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    Position Announcement: "Strategic Plan" Graduate Research Assistantship

    "HITCH": High Intensity Training of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Offered Jointly between:
    Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
    Department of Physical Therapy

    We are currently accepting applications for one highly motivated graduate
    student seeking a
    research assistantship commencing Fall (August) 2010. The identified student
    will pursue an M.S.
    degree in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences (KIN) and
    will work in tandem
    with faculty in KIN and the Department Physical Therapy, both in the School
    of Allied Health
    Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This research assistantship
    is supported by
    internal funds and includes a 10-month stipend with tuition reimbursement
    and is guaranteed for
    up to three years. All applicants must first be accepted for admission by
    the Graduate School at
    UNLV and the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences in full prior
    to granting of
    funding/award. Specific information about the Graduate Program in KIN can be
    found at:

    Background and Scope of the Project:
    Cerebral palsy (CP) is a complex neuro-developmental disorder affecting
    multiple developing
    systems of children. Children with CP frequently require resource-intensive
    intervention services
    from multiple providers (eg, speech pathologists and physical therapists)
    for long periods of time
    throughout the lifespan. This is done despite a lack of evidence that
    providing services in this
    traditional model is effective in improving functional mobility outcomes.
    Contemporary research
    has shown that a novel physical therapy intervention approach which
    incorporates particular
    movement strategies, leads to improved communication and mobility skills in
    people with
    Parkinson's Disease. Over a 3-year period, we will test the efficacy and
    effectiveness of the motor
    portion of this physical therapy intervention relative to changes in
    amplitude of gait characteristics
    for children with CP.

    Duties of the identified graduate student will include solicitation,
    coordination and scheduling of
    human data collection, consenting of participants and parental consent,
    directing and carrying out
    human biomechanical data collection, data analysis and presentation
    including statistical results.
    The ideal successful candidate will possess a dual interest in biomechanics
    of human motion as
    well as an interest in Physical Therapy interventions and performance and
    assessment of such
    interventions. It is also anticipated that the successful candidate will
    fully contribute and earn
    authorship on publications emanating from this research.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    B.S., B.S.E. or higher in Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Exercise
    Science, Human
    Performance, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Nursing, Physical Therapy or related
    Mechanical/quantitative aptitude as well as computer programming experience
    (ie., MatLab)
    would be ideal. Ability to interact with a patient population is required.

    School of Allied Health Sciences:
    The School of Allied Health Sciences is the provider of allied health care
    professionals in Nevada
    and is committed to the enhancement of the body of knowledge through
    research as well as the
    engagement of the faculty in service to the university, community and
    profession. We accomplish
    this objective by weaving together the highest quality educational and
    comprehensive clinical
    experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, we
    share the conviction
    of working industriously to extend the boundaries of knowledge through
    research, followed by
    translating our research results to practical applications which benefit the
    health and wellness of
    all individuals.

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas:
    The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is a research institution committed to
    rigorous educational
    programs and the highest standards of a liberal education. We produce
    accomplished graduates
    who are well prepared to enter the work force or to continue their education
    in graduate and
    professional programs. Our faculty, students, and staff enthusiastically
    confront the challenges of
    economic and cultural diversification, urban growth, social justice, and
    sustainability. Our
    commitment to our dynamic region and State of Nevada centrally influences
    our research and
    educational programs, which improves our local communities. Our commitment
    to the national
    and international communities ensures that our research and educational
    programs engage both
    traditional and innovative areas of study and global concerns. UNLV's
    distinctive identity and
    values permeate a unique institution that brings the best of the world to
    our region and, in turn,
    produces knowledge to improve the region and world around us.

    For further information, please contact:
    J.S. Dufek, Ph.D.
    Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
    4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Box 3034
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV 89154-3034
    p: 702.895.0702; f: 702.895.1500

    J.S. Dufek, Ph.D., FACSM
    Dept of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Box 3034
    Las Vegas, NV 89154-3034
    p 702.895.0702; f 702.895.1500