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Skeletons: Guests (2011)

Benjamin Davis

Microgravity researcher, Boise State University

Benjamin Davis is a research technician in the Biomolecular Research Center at Boise State where he works on a NASA-sponsored investigation of how bone cells sense and respond to mechanical forces.

He is a recent graduate of the Boise State Biology program. As a student he was a member of the Boise State Microgravity Team that designed and deployed an experiment aboard NASA's Weightless Wonder, an aircraft that creates rollercoaster-like dips and climbs to produce periods of weightlessness. The experiment examined how bone cells respond to the changing gravitational environment of parabolic flight.

Dr. Jeffrey Shilt

Director of Pediatric Orthopaedics, St. Alphonsus Medical Center

Jeffrey Shilt attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, graduating in 1992. He currently practices pediatric orthopedics and surgery at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Dr. Shilt has developed several youth sports camps and triathlons, competes in triathlons for the Challenged Athletes Foundation and is a 4-time qualifier for the Kona Ironman. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Erin and their two daughters.

Dr. Jeff Seegmiller

Assistant Professor of Movement Science, University of Idaho

Dr. Jeff Seegmiller has been interested in skeletons ever since he broke his arm in fourth grade. He currently studies human skeletons and muscles to find new ways to make them strong, help them heal, and prevent them from breaking or tearing. He has taken care of musculoskeletal injuries of BYU and Washington Redskins football players, as well as athletes in ice hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, track, cross country, and alpine sports.

He received his bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from BYU and his master's and doctoral degrees in Biomechanics and Athletic Training/Education Research from Illinois State University. He teaches musculoskeletal anatomy to medical students as a University of Washington affiliate faculty in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) Medical Education Program as an Assistant Professor. He also teaches in the Athletic Training Program in the Movement Sciences Department at the University of Idaho.

Dr. Seegmiller lives on a farm with his wife, six children, three dogs, four cats, and an uncountable number of mice. He loves Idaho with its amazing natural beauty, not to mention the fishing, skiing, hunting, camping and motorsports.

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