As Past President, I have the pleasure and responsibility of coordinating ASB awards. I would like to thank the more than 100 ASB members who have taken part in the award application and review process. We very much appreciate your valuable contributions to the field of biomechanics. We look forward to learning the outcome of awards yet to be decided at the annual meeting in Omaha. These include the 2013 President’s award, Journal of Biomechanics award, and the Clinical Biomechanics award. In closing, it has been my honor and pleasure to serve the membership of the American Society of Biomechanics.
2013 Borelli Award Winner: Kenton Kaufman
Dr. Ken Kaufman obtained his PhD from North Dakota State University in 1988. After a time at Children’s Hospital in San Diego, he joined the faculty at the Mayo Clinic in 1996, where he is now the W. Hall Wendel, Jr. Musculoskeletal Research Professor and Director of the Orthopedic Biomechanics / Motion Analysis Laboratory.
Ken has made outstanding contributions in orthopedics, rehabilitation, prosthetics, orthotics, and quantification of musculoskeletal disease and treatment. He has led studies of microprocessor-controlled knees that have notably improved the functional ability of amputees. Ken’s work on orthotics has been sustained since 1992 when he first received NIH funding to work on a Logic Controlled Electromechanical Free Knee Brace -- the original design effort on a class of devices now known as stance-controlled orthoses. Ken’s efforts in musculoskeletal medicine have ranged from reducing overuse injuries in military recruits by developing an improved combat boot to pioneering work demonstrating the functional benefit of Botox injections for patients with cerebral palsy. His use of sophisticated motion analysis techniques to document objective outcomes of numerous orthopedic procedures have received the highest research awards in hip surgery, the Stinchfield Award from the Hip Society, as well as in knee surgery, the Insall Award from the Knee Society. More recently, Ken and co-workers have developed a novel fiber-optic sensor that can be inserted using the same clinical techniques used for intramuscular EMG, and he is also actively pursuing strategies for reducing falls in older adults.
Ken has made significant and sustained interdisciplinary and translational research contributions, which have advanced, expanded and strengthened the discipline of biomechanics. These contributions include 184 peer-reviewed publications, many of which have appeared in the highest impact biomedical, engineering and clinical journals, 37 book chapters, and over 250 abstracts.
Ken was a founding member of the Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation from 1999-2003. He served as President of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society from 2000-2001, and President of the American Society of Biomechanics from 2006-2007.
2013 Jim Hay Memorial Award Winner: Glenn Fleisig
Glenn Fleisig received his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994, but by that time he had already established himself as a strong biomechanist in Sports and Exercise Science. Glenn’s background and his entire professional career have been focused on sports biomechanics. After graduating in 1984 with his BS from MIT, interning at the US Olympic Training Center, and completing his MS at Washington University in St. Louis, Glenn was hired in 1987 by James Andrews, MD to develop the research program of the newly created American Sports Medicine Institute, where he has been the principal for the past 25 years.
Glenn is internationally recognized as a leader in throwing biomechanics, particularly with respect to baseball pitching. He has over 75 peer-reviewed publications, mostly in sport biomechanics. He has been invited to write over 30 manuscripts, 12 book chapters, and 50 guest lectures. His conference abstracts total more than 210. Arguably the most important result of his outstanding research in sports biomechanics is the fact that his research on throwing mechanics and injury directly led to widespread implementation of pitch count regulations for youth baseball players.
In addition to his numerous publications on throwing biomechanics related to injury and performance, he has worked to inform the general public through constant interviews and coverage in print, online, television, and radio media. He has analyzed the throwing biomechanics of pitchers for nearly every Major League Baseball team, giving recommendations for reducing injury risk and enhancing performance. He has also been a pitching safety consultant to Little League Baseball and a Medical Safety committee member for USA Baseball. Given that his primary appointment is at a private research institute and not an academic center, it is quite remarkable that Glenn created ASMI’s Student Researcher Program, through which he has supervised 150 students from various universities over the years.
ASB Fellows: Class of 2013
The ASB Fellows are happy to announce their most recent member, who will be inducted in Omaha. Please congratulate Jill McNitt-Gray from the University of Southern California for her exceptional professional achievements and service to the field of biomechanics.
Borelli Award: Ken Kaufman
Hay Award: Glenn Fleisig
Pre-Doctoral Young Scientist Award: Arin Ellingson, University of Minnesota
Post-Doctoral Young Scientist Award: Steve Collins, Carnegie Mellon University
Research Travel Grant: Anne Silverman, Colorado School of Mines
Clinical Biomechanics Award Finalists (Only first authors listed)
Peter Barrance, Kessler Foundation Research Center
Tibiofemoral Contact Location Changes Associated with Lateral Heel Wedging - A Study Using Weight Bearing MRI
Michelle Hall, The University of Melbourne
A longitudinal study of the knee adduction moment components post-arthroscopic partial meniscectomy
Journal of Biomechanics Award Finalists (Only first authors listed)
Joseph Geissler, New Jersey Medical School and New Jersey Institute of Technology
Alendronate Treatment Elicits a Reduction in Mechanical Properties and the Density of Osteocyte Cells in Cortical Tissue
Hunter Bennett, East Carolina University
Heterogeneous Regional Fascicle Behavior Within the Biceps Femoris Long Head
Student Travel Awards:
Abbie Ferris -- University of Northern Colorado
Alan Cudlip -- University of Waterloo
Ata Kiapour -- University of Toledo
Dustin Crouch -- VT - Wake Forest University
Federico Pozzi -- University of Delaware
Leah Enders -- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Matt Coombs -- University of Cincinnati
Michelle Hall -- University of Melbourne
Nathan Pickle -- Colorado School of Mines
Nicole Corbiere -- Clarkson University
Rebecca Krupenevich -- Eastern Carolina University
Sivan Almosnino -- Queen's University
Taylor Dick -- Simon Fraser University