Dietetics lab

Phillips Hall Facilities

History Highlights

Part of the larger College of Education, Health & Society, Phillips Hall houses all the majors in the kinesiology and health department.  The building itself, originally built in 1962 to replace Herron Gymnasium, was named after Margaret E. Phillips the chair of the Department of Physical Education for Women between 1921 and 1961.

Anatomy Lab

The Anatomy Lab houses the Anatomage Virtual Cadaver table, skeletal and muscular models, and is equipped with Smartboard technology.

Athletic Training Lab

The Athletic Training lab is home to both the Athletic Training classes and hands-on laboratory classes.  The Meti-Man computerized patient simulator resides in the Athletic Training lab.  State-of-the-art modalities including: cold laser, decompression traction table, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, whirlpool, cold and hot pacs, allow this Athletic Training lab room to rival most high caliber college athletic training rooms.

Body Composition Lab

Research includes use of the InBody 770 to assess body composition total body water, protein, minerals, body fat mass, edema, visceral fat, and BMI in volunteers who previously completed multiple health and fitness tests and audiology screening to determine relationships between hearing and biomarkers of health, particularly body water and body composition.  Also, athletes at Miami University receive a full health screening including blood lipid profile, blood glucose, blood pressure and body composition. Body composition is assessed with several different methodologies in the Body Composition Lab.

  • Air Displacement Plethysmography System (Bod Pod )
  • InBody 770 Body Composition analyzer
  • Tanita Body Composition Analyzer
  • Lange skinfold calipers

Dietetics Lab

Students prepare and analyze food using 16 cooking stations with equipment designed to test food texture, macro and micro nutrient content, vitamin analyses, etc.  This laboratory has state-of-the-art technology including IPads for every station, overhead cameras for a demonstration unit, and an adjacent room that can be used for classroom instruction or dining. 

Dance Studio

The dance studio is equipped with a full-length mirroed wall, acoustic sound paneling, surround sound system, and a padded Marley surface floor.

Health Psychology Research Lab

Current research examines college student health, with a focus on both addictive/harmful behaviors (alcohol use, disordered eating, unsafe and unwanted sexual behavior) and prosocial activities (women’s leadership, life satisfaction, and scholastic achievement). Most recently, our research explored the impact of Thursday drinking on academic consequences.  In addition, several of our studies assessed the relationship between Drunkoexia and other variables. Breathalyzers are utilized in the field work and advanced statistical methods (e.g., structural equation modeling, latent class analysis, social network analysis) in examinations. 

Human Performance Lab

Research and service projects include biometric screening for all athletes, the impact of exercise on hearing, physical activity in children, and the potential impact of treadmill workstations on health and function.

Equipment includes:

  • Four ParvoMedics Metabolic Measurement Systems
  • Three Electrocardiograph Systems
  • Blood Chemistry Equipment
  • -80°C Freezer
  • Portable Oxygen Analyzer
  • Various Treadmills & Exercise Bikes
  • Heartrate Monitors, Pedometers, Accelerometer

Vascular Lab

Current research is focused on the investigation of lifestyle strategies to improve vascular health and function.

Equipment includes:

  • Terason uSmart 3300 Portable Ultrasound System
  • Hokanson Rapid Cuff Inflation System

Motor Behavior Lab

Current research includes looking at the impact of postural adjustments on maintaining balance, jumping/landing mechanics in females, and ways to help the elderly avoid falls.  The equipment allows for analysis of movement, force production, reaction time and electrical activity in muscle.

Equipment includes:

  • Bertec force platform
  • Noraxon EMG system
  • Senix motion analysis system
  • Isokinetic dynamometer
  • Devices for measuring reaction and movement time

Muscle Physiology Lab

Current research includes a variety of projects investigating muscle strength, muscle endurance and caloric expenditure following different modes of exercise, injury prevention during jumping, nerve and muscle activities before, during and after an explosive exercise, and motion analyses of sport performance.

Equipment includes:

  • Magnum Resistance Training Equipment
  • Various Cardiovascular Exercise Equipment

Racquetball Courts 

Phillips Hall houses 6 racquetball courts that are used for classes and free play.

Sensory Lab

The new Food Sensory Lab in the Nutrition and Dietetics program involves interdisciplinary research using sensory technology in Sensory Analysis Booths.  Nutrition students gain a deep understanding for how specific ingredients, packaging, processes and environments influence the sensory properties of foods. This technology includes individual testing booths equipped with access windows, controlled lighting, a customized exhaust system and use of industry technology for data collection and analysis.

Three-Court Gymnasium

The Phillips Hall Gym is used for Borderline Volleyball, REC Center extra-curricular scheduled activities, Social Dance classes, and the Department of Psychology's HIVE unit-virtual reality field.

Wet Lab

Current research is focused on the relationships among age, physical activity level, and skeletal muscle inflammation.  Elevated skeletal muscle inflammation has been linked to the development of type II diabetes and age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia).

  • BioRad ChemiDoc MP Imaging System
  • BioTek Synergy HT Micro-Plate Reader
  • Tuttnauer-Brinkmann Analytic Scale
  • Thermo-Scientific Revco ExF Ultra-Low Freezer
  • Refrigerated centrifuge and micro-centrifuge
  • BioRad Power Pac HC