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Birnbaum, Larry
Birnbaum, Larry
Professor/Chair, EXP
Exercise Physiology
Office: BWC240
Phone: (218) 723-6621
Email: lbirnba3@css.edu
 
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Grenberg, Ryan
Grenberg, Ryan
Instructor, EXP
Exercise Physiology
Office: BWC238
Phone: (218) 625-4819
Email: rgrenber@css.edu
 
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Kappes, Lisa
Kappes, Lisa
Asst. Professor, EXP
Exercise Physiology
Office: BWC239
Phone: (218) 723-6297
Email: lkappes@css.edu
 
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Warpeha, Joseph
Warpeha, Joseph
Assoc Professor, EXP
Exercise Physiology
Office: BWC236
Phone: (218) 625-4928
Email: jwarpeha@css.edu
 


Larry Birnbaum, Ph.D.

Academic Degrees

MA (Exercise Physiology) The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.  PhD (Higher Education) University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.  MS (Medical Technology) University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.  BA (Medical Technology) The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.

Biography Larry has been teaching at the college level for over 40 years, which includes two universities, a private college and a community college. Recent courses taught include ECG and Graded Exercise Testing; Cardiovascular Physiology;  Applied Exercise Physiology; Biochemistry, Nutrition, and Exercise; Sports Nutrition; and Biomechanics. Larry is the EXP Department Chair and Graduate Program Director. Larry has published several research articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written numerous articles for online journals. Larry's teaching philosophy is to try to make course content real for students by including real life applications. If students can associate material with real life situations, they are more likely to understand it and remember it. His door is always open to students. Larry is an outdoor enthusiast and thoroughly enjoys what the Duluth area has to offer in outdoor activities.

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Ryan Grenberg, MS, CSCS

 

 

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D. ABD - Health and Human Performance (Concordia University Chicago)
  • M.S. - Exercise Physiology (The College of St. Scholastica)
  • B.S. - Exercise Physiology (The College of St. Scholastica)

 

Academic Appointments and Experience:

The College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN):

  • Instructor, Department of Exercise Physiology (2019 - Present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Department of Exercise Physiology (2013 - 2018)
  • Graduate Assistant, Department of Exercise Physiology (2012 - 2013)
  • Anatomy Lab Teaching Assistant, Department of Biology (2010- 2013)
  • Summer Research Assistant, Department of Psychology (2011)

 

Exercise Physiology Interest Areas:

  • Human anatomy
  • History of exercise physiology
  • Eccentric muscle activity
  • Exercise-associated muscle cramping (EAMC)
  • Biarticular joint motion and Lombard’s paradox

 

Courses Taught at the College of St. Scholastica:

  • EXP 3321 - Kinesiology
  • EXP 3322 - Biomechanics
  • EXP 3331 - Exercise Physiology
  • EXP 3332 - Physiological Assessment

 

Teaching Philosophy:

Embrace the challenge that is learning and look for opportunities to be either wrong or proven wrong, and be okay with it. In other words, finding yourself in situations where you don’t have all the answers is okay, and when you can forget about your pride and admit to not knowing things, you stand to gain both knowledge and respect for being sincere and curious. To that end, “It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.” – Socrates. At the risk of sounding cliche, I must admit that this philosophy is closely related to why I am so extremely grateful to be a teacher; I love to learn (even though I also feel that the more I learn the more I discover how little I know - if I may paraphrase Einstein or whomever originally quipped this sentiment). 

One additional component of my philosophy relates to the importance of leading by example. In class, we discuss the health consequences of being physically inactive; In my own life, I strive to demonstrate how a high level of physical activity can be incorporated into a busy schedule, given that many cite time as a barrier to exercise. Further, students encounter numerous examples of how I prioritize not only my own health but also my entire family’s ability to be very physically active. 

 

Personal Information:

I was born in Illinois but grew up in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan where I downhill skied and played soccer and baseball from a very early age. As I got older I took up and subsequently shifted away from many sports including tennis, basketball, golf, and cross-country running. As I got into high school, I spent a significant amount of time downhill ski racing and playing soccer, as well as a fair amount of time pole-vaulting and skateboarding. Now, I primarily ski and bike, but I’m also enjoying revisiting some of my favorite sports from earlier in life, thanks to my kids. Simply put, I enjoy being physically active outdoors. 

Cycling is a big part of my life, and I opt to integrate physical activity into my daily commute year-round by simply using a bike instead of a car. In appropriate weather/road conditions, this even involves transporting my kids with our family cargo bike, but I also mountain bike and gravel bike as much as I can. My favorite mountain biking trails are in Lester Park and Hartley Nature Center, and I especially enjoy many of the remote gravel roads between Duluth and Grand Marais. In the summer, I occasionally volunteer with Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) in order to help build and maintain Duluth’s great trails. In addition to just riding for fun and exercise, I try to do a couple of races each year; events like the Lutsen 99er and the Le Grand Du Nord have been a couple of my favorites in recent years.

Skiing is another big part of my life. I grew up a downhill ski racer and I started cross country (XC) skiing in college. You might say that my wife being on the CSS Ski Team had something to do with me taking to XC skiing as much as I did, and I’ve since skied a few XC ski racing marathons like the Birkie, for example. I continue XC skiing recreationally, and I really enjoy applying everything I know about both ski waxing and endurance training to supporting my wife as she continues to compete in XC ski marathons like the SISU and the Birkie. I consider being my wife’s ski wax technician and assistant coach (she’s her own head coach, of course) one of my favorite hobbies, and we have a lot of fun traveling and including our kids in the places that either my summer bike races or my wife’s winter ski races take us as a family. In addition to the XC skiing, I also telemark ski as a fun way to enjoy Spirit Mountain with my family.

 

Memberships:

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association

 

Certifications:

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA):

           - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist [CSCS]

 

The information above is current as of May 2022.

 

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Lisa Kappes, PhD

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D. - Kinesiology (emphasis in motor behavior) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • M.S. - Clinical Exercise Physiology, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
  • B.S. - Physical Education PreK-12, University of Wisconsin, Superior

Academic Appointments and Experience:

The College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN):

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Physiology (2015-Present)
  • Academic Internship Coordinator for Exercise Phyiology (2019-Present)

Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN):

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance (One-Year Fixed-term 2013-2014)

The University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN):

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Kinesiology (2010-2013)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, U of M Physical Activities Program (PAP) (2010-2013)

Lake Regional Health System, Lake Regional Hospital (Osage Beach, MO)

  • Clinical Exercise Specialist, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department (2005-2010)
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist, Education Department (2005-2010)
    • BLS Instructor
    • Trim Kids Program Coordinator/Instructor

Exercise Physiology courses taught at St. Scholastica:

Undergraduate:

  • EXP 4436 Research Methods I
  • EXP 3334 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • EXP 4445 Internship

Graduate:

  • EXP 6521 Functional Anatomy (with Lab)
  • EXP 6536 Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • EXP 6538 Exercise Testing and Electrocardiography (with Lab)
  • EXP 6555 Internship

Athletic Training courses taught at St. Scholastica:

Graduate:

  • ATR 6012 Gross Anatomy and Human Physiology (with Lab)
  • ATR 5510 Functional Anatomy (with Lab)

Memberships:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Northland Chapter - American College of Sports Medicine (NACSM)
  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabiltation (AACVPR)
  • Minnesota Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabiltation (MNACVPR) 
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA)

Certifications/Licenses:

  • Clinical Exercise Specialist (ACSM)
  • NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (ACSM)
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
    • BLS Instructor
    • BLS Certification
    • First Aid Certification
    • ACLS Certification
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - PreK-12 Education License 
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services - Child Foster Care License
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Joseph Warpeha, Ph.D.

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D. - Kinesiology (emphasis in exercise physiology)
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

M.A. - Exercise Physiology
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota

B.S. - Marine Science (emphasis in marine geology)
Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida

Academic Appointments and Experience:

The College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN):
• Associate Professor, Department of Exercise Physiology (2015 - Present)
• Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise Physiology (2008 - 2015)
• Director, Exercise Physiology Laboratories (2008 - Present)

The University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN):
• Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Kinesiology (2003 - 2008)
• Lab Manager, Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science
(2005 - 2008)

Exercise Physiology Interest Areas:

• Strength, speed and power development
• Physiological testing and evaluation
• Cardiovascular adaptations to training
• Thermoregulation and exercise

Courses Taught at the College of St. Scholastica:

Undergraduate:

• EXP 3330 - Psychophysiology of Stress and Exercise (with lab)
• EXP 3342 - Strength Training and Conditioning
• EXP 4431 - Advanced Exercise Physiology (with lab)
• EXP 4436 - Research in Exercise Physiology

Graduate:

• EXP 6532 - Physiological Assessment (with lab)
• EXP 6536 - Clinical Exercise Physiology
• EXP 6538 - Exercise Testing and Electrocardiography (with lab)
• EXP 6542 - Strength Training and Conditioning (with lab)

Teaching Philosophy:

Lead by example. Yes, it is that simple. In the field of exercise physiology I believe "practicing what you preach" is critical to being able to communicate with students on a different, and crucial, level. I have always tried to model an active and physically responsible lifestyle by exercising and being physically active beyond what is minimally recommended for health. I believe this has enabled me to connect with people in a unique way. I have personally known too many academic exercise physiologists who could have avoided such health issues as stroke, heart disease, and hypertension but instead chose the philosophy of "Do as I say, not as I do." Additionally, it has been my observation that many college professors claim to teach students how to think under the guise of "critical thinking" but instead are only interested in teaching students to think what they think. Unfortunately, many students are told they are not thinking "critically" when they disagree or don't think the way their professor does. My philosophy is to teach students how to think and not what to think. I welcome, and encourage, differing thoughts and perspectives.

Personal Information:

I was born and raised in the Chicago area and first came to Duluth for my masters degree in exercise physiology at the College of St. Scholastica. While finishing my doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis I decided to return to Duluth. I am a nature enthusiast and enjoy fishing, among other outdoor pursuits. Anything related to weather or the earth sciences is very interesting to me (my undergraduate degree is in marine geology). I have been a competitive powerlifter since 1997 and remain active in the sport as a competitor, coach, meet director, referee, USA Powerlifting Executive Committee member, and state chairman of USA Powerlifting of Minnesota. It was my involvement in powerlifting that first sparked my interest in the physiology of exercise, physical activity, and sport. I also enjoy running and have completed races ranging from 5K to the marathon.

Memberships:

• American College of Sports Medicine
• Clinical Exercise Physiology Association
• National Strength and Conditioning Association
• USA Powerlifting

Certifications:

• American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM):
           - Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist [RCEP]
           - Clinical Exercise Specialist [CES]
           - Health Fitness Specialist [HFS]
• National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA):
           - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist [CSCS]
           - Certified Personal Trainer [CPT]
• USA Powerlifting (USAPL) / International Powerlifting Federation (IPF):
           - Category I International Referee
• USA Track and Field (USATF):
           - Level 1 Coach
• USA Weightlifting (USAW):
           - Level 1 Coach

The information above is current as of August, 2015.

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