Katie Becofsky is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She completed her PhD in Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina in 2014 and a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at the Brown University Medical School in 2016. She is currently focused on using innovative study designs and objective measures to examine how dog ownership affects physical activity levels. Her ultimate goal is to leverage the power of the human-animal bond to promote physical health, mental well-being, and social integration.
The lecture series is named after Carl V. Gisolfi, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Exercise Science and Physiology and Biophysics, who joined The University of Iowa faculty in 1968. His enthusiasm for his subject matter was contagious and his affection for his students well known. He was a highly productive scientist and internationally recognized for his work in thermoregulation and gastrointestinal function. He published over 100 articles in physiology journals and was the author of nine textbook chapters and one book.