Division of Comparative Biomechanics (DCB): 2008 Spring Newsletter
In this newsletter:
from the Chair
Just over a year ago we
created a new division for the study of comparative biomechanics. We
adopted a set of bylaws. We held our first elections in 2007. All
the interim officers we elected to assume office at the January
meeting. These include: me, Robert Full as chair, Frank Fish as
program officer and Miriam Ashley-Ross as secretary. We thank the
nominees and the membership for your participation in the elections.
Nearly 75% of the members voted. Gabriel Rivera is our new
divisional representative to the Student/Postdoctoral Affairs
We had 198 join the
Division last year. This year we have a total of 349 members!
The San Antonio Meeting
was remarkably successful. DCB sponsored three symposia. There were
19 sessions related to biomechanics with 99 contributed papers and 53
posters. We look forward to Boston next year.
I attended the
Biological Approaches for Engineering meeting at the University of
Southampton on 17th to 19th of March. The meeting was small and of
very high quality. Many of our European colleagues gave plenary talks
- J. Rayner, C. Ellington, R. Blake, J. Vincent along with our own
Steve Vogel. The meeting was supported by the new journal
Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
The editor-in-chief Robert Allen is interested in being associated
with our new division. I would appreciate your thoughts.
The North American
Congress on Biomechanics (NACOB). NACOB 2008 will be held from
Tuesday, August 5 to Saturday, August 9, 2008 on the Central Campus
of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. NACOB
2008 is the combined Annual Meetings of the American Society of
Biomechanics and the Canadian Society for Biomechanics. This
combined meeting is held once every six years to promote scientific
exchange and to foster collaboration among those interested in all
aspects of biomechanics. The new president of the American Society
of Biomechanics is Rodger Kram. He made a specific appeal to us
concerning a closer relationship in their recent newsletter. "First
off, I am determined to grow the participation of biologists in the
society. One way is to reach out to the Society of Integrative and
Comparative Biology (SICB). Research interests at SICB span the
range of organisms on the planet from ants to zebras and from amoebas
to xylem. I encourage you to google "SICB biomechanics" and
check it out. They provide a list of their members and institutional
affiliation. You probably have a local biomechanics colleague and
don't even know it. Drop them an email, invite them to your lab,
have a cup of coffee, exchange ideas and encourage them to join ASB
or attend our meeting. Or maybe put together a proposal for a
regional joint ASB-SICB conference. Bob Full of UC Berkeley is the
chair of biomechanics for SICB and we are working on a plan to
encourage ASB and SICB members to attend each other's meetings."
Send me your thoughts. If you would like to volunteer to lead these
efforts please contact me.
The Annual Scientific
Meeting of SEB is July 6th - 10th in Marseille, France, 2008 at the
Parc Chanot Conference Centre. There is a wonderful symposium on
Integrating the Mechanics and Energetics of Locomotion organized by
Richard L. Marsh. There have also been requests to have a joint
meeting with SEB. Again, send me your thoughts. If you would like
to volunteer to lead these efforts please contact me.
IUPS is in Kyoto, Japan
on July 27 - August 1, 2009. As suggested last year, DCB could come
up with a satellite symposium to coincide with the meeting. If you
would like to volunteer to lead these efforts please contact me.
The 16th Congress of the
European Society of Biomechanics is to be held July 6th - 9th, 2008
in Lucerne, Switzerland. I will be presenting and will report on
possible links to this society.
from the Program Officer
The program associated
with the Division of Comparative Biomechanics (DCB) at the 2008 SICB
was extremely successful and displayed the strength of the new
division. Indeed, there were problems in just being able to choose
for all the concurrent papers that were delivered by members of the
DCB. There were contributed papers on running, swimming, flying,
clinging, jumping, feeding, growth, mechanics, biomaterials, and
adhesives. The crown achievement was the DCB-sponsored symposium
"Going with the Flow: Ecomorphological Variation Across Aquatic
Flow," which was organized by Grabriel Rivera and Richard Blob.
Steve Vogel started it off and Mimi Koehl concluded. DCB also helped
to sponsor the symposia "Electromyography Interpretation and
Limitations in Functional Analyses of Musculoskeletal Systems" and
"Aeroecology: Probing and Modeling the Atmosphere-The Next
Frontier." DCB pooled its collective resources with the Division
of Vertebrate Morphology to have a "kegger" for a social, which
went extremely well.
I would like you to
think about possible symposia to have at future meetings. The
strength of this new division rests on the participation of the
members of DCB and the symposia that are sponsored. If you have an
idea for a symposium, please contact me and we can work out the
specifics. There is also opportunity to have symposia presented at
the next meeting as a Late-Breaking Symposium. Although these
symposia will be limited in number, it is a mechanism to have a forum
for fast developing and important ideas.
from the Secretary
What a great meeting in
San Antonio! Not only did our Division sponsor three excellent
symposia, but we also inaugurated the Best Student Paper competitions
quite successfully - we had 23 entries, spanning the spectrum from
the microscopic to fully organismal. Here are the winners:
Best Student Oral
University of California Berkeley, Effect of Variation in
Length and Width on Single Seta Force in Geckos
Best Student Poster
Kevin Miklasz, Hopkins
Marine Station of Stanford University, Pacific Grove, A
Low-Reynolds number conundrum: How fast should diatoms sink?
Anne and Kevin! They have set the bar high for future years!
congratulations go to Sheila Patek, DCB member and this year's
recipient of the Bartholomew Award!
It's also not too
soon to start making plans for the Boston meeting in 2009 and beyond.
DCB is sponsoring one symposium for Boston, Sensory Biomechanics,
organized by Matt McHenry and Sanjay Sane. We want to continue
making a strong showing as a Division, so please consider organizing
a symposium for a future meeting. There are some specific tips on
obtaining NSF funding for symposia in the Minutes of the Business
We are establishing
a Researchers Database for the Division. Please e-mail me a short
description of your research, along with a nifty picture related to
it, for inclusion in the online database. It's a great tool for
attracting potential students, and only takes a couple of minutes -
most of us already have websites, and it's simple to copy the most
salient points from that, and send them along.
Have a great summer!
Minutes of the January 2008 Business Meeting