Interdisciplinary Forum: Spartan Elite Performance Center (SPEC)

Fri., Nov. 17, 3-6pm
Spartan Stadium, Engagement Center, North End Zone (MAP)
Enter at Gate J and look for directional signs on the concourse to the Engagement Center. Gate J, shown on the map, is located to the right of the tunnel facing the stadium.


  • Vishnu Boddeti, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Christopher Contag, Hannah Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics; chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering; director, Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering
  • Mahmoodul Haq, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Mark Hollis, MSU athletics director 
  • David Kaufman, professor and chair, Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology
  • Alan Smith, Chairperson, Department of Kinesiology
  • June Youatt, MSU provost

Elite sports performance is a thing of beauty! A diving catch, a perfect throw, a blinding sprint, a dizzying flip. But what is the basis for these efforts – is it just hard work or is there something innate to these elite athletes? How fragile is it? Can it be maintained for longer periods of time—can we carry our elite performance into old age?

Can we measure “eliteness” in athletics? Can we promote human health though a greater understanding of elite athletics? Are there biomarkers that might indicate whether an individual could possess elite athletic prowess, and can that be used to guide health maintenance?  Can we engineer better, safer athletes? Can we engineer eliteness in other disciplines – health, music, science, beauty?

MSU scientists are performing research at the cutting edge of biometrics, sports science and medicine, biomedical engineering, and biomarkers of health. Come and listen to eminent MSU experts, and stay to discuss the potential for advancing an interdisciplinary program in elite performance at MSU.

Co-Sponsored by the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity... The MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I), located in the College of Arts & Letters, is an academic center of excellence for interdisciplinary activity. C4I works to maximize college and university strengths in interdisciplinary research and teaching and serve as a hub for interdisciplinary activity on campus. 

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