Affinity Groups

The American Society of Biomechanics welcomes affinity groups to the meeting in August 2023. An affinity group can be defined as one that cultivates cohort and community building in the field of biomechanics.

Affinity Groups at the 2023 ASB Meeting

IWB Social Hour
At an off-site restaurant (TBC) on Aug 8, 19:00
Join the International Women in Biomechanics for a social hour on Tuesday August 8th to kick off ASB 2023! This is a great way to meet other women in a casual, social setting before the meeting even begins! This event is open to individuals of all career stages, those who identify as women or an underrepresented gender, and allies!
Learn more about IWB:

ASB Postdoc Social
At the Maker Exchange restaurant attached to the Marriott Knoxville Downtown on Aug 8 from 8-10pm
Following the Opening Reception, gather with fellow postdocs for drinks at our very first in-person social generously sponsored by Springbok Analytics!

Mental Health Break (sponsored by BBA & LiB)
At the Knoxville Convention Centre on Aug 9, 13:30-14:30
Conferences are enriching and fun but can get overwhelming. The Black Biomechanists Association (BBA) & Latinx in Biomechanix (LiB) would like to encourage everyone, and particularly underrepresented scholars, to take a mental break from science to recharge and continue to present your best self. Join us for relaxing yoga, coloring, and free writing activities. Attendees will also have the chance to win prizes in a free raffle!

Early Career Social
At Monkey’s Bar, 103 W Depot Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917 on August 9, 9:00 – 11:00 PM
Join your fellow early career attendees to meet new friends, reconnect with old colleagues, and celebrate all things biomechanics in a trendy cocktail and mocktail bar.
Vicon is generously supporting the venue rental and light appetizers for the event.

Christian Biomechanics Fellowship
At the Knoxville Convention Centre on Aug 10, 13:00-14:00
Come meet with other Christian faculty, researchers, and students in the biomechanics community over lunch for a time of fellowship and encouragement. Grab your lunch and stop by!

Professional development session for early career faculty
At the Knoxville Convention Centre on Aug 10 at 18:00-19:30
The aim of this event is to provide an opportunity for early career faculty (and similar) to receive advice from ASB fellows and other senior members on topics relevant to setting up successful research and/or teaching programs and facilitate discussion on how to address the unique challenges facing early career faculty.

Teaching Biomechanics in the “New Normal”
At the Knoxville Convention Centre on Aug 10, 18:00-19:30
The Teaching Biomechanics Interest Group (T-BIG) was started in 2020 among a group of teaching-focused biomechanists. Since that time, they have shared advice and resources, collaborated on projects, and run meeting programming to support and overcome the challenges of teaching in this nuanced field. Examples of these initiatives have centered around promoting undergraduates and undergraduate research and supporting biomechanists from primarily undergraduate institutions. Biomechanists at all levels and types of institutions are welcome to join. The affinity group event will be an informal, discussion-oriented event. This networking event will include a brief introduction on the accomplishments of the group thus far along with the short- and long-term goals of the group. The bulk of the time will be reserved for break-out groups to allow participants to meet faculty from other programs and to discuss how teaching has changed over the past few years, for better or worse. This will provide everyone with an opportunity to learn what has worked well and give us all a chance to vent about what didn’t work. Please join the T-BIG Slack to get involved and receive regular T-BIG updates.

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