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Research: New SMU study connects running motion to ground force

SMU researchers have developed a concise new explanation for the basic mechanics involved in human running. Their research has immediate application for running performance, injury prevention, rehab and the individualized design of running shoes, orthotics and prostheses.

The work integrates classic physics and human anatomy to link the motion of individual runners to their patterns of force application on the ground – during jogging, sprinting and at all speeds in between.

The approach could enable the use of individualized gait patterns to optimize the design of shoes, orthoses and prostheses according to biomechanics experts Kenneth Clark, Laurence Ryan and Peter Weyand, who authored the new study.

The ground force-time patterns determine the body’s motion coming out of each step and therefore directly determine running performance. The impact portion of the pattern is also believed to be a critical factor for running injuries.

“The human body is mechanically complex, but our new study indicates that the pattern of force on the ground can be accurately understood from the motion of just two body parts,” said Clark, first author on the study and currently an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

“The foot and the lower leg stop abruptly upon impact, and the rest of the body above the knee moves in a characteristic way,” Clark said. “This new simplified approach makes it possible to predict the entire pattern of force on the ground — from impact to toe-off — with very basic motion data.”

> Read the full story at the SMU Research blog

February 10, 2017|Faculty in the News, For the Record, News, Research|

Join faculty, staff, students and alumni for SMU Night at the Dallas Mavericks Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

SMU Night at the Dallas Mavericks, Feb. 13, 2017The Dallas Mavericks and FOX Sports Southwest welcome the University community to SMU Night on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.

As part of the team’s College Spirit Nights, the Mavs are offering discounted tickets to their game against the Boston Celtics. The first 250 SMU students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and friends to buy a ticket package will also receive a special Mavericks caps featuring the Peruna logo.

Tickets start at $25 and are only available for purchase online. Get yours and find more information at mavs.com/collegespiritnights.

February 10, 2017|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Meadows Opera Theatre presents The Elixir of Love at SMU Feb. 9-12, 2017

Elixir of Love rehearsal stillThe Meadows Opera Theatre’s first show of 2017 opens tonight in SMU’s Bob Hope Theatre, featuring the Meadows Opera Orchestra and the slogan, “Never underestimate the power of true love and a little cheap Bordeaux.”

The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti is directed by Hank Hammett and conducted by Paul Phillips. Performances are scheduled Feb. 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $8 for students, faculty and staff.

The opera will be sung in Italian with English projected titles.

> SMU Opera Behind the Scenes: A new way of rendering costume designs

Donizetti’s enduring comedy focuses on a poor, uneducated young man who, though he thinks he’s a nobody, is hopelessly in love with the most popular, affluent girl in town. With the help of a flamboyant snake-oil salesman and a bottle (or two) of a special “love potion,” he sets out to win her.

First performed in Milan in 1832, the opera remains a keystone of the international repertoire and one of Donizetti’s most frequently performed works. The SMU production was inspired by the works of artists Jerry Bywaters and Romare Bearden.

For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

February 9, 2017|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU to offer new M.S. degree in engineering entrepreneurship beginning in Fall 2017

SMU will offer a new master’s degree in engineering entrepreneurship beginning in fall 2017. The degree program will be offered over two semesters, fall and spring, and will draw from existing courses in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and Edwin L. Cox School of Business.

The new degree program is designed to develop engineers who look at the role of technology in society through a business lens, who can help fill the demand for managers and entrepreneurs to start and lead new technology ventures. It is anchored in a yearlong project, the Technology Commercialization Studio, in which students will explore the commercial opportunities of a new technology – likely to be developed in one of SMU’s engineering or science research labs.

“What happens when you bring together a top-ranked business school and an innovative engineering school? You create a program that will help the best and brightest achieve their dreams of bringing new technology to the marketplace,” said Lyle Dean Marc Christensen. “The master’s in engineering entrepreneurship will focus on shaping a small cohort of elite students, providing them the skills and experiences to have impact in the competitive world of high tech startups.”

Regular admission to the program will require a bachelor of science in engineering, but outstanding candidates from alternate STEM fields will be considered.

“We are looking for smart, confident engineers who want to understand the role of new technology in society from a business perspective, and who can lead and manage engineering projects that commercialize that technology,” said Duncan MacFarlane, associate dean for engineering entrepreneurship in the Lyle School. “We expect the program to encourage the incubation of novel technologies from SMU students and faculty.”

MacFarlane will direct the program with associate directors Jerry White, the Linda and Kenneth R. Morris Endowed Director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship in the Cox School, and Simon Mak, associate director of the institute. MacFarlane, White and Mak have been meeting on a regular basis since Fall 2015 to coordinate entrepreneurship activities and develop the new program.

> Read the full story from SMU News

February 7, 2017|News|

Tune In: SMU gathers for MLK Unity Walk 2017

SMU students, faculty and staff celebrated the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, Jan. 26, with the 2017 Unity Walk. The annual procession is part of Dream Week at SMU, which also included participation in Dallas’ annual MLK Day Parade on Jan. 16 and the University’s yearly MLK Day of Service on Jan. 28.

Myles Taylor of SMU News has created a video to commemorate the occasion. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or watch the 2017 Unity Walk in a new windowvideo

> Read the full 2017 Dream Week story from SMU News

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February 3, 2017|News, Tune In|
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