September 2015 Rachel Agron and Meghan Kelly, speech-language pathologists in the VA Northern California Health Care System, received the I CARE Award for LGBT Veteran Services for advocacy from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The award recognizes efforts made by VA employees ... People
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The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, 22-24. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.20092015.22
The ASHA Leader, September 2015, Vol. 20, 22-24. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.20092015.22
Awarded
Rachel Agron and Meghan Kelly, speech-language pathologists in the VA Northern California Health Care System, received the I CARE Award for LGBT Veteran Services for advocacy from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The award recognizes efforts made by VA employees to provide excellent care to LGBT veterans at the VA … Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, a practicing SLP and professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at California State University-Sacramento, received the June 16 Daily Point of Light Award for organizing more than 100,000 book donations for children in need. Points of Light, a volunteer organization, gives the award daily to a standout volunteer who sparks change and improves the world … Oliver Wendt, assistant professor of speech, language and hearing sciences and educational studies at Purdue University, received the 2015 Outstanding Research of the Year award from the Autism Society, recognizing research on augmentative and alternative communication for minimally verbal children with autism.
In the news
Courtney Byrd, founding director of the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute and associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, was featured in a June 10 story on Austin’s Fox News affiliate, KTBC, about “Camp Dream. Speak. Live,” a no-cost day camp for children who stutter held at UT Austin. Fellow SLPs Zoi Gkalitsiou, Elizabeth Hampton and Megann McGill also appear in the segment. Byrd also was included in a June 28 Austin American-Statesman op-ed highlighting the work of the city’s chapter of the National Stuttering Association … Ann W. Kummer, senior director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, wrote an op-ed for the Cincinnati Enquirer about the importance of unplugging children from technology during the summer … SLPs Jayne Latz and Lynda Waltner Stucky were featured in a June 17 Wall Street Journal mailbox column answering a reader’s question on how to improve the “tone and pitch of my voice” for presentations. Latz is president of New York’s Corporate Speech Solutions, and Stucky is president of the Pittsburgh-based ClearlySpeaking … Benjamin Munson, professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, was featured June 23 in a short New York Times video by director David Thorpe that explores the reasons that some men sound stereotypically gay, whether they are or not. Munson also appears in Thorpe’s feature-length documentary film “Do I Sound Gay?” which was released July 10. SLP Susan Sankin, who has worked with Thorpe and also appears in the documentary, was a guest on a July 7 episode of NPR’s Fresh Air alongside Thorpe to talk about the film and her work.
Named
Edward L. Goshorn, associate professor of audiology and director of the psychoacoustics laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been named chair of the school’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences … Marcia Brown-Haims has been named interim chair of the Department of Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University, where she has been a faculty member for 26 years … Robert F. Orlikoff, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University, has been named associate dean for academic affairs at the school’s College of Education and Human Services.
On the move
Naomi Eichorn will join the faculty of the University of Memphis in late fall as an assistant professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders … Carol Hammer has joined the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Teachers College of Columbia University, where she is a professor of communication sciences and disorders.
Retired
Thomas Linares retired from the Department of Communication Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University at the end of the 2015 spring semester. He had been a professor and department chair at the school since arriving from the University of North Dakota-Minot in 2011. He also served as associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services and as interim chair of the Department of Social Work at Southeast. Linares was active in the Brain Injury and Stroke Resource Group in Cape Girardeau and taught courses in adult language disorders, multicultural studies and motor speech disorders. He also supervised graduate students in clinical practica. He initiated an adult communication group at the Center for Speech and Hearing at Southeast that facilitated the transfer of therapy skills to natural speaking environments with multiple communication partners.
Deaths
Rita M. Purcell-Robertson, 60, on April 26, 2015, in Clifton, Virginia. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from James Madison University and a master’s degree in speech pathology from the Pennsylvania State University, Purcell-Robertson earned her PhD in instructional technology at the University of Virginia. Serving in various positions as a school clinician and university educator throughout her career, she continued to work as an SLP in Loudoun County (Virginia) Public Schools and as a professional lecturer at George Washington University until the time of her death. Purcell-Robertson was the 1998–2000 president of the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia and the recipient of many honors and awards. Most recently, she received the 2015 Martha Mullins-Callender Award from the Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia, an annual award presented to a communication sciences and disorders professional who helps ensure that CSD services, professions and professional organizations flourish in the marketplace. Purcell-Robertson was involved in a number of ASHA Special Interest Groups and served on the Council for Academic Accreditation.
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