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06-09-2006

Clarkson University Researcher Receives Coveted VHA Career Scientist Award

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Potsdam, N.Y. The Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (Rehab R&D) arm of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is committed to improving the quality of life of impaired and disabled veterans and giving them back functional independence. Charles J. Robinson, director of Clarkson's Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST) is one of the researchers helping the VHA keep their promise to veterans with disability. Robinson

Robinson, the first research scientist to be named a Senior Rehabilitation Research Career Scientist (SRRCS) by the Veterans Administration, has had his appointment renewed by affirmation of his research peers for an additional seven years. He has been affiliated with the VHA rehabilitation research effort for 25 years, and is now affiliated with the Syracuse VA Medical Center.

The title, Rehabilitation Research Career Scientist (RRCS), may be awarded to established, independent investigators who have distinguished themselves through scientific achievement, and who contribute to the VHA research programs through their scientific knowledge, serving as mentors for clinician and nonclinician investigators, serving on VA research committees and collaborating with clinicians. The award is a means of monetarily recognizing the achievements and contributions of selected scientists doing VA research. Well-established Research Career Scientists who are recognized internationally as leaders in their field may be selected for Senior Research Career Scientist appointments.

In addition to the position of director of CREST, Robinson is also the Herman L. Shulman Endowed Chair at Clarkson. He received a doctor of science degree in electrical engineering and post doctoral training in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as post doctoral training in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. He concurrently continues to hold the SRRCS position with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

PHOTO CAPTION: Charles J. Robinson, director of Clarkson�s Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST), has been awarded an additional seven-year appointment as a Senior Rehabilitation Research Career Scientist by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Robinson was the first scientist in the entire VHA system to receive this recognition.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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