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Maximillian J Kurz
09-02-2004, 12:27 AM
This e-mail is intended to inform ASB students about the many student
related events that will take place at the ASB annual meeting in Portland,
Oregon next week (Sept 8-11). Student events will include the following:
women in science breakfast, student business meeting, biomechanics industry
panel discussion, and the ASB mentor program. If you are attending the ASB
meeting, please take full advantage of these events. I have included
further details on these events below. Additionally, at the student
business meeting we will elect the new student representative for the
following year. Please contact me if you are interested in running for
next year’s student representative position. See you in Portland.

Max Kurz, PhD candidate
2003-2004 ASB Student Representative
HPER Biomechanics Laboratory
University of Nebraska at Omaha
402-554-2670
mkurz@mail.unomaha.edu

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Women in Science Breakfast
Location: Halsey Room of the Double Tree Hotel, Thursday September 9,
7a.m.-7:45a.m.

At this breakfast, established female scientists will provide their
perspective on how women are making a difference in the biomechanics field.
The informal setting will allow female students to extend their
professional network and address questions about how to succeed in
biomechanics. This breakfast is an exciting and informative venue for
female students. Current scientists participating include: Julianne
Abendroth-Smith, Allison Arnold, Joan Bechtold, Irene Davis, Melissa Gross,
Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, Mary Rodgers, Michelle Sabick, Kathy Simpson, and
Sara Wilson.

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Student Luncheon/Business Meeting and Biomechanics Industry Panel
Discussion
Location: MT St Helens, Thursday September 9, 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

The purpose of the student luncheon/business meeting is to inform students
about current ASB student related business, vote on current issues and
elect the 2004-2005 student representative. Please contact Max Kurz
(mkurz@mail.unomaha.edu) if you are interested in running for the student
representative position. This brief meeting will be followed by a panel
discussion where scientists will provide their current perspectives on what
it takes to succeed in the biomechanics industry. The panel will be
composed of established biomechanists from the various industrial
disciplines. Participating scientist include Toby Hayes (Hayes &
Associates, Inc.), Mario Lafortune (Nike), Tony Petrella (DePuy) and Martyn
Shorten (BioMechanica, LLC). Questions will be posed to the panel on topics
related to what it takes to get a job in the industry, how much education
is necessary, are publications essential, where jobs are located, lifestyle
in the industry, etc. Additionally, the panel will take questions from ASB
students attending the panel discussion. This is a great opportunity for
students to see what life is like as a biomechanist in the industry and
hear perspectives on how these scientists have succeeded in such a role.

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ASB Mentor Program

This year we have initiated the first annual ASB Mentoring Program. The
goal of the program is to increase the educational and professional
experiences of the students attending the conference. Participating student
should have already been matched with a senior scientist. Please contact
your mentor prior to the conference to set up a meeting time.

Mentoring includes:
1) Introducing the student to colleagues to help establish a professional
network.
2) Spending time with the student discussing research, education and
vocational goals.
3) Sharing career experiences.
4) Providing constructive feedback on the student’s presentation.