As he works hard to prepare Loras students for their future careers in health sciences, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Biology Keith Thraen-Borowski earned recognition from professors that prepared him.
Thraen-Borowski was inducted into the Illinois State University Academy of Achievement on April 11. He was one of seven alumni from the school to receive the honor from the College of Applied Science and Technology.
“I never would have guessed that this would actually happen,” he said. “Nominations are nice but the reality of this actually happening…give me a break!”
According to ISU, the honor is bestowed to graduates within the past 20 years who have demonstrated significant contributions to a chosen profession/community and commitment to Illinois State following graduation.
“For me, the coolest part was just the fact that these people who helped me discover my passion and want to do this were the people who nominated me. I feel like I am just getting started, so this feels even less real.”
Thraen-Borowski graduated from ISU in 2001, but has stayed in touch with his alma mater and still works with the department of kinesiology. That continued contact led to this current honor.
“In 2016, my undergrad professors selected me as their distinguished alumnus for Alumni Day over Homecoming weekend. It sounds like couple of people nominated me for that and then started considering the Academy of Achievement honor as they put my bio and achievements together. I did not know I was nominated and I was caught completely off-guard.”
Thraen-Borowski is the director of the Cancer Research in Exercise Science (CARES) Lab and has been teaching at Loras since 2016. He is the co-chair of the National Cancer Interest Group for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and has won the ACSM’s Cancer Interest Group Research Award twice. He has also founded and organized the world’s largest Exercise Oncology conference to date (ExOncTC).
He received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. He then completed a Postdoc in physical activity & cancer epidemiology in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016, followed by a fellowship in supportive oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
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