COBRE Phase II Faculty Recruit, Dr. David Kingston shares updates on his first semester at UNO
My first semester as a faculty recruit in the MOVCENTR and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomechanics at UNO has exceeded expectations. It has been no surprise that starting a research career in human movement science during COVID-19 restrictions has provided some unique challenges, but the support from colleagues and administration has been immense; for that I am thankful. One of my most exciting developments has been building a relationship with clinicians at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center only a few kilometers West of the Biomechanics Research Building. In partnership with the Movement Analysis Core of the Center for Research in Human Movement Variability (MOVCENTR), we are providing clinical gait analyses for children with cerebral palsy prior to surgical interventions to improve their mobility. This provides an incredible opportunity to explore novel rehabilitation interventions and perform long-term outcome measurements using the world-class facilities and expertise available. In addition, I’m excited to continue another line of research investigating how non-weight bearing prescriptions, in persons with diabetes at risk for foot ulceration, is accomplished and what implications there are to movement when using diverse walking aids.
Nonlinear Analysis Core Director, Dr. Jenna Yentes hosted an internationally attended workshop
October was a busy month for the Nonlinear Analysis Core (NONAN). We hosted a four-day workshop for a group overseas and an open webinar on Entropy. We had over 100 persons register for the webinar with 50% attendance! The webinar covered the background and math of entropy analysis in human movement variability. Much of the time was focused on application and considerations. The NONAN is very excited about multivariate multiscale sample entropy. It has had limited usage in human movement variability so far and we are looking for project leaders interested in learning more about it. We believe this approach may provide a more robust quantification of complexity across a system.
COBRE Phase II Junior Investigator, Dr. Philippe Malcolm was featured for his publication in Public Library of Science (PLOS)
His research on fluctuations in oxygen cost while walking was featured in the media. Using recordings from muscle sensors and an advanced 3D camera system, combined with software developed by the NIH National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research and Stanford University, UNO researchers compared different equations for estimating fluctuations in oxygen cost within the walking cycle. The full story can be found here.
- Nonlinear Analysis Core Webinar on Surrogation, February 18, 2021, 1-3PM CST. Register at cobre.unomaha.edu.
- The Sixth Annual Conference in Human Movement Variability will take place May 20-21, 2021. Abstract submission is open from November 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021
- The 2021 Annual Nonlinear Analysis Workshop will be held July 26-30, 2021.