Values of the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab at Stanford University
We recognize that we are at our best when we encourage and appreciate the voices of people from diverse backgrounds. NMBL members strive to promote equity by identifying, discussing, and engaging with issues that impact our communities. We intend to maintain an inclusive environment that facilitates collaboration, innovation, and scientific discovery.
In NMBL, we value:
- Needs-driven research. We conduct human-centered, needs-driven research to identify important problems. Well-defined needs are key to motivating our work.
- Teamwork. We contribute our perspectives to each other’s work and energize, support, and challenge each other. We enjoy working together to solve difficult problems, foster a collaborative environment of respect and kindness, and encourage mentorship and collaborative training.
- Deep scientific inquiry and rigor. We develop deep technical expertise. We maintain high integrity, work to be the best scientists and engineers we can be, and publish our work only once it has been carefully tested, validated, and reviewed. We strive to create clear and impactful writing, compelling visualizations, and engaging presentations.
- Science as service. The purpose of our work is to serve humanity. To maximize the impact of our work, we openly share data, models, and software whenever possible. We strive to communicate our work so that many stakeholders in the public and across research disciplines can benefit.
- People > papers. Science is an inherently human endeavor. Without people, there are no scientific (or non-scientific, for that matter) papers. We value each other, participants in our studies, collaborators, and everyone with whom we interact as people first. “If you get the people right, nothing else matters. If you get the people wrong, nothing else matters.” – Anonymous
- Following curiosity. Curiosity leads us down paths of discovery and encourages creativity in our research and the way we approach it. This allows us to grow individually and as a lab.
- Fun! Work can be stressful, and our plans don’t always work out the way we imagine. Having a group with the freedom to have fun makes those moments easier. After all, when we are having fun, we are healthier, happier, and more inspired.
We acknowledge that our work at Stanford University takes place on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. We reflect on this as we work to foster equity, inclusion, and belonging.
The Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab is part of Stanford’s Bioengineering Department and is affilitated with the Biomechanical Engineering Group in Mechanical Engineering. We collaborate closely with investigators in many other groups, including neurology and neuroscience, radiology, orthopaedic surgery, biochemistry, structural biology, and computer science to discover the wonders of human movement and to invent new medical devices and therapies
Work in the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab has been made possible through the support of the following organizations.
Dana Adams Griffin Award
The Baxter Foundation
National Science Foundation
David T. Morgenthaler II Fellows Program
United Cerebral Palsy Foundation
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Wallace Coulter Foundation