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Sargent College Drench Lecture to Feature Entrepreneur and Extreme Sports Enthusiast, Jothy Rosenberg

March 21st, 2013 in Lectures, sargent college 0 comments

As a teenager, Jothy Rosenberg was told he had zero chance of survival. Two bouts with cancer, an amputation, and a lung removal crippled the avid athlete. Forty years later, Rosenberg is not only living, but thriving and using extreme sports as a path to recovery and to raise money for important causes. This year, in addition to his roles as entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker and extreme sports enthusiast, Rosenberg will deliver the 2013 Meredith E. Drench Lecture at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences on Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 PM.

His talk, “Who Says I Can’t”, titled after his book of the same name, will share Rosenberg’s perspective on the Jothy Rosenberg effect that suddenly becoming disabled and believing your life is over can have on one’s personality and ability to fight back, recover, and thrive. Rosenberg was selected as the ideal embodiment of the spirit of the Drench Lecture, which focuses on the connection between physical rehabilitation and psychosocial behavioral influences. The goal of the Lecture is to advocate both Sargent and Drench’s shared belief in the “compassionate rehabilitation” of the whole person. The annual Drench lecture was started in 2009 through an endowment from Sargent College alumna Meredith E. Drench, PhD, PT.

As evidence of his ability to thrive despite physical challenged, Rosenberg has been immeasurably successfully since his dismal diagnosis. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from Duke University where he was a professor for five years. He is the founder of eight high-tech startup companies and the author of three technical books. Today he helps startup companies navigate their perilous early days, runs several large government research programs in cybersecurity, and is a motivational speaker sharing his experiences from his book. He also created a new TV series called Who Says I Can’t, which focuses on the incredible people you will find everywhere who refuse to be knocked down by life and who have used sports to fight back and thrive.

The Drench Lecture will be held in room 101 of Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Avenue.

The event is free and open to the public. All attendees are invited to a reception following the lecture in the Setterberg Lounge.

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International Survivors of Suicide Day

November 14th, 2012 in Conferences & Workshops, sargent college 0 comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention someone commits suicide every 14 minutes in the U.S.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who have been affected by suicide, join counseling professionals and survivors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 14th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day on Saturday, November 17.

In addition to sharing their stories, attendees will hear experts from the BU community discuss what they know about suicide and grief. Speakers include Brother Larry Whitney, LC+, University Chaplain for Community Life; Margaret Ross, Director of Behavioral Medicine, Student Health Services; and Larry Kohn, Director of Development, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street.

The cost is $5 for students, $15 for the general public.

For more information, contact Dori Hutchinson, Sc.D., at

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14th Annual Dudley Allen Sargent Lecture Presented by Dr. Alan M. Jette

October 26th, 2012 in Lectures, sargent college 0 comments

As America experiences a major demographic shift because of increasing longevity, declining fertility and aging of the baby boomers, health care is changing fundamentally.

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On November 7th, Professor Alan M. Jette will deliver the 14th annual Dudley Allen Sargent Distinguished Lecture, which honors Sargent College founder Dudley Allen Sargent, M.D. whose mission was to provide students with comprehensive health care training.  In his lecture, “Face Into the Storm,” Dr. Jette will focus on the fundamental changes occurring within healthcare, including challenges of limited access to services and unsustainable cost escalation.

Jette, an expert on health policy and disability research, serves as director of the Health & Disability Research Institute and professor of Health Policy & Management at Boston University School of Public Health. His work focuses on the development of measurement instruments to evaluate the quality of health care.

The event will begin at 4pm at Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101. The event is free and open to the public. All attendees are invited to attend a reception following the lecture in the Setterberg Lounge.

For more information, contact Kat Tokarz; 617-353- 2705,

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National Physical Therapy Month Events on Campus

October 22nd, 2012 in sargent college 0 comments

Interested in health, wellness and fitness? College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College is hosting several upcoming events to promote National Physical Therapy Month, which seeks to help educate the public about the benefits of physical therapy each October.

Balance: Under the Influence of Physical Therapy: A challenge course will give participants insight into the many systems involved in maintaining balance. Candy and raffle tickets will be distributed to all participants.

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, October 24, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location: Marsh Plaza

Proper Stretching Techniques: This event will show participants the proper way to stretch 4 major muscle groups, while teaching participants the different scopes of PT practice.

Trick or Trot: This 5k Fun Run will kick off at the BU beach, travel 1.5 miles eastbound then turn around to finish at the starting point. Free registration begins at 11 a.m. and the race starts at 12 p.m. Participants will receive free t-shirts (while supplies last) and a prize will be given for best costume. Participants have a chance to win raffle prizes including gift certificates to Marathon Sports, Get In Shape for Women and Chi Bang Bodies.

  • Date/Time: Friday, Oct 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location:  BU Beach

Pro-Motion Fitness Challenge: Participants will have the opportunity to test their strength and see how they measure up in a series of fitness challenges. Participants will receive free prizes.

  • Date/Time: Friday, Oct 26, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: Marsh Plaza

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Open House at the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

September 20th, 2012 in sargent college 0 comments

Visit the newly renovated and expanded Ryan Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation during an open house on September 22 from 2 -4 pm.  The state-of-the-art, 10,000 square foot facility, located at 915 Commonwealth Ave , delivers comprehensive care in physical therapy, athletic training, nutrition, orthopedics, radiology and family medicine.

The open house will give guests the opportunity to hear about the remarkable work the center’s faculty and staff are doing on a variety of important clinical research topics. These areas include sports nutrition, gait-induced hip pain, as well as the beneficial effects of exercise for arthritis and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s Disease. Visitors are also welcomed to tour the newly redesigned facility, chat with center staff, sample signature Sargent Choice cookies and tasty hors d’oeuvres and enter for a chance to win a 16GB iPad.

For more information about the Ryan Center and its multidisciplinary offerings, visit This event is free and open to the public.

For any questions, please contact Kat Tokarz at Sargent College; 617-353-2705 or

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BU Sargent College Ergonomic Expert asks Students ‘What’s in your Backpack?’

September 11th, 2012 in sargent college 0 comments

Backpack ErgonomicsOn Wednesday, September 19,  Dr. Karen Jacobs, a Boston University Sargent College occupational therapy professor and former president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) will be celebrating National School Backpack Awareness Day™ to raise awareness of the health risks associated with carrying an overloaded backpack.

Dr. Jacobs and her graduate students will weigh the backpacks of elementary school students and offer guidance on the best way to wear a backpack.  The weigh-ins will be at Jackson Mann School in Brighton, MA from 9:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at St. Mary of the Assumption Rectory School in Brookline, MA at 1:15 p.m.

The weight of a child’s backpack should not exceed more than 10 percent of their body weight. Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to an aching back, weakened muscles, and poor posture. Dr. Jacobs advises minimizing long-term health problems by loading the heaviest items closest to the child’s back and arranging books and materials so they won’t slide around in the backpack. Watch this video for more helpful tips from Dr. Jacobs.

For more information, contact Stephanie Rotondo; 617-353-7476 or

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