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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) alumna Sarah Jacobsen was recently selected as Educational Services Professional of the Year for 2015-2016 for the Gloucester County Special Services School District. This annual award is given to one person among five campuses.

Sarah graduated from the MSOT program in 2011 and has worked with students with physical, mental, and behavioral disabilities since her graduation from Stockton. 

It is clear that Sarah is dedicated to her profession and passionate about helping students. "I have started many different programs to help better serve our population. One example is a walking program to get our students physically active. I also started teaching classes with other disciplines (speech, PT, social worker) to various classrooms that really needed a more integrated approach to help increase and develop many of the skills our students have difficulty with. I have created sensory rooms and programs to help students with difficult behaviors. I enjoy my job immensely and love being creative and helping others reach their goals. It was an honor to receive this award from my peers and even more of an honor to hear all the wonderful things they said about me."

Doctor of Physical Therapy student Mark Daitol and Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Lauren DelRossi administered baseline ImPACT IDD concussion testing to Special Olympic athletes participating in the winter games at Stockton. They worked specifically with the athletes participating in street hockey. This special version of ImPACT testing was developed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Special Olympics is rolling out this testing for all athletes, and this was the first time ImPACT IDD was utilized. Mark and Dr. DelRossi tested 10-15 athletes.

Mark Daitol

Dr. Lauren DelRossi (left) and DPT student Mark Daitol (right)

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) alumna Erika Librizzi is now an occupational therapist at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was recently featured on a news program talking about safety and older drivers.

BSHS Senior Gianna Pezzano presented at the 2015 annual meeting for the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago, IL. Her work was part of a team that included recent graduates from the biology and biochemistry/molecular biology programs. Their poster was titled "The Akt-mTOR Pathway is a Key Regulator of Neurogenesis in the Subventricular Zone".

The Society for Neuroscience annual meeting is the largest neuroscience conference in the world. This year, nearly 30,000 people attended over 5 days. According to Dr. Nathaniel Harman, Assistant Professor of Biology, "Gianna did a wonderful job presenting her work and engaging in conversation with scientists from the US and around the world."