A contingent of social work faculty from Western Michigan University traveled to Salamanca, Spain, to present their research at the 8th International Conference of the European Council for Social Research on Latin America. The topic of the conference forum was: "Charity vs. Development: What Should Be the Mission and Strategy of the Social Work Profession?"
Dr. Lydia Schuck (Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, 2015) has been appointed to the American Statistical Association's Committee on Disability and Statistics. Dr. Schuck's two-year term will begin in January 2017 and run through December 2019.
Starting this fall, the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology will officially change its name to the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The change has come about for a number of reasons, according to associate dean, Dr. Ann Tyler.
Sandra Edwards, professor emerita in occupational therapy, has been honored as the 2016 Outstanding Alumna by the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida. The award is given annually to an outstanding alumni selected by the chair and faculty in the occupational therapy department in the College of Public Health and Health Professions.
At its June meeting, the Council on Social Work Education reviewed the undergraduate and graduate-level social work programs in the School of Social Work at WMU. The accreditation for both programs was affirmed for 8 years, without conditions or progress reports, the maximum period available from the CSWE.
Dr. Janet Hahn, from the Center for Gerontology and the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs, is leading a project totaling nearly $325,000 that will provide behavioral consultation and services to aging people with cognitive impairment at skilled nursing facilities in Michigan.
WMU Department of Occupational Therapy will offer a new graduate certificate in low vision rehabilitation beginning this fall. The new certificate program will provide training on the unique needs of individuals with vision loss.
Dr. Patricia Tattersall, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. program alumna, received the 2016 NIU Research Mentor Award at NIU's seventh annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day. Tattersall received the annual award for embodying the qualities of an effective and influential mentorship.