Thesis Defense by Sophie Orr on November 22nd

Space Studies M.S. candidate, Sophie Orr, will defend her thesis as follows.  All Space Studies students and faculty are encouraged to show your support by attending.

When:  Friday, November 22nd at 12:30 pm (Central)

Where:  Ryan Hall, Room 111

Title:  “Effects of Locomotion Methods Under Simulated Reduced Gravity Conditions on Muscles and Joints of the Leg”

About the topic: How humans will move on other planets is up for debate – will we walk, run or skip in low gravity environments?  Past research efforts have focused on the energy difference between these locomotion methods in fractional gravity, suggesting that skipping is energetically more efficient than walking and running in these environments. While skipping may be more beneficial from an energy standpoint, the full range of reasons behind the locomotion method selection have not been researched. This includes damage to the muscles of the leg, which is partially prevented by a transition from walking to running. In a space environment, these factors will play a role in astronaut health and injury prevention. By studying muscle usage and ankle mechanics, this study shines a light on how astronauts will get around on the Moon and Mars and offers suggestions for astronaut training development. About the Presenter: Sophie Orr received her B.S. in Anthropology from UC Davis in 2015. She is currently the Student Project Coordinator at Colorado Space Grant at CU Boulder. Sophie hopes to continue researching the effects of space and injury on the human body through PhD work

******Those unable to attend in person may view the live webcast******

1) A live webcast which includes PowerPoint slides will be available here.

2) Via Zoom Video Conferencing.  Sign in as a guest, or use your Zoom log-in.

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