Affinity Groups

The American Society of Biomechanics welcomes affinity groups to the meeting in August 2024. An affinity group can be defined as one that cultivates cohort and community building in the field of biomechanics.

Submission for Affinity Groups is now OPEN!

If you are an organizer of a biomechanics affinity group and would like to assemble during ASB2024, please email James Finley, ASB Program Chair, with a description of your event and anticipated needs for space at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center.

We will do our best to find space to accommodate affinity groups.

Requests for space MUST be received prior to June 1, 2024 for consideration but the sooner received, the sooner it can be confirmed and added to the website.

Once received, the Affinity group meetings and events will be published on the ASB website and in the program for delegate information.

Confirmed Affinity Groups at ASB 2024

ASB Christian Biomechanics

Tuesday, Aug 6th at Lunch Time

The Christian Biomechanics Fellowship is a group of ASB members who have decided to become Jesus followers. We meet over lunch at the ASB annual meeting to get to know one another, to encourage one another, and to hear how God is working in and through the lives of other ASB Jesus followers. At this year’s conference luncheon, we will consider why God has placed each of us on our respective college campuses and discuss creative ways that we can demonstrate the love of Jesus in a winsome manner to those God has placed around us.

American Baseball Biomechanics Society Annual Business Meeting

Wednesday, Aug 7th at Lunch Time

The American Baseball Biomechanics Society (ABBS) is a professional society that promotes research, discussion, and the exchange of ideas among biomechanists with an interest in baseball, as well as baseball professionals with an interest in biomechanics. ABBS members and any other individuals attending ASB who are interested in learning more about the rapidly-growing field of baseball biomechanics are invited to attend our annual business meeting.

Black Biomechanists Association (BBA) and Latinx in Biomechanix (LiB)

Thursday, Aug 8th at Lunch Time

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 a relaxing lunch with socializing and coloring activities. Attendees will also have the chance to win prizes in a free raffle!

Early Career Faculty Affinity Group (Biomechnewbies)

Thursday, Aug 8th at Lunch Time

Grab your lunch and join Early Career members (pre-tenured faculty, future-faculty) in a workshop-style event to learn from ASB fellows and other senior members on topics relevant to setting up successful research and teaching programs and to facilitate discussion on how to address the unique challenges facing early career faculty. The goal of the session is to provide actionable steps for early career biomechanists to take to earn tenure or promotion in their unique career paths.

Teaching Biomechanics Interest Group

Thursday, Aug 8th at Lunch Time
“Inclusive Teaching in Biomechanics – Can we really reach them all?” hosted by the Teaching Biomechanics Interest Group (T-BIG). Grab your lunch and join us for a teaching focused discussion on inclusive pedagogies specifically applied to the field of biomechanics. This event will be a continuation of last year’s “Teaching Biomechanics in the New Normal” Affinity Group event. We will be discussing the inequities in academic and social preparation in this new generation of undergraduate students being observed at various programs across the country and discussing ways of reaching all of the students without alienating or boring the top students (and not “dumbing down” the content). In addition to this in-person discussion at the conference, we will be soliciting ideas for 4 virtual discussions to be held throughout the 2024-2025 academic year (and also getting volunteers to host those events).

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