James Rimmer has been developing and directing physical activity and health promotion programs for people with disabilities for more than 30 years. He is the inaugural Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair of Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and director of the Lakeshore Foundation/UAB Collaborative. Rimmer is on the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research advisory board. He also serves on several national advisory boards in rehabilitation engineering and is currently a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Health Disparities Advisory Committee. In 2014, he became the first researcher with a focus on the fitness of people with disabilities to be named to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Science Board.
As the 2018-2019 Pease Family Scholar, James Rimmer gives a lecture at 8 p.m. September 27th, Sun Room, Memorial Union. His talk is 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.