Stasinos Stavrianeas, Ph.D.

Professor of Exercise and Health Science
Specialties: Human Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Neuroscience, Nutrition

Professor Stavrianeas was born and raised in Kalamata, Greece and he brings additional international perspective to the diversity within the Department of Exercise and Health Science. He lives in Salem with his wife and their two beautiful daughters.

Professor Stavrianeas focuses on issues related to science education and science literacy for all students, and is active on various science education initiatives on a national level. For years he has worked on regional and national initiatives on transforming the introductory biology curriculum and departmental culture in life sciences.

His collaboration with Professor Mark Stewart (Dept. of Psychology) has resulted in two major projects:  "iScience at Willamette" was launched in 2010, and represented their vision for a truly interdisciplinary introductory science curriculum, the first in a series of steps towards truly integrated and comprehensive science curriculum for all students at Willamette and beyond. This effort received additional recognition and generous support through a grant by the W.M. Keck Foundation.

The second project titled “STATUS: STEM Access and Training for Underserved Students” was launched in 2013, and represented a comprehensive approach to science education for students from underserved groups who attended local high schools. The project has entered a new phase of dissemination and expansion.

Professor Stavrianeas' particular areas of research include cardiovascular drift and the metabolic effects associated with it, as well as the effects of High-Intensity Training on team conditioning. He has a strong record of collaborative research work with students, and the results of this work have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented in conferences in recent years.

Education

  • 1998 Ph.D. University of Oregon (Exercise Physiology)
  • 1995 M.S. University of Oregon (Exercise Physiology, Cardiovascular Physiology, Biomechanics)
  • 1990 B.S. University of Athens, Greece (Physical Education, Swimming, Exercise Physiology)

Courses

Professor Stavrianeas is instructor of record for the following courses: Human Physiology (BIOL 260), Science of Nutrition (EXHS 230), and Fundamentals of Neuroscience (IDS 222). He also teaches Research Design (EXHS 356W), Special Topics in Exercise Science (EXHS 358), Physiology of Exercise (EXHS 360), and coordinates the Senior Seminar (EXHS 496W). He has also contributed to the College Colloquium course offerings (IDS 101).

Academic Advising

Professor Stavrianeas serves as one of the pre-health advisers, and guides prospective, current, and transfer students on all topics relevant to Exercise and Health Science and Allied Health professions.

Awards and Honors

  • Service Award - American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter (2014).
  • President, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter, (2012).
  • Promotion to Professor, Willamette University (2010).
  • Professor of the Year - Willamette University Dept. of Athletics (2009).
  • Tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, Willamette University (2005).
  • Faculty Achievement Award, Willamette University (2003).
  • Service Award - American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter (2003).
  • Recognition Award - Association of American Colleges and Universities (2003).
  • Service Award - American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter (2001).

External Grants

  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation RCN-UBE Grant titled “RCN-UBE: Promoting Sustainable Student Success in Life Sciences from Next Generation Science Standards to Vision and Change” ($498,928). In review. (2019). 
  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation RCN-UBE Grant titled “RCN-UBE: Northwest Biosciences Consortium (NWBC): Implementation of Vision and Change in the Introductory Biology Curriculum” ($499,025). (2013-2018). 
  • Co-Principal Investigator, W.M. Keck Foundation Grant: “iScience: Advancing Interdisciplinarity and Quantitative Literacy in Liberal Arts Science Education” co-authored with Professor Mark Stewart (Psychology) ($250,000). (2011-2014).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation DUE-CCLI Grant titled “Promoting science literacy through neuroscience laboratory exercises.” ($105,794). (2008-2011).
  • Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation DUE-CCLI Grant: “Investigative Learning in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory”. ($99,654). (2005-2008).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation DUE-CCLI Grant titled “Investigative Physiology and Technology in Introductory Physiology.” ($85,000). (2002-2005).

Recent Research Publications

(last 5 years - *student collaborator)
Refereed Research Articles
  • Schnitzler, C., Frison, G., Stavrianeas, S., Dufour, S.P., Favret, F. (2019). A Single-visit test to assess maximal aerobic speed in four competitive swim strokes. In review, Journal of Sport Conditioning Research.
  • Stavrianeas, S. (2018). Service Learning in a college nutrition class: examination of elementary school lunch. Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. 9(1): 2-17.
  • *Yaeger, D., *Murphy, K., *Winger, J., Stavrianeas, S. (2018). A two-test protocol for the precise determination of the maximal lactate steady state. International Journal of Exercise Science 11(4): 681-695. Available at https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol11/iss4/12/ .
  • *Howard, N., Stavrianeas, S. (2017). In-Season High-Intensity Interval Training improves conditioning in high school soccer players. International Journal of Exercise Science: 10 (5): 713 - 720. Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol10/iss5/7 .
  • Francois, M.E., Graham, M.J., Parr, E.B., Rehrer, N.J., Lucas, S.J.E., Stavrianeas, S., Cotter, J.D. (2016). Similar metabolic response to lower- versus upper-body interval exercise or endurance exercise. Metabolism Journal 68: 1-10. doi.org/10.1016/j.metabol.2016.11.009.
  • Graham, M.J., Lucas, S.J.E., Francois, M.E., Stavrianeas, S., Parr, E.B., Thomas, K.N., Cotter, J.D. (2016). Low-volume intense exercise elicits post-exercise hypotension and subsequent hypervolemia, irrespective of which limbs are exercised. Frontiers in Physiology, Exercise Physiology. Published: 31 May 2016, doi: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00199.
Abstracts in Refereed Journals
  • Fisher, B., Scott-Wright, J., Fish, S., Stavrianeas, S. (2015). Validity of a new recline cycle ergometer using the Wingate anaerobic cycle test, International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 8: Iss. 3, Article 48.
  • Goodwater, H., Gendreau, A., Fleming, E., Friedrich, K., Stavrianeas, S. (2015). Validity of VO2max testing on a recumbent ergometer compared to treadmill. International Journal of Exercise Science:Conference Proceedings: Vol. 8: Iss. 3, Article 49
  • Mendenhall, A., Rieger, K., Wong, J., Stavrianeas, S. (2015). Validity of VO2max testing on a recumbent ergometer compared to an upright cycle ergometer. International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 8: Iss. 3,
  • Mendoza, J.R., Piper, S., Tarran, G., Stavrianeas, S. (2015). Validity of a new recline cycle ergometer using the anaerobic treadmill test. International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 8: Iss. 3, Article 43.

Oral and Poster Conference Presentations

(last 5 years - *student collaborator)

Refereed Conference Presentations

  • Kiser, S., Kruchten, A., Baumgartner, E., Beadles-Bohling, A., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Kayes, L., Seidel, S., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S., Tillberg, C. (2018). A Network Approach to Vertical Transfer and Articulation for Student Success in Biology: a fourth workshop hosted by the Northwest Biosciences Consortium RCN-UBE. Northwest Biology Instructors' Organization Annual Meeting. Portland, OR. 
  • Kruchten, A., Baumgartner, E., Beadles-Bohling, A., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Kayes, L., Kiser, S., Seidel, S., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S., Tillberg, C. (2018). A network approach to vertical transfer and articulation for student success in biology: A fourth workshop hosted by the Northwest Biosciences Consortium RCN-UBE. Experimental Biology 2018. The FASEB Journal 2018 32:1_supplement, 535.11-535.11. San Diego, CA.
  • Baumgartner, E., Beadles-Bohling, A., Brown, J., Duncan, J. Kayes, L., Kiser, S., Kruchten, A., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S. (2017). The Northwest Biosciences Consortium: Easing the transfer from introductory to upper division coursework, within and between institutions. National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Professional Development Symposium.
  • Kayes, L.J. Beadles-Bohling, A., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Baumgartner, E., Kiser, S., Kruchten, A., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S. (2017). Evaluation of the State of the Introductory Biology in Oregon. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Kayes, L.J., Baumgartner, E.,Beadles-Bohling, A., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Kiser, S., Kruchten, A., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S. (2017). Majors Biology Summit: A Report from the Northwest Biosciences Consortium. Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research – Western Meeting. Irvine, CA.
  • Kruchten, A., Baumgartner, E., Beadles-Bohling, A., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Kayes, L., Kiser, S., Seidel, S., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S., Tillberg, C. (2017). Northwest Biosciences Consortium RCN-UBE: Organization and Development of a Faculty Network Leadership Team. Experimental Biology Meeting.Chicago, IL.
  • Stavrianeas, S., Stewart, M. (2016). STATUS: Implementing pre-college STEM Access and Training for Underserved Students. Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education (EnFUSE): Research and Practice. AAAS and NSF Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Kruchten, A., Baumgartner, E., Beadles-Bohling, A., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Kayes, L., Kiser, S., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S. (2016). Transformation of the Introductory Biology Experience for All Students:  Progress of the Northwest Biosciences Consortium. Experimental Biology Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Kruchten, A., Baumgartner, E., Beadles-Bohling, A., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Kayes, L., Kiser, S., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S. (2016). Transformation of the Introductory Biology Experience for All Students:  Progress of the Northwest Biosciences Consortium. American Association for the Advancement of Science/National Science Foundation RCN Summit, Washington, DC.
  • Kayes, L.J., S. Kiser, E. Baumgartner, A. Kruchten, J. Brown, J. Duncan, A. Beadles-Bohling, W. Shriner, Stavrianeas, S. (2016). Oregon Introductory Biology Majors Summit Report. Northwest Biology Instructors’ Organization Annual Meeting. Eugene, OR.
  • Kayes, L.J., Baumgartner, E., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Beadles-Bohling, A., Kiser, S., Kruchten, A., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S. (2016). State of the Introductory Biology Sequence in the Pacific Northwest: NW Bioscience Consortium Survey Results. Biology Leadership Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Duncan, J., Baumgartner, E., Shriner, W., Kayes, L., Kiser, S., Brown, J., Beadles-Bohling, A., Kruchten, A., Stavrianeas, S. (2016). Introductory Biology: NWBC Summit Report on Majors Biology. Northwest Biology Instructors Organization, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
  • Kayes, L., Kiser, S., Baumgartner, E., Kruchten, A., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Gaiser, C., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S. (2015). Transformation of the Introductory Biology Experience for All Students: Progress of the Northwest Bioscience Consortium (NWBC). Northwest Biology Instructors Organization, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
  • Kruchten, A., Baumgartner, E., Beadles-Bohling, A., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Kayes, L., Kiser, S., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S. (2015). Introductory Biology for All Students; Progress of the NWBC. Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education, American Association of Colleges and Universities Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Kayes, L.J., E. Baumgartner, J. Brown, J. Duncan, C. Gaiser, S. Kiser, A. Kruchten, W. Shriner, S. Stavrianeas. (2015). Northwest Biosciences Network: Vision and Change in the Pacific Northwest. Biology Leadership Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Stavrianeas, S., Baumgartner, E., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Gaiser, C., Kayes, L.,Kiser, S., Kruchten, A., Shriner, W. (2015). Northwest Biosciences Network: Implementation of Vision and Change in Introductory Biology. Experimental Biology Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • Kruchten, A., Baumgartner, E., Brown, J., Duncan, J., Gaiser, C., Kayes, L., Kiser, S., Shriner, W., Stavrianeas, S. (2015). Transformation of the Introductory Biology Experience for All Students: Progress of the Northwest Biosciences Consortium. Experimental Biology Meeting, Boston, MA.

Professional Memberships

  • National Science Teachers Association
  • American Physiological Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter

University, Community, and Professional Service

Conferences

  • Organizer, NWBC Articulation Workshop, Willamette University, Salem, OR (February 8-10, 2018).
  • Organizer, NWBC Non-majors Biology Workshop, Willamette University, Salem, OR (February 10-11, 2017).
  • Organizer, NWBC Majors Biology Workshop, Willamette University, Salem, OR (February 26-27, 2016).
  • Organizer, NWBC Science Teaching Workshop, Willamette University, Salem, OR (February 26-28, 2015).
  • Organizer, iScience Conference, Willamette University, Salem, OR (November 4-5, 2013).
  • Organizer, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Chapter Annual Meeting, Willamette University, Salem, OR (March 15-16, 2013).
  • Organizer, M.J. Murdock Regional Science Conference, Willamette University (February 6-7, 2007).

Journal Reviewer

  • Journal of American College Health
  • Journal of Sport and Health Science
  • National Science Foundation, TUES/CCLI
  • M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Life Sciences Program
  • Advances in Physiology Education
  • Analytical Biochemistry
  • CUR Quarterly
  • International Journal of Exercise Science
  • Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Wilderness and Environmental Medicine
  • International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

Other Relevant Activities

  • Academic Status Committee (2018-19).
  • Library Committee (2016-18).
  • Pre-Health Committee (2015-16).
  • Member, Oregon Science Content and Assessment Panel, Oregon Department of Education (2014-2017)
  • Member, Students Scholarship Recognition Day Committee (2014).
  • Project Kaleidoscope, Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning project (2012).