PT division honors Dr. Willett at farewell

Dr. Joe Norman presents award to  Dr. Gib Willett

Dr. Joe Norman presents award to Dr. Gib Willett

Gilbert (Gib) Willett, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS, likes to golf. So when he recently left the division of physical therapy to pursue other opportunities on campus, they gathered to wish him well and send him off with some new clubs.

They also honored him with a plaque, which read, “Division of Physical Therapy Education Appreciation Award presented to Dr. Gib Willett for contributions in teaching and service to the Division and to the students we serve.  1990-2014.”

Dr. Willett began his career as an instructor in the division in 1990 and went on to become professor, administrator, researcher, clinician, and distinguished alumni.

Fun photos from the farewell fete are in this album on Flickr.

CLS Faculty Collaborates with Biocontainment Unit Personnel

In preparation for possible patients in The Nebraska Medical Center (TNMC) biocontainment unit, TNMC and The Nebraska Public Health Lab (NPHL) are reaching out to the Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) Program to help with training employees in some manual laboratory techniques, such as manual white blood cell counts. If possible, items in the biocontainment unit should remain in the lockdown environment, which means patient specimens for clinical diagnostic work are not submitted to the main lab. The laboratory work is done as point-of-care procedures. Some of the CLS faculty are helping to train the personnel who will be performing the bedside procedures.

Dr. Meyer selected as chair of Midwest Deans Association

Kyle MeyerKyle Meyer, PhD, PT, Senior Associate Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions, was selected by his colleagues to serve as chair of the Midwest Deans Association. Institutional members of the association include colleges and schools of allied health at eighteen Midwest academic health science centers who are also member institutions of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). The institutions are represented in the Midwest Deans Association by their chief allied health administrator.

The association promotes the exchange of best practice information pertaining to allied health education program planning and management, collectively represents the Midwest member institutions on issues of common concern, and communicates with other associations of allied health deans.

Dr. Meyer assumed the role of chair in July, following Dr. Wendy Rheault, formerly dean of the College of Health Professions at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, who recently moved to the position of provost at the same institution.