Physics Colloquium: Dr. Craig McGowan, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho
Monday, April 23 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location: Ep 209
Title: Comparative Approaches to Musculoskeletal Biomechanics: Locomotion in Humans and Other Animals.
Abstract: Animals live in complex habitats and must perform a variety of non-steady locomotor tasks. For example, the ability to change speed quickly, turn or jump can have direct implications for evolutionary success. The mechanical demands of such tasks can differ greatly and the musculoskeletal system must be able to meet these demands. Using a comparative approach, I integrate a number of research techniques including in-vivo muscle-tendon measurements, musculoskeletal modeling and computer simulation, and whole animal biomechanics to examine how animals have evolved to move and maneuver through their natural environments.