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11-10-2003, 07:48 AM
Graduate Study in Biomechanics at UT Austin:

The Nonlinear Biodynamics Lab at the University of Texas at Austin is
actively seeking highly motivated M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students
interested in studying the biomechanics and motor control of human
movement. Funding (teaching and/or research assistantships) is available
for qualified individuals. UT Austin also offers a small number of
prestigious recruiting fellowships each year. These assistantships and
fellowships are highly competitive and usually recommended through
individual faculty members.

The 1500 square foot No-Bi Lab is well equipped to do research in various
fields of human movement biomechanics. The Laboratory is equipped to
measure 3D movement kinematics, externally applied forces and loads, and
electromyographic (EMG) activity during a wide variety of human movement
tasks. Current areas of research interest include:

- Local and global dynamic stability and falling in the elderly
(currently funded by the Whitaker Foundation)
- "Damage tracking" and the dynamics of fatiguing repetitive movements
and repetitive stress injuries (grant currently under review by NIH)
- The nature and role of "noise" in neuromuscular control
- The acquisition of skilled/coordinated movements across the learning

A focal point of these research projects will be applying and adapting
methodologies from classical mechanics and nonlinear dynamics to analyze
the biomechanical aspects of neuromuscular control problems. These
research projects involve integrating methodologies and techniques
developed in the fields of biomechanics, motor control, engineering,
physics, and physiology. The goal of the lab is to use these techniques to
address interesting questions that arise in both the basic sciences and
clinical practice.

The Nonlinear Biodynamics Lab is affiliated with both the Departments of
Kinesiology and Biomedical Engineering at UT Austin. Students may pursue
graduate degrees through either department. However, funding options may
differ between departments. Both departments offer advanced training
leading to both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees so students can choose the program
that best suits their individual goals. More information about each
department can be found at:

Applications for admission and financial aid should be received by the
Graduate School Admissions Office no later than January 15, 2004 for
students to receive full consideration for ALL financial aid
options (e.g. TA, RA, or Fellowships). The main considerations for
admission are: (a) the course background of the student (science courses,
including Physics, Mechanics, Mathematics, Anatomy,
Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control and Learning, etc.); (b) the
student's GRE scores (verbal scores should preferably be above 500, while
quantitative and analytical scores should preferably be in the 600's or
above); and (c) the student's record of interest and academic performance
in the biomechanics of human movement. Outstanding students from the
biological and engineering sciences are encouraged to apply.

For more information about how to apply to UT grad school, contact the
Graduate and International Admission Center (GIAC):

For more information about departmental application requirements, contact:
Jan Buchanan
Graduate Coordinator, Kinesiology
Phone: 512-471-1273
Fax: 512-232-5334
Email: janbuchanan@mail.utexas.edu

Maggie Fitch
Graduate Coordinator, Biomedical Engineering
Phone: 512-471-8500
Fax: 512-471-0616
Email: gradbme@engr.utexas.edu

All candidates are strongly encouraged to send a letter of interest to:
Dr. Jonathan Dingwell
Director, Nonlinear Biodynamics Laboratory
Email: jdingwell@mail.utexas.edu.

University of Texas Graduate School: http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/
The University of Texas: http://www.utexas.edu/

Jonathan Dingwell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
1 University Station, D3700
Austin, TX 78712-0360

Phone: 512-232-1782
Lab: 512-471-4017
Fax: 512-471-8914
Web: http://www.edb.utexas.edu/faculty/dingwell/

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