Communication devices ‘enable’ children with disabilities

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty have com­bined their knowl­edge of engi­neering and phys­ical therapy to design, develop, and then deliver two low-​​cost com­mu­ni­ca­tion devices to dis­abled kids living at a pair of orphan­ages in Ecuador.

The plight of the modern coalminer

Open-​​pit coalminers who drive heavy-​​duty vehi­cles face a unique brand of whole-​​body vibra­tion caused by oper­ating this equip­ment. Backed by a new grant from the Alpha Foun­da­tion, phys­ical therapy pro­fessor Jack Den­ner­lein will explore its effect on the body.

The next steps for dance medicine

New asso­ciate pro­fessor Shaw Bronner studies the bio­me­chanics of dance movement—research with appli­ca­tions ranging from pre­venting dancers’ injuries to under­standing the neural rela­tion­ship between move­ment and memory.