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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. 

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.

On July 13th, a summary presentation of a new technology called RPLAY developed by Dr. Maura Iversen of the Physical Therapy Department and researchers from the University of Texas, Arlington under the leadership of Dr. Fillia Makendon, served as the foundation for the keynote address at the International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Health (ICICTH) held in Greece.

The RPLAY project combines research on physical activity in adults with rheumatoid with the latest in information technology.  Dr. Fillia Makedon presented the project on behalf of the team. Dr. Iversen, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy, Bouvè College, is also an adjunct professor in the Herculia Lab at U Texas.

Congratulations to Drs. Kristin Greenwood and Maureen Watkins who received their specialty certifications from the ASBPT in geriatric and orthopedic physical therapy.

Ann Marie Flores received a grant from the APTA Section of Women's Health to support her cancer research. Congratulations to Dr. Ann Marie Flores.

Dr. Maureen Watkins was quoted in the circulation of Today in PT.

Dr. David Nolan was interviewed in The Rheumatologist, June 2012 and Dr. Christopher Hasson was interviewed in news @ Northeastern University.

Shaina Petit, a 6th year PT student won the 2012 Collegiate National Powerlifting Championships in Baton Rouge, LA in the 148lb weight class.  She was named All American and took the American Bench Press Record. Shaina squatted 380.1 lbs (172.5 kilos); bench pressed 253.9 lbs (115 kilos), and dead lifted 385 lbs (175 kilos) for total of 1019 lbs.  Shaina qualified for the World Championships to compete in all three events in Poland in September 2012.

Shaina will be heading to the Grand Cayman Islands to compete at the 10th NAPF North American Regional Powerlifting Championships in July 2012 in the 138 lb weight class.  She will then head to Poland to compete at the IPF Powerlifting World Championships in September 2012 in the 138 lb weight class representing team USA.

Stephanie Koweek, Elise Walsh, and Caitlin Wilson presented a workshop on their capstone project at the annual conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), held June 26-30 in Baltimore, MD. Their presentation, entitled "A Public/Private Partnership to Enhance the Massachusetts Assistive Technology School Share Program" was well received by an interprofessional audience rehabilitation educators, rehabilitation engineers and other assistive technology specialists. The students were mentored by Susan Ventura, PT, PhD, ATP/SMS and Ann Shor, Director of Assistive Technology and Independent Living at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. Their work was supported, in part, by a grant from the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.

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