Science of Running Workshop Presenters

Liz Chumanov

D.P.T., Ph.D.

Director, Active Moms Clinic, UW-Madison

Liz Chumanov, D.P.T., Ph.D., is currently the coordinator for the Sports Movement Room and the director of the Active Moms Clinic at UW Health in Madison, WI. Liz received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a focus on lower extremity biomechanics before going on to complete her D.P.T. Clinically, she specializes in working with pregnant and postpartum runners and is a certified dry needler. In addition to her clinical practice, Liz devotes a portion of her time to the improvement of clinical workflows through the development of custom user interfaces to assess the forces during jumping, hopping, and running. She also manages a clinical database on return-to-sport testing following lower and upper extremity surgery/injury.

Carl Foster

Ph.D

Professor, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Wisconsin-La Cross

Carl Foster, Ph.D., FACSM, has been a Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse since 1998. His research interests range from clinical physiology to high-performance sports physiology. Although his early research was with runners and cyclists, much of his more recent research career has been associated with speed skating, pacing strategy, monitoring training, and exercise prescription.  Relevantly, he was the developer of the Session RPE (Rating of Perceived Exertion) method of monitoring exercise and has published extensively on the “Talk Test” as a method of guiding exercise intensity.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin under  Jack Daniels, Ph.D. (1976) and his post-doctoral work was at Ball State University under David Costill, Ph.D. (1976-1977). From 1977-1998, he worked in clinical physiology at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center, a teaching hospital for the University of Wisconsin, with Mike Pollock, Ph.D., and Neil Oldridge, Ph.D. He was the 2005-2006 President of ACSM and the Treasurer of ACSM from 2008-2020. From 1998-2003 he was an Associate Editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and from  2009-2013 was the Editor of the International Journal for Sports Physiology and Performance.

Tim Hacker

Ph.D

Director, Cardiovascular Physiology Core Facility, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tim Hacker completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1996 in Exercise Physiology under the direction of A. James Liedtke. His doctoral work involved developing swine models of cardiac hibernation and stunning. Next, he joined the faculty at Concordia University Wisconsin to help create a new school of Physical Therapy. He returned to UW–Madison in 2000 to join the Cardiovascular Research Core Lab. He was promoted to Director in 2003 and Senior Scientist in 2010. Hacker participates in several peer-review activities, including the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, California Institutes of Regenerative Medicine, and is a reviewer for several cardiovascular-related journals.