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Jae Kun Shim
11-16-2005, 12:22 AM

The Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Laboratory at University of Maryland is
looking for highly motivated Master's or Ph.D. students interested in
Biomechanics, Motor Control, Motor Development, and/or Sports Psychology.
The students will be supported by research assistantships, teaching
assistantships, or doctoral fellowships. The applications are for the Fall
semester of 2006. The students will develop a coherent area of expertise in
human movement science by designing an academic program that includes
introductory and advanced graduate courses in biomechanics, motor control,
motor development, neuroscience, cognitive science, etc. Our Doctoral
program is currently ranked #3 in the U.S. by the American Academy of
Kinesiology and Physical Education (http://www.aakpe.org).


Jane E. Clark, Ph.D., FAAKPE, Professor in Kinesiology/Neuroscience and
Cognitive Science (NACS)
José L. Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D., Associate Professor in
Brad Hatfield, Ph.D., FACSM, FAAKPE, Professor in Kinesiology/NACS
John Jeka, Ph.D., Professor in Kinesiology/NACS
Florian Kagerer, PhD, Research Assistant Professor in Kinesiology/NACS
Tim Kiemel, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor in Kinesiology
Marcio A. Oliveira, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor in Kinesiology
Jae Kun Shim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Kinesiology/Bioengineering/NACS


Jane E. Clark: Dr. Clark’s research focuses on the developing relationship
between perception and action in infants and young children. Postural and
reaching tasks provide experimental windows for probing what develops as
motor control and coordination improve. In addition, we are studying
children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and their ability to
adapt their movements to changes in the environment and to different tasks.

José L. Contreras-Vidal: Dr. Contreras-Vidal integrates neuroimaging,
behavioral and computational neuroscience methods to study the neural
mechanisms and computational principles underlying adaptive sensory-motor
control in humans during normal and neurological conditions across the life
span. Another research aim is to transfer relevant biological principles
(hardware and algorithms) to the design and development of cognitive-motor
architectures and Brain-Computer Interfaces for rehabilitation and enhanced
reality applications.

Brad Hatfield: Dr. Hatfiled’s research investigates whether there are
protective effects of physical activity on specific brain processes that
underlie cognition and whether the effects are more prominent in those
individuals who are genetically at risk for dementia such as Alzheimer’s
disease. We also seek to understand the critical brain processes underlying
superior cognitive-motor performance and how emotion alters the quality of
performance in stress-prone groups such as competitive athletes and
military personnel.

John Jeka: Dr. Jeka’s research aims to bridge the basic and applied science
underlying balance control. Postural control mechanisms are studied with
virtual reality techniques which allow precise control of vestibular,
proprioceptive and tactile inputs to uncover the properties of
multisensory fusion. Computational methods combine mechanisms of
multisensory fusion with biomechanical investigations of multilink body
dynamics to develop new techniques and assistive devices for treatment of
patient populations with balance disorders.

Jae Kun Shim: Dr. Shim’s research focus is on biomechanics and motor control
of hand and digits as well as their applications to medicine,
rehabilitation, and ergonomics. We are especially interested in
understanding the CNS control of motor redundancy in multi-digit actions,
manipulation coordination in children, changes and interventions of
manipulation coordination in the elderly, and human-computer interface.


The students who want to be considered for a fellowship or an assistantship
should submit their applications by December 1. All applications for
admission should be received by February 1. The main considerations for
admission are: (a) the course background of the student (courses taken
and/or experience in basic sciences such as Anatomy, Biomechanics, Computer
Science, Mathematics, Mechanics, Motor Control, Neuroscience, Physics,
Physiology, Psychology, etc.); (b) the student's GRE verbal and quantitative
scores, and (c) the student's record of interest and academic performance in
Kinesiology and related areas. MatLab and LabView as well as experiences in
biomechanical and neurophysiological measurements would be advantageous.
Students from the engineering and biological sciences are encouraged to
apply. International students are required to demonstrate proficiency in
English (TOEFL). For more information on research and admission, please
contact individual faculty and Deborah Jones (dejones@umd.edu;
301.405.2497), respectively.


Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Laboratory:
Department of Kinesiology: http://www.hhp.umd.edu/KNES
Graduate School: http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/catalog/admission.html
Neurosicence and Cognitive Science: http://nacs.umd.edu/
Bioengineering: http://www.bioe.umd.edu/