Alyssa Spomer and Momona Yamagami Present at a Neurorehabilitation Conference in Spain

Alyssa and Momona attended the Summer School on Neurorehabilitation (SSNR) in Baiona, Spain from September 16th to the 21st. Alyssa gave a podium presentation on a feedback system she is developing that aims to characterize and target altered motor control in cerebral palsy. Momona gave a poster presentation to share her recent quantifications of deficits in motor planning in cerebral palsy. Nice work, Alyssa and Momona!Alyssa at podium presenting "A Feedback System to Characterize and Target Altered Motor Control in Cerebral Palsy".



Monoma stands in front of her poster "Quantification of Deficits in Motor Planning in Cerebral Palsy", discussing with interested colleagues.


Research Experience Undergraduates Present at CSNE

This summer the Steele Lab had the pleasure of hosting three undergraduate researchersJulia Costacurta from Johns Hopkins, Joe Lawler from the University of Washington, and Preston Pan from the University of Washington.

After a competitive selection process, students are offered a 10-week internship here at the University to work directly with a research lab on campus. One of the program’s final deliverables is a presentation of their work, both in podium and poster format, to members of the local and scientific community. Congratulations to Julia, Joe, and Preston for their successful time here in the lab, and for giving polished presentations.

Three undergraduates, in their early twenties, stand arm in arm as they smile for the photo. They are dressed in business casual attire and behind them hangs a series of scientific posters on biomechanics.

Julia’s work explored the impacts of Ankle-Foot Orthoses on transient gait, a period of walking where little is currently known about device dynamics.

Julia Costacurta and her mentor for the 2018 summer, Michael Rosenberg, stand in front of her scientific poster evaluating the impact of ankle foot orthosis stiffness on transient walking.Preston worked directly with Seattle Children’s Hospital to implement algorithms for detecting bimanual hand movement before, during, and after a common therapy used to promote improved motor skills for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Preston Pan, in a white collared shirt and blazer, stands in front of his scientific poster evaluated a proposed motion tracking algorithm for bimanual movement.

Joe’s focus this summer involved working with the University of Washington HuskyADAPT program. HuskyADAPT is a student-run program in its second year and stands for Accessible Design and Play Technology. Joe’s research question asked, how we can improve upon and further promote an inclusive and sustainable program for assistive technology?



Members volunteer in the Special Olympics

Alyssa Spomer, Karley Benoff, and Michael Rosenberg volunteered at the cheer line, bocce,  and tennis sporting events as well as the awards ceremony for powerlifting at the Special Olympics. The University of Washington was proud to host this fantastic sporting event, the athletes from all over the country, and fans, family, and coaches. Congratulations to all of our athletes! 

Alyssa Spomer and Karley Benoff sit behind a fold out table underneath a white tent as they provide answers for athletes and families alike. The desk has two purple informational signs that read, "Sports Information Desk" and "Real-Time Results"

Purple and green tennis courts at UW span the photo. In the foreground an athlete finishes his/her serve as referees and volunteers look on.