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American Physical Therapy Association Honors Richland Township Resident

Dr. Martha F. Somers has been recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) with its 2014 Award for Excellence in Neurologic Education. She will receive the national award at the combined sections meeting of the APTA on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Las Vegas.

Somers, who is a resident of Richland Township, is an assistant professor of physical therapy in Duquesne University's Rangos School of Health Sciences.

This award is presented by the APTA's neurology section to acknowledge and honor a member of the section whose clinical and/or academic neurologic educational contributions have been of exceptional value.

As part of the award's criteria, nominees must have contributed to the overall development of physical therapy as an autonomous, caring and scientific profession. In addition, nominees must demonstrate excellence in clinical education through teaching, writing, presentations and mentoring others.

At Duquesne, Somers teaches courses in clinical neurological science, foundational skills, and prosthetics and orthotics. An expert in spinal cord injury, prosthetics and orthotics, Somers has published on these topics and has presented before numerous professional organizations, including the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.