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IVMF’s Schmeling, Wilmoth to speak on technology and disability panel as part of SU Nunan Lecture & Research Day April 5

April 2, 2013

IVMF’s Schmeling, Wilmoth to speak on technology and disability panel as part of SU Nunan Lecture & Research Day April 5

 

Photo of James Schmeling

Photo of Janet Wilmouth

IVMF managing director and co-founder James Schmeling and IVMF Senior Fellow Janet Wilmoth, director of the Aging Studies Institute at SU’s Maxwell School, will take part in this week’s Nunan Lecture & Research Day on Regenerative and Rehabilitative Engineering. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center.

Schmeling and Wilmoth will speak as part of the event’s 10:30-11:30 a.m. panel discussion, “Technology Changes the Definition of Aging and Disability.” Schmeling’s remarks will focus on technology enabling and enhancing the employment, education and life course of veterans with disabilities, wounded warriors and transitioning service members. He will also speak on economic development through the invention and engineering of technology solutions positioned to help decrease limitations imposed by aging, disability and the wounds of war.

“Technology Changes the Definition of Aging and Disability” will be moderated by Brian McLane ’69, strategic advisor to SU’s Inclusive Campus Initiative. In addition to Schmeling and Wilmoth, panelists include Jonathan Sacks ’99, G’01, G’05, director, Global Femoral Brands, Stryker Orthopedics; Mark Polhemus, director, associate chief of staff for research, Syracuse VA Medical Center; and Ted Hagelin, professor of entrepreneurship & innovation, SU College of Law.

The Nunan Lecture takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Titled “Participatory Action Design in Rehabilitation Engineering Research,” it will be presented by Rory Cooper, Ph.D., FISA/PVA endowed chair and distinguished professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. A veteran, Cooper was paralyzed in a bicycling accident while stationed in Germany. His focus is on technology and veterans, among other areas in rehabilitation engineering and research.

The Nunan Lecture & Research Day is made possible by a gift from the estate of Jim and Marge Nunan established in 2006. The day includes a technical lecture by a distinguished speaker and a showcase of graduate student research from all departments and disciplines throughout SU’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. The Nunans’ gift also enabled the college to create the Nunan Graduate Travel Fund, which financially assists doctoral students who wish to present their work at conferences.

For more information, contact Ellen Robb at eprobb@syr.edu or (315) 443-4777.

 

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