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Awards & News

New Positions:

  • Dr. April Chambers was promoted to Associate Professor.
  • Dr. Kurt Beschorner was appointed to the editorial board of IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Grants:

  • University of Pittsburgh Healthy Lifestyle Institute (PI: Chambers), Describing biomechanics and clinical presentation of movement in obese adults with different levels of physical activity engagement
  • NIOSH R03OH011069 (PI: Beschorner), A Predictive Statistical Model for Shoe-Floor-Fluid Coefficient of Friction
  • NIOSH (CDC) Contract #75D30118P01647 (Project Director: Beschorner), Slip resistance testing of new and used boots
  • NIH NIA R44AG059258 (PI: Moyer/Beschorner), Portable Slip-Testing Device for Measuring Shoe-Floor Coefficient of Friction
  • NIOSH Contract #200-2017-M-93993 (PI: Beschorner), Develop Design Specifications for Apparatus to Slip Test Boots
  • NIH 1 R21 HD079254 (PI: Cham/Iverson), Role of Attention in Balance and Mobility in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Student Awards:

  • Erika Pliner (graduate student)
    • 2019 Pre-doctoral Young Scientist award from the American Society of Biomechanics: https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2019/Pliner-ASB/
    • 2019 Force and Motion Foundation Travel Scholarship
    • PPG Graduate Student Travel Award, “Discussion of Interventions to Improve Safety of PPG Employees and Customers”.
  • Sarah Hemler (graduate student)
    Vani Sundaram (undergraduate student)
    • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Publications:

  • Merrill Z, Woolley C, Cham R, 2020, Impact of the Seated Height to Stature Ratio on Torso Segment Parameters, Ergonomics (in press).
  • Merrill Z, Chambers AJ, Cham R, 2020, Development and Validation of Body Fat Prediction Models in American Adults, Obesity Science and Practice, 6(2): 189-195.
  • Martin ER, Pliner EM, Beschorner KE, 2020, Characterizing the Shoe-Rung Friction Requirements during Ladder Climbing, Journal of Biomechanics,99, 109507.
  • Iraqi A, Vidic N, Redfern MS, Beschorner KE, 2020, Prediction of coefficient of friction based on footwear outsole features, Applied Ergonomics, 82, 102963.
  • Beschorner KE, Iraqi A, Redfern MS, Moyer BE, Cham R, 2020, Influence of Averaging Time Interval on Shoe-Floor-Contaminant Coefficient of Friction Measurements, Applied Ergonomics, 82, p. 102959.
  • Nazifi MM, Beschorner KE, Hur P, 2019, Do Walking Synergies Influence Propensity of Severe Slipping? Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13, 383.
  • Merrill Z, Perera S, Cham R, 2019, Predictive Regression Modeling of Body Segment Parameters using Individual-Based Anthropometric Measurements, Journal of Biomechanics, 96, 109349.
  • Merrill Z, Perera S, Chambers A, Cham R, 2019, Age and body mass index associations with body segment parameters, Journal of Biomechanics, 88, 38-47.
  • Chanda A, Reuter A, Beschorner KE, 2019, Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT) Surrogate for Mechanical Slip Testing, IISE: Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, 7(2), 132-141.
  • Hemler SL, Charbonneau DN, Iraqi A, Redfern MS, Haight JM, Moyer BE, Beschorner KE, 2019, Changes in Under-Shoe Traction and Fluid Drainage for Progressively Worn Shoe Tread - Implications for Replacement Threshold, Applied Ergonomics, 80, 35-42.
  • Moghaddam SRM, Hemler SL, Redfern MS, Jacobs T, Beschorner KE, 2019, Computational Model of Shoe Wear Progression, Wear, 422-423, 235-241.
  • Beschorner KE, Iraqi A, Redfern MS, Cham R, Li Y, 2019, Predicting slips for the SATRA STM 603 whole-shoe tribometer under different coefficient of friction testing conditions, Ergonomics, 62(5), 668-681.
  • Chambers AJ, Robertson MM, Baker NA, 2019, The effect of sit-stand desks on office worker behavioral and health outcomes: A scoping review, Applied Ergonomics, 78, 37-53.
  • Pliner E, Seo NJ, Ramakrishnan V, Beschorner KE, 2019, Effects of upper body strength on ladder fall severity while controlling for hand and foot placement, Gait & Posture, 68, 23-29.

Conference Proceedings/Abstracts:

  • Pliner EM, Sturnieks DL, Beschorner KE, Redfern MS, Lord SR, 2019, Association of individual fall risk with standing measures on a step ladder, International Society of Biomechanics, Calgary, Canada.
  • Pliner EM, Dukes AA, Beschorner KE, Mahboobin A, 2019, Effects of interest-tailored biomechanics lectures on student engagement, International Society of Biomechanics, Calgary, Canada.
  • Nazifi M, Beschorner KE, Hur P, 2019, Does Inadequate Angular Momentum Regulation Cause Falls?, International Society of Biomechanics, Calgary, Canada.
  • Hemler SL, Sundaram VH, Beschorner KE, 2019, Influence of slip-resistant shoe classification and shoe age on under-shoe hydrodynamics during human slips, International Society of Biomechanics, Calgary, Canada.
  • Hemler SL, Sider J, Beschorner KE, 2019, Influence of required coefficient of friction on rate of shoe wear, International Society of Posture and Gait Research, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Pliner EM, Sturnieks DL, Beschorner KE, Redfern MS, Lord SR, 2019, Standing steadiness and variability of older adults on a step ladder, International Society of Posture and Gait Research, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Beschorner KE, Sundaram V, Hemler SL, 2019, Size of Worn Region Predicts Fluid Pressures during Human Slips, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.
  • Pliner EM, Hemler SL, Beschorner KE, 2019, Gait parameters of shoe wear: A case study of the shoe wear rate by individual gait parameters, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.
  • Hemler SL, Beschorner KE, 2019, Effect of Progressive Shoe Wear and Heel Type on Traction Performance Changes, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.
  • Hemler SL, Beschorner KE, 2019, Predicting Slip Risk Based on Footwear, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.
  • Iraqi A, Beschorner KE, 2019, Effect of Shoe Outsole Backing on the Coefficient of Friction, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN.