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Birnbaum, Larry
Larry Birnbaum
Adjunct Faculty
Exercise Physiology
Office: BWC240
Phone: (218) 723-6621
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Cole Funk
Adjunct Faculty
Graduate Exercise Physiology
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Grenberg, Ryan
Ryan Grenberg
Assistant Professor, Lab Director EXP
Exercise Physiology
Office: BWC238
Phone: (218) 625-4819
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Kappes, Lisa
Lisa Kappes
Asst. Professor, EXP
Exercise Physiology
Office: BWC239
Phone: (218) 723-6297
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Muer, Jessica
Jessica Muer
Assistant Professor-Exercise Physiology
Graduate Exercise Physiology
Office: BWC 237
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Warpeha, Joseph
Joe Warpeha
Assoc Professor and Chair, EXP
Exercise Physiology
Office: BWC236
Phone: (218) 625-4928

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.


Ryan Grenberg,


Lisa Kappes, PhD

Academic Degrees:

Academic Appointments and Experience:

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

Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN):

The University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN):

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

Exercise Physiology courses taught at St. Scholastica:



Athletic Training courses taught at St. Scholastica:





Jessica Muer,


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:


• 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


• 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.


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


• 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.