Jay Loomis received the inaugural Angela and Dexter Bailey – URECA award to support his research on “Real-Time Auditory Feedback for Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: Overcoming Akinesia with Music” — an interdisciplinary project involving Prof. Margaret Schedel, 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. As part of the preparation for the clinical test phase which will begin this fall, Jay became very familiar with the Lemur app for iPad to design the user interface – and with MAX-MSP software to collect numerical data from the iPad. The team presented their initial research on the interdisciplinary project as a poster at the Music, Mind, Meaning Conference at John Hopkins University this past January.
Currently a music major at Stony Brook, Jay received his first bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, IL where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1997. Subsequently between 2000-2008, Jay taught English in Madrid, Spain; Mexico City, Mexico; and Xi' An, China. Jay became seriously involved with music in the early 2000s, and took up the bodhrán, as well as the flute. During his travels, he started to collect flutes and wind instruments from different parts of the world. Since coming to Stony Brook, Jay has been involved with Stony Brook theater productions (MacBath, Timon of Athens, Hamlet); Parrish Art Museum openings; and numerous music performances, and 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. Jay has also worked as an arts and crafts coordinator at Camp De Wolfe in Wading River; as an Events coordinator at the Craft Center at SB; and recently interned/volunteered at the SBU Freedom School in Summers 2013 and 2014.
Jay plans to apply for PhD programs in musicology or ethnomusicology.
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