Annual SAHP Awards Ceremony and Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine

The annual School of Allied Health Professions Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

This alt=""year’s recipient of the SAHP Excellence in Research Award was Ka-Chun (Joseph) Siu, PhD, assistant professor, division of physical therapy education. This award recognizes significant research contributions and addition to the knowledge of the clinical, scientific, and/or educational community.

alt=""Kathleen Volkman, PT, MS, NCS, assistant professor, division of physical therapy education, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Nominees for this award must have a faculty appointment in the SAHP and demonstrate outstanding skills in directing learning, advising students, and facilitating effective interaction between faculty and students and between students.

alt=""Dennis Strauss, MD, was recognized for his Outstanding Service to the Allied Health Professions. Each year we recognize someone who has made extraordinary contributions in health care, education or service that result in the significant advancement of the School and the allied health professions.


Students gather to listen to Iman Ahmad, PhD, explain her poster at the SAHP Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine.

Each spring, in conjunction with the awards ceremony, the School of Allied Health Professions sponsors a Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine. The forum showcases faculty and student posters in three categories: educational exhibits, critical reviews, and research. This year, 85 students, 25 faculty, and two staff participated with 78 posters.

A book of the abstracts presented at the forum is available on the forum website:


Can you go without your phone for 10 minutes to provide clean water to those in need?

Here’s a link to the UNICEF “Tap Project,” which challenges us to go without our phones for at least 10 minutes in order to help provide clean water to those in need. The record time in Nebraska is 156:10:03!

On your computer:

On your phone:

Thank you to Troy Goetsch, Physical Therapy, Class of 2015, for the links and information!

PT graduate receives research award

photo of Siu, Roth, and Venema

Joseph Siu, PhD, Shannon Roth, PT, DPT, and Dawn Venema, PT PhD

Shannon Roth, PT, DPT, a 2013 graduate from our physical therapy program, received the Student Award for Research from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, a specialty section of the American Physical Therapy Association. The award recognizes outstanding research-related activity completed by entry-level physical therapy students.
Dawn Venema, PT, PhD, and Joseph Siu, PhD, nominated Ms. Roth based on her work with them on their project, “The Effects of Dual-Task Training in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment.” Shannon’s contribution to the project was funded by a COM Summer Research Scholarship between her DPT1 and DPT2 years. She presented a research poster of their work at the Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum and the SAHP Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine.

Congratulations, Shannon!