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Dr. Joseph Siu Awarded the SAHP Excellence in Research Award

Dr. Kyvelidou’s research on Autism featured on the local news

Congratulations to undergraduates Jessica Renz and Whitney Korgan

BRB students awarded travel grants to attend World Congress of Biomechanics

Mike Hough awarded Meritorious Graduate Poster

BRB Graduate Students awarded with research grants

Dr. Shane Wurdeman awarded best lecture at the AAOP meeting

UCRCA Awards in the BRB

Dr. Myers presents her work at UNMC

BRB is the focus of the COE Happenings magazine

Winter Graduation at UNO

UNO hosts the 4th Annual High School Athletic Training Day

Dr. Myers elected a CUR Councilor

Mrs. Ruth Scott visits us at the BRB

Dr. Mark Grabiner visits the BRB

Dr. Myers and Dr. Yentes participate in the College of Education Research and Creative Activity Showcase

Dr. Richard Casaburi visits BRB

Dr. Sara Myers shares her work with the Kiwanis

The BRB visits NASA!

Dr. Barbara Ainsworth visits BRB

Dr. Stergiou is honored with the Distinguished Community Research Chair in Biomechanics

UNO dedicates the Biomechanics Research Building

Omaha is the host city for the American Society of Biomechanics 2013 Meeting

Dr. Stergiou and collaborators film a local television show

Master's graduate, Troy Rand, earns Thesis Award

Master's student, Alek Diffendaffer, awarded with a GRACA grant

Undergraduate, Whitney Korgan, awarded with a FUSE grant

Jenna Yentes is awarded with a Nebraska EPSCoR grant

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Dr. Joseph Siu Awarded the SAHP Excellence in Research Award
On April 30th, Dr. Siu was awarded the annual research award for the School of Allied Health Professions through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. One recipient for the entire school is selected per year based on the research productivity, accomplishments and contributions to the School of Allied Health Professions at UNMC. Congratulations, Dr. Siu.

Dr. Siu

Dr. Kyvelidou’s research on Autism featured on the local news
Dr. Anastasia Kyvelidou’s work investigating new techniques for early diagnosis of autism spectral disorders has perked the interest of many. KETV, a local news station, aired a special segment on March 11th featuring Dr. Kyvelidou’s work. The video and article can be read here, http://www.ketv.com/news/researchers-seek-early-detection-for-autism/24928100.

Congratulations to undergraduates Jessica Renz and Whitney Korgan
Both Jessica and Whitney have worked in our lab for 3-4 years and have recently been accepted to the physical therapy program at Washington University in St. Louis. This program is rated #1 in the country and only 80 students are accepted every year. On top of that, they were BOTH awarded with an assistantship out of six total assistantships!! Congratulations to them both!

Jessica Renz and Whitney Korgan

BRB students awarded travel grants to attend World Congress of Biomechanics
Three students from the BRB, Ryan Hasenkamp, Eric Pisciotta, and Bryon Applequist received travel grants from the American Society of Biomechanics to attend the World Congress meeting in July. The 7th World Congress of Biomechanics meeting is an international meeting held once every four years. This, the 7th WCB, will once again bring together engineers, scientists from various disciplines including biology, physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry and various clinical specialties. The meeting takes place this year in Boston from July 6-11.

Mike Hough awarded Meritorious Graduate Poster
Every year the University of Nebraska at Omaha Office of Creative Activity and Research sponsors a student research and creative activity fair. Over 400 abstracts and creative works were presented at the 2014 fair. Master’s student, Mike Hough, was awarded the Meritorious Graduate Poster at the 2014 fair. Congratulations, Mike!

BRB Graduate Students awarded with research grants
UNO awards several Graduate Research and Creative Activity Awards each year. Several of the BRB Graduate students have been awarded with this $5000 award for the 2014-2015 school year. Doctoral student, Troy Rand, received his grant to perform a study that compares the effects of virtual reality on stride symmetry in stroke survivors. Doctoral student, Bryon Applequist, received a grant to perform a study to determine the baseline lower extremity muscle function differences in patients with peripheral arterial disease and healthy controls. Master’s student, Michael Hough, [provisionally] received a grant to investigate the training and retention effects of gait rehabilitation using an auditory stimulus. Masters’s students, Eric Pisciottia and Josh Pickhinke, also received GRACA awards for their work as well.

Dr. Shane Wurdeman awarded best lecture at the AAOP meeting
Dr. Shane Wurdeman, a part-time lecturer in the BRB, was awarded best lecture at the 2014 American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists meeting. His research was selected to be presented as one of the Thranhardt Lectures at the meeting. The audience then submits votes for the best lecture and he received the greatest number of votes! This is a great honor as there are not many prosthetists with a PhD in biomechanics. The Thranhardt Lectures are one of the most popular and anticipated events at the Academy Annual Meeting. Thranhardt Lecture finalists will present their research beginning at 8:00 am Thursday morning. The Thranhardt Lecture Honorarium was established by Hanger, Inc. in memory of Howard R. Thranhardt, CP. The Thranhardt Lectures highlight clinical findings, research, statistical analysis, and results.

UCRCA Awards in the BRB
Several of the BRB students have been awarded with a University Committee on Research and Creative Activity Award over the 2013-2014 school year. These are $500 awards for various research endeavors. Doctoral student, Troy Rand, received his grant to perform his research focusing on balance and fall risk. This award will provide the lab with a virtual reality headset to be used in this and other research. In addition, Eric Pisciottia and Josh Pickhinke (Master’s students), received this award to support their research.

Dr. Myers presents her work at UNMC
Sara Myers presented "The Biomechanics of Peripheral Arterial Disease" at the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology seminar on January 10th, 2014. She was also able to meet with several faculty members in the department, including Drs. Erika Boesen, Paras Mishra, Hanjun Wang and Irving Zucker.

BRB is the focus of the COE Happenings magazine
Check out the latest College of Education Happenings magazine here, http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-education/about/news/happenings/assets_l/pdf/happenings-winter-14.pdf. We are proud to have made the cover and are the topic of several articles!

Winter Graduation at UNO
In December of 2013, Dr. Joshua Haworth (defense July 2013), Dr. Jenna Yentes (defense August 2013), and Dr. Shane Wurdeman (defense October 2013) were hooded during the UNO Graduation ceremony. This is a great accomplishment for these three students who have spent 4-5 years working on finishing their degrees. Dr. Haworth is currently employed as a postdoc at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Shane Wurdeman is a clinician at an Omaha prosthetics company as well as a Lecturer at UNO. Dr. Jenna Yentes is currently a full-time instructor at UNO and will be an Assistant Professor at UNO starting Fall of 2014.

Dean Edick, Dr. Haworth, Dr. Stergiou

Dean Edick, Dr. Wurdeman, Dr. Stergiou

Dr. Sara Myers, Dr. Yentes, Dr. Stergiou

 

UNO hosts the 4th Annual High School Athletic Training Day
The BRB was honored to be part of the High School Athletic Training Day again in December of 2013. Almost 50 students from area high schools come to UNO to learn about the career of athletic training and how to get involved. The BRB demos motion capture, balance testing, strength testing, and virtual reality. Students love participating!

Students observing strength testing.

Motion capture demonstration.

 

Dr. Myers elected a CUR Councilor
Sara Myers has recently been elected a CUR Councilor in the Health Sciences Division. CUR is the Council on Undergraduate Research and it is a National organization whose mission is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. CUR Councilors represent a specific division and are eligible to vote for Divisional Councilors in that division. As part of this role, I will travel to the annual CUR business meeting, located in Washington DC.

Mrs. Ruth Scott visits us at the BRB
We were honored to have Mrs. Scott stop by for a lunch with the NU Foundation, the College of Education Dean, and Dr. Stergiou. They enjoyed a lovely lunch and she was able to tour the building and see her donation hard at work! Dr. Stergiou presented her with a gift, a lovely book with pictures from the building dedication.

Mrs. Scott and Dr. Stergiou

 

Dr. Mark Grabiner visits the BRB
On Friday, November 15, 2013, Dr. Mark Grabiner from the University of Illinois, Chicago visited the BRB. He presented a talked entitled, "An evidence-based approach to the design of a task-specific fall prevention intervention" in the department seminar as well as toured the facilities and met with several of the faculty. Dr. Grabiner's primary research interest involves characterizing the modifiable mechanisms underlying falls and injuries by older adults, and translating these findings to the design, development and deployment of clinically-relevant technologies and interventions. He has published over 135 refereed publications and has contributed to 10 books. His interdisciplinary research has received federal, industry and foundation funding.

Dr. Stergiou and Dr. Grabiner

Dr. Myers and Dr. Yentes participate in the College of Education Research and Creative Activity Showcase
On November 15, 2013 Jenna Yentes and Sara Myers participated in the College of education Research and Creative Activity Showcase, discussing their research interests in functional health of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Peripheral Arterial Disease, respectively.

Dr. Richard Casaburi visits BRB.
Dr. Casaburi was the guest speaker for the departmental journal club on November 6, 2014. Dr. Casaburi is a Professor of Medicine and the Associate Chief of Research for the Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Physiology & Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Casaburi is an internationally renowned expert in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He enjoyed an afternoon of tours of the exercise physiology and biomechanics laboratories in addition to giving his talk. Dr. Casaburi was named the 2013 Kass Lecturer in the Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy department at UNMC.

Drs. Yentes, Casaburi and Stergiou

 

Dr. Sara Myers shares her work with the Kiwanis
On October 30th, 2013 Sara Myers spoke for the West Omaha Chapter of the Kiwanis. She presented the ongoing research in the Biomechanics Research Building, showcased the laboratories within the new building and also presented some specific research studies of interest to the group.

The BRB visits NASA!
In October 2013, Dr. Mukherjee and doctoral candidate, JC Chien, traveled to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas for five days. The purpose of their travel was to investigate the effect of vibrotactile stimulation in a perturbed walking environment. Part of the data was collected here at the BRB and part of the data was collected in Houston. The results of this study might be benefit for astronauts to adapt rapidly from one to another different gravity environment. The work from this study is funded by NASA EPSCoR.

JC Chien supervises data collection at the NASA lab.

From left to right: Dr. Jacob Bloomberg, Dr. Brian Peters, JC Chien, Dr. Scott-Pandorff, Dr. Mukherjee

Dr. Barbara Ainsworth visits BRB
On Friday, October 11, 2013, Dr. Barbara Ainsworth from Arizona State University visited UNO. She presented a talk in the departmental seminar as well as touring the facilities. She met with several faculty and provided feedback on several research projects. Dr. Ainsworth is a renowned exercise physiologist and former president of the American College of Sports Medicine. Her research interests include the assessment of physical activity, physical activity and public health and physical activity in women. She has been well funded through federal sources as well as private foundations. Dr. Ainsworth has been recognized through various awards from the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Dr. Stergiou with Dr. Ainsworth

Dr. Stergiou is honored with the Distinguished Community Research Chair in Biomechanics
During the dedication ceremony of the new Biomechanics Research Building, Ruth and Bill Scott presented Dr. Stergiou with a new distinction. Dr. Stergiou was awarded with an endowment for the Director of the building as the Distinguished Community Research Chair in Biomechanics. Congratulations, Nick!

Mrs. Ruth Scott with Dr. Stergiou as the College of Education Dean, Dr. Nancy Edick, looks on.

On September 5, 2013, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the NU Foundation dedicated a 23,000 square foot building for research in biomechanics. This building boasts seven laboratories, a library, conference rooms, offices, work stations and more. This is the first building dedicated solely to research on the campus of UNO. Furthermore, this is the only building of its kind in the world (or at least that we know of)! The dedication was attended by over 200 friends, family, faculty, staff and members from the community. This building would not be possible without our wonderful benefactors, Ruth and Bill Scott of Omaha, Nebraska.

Mr. and Mrs. Scott with Dr. and Mrs. Stergiou.

Elvis is alive and well and using our state-of-the-art AMTI treadmill!

From left to right: Mr. Scott, Elvis, Mrs. Scott, Dr. Stergiou, UNMC Professor in the Department of Surgery, Dr. Mark Carlson, and UNMC Dean of Nursing, Dr. Juliann Sebastian.

Omaha is the host city for the American Society of Biomechanics 2013 Meeting
From September 4-7, 2013, Omaha was the host to 662 biomechanists from all over the world for the annual meeting of ASB. The conference was held at the CenturyLink Center and the Hilton Omaha hotel in downtown Omaha. Highlights of the conference include tours of Creighton University's Physical Therapy lab and UNO's Biomechanics Research Building. Tutorials included topics on nonlinear analysis of movement and using robots to increase STEM teaching in the classroom. Keynote speakers were Dr. Nicholaas Bohnen from the University of Michigan, Dr. Taija Finni from the University of Jyväskylä, and Dr. Shane Farritor from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The conference was topped off with the banquet dinner at the largest zoo in the United States, the Henry Doorly Zoo.

Attendees enjoyed a very diverse program. In the picture: Dr. Bigelow and students are listening very carefully.

The tutorial on robots in STEM education was a blast!

Poster sessions were just as lively! In the picture: Dr. Derrick hard at work!!

Attendees enjoying the zoo! In the picture: The animals loved Dr. Kram's orange shoes!!

Dr. Stergiou and collaborators film a local television show
Dr. Stergiou along with Drs. Stephen Rennard and Iraklis Pipinos filmed an episode of the local television show, Consider This, in August 2013. The show discuss the impact of the new Biomechanics Research Building on the research environment in Omaha and on the field of Biomechanics. , You can watch the show here

Master's graduate, Troy Rand, earns Thesis Award
Troy Rand's thesis, "An investigation into the nonlinear dynamics of center of pressure and fall risk in the elderly" was awarded the Elton S Carter award for excellence in a Master's thesis. This award is given to the best thesis of the year throughout the UNO campus.

Master's student, Alek Diffendaffer, awarded with a GRACA grant
Alek Diffendaffer received a Graduate Research and Creative Activity grant (GRACA) for the 2013-2014 school year. For this award he proposed to compare joint torques and powers during overground versus treadmill walking in patients with peripheral arterial disease. This is a $5000 awarded funded through a program at UNO.

Undergraduate, Whitney Korgan, awarded with a FUSE grant
When females enter puberty, they are much more likely to experience sports related injuries compared to their age matched male counterparts. Particularly, they are 3-8 times more likely to experience an ACL injury. Part of the problem is lack of strength training, lack of equipment and possible risk of younger women and weights. Whitney's FUSE grant investigates the effect of an 8-week, elastic band workout program in hopes of improving landing balance and strength in preadolescent females. FUSE is the Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experience and is a program funded through UNO.

Jenna Yentes is awarded with a Nebraska EPSCoR grant
NASA EPSCoR awarded a grant to Jenna Yentes to further her work in investigating algorithms to measure entropy in human movement. As part of this grant, Master's student, Josh Pickhinke, will be assisting in data collections and analysis. In addition to this, our project involves working with Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago, Nebraska. Six to 10 students will travel to the Biomechanics Research Building on the campus of UNO for a day. They will have hands-on experience. Be able to discuss STEM education with other faculty, graduate students and even undergraduate students that work within the building. Our goal is to encourage these students to continue their education and further, to choose a STEM-related field for a career.

Jenna and Josh