Pitt researcher Rory Cooper receives mentor award
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Rory A. Cooper, a University of Pittsburgh researcher and professor known for his work in rehabilitation and assistive technology, has been awarded the 2011 Mentor Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Mr. Cooper was chosen to receive the award for his success in increasing the number of women and people with disabilities earning doctoral degrees in rehabilitation science.
Among those students are nine individuals with disabilities and 13 women. Overall, he has mentored more than 100 undergraduate students, 69 master's degree students, 39 doctoral students and 17 postdoctoral students, 50 percent of whom have come from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Mr. Cooper, who suffered a spinal cord injury while serving in the Army in 1980, is director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at Pitt and the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He also is a distinguished professor within Pitt's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
The award is to be presented today at the association's annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.
First Published February 19, 2012 12:00 am