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    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

    Maggie Fitch
    Graduate Coordinator, Biomedical Engineering
    Phone: 512-471-8500
    Fax: 512-471-0616

    All candidates are strongly encouraged to send a letter of interest to:
    Dr. Jonathan Dingwell
    Director, Nonlinear Biodynamics Laboratory

    University of Texas Graduate School:
    The University of Texas:

    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

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