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The ASHA Leader, August 2011, Vol. 16, 36-37. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.16082011.36
The ASHA Leader, August 2011, Vol. 16, 36-37. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.16082011.36
Awarded: Lisa Edmonds has been named Teacher of the Year by the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, an award based on a nomination by her students. Edmonds, an assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, has been teaching at the University of Florida for five years. She teaches an undergraduate course on the neurological bases of communication, and a graduate-level adult language disorders course. Edmonds said she tries to create an environment in the classroom that encourages discussion, critical thinking, and engagement with the material ... Pamela Smith, associate professor of speech-language pathology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, received a Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TALE) Outstanding Teachers of 2011 award. Smith was nominated by students for her dynamic teaching style, in which she illuminates dense and difficult subject matter with the inclusion of humor and current events. Smith, an advisor to the Bloomsburg chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, is known for going beyond what’s expected to deliver the best possible instruction for her students ... Leigh Ann Spell, professor of speech-language pathology and speech-language pathology program coordinator at Columbia College in Columbia, S.C., received the 2011 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Excellence in Teaching Award. Spell received her doctorate in speech-language pathology from the University of South Carolina and has been on the faculty at Columbia College since 1996. She is a past president of the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her research and clinical interests include working with children and adults who are English-language learners. In 2009, Spell was chosen as one of 10 international faculty to teach in the Sookmyung International Summer School program in Seoul, South Korea ... Kenneth Staub, an assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and regular contributor to the ASHA-sphere blog, was awarded a Stuttering Foundation 2011 Award for Excellence in Journalism. His ASHAsphere blog post about “The King’s Speech” won third place in the Internet Blog category.
Named: Annette McKenzie Anderson, president and chief executive officer of Diversified In-Valuable Assistance (DIVA) Enterprises, has been appointed by President Obama as a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Anderson served as an adjunct clinical supervisor for speech-language pathology graduate students at Howard University. Prior to that, Anderson served as a speech-language pathologist at Mamie D. Lee School, the District of Columbia public school for students with intellectual and related disabilities. Anderson received the ASHFoundation’s Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Recent Clinical Achievement in 1994. She was also a recipient of the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award presented by The Washington Post ... Therese Goldsmith, commissioner of the Public Service Commission of Maryland, has been named Maryland insurance commissioner by Gov. Martin O’Malley. Goldsmith worked as a lawyer for seven years prior to her appointment as commissioner of the Public Service Commission. She also was an SLP at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pa., as well as a clinician, neurology team leader, and neurology program coordinator at the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. Goldsmith also has held several clinical and administrative positions at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., most recently director of the speech-language pathology service ... Lois Kam Heymann has been named director of the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Communication Center in New York, N.Y, which provides clinical services for people with hearing loss and children with auditory processing disorders. Prior to joining the center in 2010, Heymann was on the faculty of the State University of New York-New Paltz, where she was a professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and supervised a university-based clinic for individuals with hearing and listening challenges. Heymann, a speech-language pathologist, has had a private practice specializing in children with hearing and listening challenges for the past 20 years.
In the News: Rodney M. Gabel, a speech-language pathologist and instructor at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, was featured in a Feb. 18 WTSC radio interview about his interest in stuttering. Gabel has faced the fluency disorder since he was very young and has received lifelong speech-language intervention. Gabel’s research findings, conducted over the past 30 years, suggest stuttering may have genetic origins as enzymes or chromosomes that predispose certain individuals to stutter... Stacey Hyde-Mecham, a private practitioner who treats clients of all ages and a clinician with Idaho’s Infant-Toddler Program, was featured in the March 30 issue of the Idaho Mountain Express. To serve her clients, Hyde-Mecham drives nearly 3,300 miles per month to provide services in the rural area locally known as “hell’s half-acre” Always planning to practice in a rural area, Mecham earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a master’s in speech-language pathology at the University of Alberta ... Iris Weinhouse, a speech-language pathologist at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, N.J., was featured in an article about ’The King’s Speech” that appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Record (Bergen County, N.J.). The article provided an “expert’s take” on what the film got right—and wrong—about stuttering treatment. In the article, Weinhouse indicated that the movie did justice to the daily work of the professions despite a few inaccuracies ... Marissa Witsman, a speech-language pathologist in Pontiac, III., was profiled in the April 23 issue of the Pontiac Daily Leader for her work with children. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Witsman works with children who have articulation, fluency, voice, and language disorders, and assists those who use augmentative and alternative communication systems.
Deaths
Laura Winter McKnight, 86, of pneumonia on March 17, 2011. McKnight was born in Schenectady, N.Y., and attended Ithaca College. She received a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and a master’s in speech therapy education from San Francisco State University. She worked as a speech-language pathologist in Berkeley and Los Angeles, Calif., and then taught at the University of Florida from 1968 to 1971. She worked as an SLP in the Bremen, Ga., school system for several years. McKnight moved to the Washington, D.C., area in the 1980s, where she wrote nine books of poetry and gave frequent readings at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Asbury Methodist Village. McKnight is predeceased bv her husband, Maxwell; survivors include a brother.
Evelyn Hudman Smith, 97, on April 26, 2011. Smith earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Texas Tech. She was a teacher in Texas and New Mexico for 32 years, and later became one of the first speech-language pathologists in the Lubbock (Texas) Independent School District. After her retirement in 1975, Smith continued working and studying to broaden her professional knowledge and skills. She leaves no immediate survivors.
Duane C. Spriestersbach, 94, on April 25, 2011. Spriestersbach served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, and in 1945 was awarded the Bronze Star, followed by the Army Commendation Medal in 1946. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Iowa (Ul). Spriestersbach held several positions at Ul, including professor of speech pathology and audiology, dean of the Graduate College, vice president for educational development and research, and interim president. Spriestersbach specialized in the field of cleft lip and palate and wrote many books and articles related to their management. He initiated a 36-year cleft palate study that generated $13 million in grants. In recognition of excellence in doctoral research, the Ul Graduate College awards the D. C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize each spring. Survivors include a sister, Beverly; son, Michael; and daughter, Ann Swain.
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