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Melvin R. Ramey

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Professor Emeritus

Phone: (917) ***-****  
Email: m***@***.edu
UC Davis
3200 Dutton Hall One Shields Ave
Davis , California 95616
United States

Company Description: UC Davis Health System is a fully integrated academic health system encompassing the UC Davis School of Medicine and its acute-care hospital and affiliated...   more
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The Davis Enterprise
www.davisenterprise.com, 7 June 2002 [cached]
Melvin Ramey, a professor of civil and environmental engineering who also serves as the faculty athletics representative for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, informed members of the Executive Council of the Academic Senate on Thursday morning that administrators are exploring the idea.
Ramey said in an interview Thursday night that he told faculty members that recent changes in the NCAA's structure, which now operates as a federated body of three divisions, have made the option of joining Division I more appealing than it was in the past.For example, the academic requirements for Division I are actually more stringent than those for Division II, he said.
In addition, he and other administrators stress that UCD is not simply considering a move to Division I for the sake of the move.Rather, at its July meeting, the Big West Conference will likely ask UCD to join it.The conference includes several other University of California campuses as well as Cal Poly, University of the Pacific, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, Idaho and Utah State.
Most of the schools Davis competes against in Division II have less than half the student enrollment of UCD, are not as well-funded and do not field the number of different sports programs that UCD does.
UC Davis considered the question of "should we move to Division I?" about a decade ago and the idea started and stalled several times.
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Jeffery Gibeling, chairman of the Academic Senate, agreed with Ramey that this time is different.
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Ramey said he firmly believes that UCD won't get trapped by the financial incentive or the drop in academic standards that can become part of Division I athletics.For example, he said, at some schools, the athletics department is directly tied to the development office.
"The program here has always been centered on the students.It reports directly to the vice chancellor of student affairs," Ramey said."That will stay the same."
In addition, he noted, UCD's coaches are not hired simply for their ability to win games.Coaches at Davis are also instructors, teaching physical education courses to both athletes and nonathletes.
TeamAGGIE Board of Directors
www.teamaggie.com, 6 Aug 2001 [cached]
Mel Ramey , Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA
Cracking the Long-Jump Code
www.bryanclay.com, 16 Feb 2012 [cached]
"People say, 'It's jumping, not rocket science,'" said Melvin Ramey, a biomechanist who works with USA Track & Field and a professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis. "Well, no.
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Bryan Clay and biomechanist Melvin Ramey (right) review video of his jump.
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Ramey, who's studied the sport since the late 1950s when he was an athlete at Penn State, now uses a point-and-shoot camera that records at 200 frames per second, which is seven times more powerful than most video cameras. Though long jumpers only spend about .15 seconds on the takeoff board, his camera is fast enough to capture 30 frames of that sequence alone.
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The trouble, Ramey said, is that long jumpers don't merely want images to study. They want numbers. In the absence of those numbers, jumpers are often left to go on "feel" during training: Does one technique feel more effective than another? Do they feel as if they're more explosive off the board when they strike their forefoot a certain way?
Ramey, who uses his own equipment from UC Davis, said he can crunch those numbers by "digitizing" his video and feeding the data into a series of equations, but it is an agonizingly slow process. "Maybe an hour or less if I really get after it," Ramey said.
Joe Walker, the longtime track-and-field coach at the University of Mississippi, has worked with Ramey and other scientists.
The Sacramento Bee -- sacbee.com -- Affairs of the art
www.sacbee.com [cached]
Bell was so insistent that Ramey was intrigued.
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More astounding to Ramey, now the dean of the business school at California State University, Sacramento, was the fact that the woman was white yet all of her art was by African American artists.
"She showed us around her home with pride, pointing to her various acquisitions," Ramey recalls.
Then the woman said something that Ramey says forever changed her focus.
"She said that most people didn't appreciate black artists and that she also noticed when she was purchasing black art, that very few black people were buying it.
"I said to myself, 'One day when I get to the place where I can afford this type of art, I'm going do it.I'm not going to have to go to a white person's house to see original black art.'"
Since that time, Ramey and her husband, Melvin Ramey, a professor of civil engineering at the University of California, Davis, have centered much of their lives around finding and purchasing art by Africans and African Americans.
The Rameys are part of a growing group of higher-income African Americans who have the luxury of buying black art and showcasing it as an important aspect of their lives.
For them, collecting black art is an important cultural endeavor and demonstrates their commitment to preserving important elements of black culture.
Much of the art displayed in their home just outside Sacramento is folk art from the art districts and side-street studios of El Salvador; Bahia, Brazil; Harare, Zimbabwe; Kenya; and Jamaica -- as well as small storefront studios tucked away in the urban areas of Sacramento and other U.S. cities.
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"We try to buy art from people whether they have big names or not," Mel Ramey says.
"We see the talent and we appreciate it," Fel chimes in.
Finding art pieces for their homes has become an important collaborative effort for the couple.
"Often we choose the same pieces, only for different reasons.Mel may like it for the culture and the feel, whereas I may like it for the technical aspects," Fel says.
Bryan Clay and biomechanist Melvin ...
www.factory-agency.com, 14 Feb 2012 [cached]
Bryan Clay and biomechanist Melvin Ramey (right) review video of his jump.
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"People say, 'It's jumping, not rocket science,'" said Melvin Ramey, a biomechanist who works with USA Track & Field and a professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Davis. "Well, no.
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Ramey, who's studied the sport since the late 1950s when he was an athlete at Penn State, now uses a point-and-shoot camera that records at 200 frames per second, which is seven times more powerful than most video cameras. Though long jumpers only spend about .15 seconds on the takeoff board, his camera is fast enough to capture 30 frames of that sequence alone.
The trouble, Ramey said, is that long jumpers don't merely want images to study. They want numbers. In the absence of those numbers, jumpers are often left to go on "feel" during training: Does one technique feel more effective than another? Do they feel as if they're more explosive off the board when they strike their forefoot a certain way?
Ramey, who uses his own equipment from UC Davis, said he can crunch those numbers by "digitizing" his video and feeding the data into a series of equations, but it is an agonizingly slow process. "Maybe an hour or less if I really get after it," Ramey said. Joe Walker, the longtime track-and-field coach at the University of Mississippi, has worked with Ramey and other scientists.
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