Forward Motion Newsletter ● Department of Physical Therapy ● Indiana University F a l l 2 0 0 7 V o l u m e 2 , I s s u e 2

Message From the Chair

Writing this message for Forward Motion affords me the pleasure of reflecting on our educational pro- gram, research endeavors, civic engagement and people. The most rewarding part of this new tradition is that I have the oppor- tunity to highlight achievements that we have made as a depart- ment. Each faculty member, staff mem- ber and student has contributed tremendously to help make the Department of Physical Therapy progress toward our goals. Our tri-fold mission of excellence in teaching and learning, discover- ing and applying knowledge in research and creative activity, and demonstrating compassion- ate service in civic engagement is being realized by these individual and collaborative efforts. Many of these endeavors are highlighted in the pages of Forward Motion , including student engagements

apy academic program and was established by one of her former students and IU alumna, Patricia Evans. Professor Ekstam educated, mo- tivated, and inspired two decades of alumni. Her impact on the program was recognized by a Spirit of Philanthropy Award in 2004 and she has been honored by having a laboratory and a fellowship named after her. The Department of Physical Therapy has grown and evolved enormously since Professor Ek- stam was the program director, with Habitat for Humanity and the Marquette Challenge. Our doctorate in physical therapy educational program has been a tremendous success. The CAPTE review of our program was out- standing and IU has been granted the maximum 10 years of contin- ued accreditation. Every one of our 87 DPT graduates has passed the licensure exam and is contrib- uting to his or her community as a physical therapist. Our students have been com- mended by clinical educators on their professionalism and more of them have become involved in research and national presenta- tions each year. In fact, the APTA Combined Sections Meet- ing 2008 in Nashville will include a record representation by IU. Eight symposia, platforms and posters will be presented by 5 of our faculty and 12 of our stu- dents! I hope our alumni will be

at the conference to catch up with the faculty and stu- dents and to sup- port their work.

although the core values that she exemplified are still reflected. Having a named professorship is an accomplishment to be ac- knowledged and celebrated and is a clear indication of the depart- ment’s evolution from a bacca- laureate degree program to an entry level doctorate program with a strong commitment to both education and research. The School congratulates Dr. Riolo on this award in recogni- tion of her commitment to con- tinuing Professor Ekstam’s re- markable legacy. and Ashraf Gorgey. See their introductory information in the next pages and on our website. The Forward Motion of the IU Department of Physical Therapy is a function of each of the indi- viduals involved with our depart- ment; full time and adjunct fac- ulty, clinical educators, staff, stu- dents and graduates. I am hon- ored to be associated with each of them and I am grateful for their contributions and dedication to our department. Lisa Riolo, PhD, PT, NCS We also are fortunate to have an outstanding faculty that contin- ues to grow and develop exper- tise. This fall we welcomed Drs. Peter Altenburger, Robyn Fuchs,

I n s i d e t h i s i s s u e : News


The Frances C. Ekstam Professorship

Student update Faculty update


Joyce Mac Kinnon, PhD, PT, SHRS Interim Dean


Dean Sothmann presents Dr. Riolo with the Ekstam Award.

Research update


Clinical update Alumni update


The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sci- ences is proud to recognize Dr. Lisa Riolo on her selection for the first named professorship in the School. Dr. Riolo was named the Francis C. Ekstam Professor in May of 2007. The Ekstam Pro- fessorship recognizes the accom- plishments of the founder of the Indiana University physical ther-


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