Awards Chair

July 30, 2021

by Melissa Morrow

Awards Chair


Once again in my second year as Awards Chair, it was an honor to oversee the management and selection of the 2021 ASB award winners. The applicants were exceptional, and I congratulate all of the winners on their accomplishments. I sincerely thank all the award committee members who contributed to the review of applicants during this continued difficult time.  Our 2021 Award Recipients are:


Borelli Award: Glenn Fleisig, PhD, American Sports Medicine Institute
Fleisig Borelli Award Talk: Wednesday, August 11th, 1:00 PM Eastern

Jim Hay Memorial Award: Peter Weyand, PhD, Southern Methodist University
Hay Award Symposium: Thursday, August 12th, 1:00 PM Eastern

Founders’ Award: Karen Troy, PhD, Worcester Polytechnical Institute
Jean Landa Pytel Award for Diversity Mentorship in Biomechanics: Jianhua (Jerry) Wu, PhD, Georgia State University
Award Presentations: Wednesday, August 11th at 11:00 AM Eastern

ASB Early Career Achievement Award: Erin Mannen, PhD, Boise State University
ASB Pre-Doctoral Achievement Award: Katie Knaus, PhD, University of Virginia
Award Presentations: Thursday August 12th at 11:00 AM Eastern


Junior Faculty Research Award: Brittany Heintz Walters, PhD, Seattle University.

Student Travel Awards: Tasnuva Alam, Georgia State University; Yadrianna Acosta-Sojo, University of Michigan; Olaoluwa Akinsola, Ohio State University; Caitlin Banks, University of California, Davis; Obinna Fidelis, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria; Nathan Holland, Old Dominion University; Tessa Hulburt, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Nicholas Hunt, Boise State University; Natasha Ivanochko, University of Waterloo; Pegah Jamali, Washington State University; Haneol Kim, Georgia State University; Sachini Kodithuwakku Arachchige, Mississippi State University; Maria Prado, University of Texas at San Antonio; Emma San Martin, West Point; Kayla Seymore, University of Delaware; Nicole Stark, Virginia Tech, Adam Weiner-Aponte, University of California, Davis; Whitney Wolff, University of Michigan; Brandon Yates, Indiana University School of Medicine


Awards Session Presentations: Thursday August 12th at 11:00 AM Eastern

The finalists for the Journal of Biomechanics award are:

  • The metabolic cost of walking balance control and adaption in young adults
    Shawn Ahuja and Jason R. Franz
  • Exploring the functional boundaries and metabolism of triceps surae force-length relations during walking
    Callum J. Funk, Rebecca L. Krupenevich, Gregory S. Sawicki, and Jason R. Franz

The finalists for the Clinical Biomechanics award are:

  • Imu-derived ergonomic metrics measured during daily life may differentiate manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury with and without rotator cuff pathology progression
    Omid Jahanian, Meegan G. Van Straaten, Brianna M. Goodwin, Stephen M. Cain, Jonathan D. Barlow, Naveen S. Murthy, and Melissa M. B. Morrow
  • Redistribution of muscular work by children with cerebral palsy walking in crouch
    Anahid Ebrahimi, Michael Schwartz, Jack Martin, Tom Novacheck, and Darryl Thelen

For more information on the awardees, please see our Awardee Spotlight page here.

Melissa Morrow

Melissa Morrow

Awards Chair

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