Dr. Andy Lovering, Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon
  • Dr. Isabel Gonzalez, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship Co-Director, University of California, Irvine
  • Dr. Eve Valera, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Craig Crandall, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre
  • Dr. Kathryn Sibley, Department of Community Health Studies, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Marcus Amann, School of Medicine, University of Utah
  • Dr. Stephen Cheung, Department of Kinesiology, Brock University
  • Dr. Jim Johnson, Department of Cellular and Phsyiological Sciences and Department of Surgery, UBC Vancouver