Scholars Gild November 2016

How Advances in Fashion & Wearable Technology Can Improve Life for People With Disabilities

Tuesday, November 15
Lower Arden Gild Hall
7:30 PM

 

Everyday life activities with a physical disability can be difficult. The November Scholars Gild discussion will be lead by Dr. Michele Lobo, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware. Dr. Lobo will discuss how advances in fashion/apparel studies, engineering, and rehabilitation can be used to design clothing that improves independence, function, and quality of life for people with disabilities, particularly for those with physical disabilities. She will highlight innovations from her Super Suits FUNctional Fashion and Wearable Technology Program at the University of Delaware. Those innovations range from lower-tech adaptive clothing designs through exoskeletal garments and smart garments that allow users to control gadgets in their environment.

Bio
Dr. Michele Lobo received her Masters in Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University and her Movement Science PhD from the University of Delaware. She has been a visiting researcher at The Free University, Amsterdam, and the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on developing and testing early interventions and devices to maximize participation, play, and learning. Her NIH- and DOE-funded group has members from rehabilitation, developmental psychology, engineering, and fashion and recently developed the first exoskeletal garment for rehabilitation.  Her current work includes a multi-site early intervention study and developing and testing a range of low- to high-tech clothing aimed at increasing independence and function.

 

If you would like to receive email notifications and reminders about this or future Scholars Gild event, contact the Scholars Gild via ArdenScholarsGild@gmail.com. Title your email “Scholars Gild Request” and include your name, comments, and request in the body of the email. There is no fee to attend Scholars Gild discussions; please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the costs of putting on these events and to support the Arden Club.

Scholars Gild October 2016

Tuesday, October 18

Lower Arden Gild Hall

7:30 PM

Rethinking Justice

Christofer Johnson, Esq

 

The events of Ferguson, Missouri precipitated some major changes in policing in that city, with many of the personnel and procedures being changed. The series of young, often unarmed, black men being killed by police has led to investigations into police departments, with findings that show the reality of sometimes blatant racial disparities in arrest and incarceration rates. Our October discussion will look at some of the changes that have come about as a result of the current crisis, and discuss how the crisis came about.

Christofer (Chris) Johnson is the current Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Wilmington. He has broad responsibilities representing the City in complex litigation. In addition to these responsibilities, Chris has focused on anti-violence initiatives aimed at counseling high-risk youth. Chris is an active leader in the community, serving as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem with the Delaware Office of Child Advocate and on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Center for Justice. Chris will lead our October discussion on the subject “Rethinking Justice” to better serve the high-risk youths in our community

There is no fee to attend Scholars Gild discussions; please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the costs of putting on these events and to support the Arden Club.

Christofer Johnson Esq

Chris is a graduate of the University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business and Economics, and earned his J.D. from Widener Law in 2009. He is currently an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Wilmington, where he represents the City in complex litigation in a variety of areas and advises several City boards, commissions, and public officials. Chris’ work with the City is varied and he also works on legislative matters and anti-violence initiatives aimed at counseling high-risk youth. Chris is a very active leader in the community and serves as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem with the Delaware Office of Child Advocate and on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Center for Justice.

The Scholars Gild

The Scholars Gild discussions are held at 7:30 PM on the third Tuesday of the month (except July and August) in the lower Gild Hall. If you would like to receive email notifications and reminders, contact the Scholars Gild via ArdenScholarsGild@gmail.com. Title your email “Scholars Gild Request” and include your name, comments, and request in the body of the email.

 

News Flash – New September 2016 Scholars Program

What a long, strange trip its been: my year long travel with pancreatic cancer

Steven Threefoot

Unfortunately, our September Scholars Gild discussion leader, Gene Peacock, the Director of the Brandywine Zoo, has become ill and has lost his voice. Therefore, we will reschedule Mr. Peacock later in our program year.

We are fortunate to have an alternative program, “What a long, strange trip its been: my year long travel with pancreatic cancer” presented by Steven Threefoot. This program is the personal story of my experiences with advance pancreatic cancer, the medical system, the technology, and the interactions with friends and family. While the topic is rather dark, there are many important and uplifting learnings along the way.

Please join the Scholars Gild tomorrow evening (September 20) in the Lower Gild Hall at 7:30 PM for this special discussion.