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About Adam Foster

Dr. Adam Foster is an assistant professor of anatomy. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming, and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. His doctoral work focused on using an animal model to explore links between bipedal locomotor behaviors and musculoskeletal morphology to test assumptions regarding traits linked with human bipedal anatomy.

Dr. Foster’s postdoctoral work at Northeast Ohio Medical University explored how allometric changes in mammalian musculoskeletal morphology and locomotor mechanics are linked with performance throughout growth and development. His research interests at CUSOM focus on how growth and development of the locomotor system can provide insight into the links between form and function in humans and other mammals to explore how these organisms adapt to environmental and ecological challenges.

Positions

Present Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Campbell University Campbell University School of Medicine
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Grants

2018 A mechanobiological experiment to model joint-level responses to climbing behaviors in the rat
Campbell University School of Medicine
Seed Grant
$14,975
2013 Graduate and Professional Student Council Research Grant
University of Arizona
$1,000
2012 - 2013 Biomechanical study of the evolution of bipedalism using multi-axis force measurement
Force and Motion Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
$10,000
2012 - 2013 Ontogenetic development of postcranial adaptations to bipedalism in the rat
National Science Foundation
Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. David Raichlen
$19,989
2012 SBSRI Dissertation Research Grant
University of Arizona
$960
2012 Traditions, Transitions, and Treasures Research Award
University of Arizona School of Anthropology
$1,000
2010 CLASRI/SBS Graduate Summer Research Development Award
University of Arizona
$1,000
2010 Riecker Grant
University of Arizona School of Anthropology
$1,000
2010 William and Nancy Sullivan Research Award
University of Arizona School of Anthropology
$1,100
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Member, Curriculum Committee, Campbell University
2018 - Present Member, MSBS Pre-Professional Committee, Campbell University
2018 - Present Member, Scholarship Committee, Campbell University
2017 - Present Member, Content Management Committee, Campbell University
2016 - Present Member, International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology
2013 - Present Member, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
2005 - Present Member, American Association of Physical Anthropologists
2016 - 2018 Member, Social and Professional Relations, Campbell University
2017 Faculty Moderator, State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium
2015 Member, Student Prize Committees, American Association of Anatomists Anatomy in Anthropology Award
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Honors and Awards

  • William S. Pollitzer Student Travel Award, American Association of Physical Anthropology ($500), 2014
  • American Association of Anatomists Anthropological Anatomy Award, 2012
  • William S. Pollitzer Student Travel Award, American Association of Physical Anthropology ($500), 2012
  • Aleš Hrdlička Prize for Outstanding Student Paper, American Association of Physical Anthropology, 2009
  • Department of Anthropology Scholarship, University of Arizona ($15,000), 2007 – 2008
  • Smithsonian Institution Graduate Fellowship, 2006

Courses

  • OMED 581, Neurosensory (Osteopathic)
  • OMED 560, Human Anatomy (Osteopathic)
  • DPT 704, Human Anatomy (Physical Therapy)
  • MPAP 501, Human Anatomy (Physician’s Assistant)
  • MSBS 506, Human Anatomy (Masters of Biomedical Sciences)

Education

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2014 Ph.D., University of Arizona ‐ Anthropology
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2007 M.A., University of Wyoming ‐ Anthropology
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2004 B.A., University of Iowa ‐ Anthropology
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Publications (7)

Presentations (4)

Abstracts (22)