Award-winning graduate student Geoff Hartley happily settles bet with his supervisor

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Award-winning graduate student Geoff Hartley happily settles bet with his supervisor

Geoff Hartley, MSc candidate in Applied Health Sciences, had to settle a bet with his supervisor Professor Stephen Cheung as a result of winning the 2010 Graduate Student Research Awards MSc competition, offered by the Environmental Physiology Interest Group (EPIG) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Hartley recently presented his award-winning abstract, titled "The Effect of a Secret Manipulation of Ambient Temperature on Heat Storage and Voluntary Exercise Intensity," at the annual ACSM meeting in Baltimore, June 2 to 5.

Hartley collaborated on the paper with Cheung and researchers Andreas D. Flouris, Gregory W. McGarr, and Brock Professor Michael J. Plyley.

Flouris is a graduate of Brock's MSc program in Applied Health Sciences. McGarr is a PhD candidate in Applied Health Sciences at Brock and is also supervised by Cheung.

"ACSM is the largest and most influential scientific society in the field of sports medicine and exercise science, so the award is indeed very prestigious," says Cheung. "As a reviewer for the PhD competition for this award, I can attest to the large number of very high-quality applicants and projects from many of the very top labs internationally."

As for the bet - Hartley was on the hook for a round of hot dogs and drinks at a Baltimore Orioles baseball game that they attended while in the city for the conference. 

"I can't think of a better way to celebrate this success," says Hartley.

At the conference, Hartley presented findings of his MSc research in which he conducted laboratory testing of a group of cyclists to measure the affect on activity output by temperature changes in a specific environment.

As cyclists pedalled stationery bicycles in Brock's Environmental Ergonomics Laboratory, Hartley used state-of-the-art equipment to manipulate temperature at 20-minute intervals from 20C to 35C, then returning to 20C while examining the power output response to the dynamic change in ambient temperature.

Hartley had to be somewhat devious about his work. The participants did not know the real purpose of the study or that temperatures were manipulated. The reason was to mitigate psychological factors that could influence results.