ESPN Sport Science will be taking Biomedical Engineering professor Cynthia Bir of Wayne State University to New York City once again. The popular show explaining the science of sports has once again been nominated in the Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Graphic Design and Outstanding New Approaches. Bir and her colleagues will find out if they have won at the 33rd annual Sports Emmys on April 30, 2012, when the winners will be announced at Lincoln Center.
The series uncovers sports' biggest myths and mysteries by using cutting-edge technology to measure momentum, forces, and acceleration of top athletes. 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.
"We've had a wonderful time filming this show and are thrilled it is still being recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences," Bir said in a press release. "The show entertains and educates a global audience in a unique and positive way. I'm glad that Wayne State has continued to play a role."
Bir and ESPN Sport Science are no strangers to the Sports Emmys. In its previous incarnation on FSN, the program was nominated in four categories in 2008 and won for Outstanding Graphic Design. After it moved to ESPN in 2009, it was nominated for five awards and won two of them, Outstanding Graphic Design and Outstanding New Approaches. The show returned to the Sports Emmys in 2011, being nominated for two awards and winning for Outstanding Graphic Design.
Contending with ESPN Sport Science for Outstanding Graphic Desighn are the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup on ESPN and ESPN2, ESPN Monday Night Football, NBA All-Star Weekend on TNT, and NBC Sunday Night Football. The show's competitors for Outstanding New Approaches in Sports Programming are A Game of Honor on CBSSports.com, Football Freakonomics on NFL Network/NFL.com, Sunday Night Football Extra on NBCSports.com, and The NFL Season: A Biography on NFL Network/NFL.com.
ESPN Sport Science is not the only program Cynthia Bir advises. She also works on National Geographic's Fight Science. Bir previously featured in the Detroit Science News Examiner in Top 12 Wayne State University science stories by month for 2010 under February for her part in this show.