Karen Jacobs, a clinical professor of occupational therapy at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, recently received a Keeper of the Flame Award from the National Women’s Hall of Fame, a national organization that celebrates the achievement of women.
A professor at Sargent since 1983, Jacobs was recognized for her contributions to the field of occupational therapy, specifically for her research on the effects of computer and backpack use on university and middle-school-aged students.
The Keeper of the Flame Award is given at the community level to those who have made an impact on women’s lives and those who have “preserved the record of women’s achievement” within their communities. “I take mentoring my students and colleagues very seriously,” Jacobs says, “and the essence of this award is helping our future leaders.”
Karlyn Goodman (SAR’04), who took Jacobs’ occupational therapy class during her freshman year of college, nominated Jacobs for the award. “The enthusiasm, dedication, and wisdom she brings to occupational therapy, ergonomics, and life should be celebrated,” says Goodman, now an occupational therapist in the department of psychiatry at Quincy Medical Center.
Jacobs received the award April 27 during a reception at the Hyatt Regency Boston.
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