Joel T. Cramer
Joel T. CramerProfessor
2003 Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2001 M.P.E., Exercise Physiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1997 B.A., Exercise Science, Creighton University
Our laboratory studies the effects of resistance training, stretching, fatigue, aging, and/or sarcopenia on applied neuromuscular physiology using measures of isometric, isotonic, and isokinetic strength and power, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), B-mode ultrasonography, surface electromyography (EMG), mechanomyography (MMG), transcutaneous nerve stimulation, twitch interpolation, and signal processing. We also study the safety and efficacy of dietary nutritional supplements using similar applied neuromuscular techniques.
The philosophy of our laboratory is that we use research as a teaching tool. We use our research and the information we learn through our experiments and subsequent articles to provide students with the most current evidence to either support or challenge our knowledge of concepts in nutrition and exercise. This translation of knowledge can occur in the classroom, but seems to be most effective in a laboratory setting. For most students, the research process evokes a level of critical thinking that transcends the prototypical classroom lecture environment. Furthermore, the skills that are required to conduct a research study teaches students more than just the physiological concepts surrounding the research question. The entire research experience contributes to the growth of students by teaching them critical time management skills, the art of interpreting their experimental findings through writing, and the bolstering of their self-confidence knowing that they accomplished a scientific study that may contribute to the collective knowledge of our field. I believe that my job is to give day-to-day guidance, provide funding, and foster an inviting yet challenging climate for undergraduate and graduate students to appreciate the link among research and teaching in an academic environment.