2005-2006 Updates

June 2006

Georgia Tech hosts MAS Course The popular MAS (Marlo Anatomical Socket) transfemoral socket course sponsored by OPGA was hosted at Georgia Tech on June 10-11, 2006. Over 30 participants including some MSPO students and faculty learned hands on the techniques and nuances of this successful, revolutionary and thought provoking socket design.

Read the article written by 2005 MSPO graduate, Andrew Sawers regarding his experience in residency. The article was published in the O&P Edge June 2006 Vol 2, No. 2, entitled, “Value of Masters Degree in the ‘Real World.’

Read the article that outlines the perceptions of graduate education by Andrew Sawers, MSPO class of 2005 and Beth Brown, PhD student in the School of Applied Physiology’s PhD program. The article was published in the O&P Edge June 2006 Vol 2, No. 2, entitled, “Three Views of Advanced Degrees.”

Read the article outlining efforts to increase the academic and research capacity of the P&O profession. The article was published in the O&P Edge June 2006 Vol. 2, No. 2, entitled, “Initiative Aims to Increase P&O Academic, Research Capacity.”

May 2006

3rd MSPO Class Graduates – The 2006 MSPO class graduated with the award of the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics degrees. There was a student recognition reception hosted by the School of Applied Physiology the day prior to the Institute’s graduation ceremony. Photos of graduates are available on the Graduates page.

April 2006

MSPO Open House – On Thursday, April 27, the Georgia Tech MSPO hosted an open house event to expand awareness of the program and the field of prosthetics and orthotics. Special guests Dr. Rickard Brånemark and Erik Ax presented on the groundbreaking topic of bone anchored prostheses, and the MSPO students showcased topics in prosthetics and orthotics to the campus.

March 2006

MSPO Active at Academy Meeting – Georgia Tech MSPO had a strong showing at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists annual meeting in Chicago. Christopher Hovorka, MSPO program director was selected as Outstanding Educator during the AAOP awards ceremony. The entire MSPO classes of 2006 and 2007 attended the full meeting. Two MSPO graduates, Sarah Parsons and Andrew Sawers presented their research on polypropylene crystalline properties during the free paper session. Graduate Kimberly Hill’s poster presentation on her research regarding body image of persons with limb loss was selected for presentation. Robert Kistenberg, Coordinator of Prosthetics presented the outcome of his research related to a prosthetic clinical practice he manages in Belize.

February 2006

Grant Award – Robert Kistenberg, Chris Hovorka of the Georgia Tech MSPO program and Mark Geil, Ph.D., Director of the Georgia State University Biomechanics Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology and Health were awarded a grant to develop an online continuing education course in Prosthetic Foot/Ankle Mechanisms. The grant was provided by the Department of Education and the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

First South East Biomechanics Conference 2006 – The first regional conference is to be held March 30 – April 1 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. The major aims for this regional ASB meeting are to provide a welcoming environment for students to present their research as well as encourage interaction between students and faculty. Due to generous support by the American Society of Biomechanics and the School of Applied Physiology at Georgia Tech, registration and the Friday night banquet is free to all attendees. Details can be found at the SEBC website: http://www.ap.gatech.edu/SEBC.shtml

January 2006

Georgia Open U.S. Paralympic Swim Meet – Several MSPO students spent time volunteering in the U.S. Paralympics Swim Meet held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on January 21 – January 22. The event, organized by Blaze Sports, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Paralympic games. More information, including photos of participants and volunteers, is avalable here: http://www.blazesports.com/

September 2005

MSPO Open House – On Wednesday, October 19, the MSPO program will be hosting its first open house. The purpose of this event is to expand awareness of the MSPO program to the Georgia Institute of Technology community and to thank those whose contributions have made it possible. The open house is by invitation only to selected faculty, administration, donors, and students. A second open house intended for the general public is tentatively planned for Spring 2006.

August 2005

New Class – In August our fourth class of students started the program. The program is now up to its maximum planned enrollment of 10 students per class. Photos of current students are available on the Students page.

New Website – With the new school year comes a new website design. Thanks to the hard work of Jason Ramsey, the overall appearance has been improved and a new menu system makes browsing more convenient. In case you still need something from the old site, it will be temporarily located here. For comments on the new design or information you think needs to be changed, contact Andy Curran at andy.curran@gatech.edu.