Sargent News

MS in Speech-Language Pathology Summer Information Sessions

The Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology offers the following Summer 2017 information sessions:

Friday, June 16 at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, July 21 at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, August 25 at 4:30 p.m.

To RSVP, please contact Fina Jervis.

Director of BU Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy to Deliver SAR Convocation Address

Jonathan Woodson, MD, director of the BU Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy will deliver the 2017 convocation address at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College.


A former assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Defense, Woodson is a Larz Anderson Professor in Management and Professor of the Practice at the Questrom School of Business. He also holds appointments as professor of surgery at the BU School of Medicine and professor of health law, policy, & management at BU School of Public Health.

Woodson served from 2010-2016 as assistant secretary of defense for health affairs in the United States Department of Defense (DoD). He was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense for all health and force health protection related issues and ensured the effective execution of the DoD medical mission. He exercised authority, direction, and control over the Defense Health Agency, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and the Tricare Health Plan — responsible for servicing 9.5 million beneficiaries.

Woodson was deployed in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, in Kosovo, and in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a former senior medical officer with the National Disaster Management System, where he responded to the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. 

He has received numerous awards including the 2009 Gold Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster.

Woodson earned a master’s in strategic studies at U.S. Army War College and a master’s degree from New York University School of Medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree from City College of New York.

The BU Sargent College convocation will take place Sunday, May 21 at 9 a.m. The ceremony will be followed by the All University Commencement Ceremony at 1 p.m. For more information about commencement activities at Boston University, visit our commencement page.

OTD Students Selected for AOTA Internships

Three Occupational Therapy doctoral students – Maddy Emerson, Casey Primeau, and Natalie Petrone – have been accepted to the American Occupational Therapy Association Student Internship Program. They will work with AOTA special interest groups in physical disabilities, technology, and mental health, respectively.

OTD Students AOTA Internship

Left to right: Maddy Emerson, Casey Primeau, Natalie Petrone

U.S. News & World Report: “How to Eat Out With Severe Food Allergies”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(4/25/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake offers advice on dining out for people with severe food allergies.

Expert quote:

Once you arrive at the restaurant, ask to see the manager and member of waitstaff before you are seated to clearly communicate your food allergies.”

Read full article here.

Movement and Applied Imaging Lab Hosts Biomechanics Day

Students from a freshman physics class at Match Charter School joined the Movement and Applied Imaging Lab in our Physical Therapy & Athletic Training Department for Biomechanics Day, April 6.


Physical Therapy Prof Deepak Kumar explains the results of a human motion test done with the help of Match Charter School student.

Physical Therapy Prof Deepak Kumar explains the results of a human motion test done with the help of Match Charter School student.

4/6/17 -- Boston, MA Malaky Lewis, a freshman at MMalaky Lewis, a freshman at Match Charter School, helps show how state-of-the-art equipment in the Movement and Applied Imaging Lab at Sargent can track and measure human motion.

Malaky Lewis, a freshman at Match Charter School, helps show how state-of-the-art equipment in the Movement and Applied Imaging Lab at Sargent can track and measure human motion.

Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition, Enrolling for Fall 2017

Our MS in Public Health Nutrition, in collaboration with BU School of Public Health, provides students with in-depth training in the research, understanding, and promotion of public health nutrition through individual, community, population, food systems, and policy approaches.

This program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2017 – learn more or apply.

WATCH: “How the Evolution of Sex and Gender-based Research Impacts the Practice of Medicine” presented by Dr. Alyson J. McGregor

2017 Meredith E. Drench Lecture

Dr. Alyson J. McGregor is a women’s health pioneer who has brought the concept of sex and gender differences in the delivery of acute medical care to the national stage. She is an associate professor of emergency medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the co-founder and director for the Division of Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine at Brown University’s Department of Emergency Medicine. McGregor is also a co-founder and vice chair for the national organization Sex and Gender Women’s Health Collaborative.

CNN: “Weight loss tips”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(04/12/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake gives advice on losing weight, including downsizing dinner plates, eating soup before dinner, getting more sleep, setting realistic goals and more.

View full interview here.

Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


The Florence and Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University
213 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

Please join us for a Welcome Reception on Thursday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. at Hillel House.


Boston University, The University of Kansas and The University of Pittsburgh

Visit the OT Summit website for more information.

CNN: “Reducing the risk of heart disease”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(04/11/17) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake shares advice on how to avoid heart disease, but it comes down to the basics: no smoking, no obesity, weekly exercise and a healthy diet.

Expert quote:

Lifestyle can greatly influence your risk for heart disease despite family history…”

Watch full video here.