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09-24-2015

Two Clarkson University Students Win American Society of Biomechanics Student Travel Awards

Two Clarkson University graduate students earned travel awards from the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) to attend the 39th Annual ASB Conference this summer in Columbus, Ohio.

ASB 2015Mechanical engineering doctoral candidate Nicole Corbiere of Milton, Vt., and mechanical engineering graduate student Mark Hedgeland of Sayre, Pa., presented their research at the conference in August.

Corbiere's presentation on spine biomechanics, "Activities of Daily Living Induce Vertebral Fractures Despite Healthy BMD," resulted from her research with contributions from her advisor, Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Laurel Kuxhaus, Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Kathleen Issen, and collaborators Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Arthur Michalek, Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy Stacey Zeigler and A. Martin Clark, who is working with Kuxhaus in conjunction with Canton-Potsdam Hospital on various research projects.

Hedgeland's presentation, "Adjusting Thinking About IM Nails: Mechanical Evaluation of an Adjustable Intramedullary Nail Prototype," featured biomechanics research he worked on with his advisor, Kuxhaus, and collaborators Clark and alumnus Alexander Throop '12 '14.

A third poster presentation was led by master of science in physician assistant studies program alumna Morgan Libruk '15, her advisor, Assistant Professor and Director of Anatomy Lab in Occupational Therapy Mario Ciani, Hedgeland and Kuxhaus. Her presentation, "Comparative Evaluation of Morphometric and Biomechanical Properties of the Cervine Femur," revealed that locally-available white-tailed deer femurs are appropriate for use in orthopedic implant research.

Kuxhaus, who is the director of the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Research Lab at Clarkson, was in attendance to present her educational research and support her students’ work.

Mechanical engineering student Elizabeth Miele '18, who is studying hand grip forces, attended the meeting to assist with presentations and broaden her research experience.

The American Society of Biomechanics is a professional organization for researchers who study the mechanics of the body in both academia and industry.

To learn more about the American Society of Biomechanics or Clarkson orthopedic biomechanics, contact Kuxhaus at lkuxhaus@clarkson.edu .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Back row, left to right: Mechanical engineering graduate student Mark Hedgeland and Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Laurel Kuxhaus. Front row, left to right: Mechanical engineering doctoral candidate Nicole Corbiere and mechanical engineering student Elizabeth Miele. Hedgeland and Corbiere earned travel awards to attend the 39th Annual American Society of Biomechanics Conference this summer.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/asb-2015.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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