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Cross-college collaborators receive two grants

Robert L. Williams II and John N. Howell, members of the biomedical engineering faculty, landed two sizable grants recently. Williams is a professor of mechanical engineering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and Howell is an associate professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The American Osteopathic Association awarded $100,000 over two years for Williams and Howell’s “Extension of the Virtual Haptic Back for Advanced Palpatory Diagnosis with Motion Testing.” The Virtual Haptic Back is used in training medical students in palpatory diagnosis.
Also, the Brentwood Foundation awarded $105,419 over two years to Williams, Howell, and Janet M. Burns, D.O., a former assistant professor of family medicine at Ohio University, for “Haptic Modules for Palpatory Diagnosis Training.”
The Virtual Haptic Back work of Williams, Howell, and colleagues also led to a book chapter, two journal articles, and three conference papers in 2008.
Spring quarter 2008 marked the debut of the course “Biomechanics of Human Motion,” taught by Williams. Thirty-eight students took the class, which presents an overview of human skeletal and muscular anatomy and physiology. It is taught as a graduate level course as Biomedical Engineering 567 and as an undergraduate course as Mechanical Engineering 467.

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