Clarence Bass at the Stark Center – Conference on Exercise Science and his New Book Take Charge.

By Stark Staff
September 5, 2013

Join us to celebrate the new book Take Charge: Fitness at the Edge of Science and the lifelong achievements of author and bodybuilder Clarence Bass at a symposium on the role of science in exercise prescription.  Three panels led by world-renowned experts will discuss the implications of recent research on physical training.  The symposium will be held at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, a museum and research library dedicated to physical culture and sports.

This free public conference will be held on Friday, September 27th, 2013.  The Stark Center is located in the north end zone of the Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin.  Events are scheduled from 10:30AM-5:00PM.  Guests are invited to tour the Stark Center and speak with panelists from 9:30-10:30AM.

Panel 1: Aerobics/Strength Alliance 10:30AM-12:00PM; Professor Edward Coyle (Univ. Texas) discusses new research suggesting aerobic training and strength training may not be the discrete categories we think they are.

Panel 2: The Rise of Intervals 1:30-3:00PM; Professor Joe Signorile (Univ. Miami) compares the effectiveness of interval training to steady-state aerobic training.

Panel 3: Forget Heavy, Think Effort 3:30-5:00PM; Professor Richard Winett (Virginia Tech Univ.) will speak on the importance of effort, not weight lifted, for muscle growth and retention.

Panel commentators include Professor Kevin Fontaine (Univ. Alabama-Birmingham); Dave Goodin, MS, personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder; Dean Brignac, gym owner; Parker Reed, recreational runner and lifter; Professor Wade Smith (Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine); and Doug McGuff, MD, gym owner and author of Body by Science.

University of Texas Professor Emeritus Waneen Spirduso, author of Physical Dimensions of Aging, will speak at a private dinner following the conference.  Clarence Bass will be signing copies of Take Charge, available for purchase, from 3:00-3:30PM.

For more information about Clarence Bass, visit his website at  Conference guests can stay at the nearby AT&T Executive Education Conference Center.  Reservations can be made online at or call 512-404-3600.

Longhorn Network Series Game Changers Features Jan and Terry Todd

By Stark Staff
September 2, 2013

UT’s exclusive channel, the Longhorn Network, featured the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports co-directors Dr. Jan and Dr. Terry Todd in its series Game Changers on August 18th. In this documentary the Todds look back on their careers as world-class weightlifters, discuss physical culture, and introduce viewers to the Stark Center. See the episode excerpt at

Dr. Jan Todd, Fellow in the Roy J. McLean Fellowship in Sport History, is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at UT, Todd directs the Ph.D. program in Sport Studies; directs the Sport Management program; and teaches courses in: The History of Sport and Physical Activity, Critical Issues in American Sport History, Sport Philosophy, Sport and Ethics, and Historical and Ethical Issues in Physical Culture and Sport. In September 2011, Dr. Todd was named a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology for her many contributions to the field.

Dr. Terry Todd has published five books, including Herschel Walker’s Basic Training (Doubleday, 1989), and more than 400 articles in both popular and academic publications, including Sports Illustrated, Readers’ Digest, the Journal of Sport History, Men’s Journal, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association Journal. He lectures often around the nation on the subjects of drugs in sports, conditioning, and sport/fitness history. From 1983-1995 he co-coached UT’s lifting teams, which won many national championships and set many national records.

Game Changers profiles prominent faculty and staff at the University of Texas at Austin. See episodes at

For other Longhorn Network programs, including UT Athletics shows, go to Note: as of September 9th, the episode on the Todds has not yet been uploaded to the site. We will provide a link to the full episode when available.

Texas Exes Publication Alcade Features Stark Center’s “Longhorn Legacy: 100 Years of Football Programs” On-Line Exhibit

By Stark Staff
September 1, 2013

Alcade, the official publication of UT alumni organization Texas Exes, featured a project by Dr. Jan Todd, co-director of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports. In collaboration with the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and UT Athletics, Dr. Todd has cataloged over 100 football programs going back to UT’s first game against the Dallas Football Club in 1893.

Today, football programs are glossy magazines with photographs and player stats and bios. At their inception, Texas football programs were a way to help fans understand the rules of the game and identify the players. Rather than photographs, which were impractical at the time, early programs featured beautiful color illustrations. Designed by both local artists and national distributors, each program had a unique look. Dr. Todd notes that the programs document history in a way no other item can. “They tell a story,” she says, “not just about UT and football, but about American history. The programs often mention that game’s special events—Band Night, or Father’s Day, or honoring veterans—and give a glimpse into what life was like.”

Alcade article and a slideshow of several programs is available here

“Longhorn Legacy: 100 Years of Football Programs” can be found here.