February 2012 Awarded: Nancy Alarcon, a senior lecturer and director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at the University of Washington (UW), and Marty Nevdahl, a UW lecturer, won the Patriotic Employer Award for extraordinary support of a colleague whose spouse serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. Using Skype, Alarcor (chair of ... People
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The ASHA Leader, February 2012, Vol. 17, 36. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.17022012.36
The ASHA Leader, February 2012, Vol. 17, 36. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.17022012.36
Awarded: Nancy Alarcon, a senior lecturer and director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at the University of Washington (UW), and Marty Nevdahl, a UW lecturer, won the Patriotic Employer Award for extraordinary support of a colleague whose spouse serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. Using Skype, Alarcor (chair of ASHA’s Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council) and Nevdahl arranged for a student’s husband to attend her graduation, even though he was serving in Iraq ... Brenda Ryals, a professor of communication sciences and disorders at James Madison University and director of its Auditory Research Lab, received the 2012 Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology from the American Academy of Audiology. The award recognizes her contributions to the advancement of auditory neuroscience, service to the scientific community, and expert mentoring of students.
In the News: Pamela Mason, ASHA director of audiology professional practices, was featured in a WUSA-9 news story (Dec. 14, 2011) about the growing problem of hearing loss. She advises limiting the volume of children’s headphones and the time they spend playing with noisy toys ... Steve Wright, an audiology assistant with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, was quoted in a story in The Hearing Journal (Jan. 2012) about how audiology assistants can help alleviate the “workforce crunch” among audiologists.
DEATHS
Donald J. Brennan, 66, of lung cancer, on Nov. 24, 2011, in St. Louis, Missouri. Brennan earned his BA and MA in communication disorders at Saint Louis University (SLU) and a PhD from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1974, with a focus on child language. He returned to SLU as a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) in 1975 and became chair in 1981. An ASHA Fellow, Brennan became a full professor in 1986, dean of the SLU Graduate School in 1988, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2005. He remained involved in the department by teaching a CSD class, and resigned his dual administrative positions to return to full-time CSD teaching in 2010. Brennan helped secure an award of more than $1 million in personnel preparation grants for speech-language pathology students. Brennan is survived by four daughters and his wife, Marty, an SLU professor and director of the undergraduate CSD program.
Thomas E. Prescott, 73, on Dec. 3, 2011, in Denver, Colorado. Prescott received his BS from Mancado State University in 1960, his MA from the University of Kansas in 1962, and his PhD from the University of Denver in 1970. He was an affiliate clinical professor of communication disorders at the University of Northern Colorado. After many years of service he retired from the VA Medical Center in Denver as the head of Speech Pathology and Audiology. He is predeceased by his first wife, Phyllis. Prescott is survived by his wife Peggy, daughter Heidi, and brother Larry.
Karen Faye (Cande) Steckol, 62, of cancer on Nov. 4, 2011, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Steckol was the retired professor, chair, and clinic director in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama. Prior to joining the faculty at Alabama, Steckol served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Cleveland State University. She also served as professor, chair, and clinic director in the Department of Communication Disorders at Saint Louis University, where she was also interim dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Steckol was also dean of the School of Applied Science and Education at Buffalo State College and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery, Audiology, and Speech Pathology at the University of Louisville. She was a consulting editor for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, associate editor for Asha Magazine, and the author or co-author of many publications. An ASHA Fellow, Steckol served as president of the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was the Kentucky recipient of the ASHFoundation’s State Clinical Achievement Award. She also received a Fulbright Award for Academic Administrators from the Germany Fulbright Commission. Steckol is survived by her sister, Susan Cohen, and her stepmother, Susy Steckol.
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