OT student receives leadership award

Erin Sanborn, a doctoral student in the School of Medicine’s Program in Occupational Therapy, is the recipient of the 2013 Women in Science Rosalind Kornfeld Leadership Award given by the Academic Women’s Network at the university.

Occupational therapy students get older adults ‘CarFit’

Students in the Program in Occupational Therapy worked with drivers from the community during the CarFit event March 31 at the School of Medicine. Drivers who came to the event were evaluated by Washington University occupational therapy students to ensure the vehicles were properly adjusted for the driver.

Sociologist William Julius Wilson to speak for Assembly Series

William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, will present this year’s Chancellor’s Fellows Lecture, “Race and Affirmative Opportunity in the Barack Obama Era” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Graham Chapel for the Assembly Series. His talk is free and open to the public.

Networking opportunities

Students in the Program in Occupational Therapy talk with Liz Hanson of MarianJoy at the Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Job Fair Feb. 23 at the School of Medicine. More than 200 students from Washington University and eight other schools attended the fair, which featured more than 50 representatives from employers in the two fields.

Autism affects motor skills, study indicates

Children with autism often have problems developing motor skills, such as running, throwing a ball or even learning how to write. But scientists have not known whether those difficulties run in families or are linked to autism. New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis by Claudia List Hilton, PhD, points to autism as the culprit.

Washington People: Jack Engsberg

Jack Engsberg, PhD, took his love of track and field into a study of movement that helps people with cerebral palsy regain mobility. He uses video games as therapy and has been working to teach therapists to create customized games for clients.

New doctorate in rehabilitation science

Washington University in St. Louis will offer a doctoral program in rehabilitation and participation science beginning in fall 2011 designed to meet the growing demand for medical scientists in the rehabilitation field. “This unique program is aimed to train scientists within the areas of occupational science, neuroscience, environmental science and engineering to provide a scientific basis to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and chronic health conditions and to increase their ability to participate in family, work and community life,” says Carolyn Baum, PhD, the Elias Michael Director of the Program in Occupational Therapy and professor of occupational therapy and of neurology.
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