• Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service

Courses Taught

  • SPRT 360 Kinesiology
  • SPRT 361 Kinesiology Laboratory
  • SPRT 390 Physiology of Exercise and Sport
  • SPRT 391 Physiology of Exercise and Sport Laboratory
  • SPRT 325 Physical Activity and Women
  • SPRT 325 Physical Activity and Aging
  • SPRT 324 Physical Activity and Children
  • SPRT 424 Biomechanics
  • SPRT 450 Independent Study
  • SPRT 152 Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding
     

Educational History

  •  Doctor of Philosophy, Kinesiology: Biomechanics emphasis, Gerontology Minor, December 2009, The Pennsylvania State University; Department of Kinesiology;  QTL analysis of trabecular bone in BXD F2 and RI mice.
  • Master of Science, Kinesiology: Biomechanics emphasis, August 2004, The Pennsylvania State University; Department of Kinesiology; QTL of Trabecular Bone in 500- and 800-Day-Old F2and RI Mice.
  • Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology: Movement Science option, Medical emphasis, August 2002 , The Pennsylvania State University; Department of Kinesiology

Publications

  •  Bower, A.L., Lang, D.H., Vogler, G.P., Vandenbergh, D.J., Blizard, D.A., Stout, J.T., McClearn, G.E., Sharkey, N.A. (2006). QTL analysis of trabecular bone in BXD F2 and RI mice. J Bone Miner Res 21:1267-75.
  • Bower, A.L., Lang, D.H., Vogler, G.P., Vandenbergh, D.J., Blizard, D.A., Stout, J.T., McClearn, G.E., Sharkey, N.A. (In Progress). QTL of Trabecular Bone in 500- and 800-Day-Old F2 and RI Mice.
  • Bower, Abbey; Lang, Dean; Vogler, George; Vandenbergh, David; Blizard, David; Stout, Joseph; McClearn, Gerald; Sharkey, Neil. (2010). Abstract number: 0290 - QTL Influencing Age-Related Changes of Bone Microarchitecture. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Vol. 35, New Orleans, LA. http://www.ors.org/web/Transactions/56/0290.pdf
  • Bower, Abbey; Lang, Dean; Vogler, George; Vandenbergh, David; Blizard, David; Stout, Joseph; McClearn, Gerald; Sharkey, Neil. (2009). Abstract number: 0275 - QTL of Trabecular Bone in 500- and 800-Day-Old F2 and RI Mice. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Vol.34, Las Vegas, NV. http://www.ors.org/web/Transactions/55/0275.PDF
  • Bower, Abbey; Sharkey, Neil; Lang, Dean; Vogler, George; Vandenbergh, David; Blizard, David; Stout, Joseph; McClearn, Gerald. (2005). Abstract number: 0193 – Genetic Determinants of Trabecular Bone Density and Architecture. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society.Vol.30, Washington, D.C. http://www.ors.org/web/Transactions/51/0193.PDF

 

Scholarship/Research

 2011 – Present                        Bone Health in Adolescence and the Influence of Diet and Exercise

            Sport and Exercise Science Department: Gannon University

  • Title:  Influence of Diet and Exercise on Adolescent Bone Health
  • Osteoporosis has been described as a “pediatric disease with geriatric consequences”. Lifestyle habits during childhood including diet are thought to impact the health and strength of bone in later life. In the current economy, many families turn to food banks to be able to provide meals for their families. It is often difficult for low-income families to provide complete, healthy meals from the foods available at food banks. Because of this, the best approach to measure bone density of adolescents from low-income families and control subjects is currently being investigated.

 

2009 – 2011:               Investigation of Childhood Obesity in the Erie Area

            Gannon University and Hamot Health Foundation

  • Title:  Prevention of Childhood Obesity in Erie County
  • Select members of Gannon’s health professions faculty are working with the Hamot Health Foundation on a Erie Community Foundation Grant looking to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity in Erie County.  Children ages nine to twelve who were in the eighty-fifth percentile and higher of body mass index (BMI) were recruited for the inaugural three day “Be Fit Get Healthy” camp held at Gannon University.  The children were evaluated on various measures such as BMI, blood pressure, and a six-minute walk test. They were then exposed to various physical activities, and taught about healthy eating and lifestyle choices.  Follow-up sessions to continue education and collect data are currently being conducted.  Results will be submitted for publication after the concluding follow up session in the spring of 2011. 

 

2004 – 2009:               Doctoral Research

            Biomechanics Laboratory: The Pennsylvania State University

            Dissertation Supervisor: Dr. Neil A. Sharkey

  • Title: Age-Related Genetic Effects of Trabecular Bone Density and Architecture
  • Trabecular bone measurements of the proximal metaphysis of inbred strains of mice at three different ages were collected using micro-computed tomography and were analyzed with chromosomal mapping methods to determine the chromosomal regions influencing trabecular bone density and architecture across the life-span.

 

2002-2004:                  Master’s Research

            The Center for Locomotion Studies: The Pennsylvania State University

            Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Neil A. Sharkey

  • Title: Genetic Determinants of Trabecular Bone Density and Architecture
  • The proximal tibial metaphysis of 200 day old inbred mice were analyzed using micro-computed tomography to determine properties of trabecular bone.  Data were analyzed with chromosomal mapping techniques to determine the regions most likely to be influencing trabecular bone quality in the “young adult” mouse.

 

2001-2002:                  Undergraduate Lab Assistant

            Center for Locomotion Studies: The Pennsylvania State University

            Undergraduate Supervisor: Dr. Dean H. Lang

Service

  • Faculty member for Fit to Run program at East High School.
  • Volunteer faculty member for Gannon’s Open House program.
  • Volunteer faculty group leader for Gannon’s Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere (GIVE Day).
  • Member of the executive organization committee for the Gannon University – Exercise Science 2nd and 3rd AnnualPump-n-Run 5K charity race to benefit the Hero Program.
  •  Volunteer faculty group leader for Gannon’s Invitation to Volunteer Everywhere (GIVE Day).
  • Member of the executive organization committee for the Gannon University – Exercise Science Inaugural Pump-n-Run 5K charity race to benefit the Hero Program.
  •  Volunteer with Erie KidShape, a part of the Highmark Healthy High 5 program.
  • Volunteer instructor for Gannon University Upward Bound Program.
  •  Faculty member, Prosthetics and Orthotics Cost and Need Assessment Committee