Taylor Dick, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology
My name is Taylor, I am a PhD candidate in Dr James Wakeling's Neuromuscular Mechanics Laboratory in the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Department. My research is focused on muscle architecture, tendon interactions, and muscle fibre recruitment during cycling. In particular I am interested in using whole body dynamic musculoskeletal simulations to predict the mechanical function of muscles during locomotor activities.
I spent 5 years as a varsity athlete. Being a member of the Canadian National Wrestling Team, I have had to opportunity to travel around the world and compete. I am excited for this new chapter of my life in academia. I have a keen interest in the outdoors. In particular I enjoy hiking, trail running, cycling, and my most recent sport whitewater canoeing.
The Fall 2012 Presidents Dream Colloquium has given me a new outlook on the value of interdisciplinary studies. We had an extremely diverse group of students and faculty from both sciences and arts which allowed me to broaden my way of thinking as well as learn many new theories and principles. We overcame the academic language barrier so that we could correspond in a way understood by all disciplines, a task proven to be not so easy. Overall, this was a great course that has immensely enriched my academic culture.