Student’s Corner

Posted on June 26, 2013

Hello ISB Student Members,

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the elected Student Representative, Kelsey Collins! I am confident that she will be an outstanding member of the Executive Council and continue to improve our student membership experience. On a related note, I’d like to thank the other Student Representative candidates for putting forth ideas to improve student membership and those of you who took time to vote for our Executive Council members. I hope we all remain involved with ISB and participate when our input is requested, so we can help Kelsey represent us!

Student Events at ISB2013 Natal

At the beginning of the congress, there will be a two-part student event (RSVP required). The first part will be a round-table mentoring workshop August 5th 10:00-12:00. Attending the first part is mandatory for participation in the second part of the student event, which is a beach excursion August 6th 8:00-12:00. I will be emailing you in the near future with finalized details of the events as well as a request for you to sign up for the events. You cannot participate if you do not sign-up for the events. If you would like to assist me in minor logistical matters during the student events, please email me to volunteer!

Part 1: Roundtable Mentoring

Mentoring roundtables will likely include 4 or 5 of the following topics “explaining your research to others”, “creating and managing strong collaborations”, “presentation skills”, “editing your CV”, “writing clearly and effectively”, “career transitions and balancing priorities”, and “preparing an ISB student grant application”. Each student will have a chance to learn about and participate in all of these mini-workshops because students will rotate through all tables. Please bring your CV and questions about each topic. Your participation in this event will give you admission to the social and cultural part of the student event, the beach excursion. I am still accepting your input for roundtable mentoring topics, so please provide your ideas on the ISB social media pages (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) or by emailing me!

Part 2: Beach Excursion

On August 6th between 8:00-12:00 we will embark on an adventurous excursion through the beaches of Northern Natal (Redinha, Santa Rita, Jenipabú, Barra do Rio, Graçandu, and Pitangu). On the way, we will climb the famous dunes of Jenipabú by buggy and will stop at great freshwater lagoons — Genipabu and Jacumã, where we can swim, relax, and/or enjoy activities, such as sand tobogganing (or “Equibunda”) and zip lining into the lagoon (or “Aerobunda”). Bring sunscreen and a bathing suit!

Miscellaneous Reminders and Advice

Please be aware that there are many workshops, symposiums, and tutorials surrounding and embedded in our congress this year. The registration deadline has been extended to June 30th for the 11th biennial Footwear Biomechanics Symposium taking place July 31st-August 2nd in Natal. Though the registration deadline has passed, the XIV International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics (TGCS) will feature our president, Ton van den Bogert as a keynote speaker August 1st-3rd. University of Sao Paulo (LABIMPH-USP) and Novel’s Dynamic Load Distribution Measurement (DLDM) workshop will take place August 3-4th, which aims to “address methodological and technical issues” relevant to DLDM. Our Executive Council’s tutorial officer, Scott McLean, has organized 4 ISB2013 Tutorials (each $50) taking place on August 4th: “Rehabilitation robotics”, “Human movement analysis using inertial sensors”, “Opensim”, and “Grant writing”. On August 5th, within the ISB congress, there will be an ISB-ISEK joint workshop focused on “techniques for assessing the neural drive to muscles and the resulting mechanical function of muscles and joints”. Also on August 5th within the ISB congress, there will be a Measurement of Knee Loading Symposium. During the mornings of August 6-8 there will be workshops on Surface Electromyography with registration required in advance ($60 for students). Finally, on August 9th, there will be a Satellite Symposium of the VII World Congress of Biomechanics that flaunts an extremely academically diverse program with a student registration fee of $40.

Additionally, I encourage you to take advantage of the long standing online mentoring program on our website. You may be able to forge a relationship with a senior researcher who would like to meet you for a discussion during the congress. Also note, in the Student Forum on our website, I created a posting space for students to discuss potential roommate situations at the congress (member login required).

Farewell and Final Reflection!

This is my final Student’s Corner contribution to ISBNow and I would like to thank everyone for this rewarding and enjoyable opportunity. At ISB2011 in Brussels, I realized what a truly unique and amazing community we are a part of as I experienced the warm interactions between dedicated ISB members who reside on opposite sides of the world. At the Executive Council meeting at ISEK2012 and attending ASB2012, I had wonderful experiences with ISB members as we discussed our research and shared stories. Above all, I am grateful that the Executive Council is devoted to the professional development of and interaction with student members to advance ISB’s mission, made apparent through enthusiastic collaboration with its Student Representative. I look forward to seeing everyone in Natal!

As always, please do not hesitate to email me with any questions or suggestions!

Thank you and farewell,

Antonia Zaferiou

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