Pease Family Scholar

Kai-Nan An

Kai-Nan An, director emeritus of the orthopedic biomechanics laboratory at the Mayo Clinic, will discuss his ongoing studies about medical and biochemical factors influencing soft tissue integrity, performance, and remodeling. Dr. An will also discuss the culture in health care and his personal life lessons from working at the Mayo Clinic. 


As the 2019-2020 Pease Family Scholar, Kai-Nan will be presenting a lecture on February 6th in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. His talk is free and open to the public.

Cosponsored by:

  • Kinesiology
  • 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.

Head over to our archive to view previous years' Pease Family Scholars and lecture series.