CMU Instructional Designer Xin Wang, PhD, has been awarded The Graduate Dean's Citation for Excellence, in recognition of superior academic achievement as a candidate for a graduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Wang will be recognized at the Dean’s Citation for Excellence Reception and at the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, December 9. 

A paper by Kinesiology Professor Steve Murray, PhD, and Dr. Mike Reeder, acting director of the Monfort Family Human Performance Lab, has been accepted for publication in Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. Reeder and Murray, along with Dr. Matthew R. Compton, a family practice physician who recently completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at St. Mary's Family Practice Program, recently wrote a case report entitled "Weighted-ball Training Leading to a Stress Fracture of the Distal Ulna in a Collegiate Softball Pitcher".

The case involved a 22-year-old female collegiate softball pitcher and how she suffered an ulnar stress fracture from weighted-ball training.  The case is the first of its kind to be published in the medical literature. Reeder, Compton and Murray described the subject's experiences, reviewed the treatment and outcomes, and discussed the overloading of the skeletal-repair mechanism and how weighted-ball throwing - a technique designed to increase the load on the involved musculature with the aim of increasing pitch velocity - can magnify torsional force, muscular traction and cause repetitive valgus stress to the proximal ulna, resulting in a stress fracture.  Implications for clinical practice were discussed because the potential for injury with weighted-ball training exists.

Assistant Professor of Art KyoungHwa Oh, who heads up the ceramics program, has work exhibited in four different venues this fall. All were either juried or invitational shows. 

  • Red Lodge Clay Center, Mont., hosted “Celadon Candy", a survey of contemporary ceramic vessels and sculptures, using, or influenced by the seductive color of Celadon glaze. Oh had 25 pieces in this exhibit. 
  • The American Museum of Ceramic Art, in Pomona, Calif. Oh had one piece in the "Biomophic” exhibition.
  • Alexis Templeton Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, hosted a "Feast of Pottery" exhibition. Oh had 20 pieces of her artwork in this exhibit.
  • The CMU art gallery, 437CO, hosted “This will be Chaos”. This exhibit was a faculty show and Oh had an installation piece.

Biological Sciences faculty were successful in securing grants and conducting grant-related research.

  • Stephen Stern, PhD: $25,000 BLM research grant to conduct a floristic inventory of the McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area.
  • Eriek Hansen, PhD, and Melissa Conner, PhD: Two-year, $258,659 research grant through the National Institute of Justice focused on measuring desiccation using a system using bioelectric impedance analysis.
  • Susan Longest, PhD, (co-PI): $30,000 BLM & CPW research grant to study the effects of vehicle travel in breeding areas of the spadefoot toad.

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