2017 Karpovich Lecture

Physical Activity and Health: How Much Exercise is Enough?

I-Min Lee, MD, MPH, ScD, FACSM, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discussed the gaps in knowledge, current research, and how this research can inform the future direction of the guidelines during the 2017 Karpovich Lecture.

About I-Min Lee

I-Min Lee, MD, MPH, ScD, FACSM is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her primary areas of interest are the role of physical activity in preventing chronic diseases and enhancing longevity, and women’s health. She has served on national and international expert panels developing physical activity guidelines, including the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the 2010 World Health Organization Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health, and the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk.

Dr. Lee has contributed to more than 390 scientific publications. She is the lead editor of Epidemiologic Methods in Physical Activity Studies, which has also been translated into the Korean language, and is a co-editor of the second edition of Physical Activity Epidemiology.

She is principal investigator of the Harvard Alumni Health Study, a long-standing prospective cohort study of 33,000 Harvard alumni, begun by Professor Ralph Paffenbarger in the 1960s, that focuses on the relationship between physical activity and health outcomes. She is one of the principal investigators of the Women’s Health Study (WHS), a completed randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial testing low-dose aspirin and vitamin E for preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer among 40,000 women who are now followed observationally. She is principal investigator of a study that measured seven days of physical activity with accelerometers in approximately 18,000 women from the WHS.

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What is the Karpovich Lecture?

The Peter V. Karpovich Lecture celebrates academics and strides in the fields of exercise physiology, research, sports medicine, and other related scientific aspects of physical education through inviting lecturers from the industry to speak on campus.

The lectures present a stimulating intellectual encounter for attendees and are open to the public. The lecture series was proposed by Peter Burdett '72. 

Peter V. Karpovich works with a student in the physiology lab.

Past Lecturers

  • 1973 - Dr. Elsworth R. Buskirk, “Coronary Heart Disease”
  • 1974 - Dr. Jean Mayer, “Nutrition and Health Risks”
  • 1975 - Dr. David H. Clarke, “The Muscle in Physical Performance and Fatigue”
  • 1976 - Dr. David B. Dill, “Responses of Men and Women to Exercise in Desert Heat”
  • 1977 - Dr. Benjamin Ricci, “Pitfalls and Potentials of Stress Testing”
  • 1978 - Dr. Ralph F. Goldman, “Physically Fit – For What?”
  • 1979 - Dr. David L. Costill, “Optimizing Athletic Performance”
  • 1980 - Dr. Charles Tipton, “Animal Models and Their Lessons for Exercise Physiology”
  • 1981 - Dr. Michael J. Pollock, “Exercise Prescription: Guidelines and New Concepts”
  • 1982 - Dr. Howard G. Knuttgen, “Muscle Contractions, Physiological Response and Sports Conditioning”
  • 1983 - Dr. G. William Hettler, III, “Evolution of the Health Fitness Movement”
  • 1984 - Dr. Russell E. Pate, “Physical Activity and Health: Implications for Public Policy”
  • 1985- Dr. Vassilis Kissouras, “Limits of Human Performance: What We Have Learned from the Study of Twins”
  • 1986- Dr. William P. Morgan, “Psychobiological Perspectives in Sports Psychology”
  • 1987 - Dr. Marlene J. Adrian, “Research and the Real World of Human Movement”
  • 1988 - Dr. Klaus Volker, “Sports and Hypertension: Risks and Benefits”
  • 1990- Dr. Jackie Puhl, “Footprints: The Past, Present and Future in Exercise Physiology”
  • 1991 - Dr. Roberta J. Park, “Athletes and Their Training in Britain and America,1800-1924: Social, Cultural, and Physiological Considerations”
  • 1993 - Dr. Mimi Murray, “The Professions from the Perspective of the AAHPERD Presidency”
  • 1994 - Dr. James A. Peterson, “Yes, You Can – Enabling Young Women to Reach Their True Physical Potential”
  • 1995 - Dr. Albert M. Paolone, “Gender and Performance in a Changing Society”
  • 1996 - Grant Allen Peacock, III, “Sports Fitness for the Disabled”
  • 1997 - Dr. Glenn M. Wong, “Sport Law and Sport Management in the 21st Century”
  • 1998- Mel Zuckerman, “Tomorrow’s Paradigms for Healthy Living”
  • 1999 - Dr. Carl Gabbard, “Your Child’s Brain: Windows of Opportunity – A Multi Sensory Approach to Learning”
  • 2000 - Dr. Anita White, “Women in the Olympics: One Hundred Years”
  • 2001 - Dr. John Lucas, “The Olympic Games in the 21st Century”
  • 2003 - Dr. Frank Pyke, “Maximizing Potential in High Performance Sport”
  • 2004 - Dr. William Kraemer, “The Psychology of Resistance Training”
  • 2005 - Dr. Andrew Zimbalist, “Sports, Stadium, and Economic Development
  • 2006 - Dr. Jack H. Wilmore, “The Obesity Epidemic: Focus on Treatment or Prevention”
  • 2007 - Marjorie J. Albohm, “Securing Athletic Training as a Health Care Profession – What Will It Take?”
  • 2007 - Dr. Lawrence F. Locke, “Redefining the Role of the Physical Education Teacher: Radical Changes to Meet New Demands”
  • 2008 - Dr. Kris Berg, “Metabolism of Non-steady State Work and Sport”
  • 2008 - Dr. John J. Ratey, “The Impact of Exercise on Learning”
  • 2009 - Dr. Arleigh Reynolds, “Relationship between Nutrition and Performance in Sled Dogs – A Study in Extremes”
  • 2010 - Dr. Mimi Murray, “Celebration of 125 Years of AAHPERD and Springfield College”
  • 2011 - Dr. Lynn Couturier, “Gazing Into the Crystal Ball: The Future of Physical Education”
  • 2013 - Dr. Robert W. Hamill, “Physical Activity and Neurorestoration: Spirit, Mind, and Body Revisited”
  • 2014 - Nancy Hogshead-Makar, “Title IX: We Won, Right? So, Why the Stubborn Disparities in Athletics?”
  • 2015 - Vincent J. Paolone, EdD, FASCM, “The Karpovich Legacy is Alive and Well”
  • 2016 - Robert D. Kersey, PhD, ATC, “Sport & Exercise Ergogenics: Who cares?”
  • 2017 -  Ronald W. Davis, PhD, “Redefine, Reunite, Re-enter: Promoting Health and Well-being through Physical Activity for Non-military and Military Persons with Disability”

About Peter V. Karpovich

Peter KarpovichPeter V. Karpovich, MD, a native of Luga, Russia, received a medical degree from the State Military Medical Academy, Leningrad, Russia, in 1919. He served as a physician at the Red Cross Hospital, Kotelnich, Russia,  in 1919, and was appointed surgeon at the Military School of Physical Education, Etaterinburg, Russia in 1921. He later served as a surgeon-physician in Kamushloff, Russia, and in Leningrad.

Dr. Karpovich joined the Springfield College faculty in 1927 as professor of physiology. He assumed duties as director of health education at Springfield College in 1947 and was appointed research professor of physiology in 1955.

Dr. Karpovich authored more than 130 scientific articles on physical training and its effects on energy expenditure and athletics. His books include Adventures in Artificial Respiration, Weight Training in Athletics and Physiology of Muscular Activity. Among his numerous accomplishments in research physiology during his career at Springfield College was the invention of electrogoniometer, a device that automatically measures and records angles formed in human joints. Dr. Karpovich completed extensive studies in relation to the electrogoniometer and human movement through grants from the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases and the U.S. Government.

Dr. Karpovich was a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Education and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a member of the American Association of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, as well as the Royal Society of Health, the American Physiology Society, and the New York Academy of Science. Dr. Karpovich, and his wife, Dr. Josephine Rathbone, were among the founders of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and he was chairman of its research committee. He was president of the ACSM in 1961-62 and was presented the organization’s honor award. Dr. Karpovich is considered by many to be the father of exercise physiology in the United States.