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Rehabilitation expert to speak

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- William Rymer, director and professor at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, will present the fifth annual Louis E. Alley Memorial Lecture at the University of Iowa April 17.

Rymer will speak on the topic, "The Impact of Novel Mechanical Properties of Muscle on the Regulation of Movement" at 3:30 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the department of exercise science and the UI Foundation.

Rymer also is a professor of physiology, biomedical engineering and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University. He is a highly respected leader in the fields of sensorimotor physiology and rehabilitation research, having made significant contributions to both basic and applied research.

Alley, for whom the lecture and scholarship are named, received his doctorate from the UI and became an assistant professor in physical education in 1950. He moved rapidly through the academic ranks and in 1960 was promoted to professor and head of the department of physical education for men, a post he held for 18 years before retiring in 1982.

Alley held leadership positions in every major professional body in his field, including the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education and Dance; the National College Physical Education Association for Men and the American Academy of Physical Education. He also was a member of the board of governors of the International Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

He died in March 1991. The Louis E. Alley Memorial Lecture Fund was established by donations from his sister, Rebecca McCauley of Parkville, Mo.; his daughter, Rebecca Perez of San Antonio, Texas; and his son, L. William Alley, and grandsons Steven and Robert Alley of Boone, Iowa.