News & Events
April 29, 2012
Congratulations to the graduates of the Eastern Michigan University Orthotics & Prosthetics Class of 2012!
April 15, 2012
Kayakers and SCUBA divers jump right in
Over 40 participants, instructors, and volunteers gathered Sunday at EMU’s Jones Pool for an OPAF First Paddle & First Dive adaptive kayak and SCUBA diving clinic. Participation was free to anyone with a physical disability. The athletes were able to use equipment for free and get lessons from instructors who are specially certified in adaptive instruction.
For anyone interested in the OPAF First clinics, there will be a First Dance in Lake Orion on April 29 and a First Climb (indoor rock climbing) in Ann Arbor on June 2. Visit opfund.org for more information.
Follow these links to see more photos:
A special thanks to the individuals and organizations that helped make the event a success:
Athletes with Disabilities Network
Ropp Orthopedic Clinic
EMU’s Kayak Club
EMU’s Orthotics & Prosthetics students and student organization
Marco’s Pizza, Ann Arbor
Michigan Adaptive Sports
Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation, Inc.
S.O.A.R. – Special Opportunities for Advanced Rehabilitation
April 2, 2012
Students participate in disability awareness flash mob
EMU O&P students Nicole Haupt, Rachel Putnam, and Jenna Sopkowiak participated in a flash mob on the Diag at the University Of Michigan on March 27, 2012. Allies for Disability Awareness Community Organizing (ADACO) put on the event to raise awareness of people with disabilities and promote togetherness of them, their allies, and the surrounding community. Watch the video and learn more about ADACO:
March 26, 2012
Motion-capture laboratory studies underway
Second-year student Jeffrey M. Olson, II, was the first O&P student to use the new EMU motion-capture laboratory for a full research project. His study on the effect of various shoe rockers on the coronal plane motion of the body’s center of mass was presented at the 10th annual meeting of the Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists in Atlanta, GA, in late April. First-year student Brian Emling and undergraduate student Tyler Klenow were also involved with the study.
Jeffrey M. Olson, II, presents a poster with the results of his rocker-sole study at the national meeting of orthotics and prosthetics professionals on March 22, 2012.
March 20, 2012
Students produce realistic casting model
Melissa Burner, Brian Emling, Samer Moussa, and Kevin Vines have manufactured an upper-extremity casting dummy from a variety of materials. The model, which simulates an arm with a trans-radial amputation, contains articulating shoulder joints and palpable bones and landmarks. The students presented the project at TEDx at EMU on March 9, 2012, and also plan to present it at the EMU Graduate Research Fair on March 26, 2012. Future students in the upper extremity prosthetics courses will be get practice casting on the model before meeting with real patients. Listen to the students talk about the experience and see how the model was created:
March 9, 2012
Kevin Vines, Brian Emling, Samer Moussa, and Melissa Burner with their lifecasting projects at TEDx.