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Jay Loomis, (BA, 2015) is the Recipient of the Inaugural Angela and Dexter Bailey – URECA Award

September 15, 2014

Jay Loomis,  a Music major (class of 2015),  is the recipient of the inaugural Angela and Dexter Bailey – URECA award  which supported his research over the summer on “Real-Time Auditory Feedback for Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: Overcoming Akinesia with Music” — an interdisciplinary project involving Prof. Margaret Schedel and Prof. Daniel Weymouth of the Department of Music and the Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture and Technology (cDACT); and Prof. Lisa Muratori, Prof. Erin Vasudevan, and Peter Marcote of the Physical Therapy Department. The goal of the project is to use sonification to develop individual auditory cues based on gait specific motion analysis data – and to use the information in a biofeedback system so that individuals with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) can use external sound cues to self-correct impaired gait patterns. The team presented their initial research on the interdisciplinary project as a poster at theMusic, Mind, Meaning Conference at John Hopkins University this past January; and Jay also presented a poster at URECA’s undergraduate poster symposium this past April.

At SB, Jay has worked as an  Events coordinator at the Craft Center; has interned/volunteered at the Freedom School in Summers 2013 and 2014; and has been involved with SB theater productions (MacBath, Timon of Athens, Hamlet); and numerous music performances (e.g. jazz combo concerts, SB Composers concert, sonic spring electronic music concert). From 2009 to the present, Jay also worked part-time as a care provider at an AHRC group home for adults with developmental disabilities (including motion and movement disabilities), an experience which prepared him well for the current research project. He is the recipient of the Arthur Lambert Memorial Scholarship for a music student. Last fall, Jay co-performed and presented alongside Tim Vallier a composition called “Limbic Hemispheres”at the TEDxSBU conference. With wide-ranging interests in sonification, music therapy, ethnomusicology, jazz, and instrument construction, Jay currently plans to apply for PhD programs in musicology or ethnomusicology.

For the full interview/feature, please go to: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ureca/researcher-month.shtml
Past Researchers of the Month: http://www.stonybrook.edu/ureca/previous.shtml
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