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Biomechanics Technology: From Pop Culture to Rehabilitation

Biomechanics Techonology: From Pop Culture to Rehabilitation

Robotic hand shows in background of publicity image with words Biomechanics Technology: From Pop Culture to Rehabilitation Sara A Myers, UNO


Biomechanics Techonology: From Pop Culture to Rehabilitation (Co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Women's Center)

Speaker: Professor Sara Myers, University of Nebraska-Omaha

When: 7:00pm March 4, 2015

Location: Love Library, Talk Zone Room 222

Description: Biomechanics technologies that are used to develop and are feature in movies and video games also have applications in clinical and rehabilitation settings. An explanation of motion capture assistive devices, and other biomechanics tools will be given, including examples of applications in pop culture and medical settings.

About Sara Myers

Sara A. Myers, PhD is a member of the Center for Research in Human Movement Variability and an Assistant Professor of Biomechanics in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Dr. Myers received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science in 2004 and her Master’s in Exercise in 207, both from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her PhD was completed in 2001 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She performs research to enhance quality of life and function in older individuals and those with movement pathologies. Sara is a native of rural Hampton, Nebraska and she currently resides in Omaha with her husband Matt and their four children.

Q & A with Sara Myers

1. Do you do any dynamic systems modeling with your work?

The theory behind most of our work is a spin-off from dynamical systems theory called Optimal Movement Variability. We sometimes do computer modeling of different movement situations (passive-dynamic walkers), but this modeling is always reinforced by experiments.

2. Do a lot of people get motion sickness in the Virtual Reality environments?

We have not had many people get motion sickness in our VR environment. 

3. Do you see robotic laparoscopy taking the place of a normal scope procedure in the future?

Robotic laparoscopy is already taking place as a standard of care practice for many specific procedures such as hysterectomy and prostatectomy.

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