Dr. Maura Iversen was the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Lecturer, American College of rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professions Award. Dr. Iversen will be inducted into the National Academy of Practice as a Distinguished Scholar on April 5, 2014.
Patrick Harris and Kelley Becherer, DPT Class of 2015, were awarded runner-up for the Best Poster Award for their study on the “Accuracy and Precision of a Low-Cost Virtual Rehabilitation System utilizing the Microsoft Kinect to Measure Shoulder Joint Motion” at the 25th Annual Communications and Digital Signal Processing Research Workshop on Friday March 29th. This research was completed by the students as a capstone project and was part of a Tier 1 Provost grant awarded to Physical Therapy Faculty Advisor Amee L. Seitz and College of Engineering colleagues Meghan Huber, Miriam Leeser and Dagmar Sternad.
Dr. Ann Golub-Victor presented a poster entitled “Should my patient use a mechanical lift at home? An algorithm for home healthcare workers” at the 4th International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society in Vancouver, Canada in March, 2014. This work was authored by Ann Golub-Victor, Diane Fitzpatrick, Susan Lowe and Brenda Douglas (Nursing).
Dr. Amee Seitz, PT, PhD, DPT, OCS was the recipient of the 2013 APTA of MA Clinical Research Award, which is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the body of scientific knowledge within physical therapy by performing, presenting and publishing outstanding research relevant to physical therapy. Dr. Seitz’s is the director of the Biomotion Research Laboratory which investigates neuromuscular and biomechanical mechanisms, the efficacy of rehabilitation, and associated clinical outcomes of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders related to aging and repetitive overuse during work or sport.
Lorna Hayward was awarded the 2013 APTA Education Section Leadership in Education award. The award will be presented this month at CSM in San Diego. The award recognizes Education section members for leadership in scholarship, teaching and service.
They give us directions, entertainment and immediate Internet access, but could our tablets and smartphones also be giving us back pain? The relationship between mobile technology and neck and back pain symptoms intrigued Northeastern University professor Jack Dennerlein, whose study pinpointing the cause and cure for “iPad neck” has been featured in the Harvard Health Letter and around the web.
The Pan Mass Challenge, one of the largest fundraising athletics events, brought out thousands of riders and volunteers to raise over 33 million dollars for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. 100% of the proceeds are donated for cancer research and treatment. Northeastern University’s Physical Therapy department had an impressive showing as well. Twenty senior DPT students and one PT alumni Zeb Zigas, donated 8 hours of massages on Saturday Aug 3rd to riders completing the first leg of their bike from Sturbridge MA to Bourne MA. Faculty Maureen Watkins and Alycia Markowski have been organizing this effort for the past three years, encouraging students to join them for an opportunity to improve their therapeutic massage techniques while learning first-hand the benefits of donating their time and their skills for a great cause. The Northeastern University Physical Therapy department believes volunteerism plays an important role in the profession and this is just one example of wonder contributions the students and faculty are making to our communities.