J. Timothy Lightfoot directs the Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Texas A&M University, where his research focuses on the genetics of daily physical activity and exercise endurance. His lab also has a unique interest in the physiological responses of athletes in a variety of non-traditional venues such as auto racing and in musicians. Lightfoot’s research has been featured in numerous general media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Time.com, National Public Radio, and NBC’s Today Show. He began his career as a research consultant at NASA’s Biomedical Laboratory and has been on the faculty at Florida Atlantic University and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He is currently the Omar Smith Endowed Professor of Kinesiology at Texas A&M.
As the 2017-2018 Pease Family Scholar, J. Timothy Lightfoot presented "Can You Be Born a Couch Potato? The Genetics of Physical Activity" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. His talk was free and open to the public.
- Pease Family Scholar-in-Residence and Scholarship
- Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)
The Pease Family Scholar endowment was established by Dean A. and Sally C. Pease in 1991. Dean Pease was a long time faculty member in the department and chaired what was then the Department of Health and Human Performance (now Kinesiology) from 1987 until 1990. Prior to his untimely death in 1994, Dean and Sally established an endowment in memory of Dean’s parents, Harvey and Bomell Pease. This endowment supports three programs that benefit students and faculty at Iowa State University in perpetuity.
The greatest proportion of the Pease gift was used to create a “scholar-in-residence fund” for the department. The annual earnings from this fund allow the department to bring a leading scholar in kinesiology to campus each year for extensive interactions with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The Pease Family Scholar Lecture is the featured event during the scholar's visit and is one of the major highlights in the Department of Kinesiology each academic year.