Randall Jensen (HPER) presented three papers at the XXII International Society of Biomechanics in Sport meeting in Ottawa, Canada in August. He is the lead author of "Effects of static stretching on maximal isokinetic torque," which indicates that static stretching before peak knee extension may reduce performance and might not be recommended before high-strength activity. A second paper, "Electromyographic quadriceps/hamstring ratios during drop jumps," is based on Jensen's research with NMU graduate student John Lawrence and August graduate Mike Koskiniemi. Their results showed that hamstring muscles might decrease muscle activity in deep squats, indicating the possibility of knee damage in deep squats.

Jensen also presented a paper he wrote with two coauthors from the University of Limerick in Ireland. It is titled, "The effects of sand dune and hill running on lower limb kinematics and running speed in elite sprinters" and indicates that running up sand dunes may be a useful training adjunct because it requires different motions and additional power compared with regular hill running. All three papers were published in Proceedings of the XXII International Symposium of Biomechanics in Sports.

Carol Strauss Sotiropoulos (Modern Languages and Literatures) presented a paper titled, "Importing and Exporting the 'Other': Strategizing Educational Reform in Didactic Fiction," at the 2004 conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) in Boston.

Suzanne Williams (Chemistry) and undergraduate student Gwen Panian gave a poster presentation on their protein chemistry research at the 9th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders in Philadelphia. The poster was titled, "Isothermal titration calorimetry analyses of ligand binding to alpha-2-macroglobulin."



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