Chris Womack was honored for the passion he holds for teaching and research. He is known for offering challenging and enjoyable courses to undergraduates and graduates and for using multiple approaches to help students understand difficult concepts. He also regularly involves students in his work as a teacher and researcher. His research on blood coagulation (clotting) and fibrinolytic (clot dissolving) responses and adaptation to exercise is at the cutting edge of exercise physiology. His most recent projects on the interaction between genetic traits and exercise interventions have helped inform physicians, coaches, teachers about risks for stroke and heart disease and the extent to which exercise can help minimize those risks.