Health Sciences and Human Performance
Public School Curriculum to Include "Aging"
The Gerontology Institute is working with Ithaca City School District teachers to introduce gerontology into middle and high school classes. Zenon Wasyliw, assistant professor of history, is working with a student, Mai An Rumney '98, and six teachers in grades 7 through 12 to integrate gerontology into classes on global studies, United States history, economics, and government. The purpose of the project is to teach concepts, foster understanding, and temper attitudes about gerontology at every grade level and in a variety of subjects, rather than to develop separate units of study.
Presentations, Publications, and Awards
Assistant dean John Bonaguro, assistant professor of speech communication Ellen Bonaguro, and assistant professor of therapeutic recreation and leisure services Janice Elich Monroe had a refereed presentation accepted at the winter meeting of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. The presentation was entitled "A Logic Model for Interdisciplinary Education: Applications for Health Professions."
Monroe also delivered a presentation, "The Magical Qualities of Play as a Therapeutic Intervention," at the recent Central New York Recreation and Parks Society conference in Syracuse.
Susan Durnford, clinical instructor of speech-language pathology and audiology presented a poster session at the fall annual conference of the New York State Society on Aging. The session, "The Communication Enhancement Model: An Approach for Preservice Training of Allied Health Care Professionals Working with Older Adults," was copresented with Azra Ahmad, M.S. '96, and Sarah Stark '90, M.S. 96.
Steve Devor, assistant professor of exercise and sport sciences, was invited to Syracuse University to give a graduate seminar on "Contraction-Induced Injury to Skeletal Muscle."
John Krout, director of the Gerontology Institute, along with associate professors Jennifer Collins and Katherine Beissner, published an article, "Home Health Physical Therapy: Practice Patterns in Western New York," in a recent issue of Physical Therapy.
Catherine Gordon, associate professor and chair of the occupational therapy department, received the American Occupational Therapy Association Professional Program Directors Council's service award. Gordon has served as the secretary of the council for the past four years.
Photo by D. Slurzberg