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    To the Bioch-L list:

    The Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University is offering
    graduate assistantships for students applying to the Master of Science and
    Ph.D. programs in Biomechanics. Stipends are $7800 to $9000 plus tuition
    waiver for the academic year. GRE scores are required with the application.


    Several areas of study can be chosen for the Master of Science
    degree in Kinesiology at Indiana University. The area of Human Performance
    includes Exercise Physiology, Motor Control and Biomechanics. At the
    Master's level, Biomechanics students can reach various levels of
    specialization. All Biomechanics students will work also in the other
    subareas within Human Performance, as well as in the development of general
    tool skills, such as Statistics. However, they may choose to specialize
    further by taking a larger proportion of courses in Biomechanics, and
    carrying out research projects.

    The Department of Kinesiology offers thesis and non-thesis Master's
    degrees. The thesis option is much more demanding than the non-thesis
    option, and is strongly recommended for students that may wish to continue
    on to a Ph.D. degree in Biomechanics later on. Admission to the thesis
    option is limited, and requires approval by the thesis chairperson.


    Admission to the Ph.D. degree program requires approval by the
    Department of Kinesiology and acceptance by a faculty sponsor for the
    particular area of study (Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, etc.). For
    sponsorship of a student in Biomechanics, the main considerations are: (a)
    the course background of the student (science courses, including Physics,
    Mathematics, Computer Science, Anatomy, Chemistry, Physiology, etc.); (b)
    the student's mathematics ("quantitative") GRE score, which should be at
    least in the high 600's, and preferably in the 700's (the verbal and
    analytical GRE scores are not too important, although the Department of
    Kinesiology requires scores above the 50th percentile score reported by
    Educational Testing Service in two of the three measures: verbal,
    quantitative, analytical); and (c) the student's record of interest and
    academic performance in the biomechanics of human movement.

    The doctoral student in Biomechanics will be a specialist, with
    courses in mechanics, computers and biomechanics procedures, as well as
    research projects and a dissertation. Still, the student will also have to
    take a minor outside the Department of Kinesiology (usually in Computer
    Science), as well as courses in Statistics, Motor Control, Exercise
    Physiology, etc. Some background in the biological sciences is desirable
    for this curriculum; an excellent aptitude in math/mechanics is crucial.


    The Biomechanics Laboratory is equipped mainly for film analysis.
    Lab equipment includes three Locam movie cameras, a variable-distance film
    projection system, a Houston Instrument Complot digitizer, a Silicon
    Graphics Indigo2 computer, three NeXT computers, two
    microcomputers/terminals, and other minor items.

    The films taken by the cameras are projected, one photograph at a
    time, onto the digitizer surface. The digitized coordinates of body
    segmental landmarks are then sent through a terminal to files in the hard
    disk of a computer. Software is available for the calculation of
    two-dimensional or three-dimensional coordinates from the digitized data.
    These coordinates can then be used as input for other computer programs,
    which may calculate among other parameters, center of mass location, angular
    momentum, and joint forces and torques associated with the activity being
    analyzed. Software is also available for graphics, on-screen animation and
    some forms of computer simulation. The Biomechanics Laboratory has access
    to the resources of the Center for Innovative Computer Applications (CICA),
    a branch of Indiana University Computer Services (UCS) that specializes in
    computer graphics applications. The access includes connection to the CICA
    computers through the Indiana University ethernet computer network, as well
    as cooperation with the personnel from CICA in computer-related projects.

    The Biomechanics Laboratory specializes in Sport Biomechanics. The
    primary objective is to gain a better understanding of the cause-effect
    mechanisms of sports motions.

    For more information, see the following URL on the World Wide Web:

    Any interested students should contact Paul R. Surburg, HPER 112,
    Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA.

    Jesus Dapena
    Department of Kinesiology
    Indiana University

    Bloomington, IN 47405, USA