Springfield College to Present Greene Memorial Lecture in Physical Therapy on April 21

SPRINGFIELD — Department of Physical Therapy faculty members at Springfield College will present the 24th annual Greene Memorial Lecture in Physical Therapy, featuring a discussion, Q&A, and ‘fireside chat’ with lecturer Richard Shields, led by host Angela Campbell, Springfield College professor of Physical Therapy.

During this webinar, Shields, a professor, chair, and department executive officer of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, will discuss a range of his research interests from epigenomics to measures of quality and benchmarking in physical therapist education. He has contributed to the physical-therapy profession as a clinician, scientist, and academic leader.

The event is slated for Wednesday, April 21 at 5 p.m., and can be accessed at springfield.zoom.us/j/94972920402.

Shields managed the acute spinal-cord injury program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for several years. He holds medical-device patents for inventions that he designed to log and deliver therapeutic stress to tissues of people with paralysis. His clinical research aims to improve the health of people who suffer from reduced activity due to paralysis, obesity, injury, or age. He has published more than 125 scientific papers and has delivered more than 200 invited scientific presentations.

Shields has received several prestigious awards throughout his career, including the Gary L. Soderberg Endowed Professorship in Physical Therapy at the University of Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Catawba College, a post-baccalaureate degree in physical therapy from the Mayo Clinic, and a master’s degree in exercise physiology and a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Iowa.