Brianna McHorse has successfully defended her PhD and we wish her the very best as she starts her new job in data science at Kayak!
Jake Peters and Mary Salcedo (former Combes lab grad students) have also successfully defended their PhD's this year and we wish them well in their new post-doc positions (Mary at VA Tech and Jake at Cornell).
Nicolai Konow, Asst. Professor UMass Lowell (Biological Science) and MCZ Associate was appointed as the convener of biomechanics for the Society of Experimental Biology (3-yr term).
Brianna McHorse gave a SICB symposium talk in Tampa FL: “The evolution of a single toe in horses: causes, consequences, and the way forward.” (Brianna K. McHorse, Andrew A. Biewener, and Stephanie E. Pierce)
"Does a two-element muscle model offer advantages when estimating ankle plantar flexor forces during human cycling?" in The Journal of Biomechanics
OpenSim Webinar: Why Are Antagonists Co-activated in My Simulations? Simulating Cycling and Other "High Flexion" Tasks
“How the horse became the only living animal with a single toe” in The Guardian.
“How Horses Got Their Hooves” in The New York Times.
“How the horse lost its toes: Creature evolved hooves 5 million years ago to gallop faster after moving from protected forests to open grassland" in The Daily Mail.
“Understanding the IT Band” in the Harvard Gazette.
The Harvard Gazette discusses two recent studies by ex-postdoctoral fellow Carolyn Eng (co-authors Daniel Lieberman, Andrew Biewener, and Allison Arnold-Rife) that examine how the iliotibial band stores and releases elastic energy to make walking and running more efficient.