In late April, students from the Department of Occupational Therapy hosted a Paint Night fundraiser full of fun and paint to benefit the class of 2018. The event was hosted by Cary and Blake from The Paint Place UWS and was a great opportunity for the 11 students and five guests to get together socially outside of the classroom — and to experience the great therapeutic qualities found in artwork that they could use in their future careers. The event was a huge success, and produced lots of excellent paintings of the Washington Square Arch.
In 2003, the Anne Cronin Mosey Lectureship began at the NYU Department of Occupational Therapy to honor the legacy of former Department chair Anne Mosey by addressing controversial issues facing the profession. This past March, distinguished NYU Professor of Occupational Therapy Jim Hinojosa (PhD, OT/L, BCP, FAOTA) presented the Mosey Lecture’s 2016 Keynote Address. Hinojosa’s lecture focused on reality and fantasy. With most occupational therapy practitioners, scholars, and the American Occupational Therapy Association believing that occupation is the core and focus of occupational therapy, can a therapist accept that occupation is the core of OT and still provide important, relevant occupational therapy interventions that are not categorized as occupation-based or focused? In addition, are those justifiable interventions and should the profession reconsider the monistic viewpoint it has so widely adopted?
The evening began with an Alumni Wine Reception celebrating the Department’s 75th anniversary. Former students, faculty and staff were able to reconnect and also to celebrate Hinojosa’s time with the Department, as he will be retiring at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. Faculty and alumni spoke about his far-reaching influence and their memories, and the Department’s Professional Program class representatives (Briana Teasley, Alexia Santiago, Raisa Velez-Bruckman, and Corrie Goldberg) presented a short farewell video for Hinojosa that they put together with their fellow classmates.
Dinner preceded the keynote lecture and a vibrant Q&A session wrapped up the evening. In all, the three-hour event was a success and not only were those in attendance able to hear a keynote lecture from Hinojosa, but were also able to reflect on his remarkable career.
From March 12-13, Anita Perr, in collaboration with Marianne Petit of NYU Tisch and NYU Shanghai, hosted the workshop at NYU Shanghai that focused on assistive technology at NYU. OT’s and OT students from the community attended as did developers, designers and media artist and students. The program included presentations by experts from China, Korea, Japan, and the US on topics such as research in exoskeletons, myoelectric prostheses, low-tech fabrication, and devices/technology used by people with vision impairments and blindness.
There were also hands-on sessions focusing on robotics and creativity in technology design. One overarching theme of the program was to stress the benefits of collaboration with potential users of the technology and professionals/others interested in development. Petit and Perr were funded by a grant from the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study. Everyone in attendance learned a great amount, and the Department hopes that there will be continued collaboration of the participants in this workshop across professions and geography.