W. Larry Kenney

Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology

W. Larry Kenney

Research Summary

Environmental and exercise physiology, particularly human thermoregulation, skin blood flow, and the biophysics of heat exchange.

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Heat Hot Temperature Temperature Skin Heat Shock Response Health Physical Activity Exercise Heating Light Project Nitric Oxide Morbidity Blood Pressure Young Adult Mortality Sweating Vasodilation Index Folic Acid Blood Vessels Pressure Climate Maintenance Skin Temperature

Most Recent Publications

Dam health effects: Drinking water salinity is a key risk factor for hypertension and dilute urine among Daasanach pastoralists in Northern Kenya

A Rosinger, William Kenney,

Relatively minor influence of individual characteristics on critical wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT) limits during light activity in young adults (PSU HEAT Project)

S. Tony Wolf, George Havenith, W. Larry Kenney, 2023, Journal of Applied Physiology on p. 1216-1223

Importance of hyperthermic hyperventilation

W. Larry Kenney, 2023, Journal of Applied Physiology on p. 130

Adverse heat-health outcomes and critical environmental limits (Pennsylvania State University Human Environmental Age Thresholds project)

S. Tony Wolf, Daniel J. Vecellio, W. Larry Kenney, 2023, American Journal of Human Biology

Core temperature responses to compensable versus uncompensable heat stress in young adults (PSU HEAT Project)

Rachel M. Cottle, Zachary S. Lichter, Daniel J. Vecellio, S. Tony Wolf, W. Larry Kenney, 2022, Journal of Applied Physiology on p. 1011-1018

Thermal physiology, more relevant than ever before

W. Larry Kenney, George Havenith, Ollie Jay, 2022, Journal of Applied Physiology on p. 676-678

Skin pigmentation is negatively associated with circulating vitamin D concentration and cutaneous microvascular endothelial function

S Wolf, G Dillon, Lacy Alexander, Nina G. Jablonski, W. Larry Kenney, 2022, American Journal of Physiology on p. 490-498

Daniel Vecellio, S. Wolf, Rachel Cottle, William Kenney, 2022, International Journal of Biometeorology on p. 1759-1769

Systemic Cardiovascular Adjustments during Recovery from Passive Heat Stress

Emily A. Larson, Brendan W. Kaiser, Emma L. Reed, Brandon M. Gibson, Jessica K. Atencio, Christopher L. Chapman, W. Larry Kenney, John R. Halliwill, Christopher T. Minson, 2022, FASEB Journal

Most-Cited Papers

Brendon P. McDermott, Scott A. Anderson, Lawrence E. Armstrong, Douglas J. Casa, Samuel N. Cheuvront, Larry Cooper, W. Larry Kenney, Francis G. O'Connor, William O. Roberts, 2017, Journal of Athletic Training on p. 877-895

W. Larry Kenney, Daniel H. Craighead, Lacy M. Alexander, 2014, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise on p. 1891-1899

Anna E. Stanhewicz, W. Larry Kenney, 2017, Nutrition Reviews on p. 61-70

C Smith, Lacy Alexander, W. Larry Kenney, 2013, American Journal of Physiology on p. R877-R885

Jody L. Greaney, W. Larry Kenney, Lacy M. Alexander, 2015, Journal of the Autonomic Nervous System on p. 81-90

Anna E. Stanhewicz, W. Larry Kenney, 2015, Nutrition Reviews on p. 73-82

Anna E. Stanhewicz, Lacy M. Alexander, W. Larry Kenney, 2015, Clinical Science on p. 159-167

Rebecca S. Bruning, Jessica D. Dahmus, W. Larry Kenney, Lacy M. Alexander, 2013, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise on p. 674-682

Caroline J. Smith, W. Larry Kenney, Lacy M. Alexander, 2013, American Journal of Physiology on p. R566-R573

William Kenney, Anna E. Stanhewicz, Rebecca S. Bruning, L.M. Alexander , Lacy M. Alexander, 2013, European Journal of Applied Physiology on p. 467-479

News Articles Featuring W. Larry Kenney

Sweating keeps you cool, but climate change is making it harder

Our bodies couldn't endure the summer heat without sweating. But as the climate gets hotter, sweat isn't cooling us off like it used to.

Hot and getting hotter – 5 essential reads on high temps and human bodies

Launching the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and the heat.gov site on July 26, 2022, the Biden administration cited heat waves and the warming climate as serious health threats.

Why you need to worry about the ‘wet-bulb temperature’

Scientists think we need to pay attention to a measure of heat and humidity – and it’s edging closer to the limits of human survivability

Will Hot Drinks Keep You Cool on Hot Days?

Or is the idea an old wives' tale?

Unprecedented Heat And Stressed Grids Make Dangerous Power Outages Increasingly Likely

The electric bill Chantel Watkins pays every month costs more than a week of groceries for her family of four. Yet at any given moment, the power might flicker off, setting in motion a series of expensive and potentially deadly events.

Why Extreme Heat Is So Bad for the Human Body

Blistering temperatures aren’t just uncomfortable. They can quickly escalate to become life-threatening: According to data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers, more than 700 people nationwide died from heat-related causes annually from 2004 to 2018.

Equilibrium/Sustainability — Wind farm targets picturesque Spanish seascape

The jagged Mediterranean shores from which Salvador Dalí produced some of his most celebrated work may soon become host to a disputed wind farm. Spanish government officials are preparing to approve the construction of a massive floating wind farm offshore of Port Lligat, a town about 100 miles north of Barcelona, The New York Times reported.

Why 100-degree heat is so dangerous in the United Kingdom

This week, it was hotter than ever in the United Kingdom. On Tuesday, parts of England hit a temperature above 40 degrees Celsius – or 104 degrees Fahrenheit — a first in the U.K.'s recorded history.

Young, healthy adults are vulnerable to high heat and humidity, too, Penn State study finds

The sun is blazing. The temperature is rising. You’re soaked with sweat. Ugh. But is it more than a matter of discomfort? Researchers at Pennsylvania State University are finding out that we humans can’t withstand as much heat and humidity as once thought.

How hot is too hot for humans? The answer depends on more than the temperature.

Heat waves are becoming supercharged as the climate changes — lasting longer, becoming more frequent, and getting just plain hotter. One question a lot of people are asking is: “When will it get too hot for normal daily activity as we know it, even for young, healthy adults?”