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Meet Your Executive – Marco Vaz, Affiliate Societies Liaison Officer

Posted on July 19, 2010

The first time I heard the word Biomechanics was during my BSc in Physical Education at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. We had a course called Kinesiology and Biomechanics on the fourth semester that was taught by Prof. Antônio Carlos Stringhini Guimarães. “Tony”, as he was known by his friends, did his MSc in biomechanics of swimming under the supervision of James Hay in Iowa, and for some reason Iowa was the first link connecting us. In 1981, during my first high school year, I went to Iowa for a six-month exchange program. Although I did not meet Tony then, I lived in Slater, a small town near the Capital Des Moines, and I had a chance to pass nearby Iowa City.

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Nike Award for Athletic Footwear Research

Posted on July 19, 2010

Nike, Inc. sponsors a prize of US$25,000 on a biennial basis to encourage research on athletic footwear. The topic for the 2011 competition will be:
Enhancing sport performance (biomechanical and/or physiological) with the use of athletic footwear.

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Emerging Scientist Award in Motor Control

Posted on July 19, 2010

It is with great pleasure that I am announcing a new award starting with the ISB 2011 in Brussels. The award will be the first of its kind aimed at senior graduate students (typically doctoral students towards the end of their graduate career).

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Student Travel Grant Report – Erica Beaucage-Gauvreau

Posted on July 19, 2010

It was with great pleasure that I opened the email from Dr. Peter Milburn last February announcing that I had been awarded a Student Travel Grant.  After receiving this great news, my supervisor, Dr. Geneviève Dumas, and I started planning our trip to Benin (West Africa) to carry out a study on the biomechanics of head load carriage and pregnancy.  This study was performed through a partnership with Dr. Mohamed Lawani of the Institut National de la Jeunesse, de l’Éducation Sportive et Physique (INJEPS) in Porto-Novo, Benin. Concurrently, Dr. Lawani also received a Travel Grant from the ISB allowing him to visit our group at Queen’s University, in Canada, last May.

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President’s Blog – July 2010

Posted on July 14, 2010

Accreditation of gait analysis laboratories, should this be compulsory around the world? Earlier this month a message was posted on Biomch-L to alert “Biomechers” about an Australian news story related to a gait analysis service (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/09/2922273.htm).  Given that biomechanics doesn’t traditionally attract media interest “Down Under”, I was quickly drawn to the article.

Technical Groups – July 2010

Posted on July 14, 2010

News from the ISB Technical Group on Computer Simulation (TGCS)
The ISB Technical Group on Computer Simulation is responsible for organizing the biennial International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics held before the main ISB Congress, as well as facilitating interactions and resources that will improve the utility of computer simulations for biomechanics research.

Did You Know? – From the Archives – July 2010

Posted on July 14, 2010

The ISB was formed in 1973, and the following year the society started producing a newsletter.  In the past the newsletter was mailed out to society members, although recently the newsletter has been delivered electronically.  The sterling work in the production of the newsletter comes from its editor.  There have been eight society members who have stepped forward to undertake this valuable duty to the society.  The newsletter editors are,

Student’s Corner – July 2010

Posted on July 14, 2010

The 6th World Congress of Biomechanics is only a few weeks away. For those of you attending, I would like to invite you to participate in the ISB Student Event which will be held during the lunch break on Tuesday 3 August. The event will be a mentoring luncheon in which you will have the opportunity to speak with senior researchers regarding specific research areas, grant writing, finding the right post-doc or employment opportunities, or anything else you wish. This event is designed to be very casual and is an excellent opportunity to meet researchers and other students. The event is open to current ISB Student Members only. Please email me if you would like to attend the event or if you have any questions. Space may be limited so please email me as soon as possible if you would like to attend. In your email, please include your full name (surname and given name) and if there is a specific topic or concern that you would like to discuss at the event.