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Clarkson doctorate student travels to Nebraska to present research


POTSDAM - Clarkson University mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Nicole C. Corbiere of Milton, Vt., received a student travel award to attend last month’s 37th annual American Society of Biomechanics conference in Omaha, Neb., where she presented her research.

Corbiere gave poster presentations titled “Cancellous Bone Fracture Visualization Method” and “Towards Preventing Cancellous Bone Collapse:Cervine Model and Fracture Imaging,” which described her preliminary work creating and visualizing compression fractures using engineering tools. This research could ultimately lead to clinical interventions - such as exercise or drug treatments - that will prevent vertebral fractures.

She is studying for a Ph.D. under advisors Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Assistant Professor Laurel Kuxhaus and Associate Professor Kathleen A. Issen in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory. Corbiere’s goal is to identify the underlying structural mechanism that causes vertebral fractures, common in patients with osteoporosis.

She received her bachelor of science degree in 2010 and her master of science in 2012, both in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.

Two other Clarkson students from the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory also gave poster presentations at the ASB meeting.

Alexander D.W. Throop of Potsdam, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, presented his work “Comparing periosteal morphology between cervine and human tibiae.” Throop received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson in 2012.

Alexander K. Landauer ‘14 of Enosburg, Vt., an undergraduate student in mechanical engineering and a member of Clarkson’s Honors Program, presented his work “Repetitive freezing:does it change nanoscale material properties of cancellous bone?”

Lab Director Kuxhaus accompanied the students to the conference.

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