A $2 million grant to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), with Dr. Sara Myers as the lead investigator, is funding first-of-its-kind research that could have an enormous impact on the more than 8 million Americans affected by a serious disease.
Over the next five years, Sara Myers, Biomechanics professor and assistant vice chancellor for Research and Creative Activity, will investigate whether an ankle support device improves outcomes for patients with peripheral artery disease.
The Center for Research in Human Movement Variability, housed in the Department of Biomechanics, successfully hosted the inaugural Human Movement Variability Conference on June 8, 2016 at the Scott Conference Center. The conference had the very first Barry T. Bates Keynote Speaker, Dr. Andreas Daffertshofer from VU University in Amsterdam. In attendance were Barry T. Bates, who the Keynote Speaker is named for, Dr. Janet Dufek, members of the external advisory committee for the Center, Faculty Members, Students, and Community Members. The conference was a great success and we are looking forward to next year!
- The Chair of UNO’s Biomechanics Department, Nick Stergiou, PhD, was in Portugal mid-April through mid-May 2016. His research in human movement variability has taken him to countries on four different continents, but this was his first Fulbright experience. Stergiou has wanted to apply to the program for years, but struggled with the idea of leaving his laboratory for an entire year. Then he learned that the Fulbright program offers funding for shorter experiences, lasting a few weeks to a month. At colleagues’ encouragement, Stergiou applied. Not long after, he was selected for a Fulbright Specialist grant in Public/Global Health at Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Portugal. Excellent work Dr. Stergiou!
Dr. Wurdeman was awarded UNMC's 2015 Chancellor Harold & Beverly Maurer "Excellence and Promise" Prize. Recipients are selected for their accomplishments to date and their personal and professional potential for contributing to the field of public health. Recipients are nominated by either their academic advisor or Department Chair. This award is presented annually at UNMC's College of Public Health Annual Awards Dinner, and is scheduled to be held this year on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Congratulations, Dr. Wurdeman!
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.
Jordan Freeman is a student at the UNO Biomechanics Research Building. Jordan was awarded the Georgians for Nebraska Scholarship. This is a scholarship that helps high school Georgian students with scholarships to attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Jordan has a sense of an education being a high importance. This is reflected by him having the honor to be on the Fall 2013 Chancellor’s list. He was also on the Spring 2014 Dean’s list. Jordan recently was inducted to the Phi Kappa Phi Society. Aside from his research and dedicated time to his studies, he is well rounded by balancing many other responsibilities.
Over summer 2014 Sara Myers, the Assistant Director of the Biomechanics Research Building and Assistant Professor of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, gave numerous talks to the community. Four will be highlighted.
The first was a lecture to the Downtown Rotary Club of Omaha entitled: “Research that shapes the future of health care” on June 11, 2014. The second lecture was to the Greater Omaha Kiwanis group entitled: “Research that shapes the future of health care” on June 9, 2014. The third lecture was at the Science Cafe on August 12, 2004, it was titled Biomechanics Research: Improving Treatment and Rehabilitation Practices. The fourth lecture was at Golden Kiwanis club entitled: "Research that shapes the future of health care on August 5, 2014.
Sara, as well as any of our Faculty from the UNO Biomechanics Research Building, are thrilled and honored to give community talks informing anyone who is interested in learning about the on going and exciting research taking place.
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.
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!
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. Master’s students, Eric Pisciottia and Josh Pickhinke, also received GRACA awards for their work as well.
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.
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.
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.
Check out the most recent of UNO's College of Education's Happenings Magazine. The issue focused on the new Biomechanics Research Building, its students and current research projects. We are proud to have our accomplishments highlighted and shared with the community!
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!
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.
Jeff Kaipust was featured in an article, “Walking on Water” written by Rick Davis in the UNO Alumni Magazine (http://unoalumni.
Melissa Scott-Pandorf, a UNO graduate, is an exercise scientist for NASA. She was recently featured in the UNO Alumni Magazine, http://unoalumni.
Dr. Stergiou was interviewed on the 25th of June at about 11:45 on a very popular Greek morning show, Live U, with Ms. Tsapanidou, https://www.youtube.com/watch?
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