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July 6, 2020

Dr. Jason Franz, BME Associate Professor, has been elected by the membership as Program Chair for the 2022 annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. The American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) was founded in 1977 to encourage and foster the exchange of information and ideas among biomechanists working in various disciplines of application, including biological sciences, exercise and sports science, health sciences, ergonomics and human factors, and engineering and applied science. ASB has a membership of approximately 850 academic researchers, clinicians, scientists, students, and industry members working to solve basic and applied problems in the realm of biomechanics and to improve understanding of the workings of biological systems.

June 19, 2020

Dr. Erik Wikstrom received a grant from NATA Research & Education Foundation.

The grant is titled “Advancing the Management and Assessment of Talar Cartilage Health (MATCH) to Mitigate PTOA Development.” 

Dr. Wikstrom’s research focus is on the interactions between musculoskeletal biomechanics and sensorimotor function of the ankle following injury with particular emphasis on the coordination of dynamic balance. He and his team apply biomechanical and neurophysiologic principles to better understand the pathophysiology of ankle injuries, elucidate the mechanisms that lead to chronic ankle instability (CAI), and develop effective interventions for ankle joint pathologies.

June 15, 2020

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced today the

selection of its 2020 class of Beckman Young Investigator Awardees from U.S. colleges and universities. The awardees exemplify the Foundation’s mission of supporting the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that will open new avenues of research in science. They were selected from a pool of over 300 applicants after a three-part review led by a panel of scientific experts. This year’s award offers $600,000 in funding over four years. Congratulations Dr. Giovannucci!

May 5, 2020

Postdoctoral research associate Becky Krupenevich has been awarded a three-year National Research Service Award (NRSA F32) from the National Institute on Aging for her proposal titled “The Role of Foot Structure and Function on Walking Mechanics and Energetics in Aging.” Becky will be sponsored on the project by Dr. Jason Franz, an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and co-sponsored by Dr. Helen Huang, Jackson Family Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University. She also has a mentoring committee that spans Engineering, Orthopaedics, Physical Therapy, and Exercise Science. The premise of Becky’s project is that the interaction between foot-ankle structure and function is a poorly understood, yet vastly important, biomechanical mechanism that influences walking ability and may be uniquely compromised with aging. Anticipated outcomes from her research in the Applied Biomechanics Laborat...

April 30, 2020

External fellowships are highly competitive awards from the federal government and other organizations. Students from the labs of three CLEAR core faculty members received prestigious external fellowships. Congratulations to the following BME graduate students for their impressive achievements:

  • Billy Clark (Franz Lab), NRSA Fellowship (F31) - National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • Emily Fawcett (Cole Lab), NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

  • Bretta Fylstra (Huang Lab), NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

March 3, 2020

NC State’s recently announced 2019-20 class of University Faculty Scholars. CLEAR faculty member Alper Bozkurt, who is also a professor of electrical and computer engineering, is among the 24 early- and mid-career faculty who received this designation based on their significant academic achievements and contributions to NC State through their teaching, scholarship, and service to the university and greater community. Faculty members selected as University Faculty Scholars carry the title for the duration of their faculty appointment at NC State and receive an increase to their base salary. Provost Arden and Chancellor Randy Woodson will host a reception to recognize this year’s class of University Faculty Scholars on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at the Chancellor’s residence on Centennial Campus.

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