Dear Members of the Biomechanics community,
We are happy that National Biomechanics Day, April 7, 2021 is quickly approaching. We are however anxious about the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and how it will affect our celebration. The Biomechanics Initiative, Inc. has monitored the evolving pandemic and, after thoughtful discussion with our Board of Directors and sponsors, has decided to promote virtual NBDs in 2021. We can do no less than fully promote and ensure the health and safety of all those involved with NBD this year.
Although we may be disappointed at not have thousands of smiling, young faces in our labs, we are incredibly excited to channel our efforts into taking NBD 2021 virtual in a meaningful way. Remember, the mission of The Biomechanics Initiative, Inc. and NBD is to advance Biomechanics science and education by increasing the awareness and appreciation of Biomechanics among the high-school community around the world. We now encourage participating institutions to work towards this goal by reaching out to local-area schools and inviting them to participate in a virtual program on or about April 7th. These events can highlight your lab’s capacities and wonderful personnel just like past in-person events. Let’s get students excited! Show them 3D motion capture! Ultrasound imaging of muscle fibers! EMG of active muscle! All the cool Biomechanics we do!!!
Here’s the good news: virtual NBDs have the great benefit of collaborations across vast distances! You can join forces with biomechanists around your nation or across national borders to create even more memorable experiences. Let’s envision three-lab collaborations exciting young people in three different cities!
In an effort to make NBD 2021 memorable, we will showcase all NBD events happening around the world on our website. We will create an NBD 2021 landing page containing links to Biomechanics-STEM & STEAM events, either live or pre-recorded, so that we can all share our materials. Please submit any links or videos you may have showing Biomechanics that others may like to use.
Let’s embrace virtual NBDs and overcome the pandemic. This year we can have, “more virtual smiles on more virtual faces in more virtual Biomechanics Labs,” than ever! Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions about virtual NBDs.
Paul DeVita, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, The Biomechanics Initiative and National Biomechanics Day