David Marquez and Bo Fernhall are recognized by the National Academy of Kinesiology

David Marquez, professor of kinesiology and nutrition, was elected a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology.

Bo Fernhall, AHS dean and professor of kinesiology and nutrition, will become the academy’s president-elect.

Marquez joins Fernhall and Mark Grabiner, professor of kinesiology and nutrition, in academy membership, which is limited to 200 active fellows. AHS Dean Emerita Charlotte “Toby” Tate is a retired fellow.

Marquez is director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, which studies physical activity, aging and health disparity to improve wellness.

He is principal investigator for a National Institute of Aging-funded study on Alzheimer’s and dementia in Latinos. Other research concerns the use of physical activity to improve cognitive and physical health among midlife and older adults, including various studies that focus on Latinx, South Asian and developmentally disabled people.

He was a member of the national committee that advised the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a 2018 update of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Fernhall, AHS dean since 2011, established the Integrative Physiology Laboratory. He has over 20 years of experience directing university-based cardiac rehabilitation programs. His research focuses on people with disabilities, especially individuals with Down syndrome, and on racial and ethnic disparities.

The new fellows will be inducted at the academy’s annual meeting in September.