Sun Devils rank again among best in Academic All-Americans

August 2, 2011

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Every year the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) updates its lists of who has the most Academic All-Americans in various forms, and every year Arizona State ranks among the best both in the nation and in the Pac-12. Download Full Image

For total Academic All-Americans, Arizona State ranks 19th in the nation and third in the Pac-12 with 96. The Sun Devil list began with Art Becker earning honors in 1963-64 and includes the five honorees from the 2010-11 season. Diver Elina Eggers earned first-team honors in 2010-11, while baseball's Andrew Workman and track/field athlete Jamie Sandys earned second-team honors. Ben Engelhardt (track and field) and Katelyn Boyd (softball) earned third-team honors.

1. Nebraska, 291
2. Notre Dame, 221
3. Penn State, 172
4. Stanford, 162
5. Bucknell, 121
5. Texas, 121
7. Florida, 118
8. UCLA, 113
9. Georgia, 110
10. Ohio State 109
10. Oklahoma, 109
12. Tennessee, 104
12. Michigan, 104
14. Michigan State, 102
15. Minnesota, 101
16. Wisconsin, 99
17. Alabama, 97
17. Purdue, 97
19. Arizona State, 96

CoSIDA keeps tabs on who has been near the top since 2000, and Arizona State breaks in the top 10. The Sun Devils are ranked ninth in the nation for most Academic All-Americans since 2000 and second in the Pac-12.

1. Nebraska, 104
2. Notre Dame, 95
3. Penn State, 78
4. Stanford, 66
5. Alabama, 61
6. North Dakota State, 57
7. Tennessee, 56
8. Florida, 55
9. Arizona State 53

ASU's volleyball program has produced nine Academic All-Americans according to CoSIDA, which is tied for sixth-best and second in the Pac-12. It started with Tracie Kisro earning first-team honors and Noelle Fridich earning third-team honors in 1988. Kisro then earned first-team honors the following year. Mindy Gowell earned second team honors (1990) and third team honors (1991). Jennifer Helfrish was a first-team pick in 1992 while Jami Coughlin (first team) and Amanda Burbridge (third team) earned the honors in 1999-2000. Coughlin again earned first team honors in 2001.

1. Nebraska, 36
2. Stanford, 12
3. Penn State, 11
4. Texas A&M, 10
4. Florida, 10
6. Arizona State, 9
6. Georgia, 9
6. Northern Iowa, 9
6. New Mexico State, 9
6. USC, 9

Student's doctoral success leads to bright future

August 3, 2011

“You’re going to be a star.”

We’ve all heard that in reference to ourselves or others, but when that statement comes from the director of the Exercise and Wellness Program and the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center, Glenn Gaesser, it’s one of the greatest compliments you can receive. Siddhartha Angadi has earned that recognition.  Angadi Siddhartha working with a research participant. Download Full Image

Angadi is stepping into his last year of the Ph.D. program for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness (PANW), for Exercise and Wellness and Nutrition students, with a strong foot forward. He has been offered the chance to continue his education with two post-doctorate offers – one, a firm offer from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under professor Christian Roberts and the other from Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

The opportunities that have been presented to Angadi are earned by his past and ongoing achievements. He already has five publications, two of which he was first author. The publications have a main focus on exercise, diet, and diseases affected by those, such as diabetes and cardiovascular health. But, it does not stop there; Gaesser said that Angadi will have approximately five more publications to submit within the next few months.  

Publications are not all that makes him a standout student; he has also been appointed as Gaesser’s key liaison with the Mayo Clinic for Gaesser’s ASU-Mayo seed grant. This is also Angadi’s doctoral dissertation project. Only the top grant proposals are selected each year, Gaesser described them as, “the most meritorious being chosen on the basis of research design, potential impact, and possibilities for future National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.” The focus of this research is on “a very novel, high-intensity aerobic interval exercise program to improve cardiovascular health in patients with heart failure.”

Angadi has the opportunity, as the key liaison, to work directly with the subjects, testing their cardiovascular health as well as working closely with the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Cardiology, Farouk Mookadam, and the cardiac rehabilitation staff at Mayo Clinic.  

Being one of the crucial planning contributors to the PANW Building Healthy Lifestyles Conference (BHLC), which is held annually in February, Angadi’s successes continue through his doctoral experience.

Angadi is an outstanding student who represents the newly formed School of Nutrition and Health Promotion. There is a bright future ahead of him and he is one of many students leading the way for the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, research, as well as the medical field.

According to Gaesser, “He is going to be a star,” and many others can agree based on the accomplishments strivings, and future opportunities of Angadi. Welcome to a school that offers so much and is building a number of distinguished students.