Zatsiorsky honored with 2009 Faculty Scholar Medal

March 19, 2009

Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky, professor of kinesiology, is one of five professors University-wide to receive the 2009 Faculty Scholar Medal. Zatsiorsky's medal honors his research in the area of life and health sciences.

Zatsiorsky has had two academic careers, the first in the Soviet Union, where he built his international reputation as a biomechanist and developed the Russian School of Biomechanics. In his second career at Penn State, he has focused on the mechanics of motor control, with the recent development of a model of hand function as the centerpiece of a significant research agenda.

His research has focused on the problem of redundancy in motor control through investigating the complexity of the neural and mechanical influences on movement organization in human grasping. His studies have been published in leading journals and have advanced current thinking on torque and force control in hand function.

Zatsiorsky, whose work was recognized with the 2008 Jim Hay Memorial Award of the American Society of Biomechanics, has published 400 research papers and is the author or co-author of fifteen books published in thirteen languages. He holds honorary doctorates from the Russian State University of Physical Culture in Moscow and the Academy of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Poland.

Established in 1980, the faculty scholar medal recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. A committee of faculty peers reviews nominations and selects candidates.


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