2 - Tuesday, March 30, 2010
In Other Ivory Towers
Associate Kinesiology Prof. Da
iel Ferris said he first developed;
interest for the field of movems
science as a football player at t
University of Central Florida.
"I broke both legs, my hat
my nose, and back all at diff'
ent times," he said in an intervir
yesterday. "It made me want
understand how to train to becor
a better machine for human perfc
mance in order to keep from brea
After going on to receive r
Ph.D. at the University of Califc
nia-Berkeley, Ferris said he came
the University of Michigan to u
his knowledge about the hum
body in hopes of teaching othe
about its wonders.
Ferris said he strives to make r
classes more hands on by using;
unconventional teaching style th
incorporates real world situatio:
like designing a prosthetic leg.
WHERE: 615 Oxford, Noble
WHAT: A caller reported a
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WHEN:Sunday at about12:30
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n- His newest course, which will
an be offered in the fall, is all about
ent the movement science of Batman.
he A book written by Ferris's good
friend, E. Paul Zehr of the Univer-
nd, sity of Victoria, inspired the topic of
er- the freshman seminar.
ew Though the intended audience
to of the book is more general, Ferris
,me said he thinks the book could be a
or- great tool to get freshmen students
ak- interested in Kinesiology.
"The course focuses on under-
his standing physiological principles
or- that go into making one human the
to best machine he or she can be," Fer-
use ris said.
an The coursewillexaminethe ana-
ers tomical factors that go into making
a superhero like Batman and will
his give students the chance to con-
an sider the. possibility that a human
hat could achieve Batman's abilities
ns, with the proper training.
If the Batman course is a hit, Fer-
fore You Were Here C
ris said he will open more sections,
adding that he may even introduce
a new superhero into the mix after
Zehr completes his second book
about Iron Man. Ferris said he is
even better qualified to talk about
a superhero in an iron suit, because
his main area of research is devel-
oping robotic exoskeletons for
people who need to re-learn how to
Ferris said he even believes that
one day students will see a real life
Iron Man walking the streets.
"Give us 50 or 60 years and we
may have a suit you could flyaround
in," he said.
Ferris said that when he isn't
enlightening his students about the
mechanics of superheroes, you can
find him playing beach volleyball or
spending time with his wife - who
is also a professor at the University
of Michigan - and two daughters.
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