Sandra and Steph graduate from the IMPACTS program

Sandra and Stephanie recently completed a year-long training offered through UNC’s Morehead Planetarium. The Inspiring Meaningful Programs and Communication Through Science (IMPACTS) Program is a state-wide public science communication training and outreach initiative. IMPACTS is designed to train scientists in public communication using a nationally acclaimed curriculum along with enabling them to practice and hone their science communication skills. Applicants are selected from scientists across the state.

There was a virtual graduation ceremony, and both received a signature tie-dyed lab coat.



A local elementary school, Laurel Park, recently held a STEAM (STEM+ART) night for their students and we gladly participated. It was a welcome challenge, given that most of our previous outreach has been targeted at high school-aged students. We designed two activities that the kids were pretty excited about:

  • X-Ray zoo: We asked kids to match the animal to its x-ray to explore how an animal’s physical appearance mirrors features of its skeleton.
  • Lego Modeling: how can we use Lego bricks to investigate computer assisted modeling, and why does resolution matter?

National Biomechanics Day 2019

Our lab, along with other labs in the Biomedical Engineering department and other labs within the College of Engineering recently hosted the fourth annual National Biomechanics Day! We brought about 150 students from local high schools to Centennial Campus to learn more about biomechanics, engineering, and why they should come to NC State for college! We took tons of pictures, and NC State’s Bulletin came to talk to people and take pictures. We’ll share their article and photos once we have it, but here are some photos to hold you over in the meantime! You can see more on Jacque’s Twitter Feed. 

National Biomechanics Day Awards

Our lab and department has won not one but TWO awards for our National Biomechanics Day efforts!

First of all, Stephanie and Maggie won the Biomechanics Art competition. Check out their awesome graphic:


Also, we won one of the 2018 Greatest Impact awards for our event in April. Congratulations to Nicholas, who put the entry together, and everyone who helped us to have a successful event. Check out the Facebook post to see the award announcement.

National Biomechanics Day 2018

Yesterday was our favorite day of the year, once again! No, not Christmas (though we do love presents)… it was National Biomechanics Day! We had nearly 250 students and teachers come visit us at NC State. Due to having so many visitors, we split the event between Engineering Building 3 (our home) and the nearby Hunt Library. The visiting students had a great time, and we like to think they learned something. The scientists also had a great time getting students more excited about biomechanics.


We can’t wait until 2019!  In the meantime, check out some photos of our lab in action.

Students check out a 3-pt bending system to learn about material deformation and failure

Nicholas shows students how we can use Laser Doppler Flowmetry to measure blood flow

Jon talks about muscle moment arm and why a longer moment arm makes lifting a weight easier

Emily has students jump on a force plate to measure jump force versus hang time

Alex teaches students about different ways we can immobilize fractures for better healing


OML Participated in SciREN for the third year in a row!

Once again, the OML participated in SciREN, which aims to connect local STEM researchers and educators to foster the dissemination of current research and ultimately enhance the science literacy of today’s youth. Nicholas wrote an amazing lesson plan focusing on the structure and function of bone, including studying material properties, Wolff’s Law, and comparative bone anatomy of various animals. We had a lot of interest from educators of all levels in this great lesson plan

If you’re interested in checking out the lesson, you can find it here: Structure and Function of Bone Activity. Any feedback would be very much appreciated, please email Stephanie or Nicholas.

Here are some photos of us in action!