For Immediate Release Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404, jeclimer@asse.org
Ohio’s Adam Strang and California’s Carisa Harris Adamson Receive Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowships from American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation
Des Plaines, IL (May 21, 2009) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently announced that Adam Strang of Miami University in Oxford, OH, and Carisa Harris Adamson of U.C. Berkeley in Berkeley, CA, are each recipients of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship, a program at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA. Strang’s research project will look at age-related changes in postural control evaluated using nonlinear time series analysis and Harris Adamson’s research project will focus on an ergonomic evaluation of pallet jack extension handles.

Strang has a B.S. in Athletic Training from the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and an M.S. in Exercise Science from Miami University in Ohio. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Miami University. He also serves as a graduate/teaching assistant in the Department of Psychology at Miami University. Strang’s proposal aims to identify patters of variability, typically not detectable with traditional statistics, which can identity motor system anomalies that potentially influence worker stability.

Harris Adamson has a B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University in Medford, MA, and an M.A. in Kinesiology, Applied Physiology Concentration from San Francisco State University, an M.S. in Physical Therapy from U.C. San Francisco/San Francisco State, and an M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from U.C. Berkeley. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences, Ergonomics Concentration at U.C. Berkeley. She also currently serves in various roles providing and overseeing ergonomic projects at PreCare, Inc. in Sonoma, CA. Harris Anderson’s research proposal for the fellowship aims to examine typical pallet jack operations, comparing a traditional hand-held interface with an alternative handle design. The comparison will allow researchers to understand the physical exposures associated with pallet truck operations, and a way to reduce such exposures through engineering design.

The goals of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship Program include encouraging research activity in the field of safety; familiarizing graduate students, faculty members and other researchers with current research projects and up-to-date research models and applications to expand the body of knowledge; expanding and stimulating safety research understanding; providing a forum for linking safety professionals, industry needs, and quality research programs; and laying the groundwork for graduate students and faculty members to pursue safety/health applied research projects of their choice. Fellows will spend four to six weeks during the summer of 2009 at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group is a diversified global insurer and fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2008 direct written premium. The Company also ranks 86th on the Fortune 500 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2008 revenue. As of December 31, 2008, Liberty Mutual Group had $104.3 billion in consolidated assets, $94.2 billion in consolidated liabilities and $28.9 billion in annual consolidated revenue.

Owned and operated by Liberty Mutual Group, the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (www.libertymutualgroup.com/researchinstitute) has helped improve the occupational safety and health of workers for more than 50 years. Through laboratory and field-based investigations, the Research Institute seeks to advance scientific, business-relevant knowledge in workplace and highway safety, and work disability. Research findings are shared with the worldwide health and safety community through peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations. Ultimately, these findings are used to develop recommendations, guidelines, and interventions that help reduce risk and control costs.


The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit www.asse.org/foundation.

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