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Sport Science, Featuring WSU’s Bir, Wins A Sports Emmy

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From left to right: Daniel Schulman, Jason Mergott, Alex Dollins, Cynthia Bir and Annie Tang

From left to right: Daniel Schulman, Jason Mergott, Alex Dollins, Cynthia Bir and Annie Tang

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Sport Science, the TV series featuring Cynthia Bir, professor of biomedical engineering at Wayne State University, took home an award at the 32nd annual Sports Emmys, held May 2 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The Sport Science team won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Graphic Design. It was also nominated for Outstanding New Approaches — Sports Programming — Short Format. The show’s first two seasons earned a total of six nominations and three wins at the Sports Emmys.

The series uncovers sports’ biggest myths and mysteries by using cutting-edge technology to measure momentum, friction and the laws of gravity. Bir, who is the show’s lead scientist, helps viewers understand the internal and external forces sustained and generated by the body during high-level athletic activities.

“It’s great that the show is still being recognized in its short format,” says Bir. “I’m glad that Wayne State has continued to be a part of it and can contribute to the science of the show.”

Sport Science airs in short segments at various times on ESPN.

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