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February 28, 2023

Clarenburg Lecture to feature distinguished physiologist at College of Veterinary Medicine

Submitted by Joe Montgomery

Scott Powers, Ph.D., Ed.D.

As part of its annual Clarenburg Lecture series, the College of Veterinary Medicine will host Professor Scott Powers on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Powers' lecture topic is "Ventilator-induced diaphragm dysfunction: pathogenesis and therapeutic option." The lecture will be presented in the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Auditorium at 5 p.m. The auditorium is on the first floor between Trotter Hall and Mosier Hall in the K-State veterinary medicine complex.

The Rudolf Clarenburg Lectureship was established in 1996 to honor Rudolf Clarenburg, professor of physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. This lecture series brings nationally acclaimed scientists to Kansas State University to discuss their research interests with students and faculty throughout the university.

Powers is currently a distinguished scholar in the department of health sciences at Stetson University, Deland, Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at Stetson, Powers served as both the UAA endowed professor and a distinguished professor in the department of applied physiology at the University of Florida.

Powers is an apex scientist whose National Institutes of Health-funded research has focused on the effects of exercise and inactivity on the health of both cardiac and skeletal muscles. Collectively, his research has resulted in 260 peer-reviewed publications and many of these publications are considered classics in their field. His current h-index is 107 with over 50,000 citations. He holds a bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Carson Newman University, a master's degree in exercise science from the University of Georgia, a Doctor of Education in physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Philosophy in physiology from Louisiana State University.

Powers has received several honors, including the American Physiological Association Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award in 2021, as well as the APA Career Enhancement Award and American College of Sports Medicine Honor Award in 2019. Early in his career, he was elected president of the Southeastern chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in 1986 and later served as the vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine from 1997-99. Powers has served on grant review study sections for the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association-Florida and NASA. He also serves on numerous editorial boards for scholarly journals and is currently a senior editor for the Journal of Physiology.

The Clarenburg Lecture series is made possible by the generous support received from the Clarenburg family to honor and recognize the significant contributions made by Clarenburg to the anatomy and physiology department and the College of Veterinary Medicine.