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07-13-2016

Clarkson University Students Win Awards at Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering & Biotransport Conference

Students from Clarkson University's Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory and Connective Tissue Laboratory won awards for their research presentations at the 2016 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference.

SB3CThe students were among the nearly 800 attendees at the annual conference in National Harbor, Md.

Biomedical engineering student Nicole L. Zaino '18 earned second place in the bachelor’s-level student paper competition for her work characterizing the deer knee as an ex-vivo animal model for use in orthopedic biomechanics research. Her work shows that the deer knee is superior laboratory models in current use and suggests both surgeons and researchers use deer knees to study orthopedic injuries and repairs.

Zaino, of Brookfield, Conn., is co-advised by Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Arthur J. Michalek and Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Laurel Kuxhaus.  

Mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate Nicole C. Corbiere received a diversity travel award to facilitate her participation in the conference, where she presented her work on creating vertebral fractures in the laboratory. Specifically, her work shows vertebrae can fracture under repeated application of small loads, confirming that these fractures can occur without trauma.

Corbiere, of Milton, Vt., is co-advised by Kuxhaus and Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Kathleen A. Issen.

Mechanical engineering graduate student Mark J. Hedgeland was also a finalist in the master’s-level student paper competition for his work developing a novel intramedullary nail, which will ultimately be used by orthopedic surgeons to repair fractures of long bones such as the tibia.

Hedgeland, of Sayer, Pa., is advised by Kuxhaus.

Additionally, Kuxhaus was elected to the student affairs position of the executive board of the Bioengineering Division (BED) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at the meeting. In this role, she will serve as the liaison to the Education and Student Leadership Committees of the BED. She also will serve as information chairwoman of the Conference Organizing Committee for the 2017 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, 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 innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: From left to right, Clarkson University Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Laurel Kuxhaus, mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate Nicole C. Corbiere, biomedical engineering student Nicole L. Zaino '18, and mechanical engineering graduate student Mark J. Hedgeland were honored at the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference.

[Photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/sb3c-2016.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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