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    Hello everyone, I am a recent subscriber and just couldn't wait any longer
    to keep off the bulletin.

    I have two primary questions.

    (1) The first is that I am trying to design some simple physiology
    laboratories for high school students involving the energetics of
    locomotion. I would like to do a lab on the potential-kinetic exchange
    (i.e., inverted pendulum model) of the terrestrial walk. And also how this
    model 'breaks down' during the walk-run transition (or trot or hop as the
    case may be). I realize this would be somewhat trivial with the use of a
    force plate. However, I would like to keep the lab very low-tech (i.e.,
    easy enough for the average teacher to operate and explain to their
    students within a 45-90 minute period) yet elegant enough for the students
    to understand and be interested. Any suggestions?

    (2) The second is more of a personal nature. I am currently finishing my
    M.S. in physiology (after a B.S. in mechanical engineering), and am looking
    for a lab to go to for further study. Ideally, I would like to work on
    locomotion mechanics. I am currently working on the relevance of torsion in
    the forelimbs of brachiating apes. I would like to continue on this theme
    and study torsion of the hindlimbs in bipeds (but am still remaining quite
    open). I already have a decent list of labs I have contacted, but I was
    wondering if anyone I missed was interested in these types of problems and
    had room for one more student.

    I will not be posting the responses (to save the majority of you disk
    space). But if you are interested in the responses, please send me a line
    and I will forward them to you.

    Thanks in advance to all who respond,

    Young Hui

    Young Hui Chang, Department of Anatomy, College of Veterinary Medicine,
    Ithaca, NY 14853-6401 607-253-3551