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Discovery through perseverance

I chose Discovery through Perseverance for the title of my From the Editor as I listen to the Boston University Kilachand Honors College’s Keystone Symposium 2021 of the same name. This is the 8th annual symposium which because of the pandemic took place virtually. Using a virtual context allowed undergraduate students from this College to present from anywhere around the globe. I was the advisor for two of the students’ keystone projects: A Literary Depiction of Epilepsy and Celebrating Our Differences Through Childrens Literature: How Unique We Can Be! The creation of their projects, two children’s books truly involved discovery through perseverance. As I listen to theirs’s and other students’ presentations, I am impressed with vast number of topics such as a wearable solution for treating apnea of prematurity through application of physical stimuli; race and voucher based discrimination in high and low poverty areas of greater Boston; simultaneity in the imaginary of future: protracted liminality and co-constructed home amongst Palestinian and Lebanese individuals in Beirut, Lebanon; creating a transgender rights revolution; mechanical loading bioreactor for real-time imaging of mouse flexor tendon explants among many other subjects.

I am especially fond of the words, discovery and perseverance. They are both relevant to embarking on a scholar/scientific inquiry such as you will read in the articles in this issue of WORK and which in many cases required perseverance to complete.

This issue of WORK contains 29 articles on topics such as low back pain; job stress; an integrated prevention approach in mental health at work; job rotation; vocational rehabilitation and burnout. We continue to publish papers on COVID-19 related to work. In this issue, there are five which are all free-to-read.

We are halfway through our 2021 Learn at WORK webinars. Here are the remaining webinars:

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 1-2pm EST

The role of office features and psychosocial working conditions

Presenters: Dr. Sarah Lütke Lanfer and Dr. Anja Göritz


Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 1-2pm EST

Telehealth in school-based practice: Perceived viability to bridge global occupational therapy practitioner shortages prior to COVID-19 global health emergency

Presenters: Cynthia Abbott-Gaffney & Karen Jacobs


Wednesday, July 14 at 1-2pm EST

An Assessment of Ergonomic Issues in the Home Offices of University Employees Sent Home Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presenter: Kermit Davis


Wednesday, September 2 at 1-2pm EST

Was a global pandemic needed to adopt the use of telehealth in occupational therapy?

Presenters: Viktoria Hoel, Claudia von Zweck, Viktoria Hoel & Ritchard Ledgerd Registration:

Wednesday, October 6 at 1-2pm EST

Outdoor psychology for employees with burnout or related complaints

Presenter: Roald Pijpker


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As always, I look forward to hearing from you. Be safe and healthy.

With kind regards,