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Annual Undergrad Research Symposium

April 26, 2024

This year, six of our amazing undergrads were awarded funding through the Office of Undergraduate Research and presented at the annual symposium. Katie and Brooke gave talks about their work with BPBI. Josh, Brian, and Jason presented posters on their BPBI work and Carter presented a poster about his work with the Bone-on-Chip project. We love seeing the amazing work that they’re doing!

NCUR 2024

April 17, 2024

Several of our lab’s undergrads were selected to present their research at this year’s National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Symposium. The event was in sunny southern California, and it looks like they had a great time!

National Biomechanics Day 2024

April 15, 2024

We once again partnered with the NC Math and Science Education Network (MSEN) to host our Biomechanics Day Event as part of their annual MSEN Day. This year, unlike last year, the event was held on Centennial Campus which meant that we could bring students to the labs in addition to our regular expo-type activities.

Gabby showed students how we can we use a force plate to determine jump force and hang time

Almost as high as Michael Jordan!

Sandra used our hand-crank tensile tester to show students how different material properties need different amounts of force to break

Jenn and Nooshin had a hands-on activity to teach students about how material properties are a factor when developing hydrogels

Amy and Jingjie showed students an arm model that we use in some of our classes

And also demonstrated how muscle moment arms can make you seem very strong (or very weak!)

Derek’s group had a VR food fight to show how we can capture human movement and use it in biomechanics research

And Kristen showed off a powered exoskeleton that can be controlled with an app!

Until next year!

Annual BME Retreat

April 10, 2024

2024 marked the 20th anniversary of the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering! We celebrated with a proper retreat at the Durham convention center.

Many of the undergrads had just returned from NCUR that morning, so they did not present at the retreat. But Claire presented a poster relating to her work with Kyla on the BPBI project.

Also there were huge standup letters that made for a great photo op!

Jason becomes Dr. Cox!

December 8, 2023

Jason has defended last week and (of course) passed, making him Dr. Jason Cox! He already has a job lined up with Align Technology, the company behind Invisalign, and will be starting almost right away. He will very much be missed in the lab, but we wish him the best of luck in his new job and in everything else.  

Pumpkin Carving: 2023 Edition

October 26, 2023

We recently continued our annual OML tradition of getting together to carve pumpkins! The weather was not on our side, but luckily we found some space inside and made sure to clean up after ourselves. 

Happy Halloween! 

Abrams Scholars

September 20, 2023

This semester we have a whopping SIX Abrams Scholar in the lab! 

Brooke, Josh, Katie, Claire, and Brian will all be helping with the BPBI project. Brooke, Josh, and Katie will be looking at the effect of BPBI on bone metabolism and muscle composition. Claire will be looking at BPBI’s effect on bone microstructure, and Brian will be looking at its effect on rotator cuff muscle architecture specifically.

Carter will be working with Sandra on the bone-on-chip project. His project is titled ‘Development of a bone-on-chip platform to examine effects of post-stroke inflammation on bone-vascular interactions’

We’re so proud of all of you!

2023 Summer OUR Symposium

July 31, 2023

OML was again well-represented at the summer OUR symposium with five posters!! We had Brian, Carter, Josh, Katie, Nic and all present the projects that they’ve been working on over the summer, and all did a phenomenal job.

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Research Experience for Teachers

July 14, 2023

This summer, OML participated in NC State’s Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program. This was our first time having teachers in our lab, and we loved it! We had two science teachers — a high school science teacher and a teacher in training — join our lab for 5 weeks. They helped out with data analysis for both our BPBI project and our Bone on Chip project.

Their work culminated in a poster session on campus, and ultimately they will each write a lesson plan that will be shared on RTNN’s RET Program page.

Yay Science!

A new outreach project with Athens Drive’s Spinal Muscle Atrophy Camp

June 21, 2023

This year we started up a new partnership, leading a session at a camp focused on spinal muscle atrophy (SMA) being held for incoming freshmen at Athens Drive High School. We designed an activity that connected our lab’s biomechanics focus to SMA by looking at scoliosis, and how variations in spinal muscle strength can affect curvature. We used a pool noodle as a model of the spine and inserted dowel rods that students could connect exercise bands (‘muscles’) to. We loved coming up with a new activity, and we hope the kids had fun too!

To start, we asked them what ‘biomechanics’ is and generated a word cloud from their responses. We love how many of them used the word ‘help’ in their explanation!

A snippet of the worksheet that Jason created to guide the activity