Armstrong First Physician Appointed to University of Arizona’s SISTA

David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, last week became the first physician appointed to the University of Arizona's School of Information Science, Technology and Arts (SISTA). “Having David in SISTA is a terrific addition”, noted SISTA's founding Director, Professor Paul Cohen. As head of Computer Science from 2008 to 2010, Cohen saw firsthand how many researchers at the UA rely on computation: “Wherever you look — in podiatric surgery, linguistics, communications, radiology, the saxophone studio, biology, everywhere — you find domain experts who are also self-taught information scientists. SISTA was set up to provide a community for interdisciplinary work based in computation.”  Dr. Armstrong's group, for example, works on computational models of walking to help patients regain balance and walking skills.  “Basic research in computation is driven by important, applied problems,” says Cohen, “That's why we are so fortunate to be joined by Dr. Armstrong, who is both a medical pioneer in the important areas of limb salvage and regenerative medicine and an astute computational thinker.”  Dr. Armstrong, for his part, was equally enthusiastic “I am thrilled to be a part of this novel program. SISTA is exactly the kind of merger of art and science that makes for inspiration and discovery.” 
Caption: Professors David G. Armstrong and Paul Cohen

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