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Faculty and PhD Students Participate in Joint International Conference in Occupational Science

Faculty and PhD Students Participate in Joint International Conference in Occupational Science

The 2014 Society for the Study of Occupation: USA, the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists, and the International Society for Occupational Science Joint International Conference in Occupational Science, hosted by St. Catherine University, convened October 16-18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Twelve RCP students Present at State Conference

Twelve RCP students Present at State Conference

Out of a class of 20 second-year students, 12 had poster presentations accepted in the NC Rehabilitation Association Annual Conference in Greenville, NC.

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PhD Student Wins Erwick Roberts Early Career Award

PhD Student Wins Erwick Roberts Early Career Award

Speech and Hearing Sciences doctoral student Jessica Kinard was selected to receive the 2014 Joanne Erwick Roberts Early Career Award.

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PhD Student Wins ASHA Scholarship

PhD Student Wins ASHA Scholarship

Nicole Corbin, a second-year Speech and Hearing Sciences PhD student, has been awarded a $5,000 ASHA Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship.

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LEND Audiology Fellows Awarded Summer Research Traineeships

LEND Audiology Fellows Awarded Summer Research Traineeships

Sadie Schwarz and Jenna Browning, third-year graduate students in UNC ‘s Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program, were each awarded T35 Research Traineeships for the summer of 2014.

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Research Team Receives Editors’ Award from the American Journal of SLP

Speech and Hearing Sciences Professors Linda Watson and Betsy Crais, Occupational Science Professor Grace Baranek, and Speech and Hearing Sciences PhD graduates Jessica Dykstra and Kaitlyn Wilson authored an article that received the 2013 Editors’ Award from the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

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Chelminski Appointed Director of UNC Physician Assistant Program

Chelminski Appointed Director of UNC Physician Assistant Program

October 29, 2014 – Stephen Hooper, PhD, Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS) and Associate Dean for the UNC School of Medicine, has appointed Paul Chelminski, MD, MPH, as the new Director of the Physician Assistant (PA) master’s degree program currently under development within DAHS.

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Watson Graduates from Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

Watson Graduates from Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

Dr. Linda Watson, Professor, graduated from the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program in August.

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Givens to Become Director of Physical Therapy in January

Givens to Become Director of Physical Therapy in January

Stephen Hooper, PhD, Chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences and Associate Dean for the UNC School of Medicine, has appointed Deborah Givens, PT, DPT, PhD, to become the next Director of the Division of Physical Therapy.

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11 UNC Students Travel to DC for OT Day on the Hill

11 UNC Students Travel to DC for OT Day on the Hill

Eleven UNC Occupational Therapy students traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the field of OT on September 15, 2014. The visit was part of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) annual Occupational Therapy Day on the Hill. More than 500 occupational therapists, occupational therapy students, and educators went to the Capital for this year’s event.

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Stigma Free Carolina Campaign Aims to Support Campus Mental Health

Stigma Free Carolina Campaign Aims to Support Campus Mental Health

Stigma Free Carolina, a UNC community campaign aimed at reducing stigma toward mental health concerns and treatment, will include a variety of events from September 12-October 11. Occupational Science PhD student Nikhil Tomar initially conceived of the idea behind the campaign.

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PEARLS Researchers Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Drs. Betsy Crais, Linda Watson, and Lauren Turner-Brown accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in August.

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DOD Grant Funds Duke-UNC Collaboration to Investigate  the Development of Anxiety Disorders in Children with ASD

DOD Grant Funds Duke-UNC Collaboration to Investigate the Development of Anxiety Disorders in Children with ASD

A new Duke-UNC Chapel Hill collaboration titled “Precursors to the development of anxiety disorders in young children with autism spectrum disorder” has received a grant from the Department of Defense that will provide $531,390 in total funding over three years.

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Project Core Aims to Improve Implementation of Technology Tools for Students with Disabilities

Project Core Aims to Improve Implementation of Technology Tools for Students with Disabilities

The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies (CLDS) has been awarded $2.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, for Project Core, an Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities–Stepping-Up Technology Implementation grant.

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NIH Grant Supports Interdisciplinary Research on Walking in the Real World After Stroke

NIH Grant Supports Interdisciplinary Research on Walking in the Real World After Stroke

Dr. Prudence Plummer, Assistant Professor, has received a NIH R21 grant to fund “Real-world assessment of dual-task performance after stroke,” an interdisciplinary endeavor involving researchers in physical therapy, biomedical engineering, and psycholinguistics. The grant will provide $275,000 in direct costs over two years.

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Crais Appointed to Chair ASHA Academic Affairs Board

Crais Appointed to Chair ASHA Academic Affairs Board

Dr. Elizabeth Crais, Professor, has been appointed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to chair the Academic Affairs Board starting in 2015.

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Coppola Elected to WFOT Executive Management Team

Coppola Elected to WFOT Executive Management Team

Dr. Sue Coppola, Professor, is currently serving a five-year term (2010-2015) as the USA Delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

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Mercer Selected for Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

Mercer Selected for Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

Dr. Vicki Stemmons Mercer, Associate Professor, has been selected for Class V of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES) program.

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Radiologic Science Student Inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece

Radiologic Science Student Inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece

Issack Endeshaw Boru was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece in March, the most recent honor bestowed on this outstanding Division of Radiologic Science student.

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Study by UNC Researchers Identified as One of Top 20 Advances in ASD research for 2013

Study by UNC Researchers Identified as One of Top 20 Advances in ASD research for 2013

“Comparative Efficacy of LEAP, TEACCH and Non-Model-Specific Special Education Programs for Preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” was one 20 studies listed in the 2013 Summary of Advances recently released by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).

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