The travel crisis borne by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland affected the travel plans for countless people, worldwide. That included those of Professor David G. Armstrong, of the University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), who was scheduled to address the EviVenice 2010 vascular symposium in Italy. Immediately after the last minute flight cancellation, Armstrong set up a laptop to laptop lecture to the hundreds of assembled physicians and surgeons gathered at the Palazzo del Casino in Venice. “This could never have happened even 5 years ago”, noted Dr. Armstrong “The ubiquity of webcams and high-speed connections has made the world a smaller place.” Armstrong noted also that it was particularly apropos to limit travel on Earth Day. “It is always terrific when a podiatrist can have a positive aspect on a foot print– whether it’s a human one or a carbon one.” Armstrong’s lecture, on foot reconstruction, was chaired by Professors Alberto Piaggesi and Sjef van Bal, of Italy and the Netherlands, respectively.
SALSA’s Armstrong lectures via laptop to EviVenice Symposium after being marooned by volcano-related flight cancellations