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ASCIP Invites Richland Township Resident to Be Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Martha Somers, assistant professor of physical therapy at Duquesne University, has been invited to serve as a Distinguished Lecturer at the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals' (ASCIP) annual educational conference and expo in Saint Louis, Miss., from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3.

A faculty member of Duquesne's Rangos School of Health Sciences, Somers teaches courses in clinical neurological science, foundational skills, and prosthetics and orthotics. A respected expert in spinal cord injury, prosthetics and orthotics, she has published on these topics and has presented before numerous professional organizations.

The ASCIP, which provides medical professionals with advanced-learning and networking opportunities, is comprised of four professional sections: the American Paraplegia Society, the Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses, Psychologists and Social Workers, and the Therapy Leadership Council.

Somers is a resident of Richland Township.

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.