Dr. James S. Skinner will work with colleagues in Russian Republic of Tatarstan.
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has selected Indiana University Professor Emeritus James S. Skinner to be a Fulbright Specialist through 2025. Dr. Skinner served as a professor in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Department of Kinesiology from 1996 to 2006.
As a Fulbright Specialist, Skinner will work with colleagues in multiple countries, including Russia. "I am waiting for the pandemic to subside in the U.S. and in Russia, so that I can go to Kazan for several weeks," Skinner notes.
Throughout his career, Skinner has extensively researched the relationship between physical activity and human health. He has also studied and lectured on the prescriptive use of exercise for cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic, and bone and joint disease states.
"Dr. Skinner is particularly deserving of the Fulbright opportunity," says IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Dean David B. Allison. "His career has spanned more than 50 years, during which he has worked to advance the world's understanding of the medical value exercise and physical activity can afford."
Skinner previously has served as president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and vice president of the International Council on Sport Sciences and Physical Education. He also formerly chaired the International Advisory Council for Exercise is Medicine as well as the Medical Advisory Committee of the YMCA of the USA.
In addition to his work as a Fulbright Specialist, Skinner remains a contributing member of the American Council on Exercise's Scientific Advisory Panel and he is the group's senior advisor on exercise science.
Established in 2001, the Fulbright Specialist Program is an offshoot of its namesake, the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Specialist Program pairs U.S.-based thought leaders with host institutions abroad in order for participants to "share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions." (To learn more, see https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/.)