December 2015 Joan Mele-McCarthy, executive director of the Edgewater, Maryland, Summit School and Summit Resources Services, which serves children who have dyslexia and other learning differences, has been appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan as chair of Maryland’s Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Program. Bernard Rousseau, ... People
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The ASHA Leader, December 2015, Vol. 20, 22-23. doi:010.1044/leader.PPL.20122015.22
The ASHA Leader, December 2015, Vol. 20, 22-23. doi:010.1044/leader.PPL.20122015.22
Appointed
Joan Mele-McCarthy, executive director of the Edgewater, Maryland, Summit School and Summit Resources Services, which serves children who have dyslexia and other learning differences, has been appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan as chair of Maryland’s Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Program.
Awarded
Bernard Rousseau, associate vice chair for research in the Department of Otolaryngology, and chancellor faculty fellow and associate professor of otolaryngology, hearing and speech sciences, and mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, has received two alumni awards from the University of Central Florida (UCF): the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award of the UCF Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the 2015 Professional Achievement Award of the UCF College of Health and Public Affairs. These awards, which recognize significant professional successes, are based on nominations received by faculty and administration … Jennifer H. Vinson, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Alabama A&M University, received the Excellence in Teaching Award, the university’s highest award for teaching, which celebrates achievement in educational activities that include lecturing, advising, mentoring, leadership and program development as recommended by students and peers … Li-Rong Lilly Cheng, a professor in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University and director of the university’s Confucius Institute, was named an Honorary Fellow of the Asia Pacific Society of Speech, Language and Hearing in recognition of her contributions to the field of communication sciences and disorders in the Asia-Pacific region.
In the news
Jeffrey DiGiovanni, head of the auditory psychophysics and signal processing laboratory at Ohio University, was featured in a Sept. 17 article in Technology Review about advancements in hearing-aid technologyLuc De Nil, professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and vice dean of students in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto, and Peter Reitzes, an SLP in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and host of the podcast StutterTalk, were featured in a Sept. 25 article in The Atlantic on stuttering acceptancePam Mason, ASHA director of audiology professional practices, and Karen Mitchell, an audiologist at the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in Ohio, were featured in a Sept. 26 Columbus Dispatch article about coping with hearing loss.
Named
Jan Norris, professor and co-director of the Language Intervention Lab at Louisiana State University, has been named chair of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders … Bernard Rousseau, chancellor faculty fellow and associate professor of otolaryngology, hearing and speech sciences, and mechanical engineering, has been named associate vice chair for research in the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville … Christopher R. Watts, professor and director of the Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Texas Christian University, has been named assistant dean for strategic initiatives in the university’s Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences.
Retired
Maureen Moran Dwinell, an SLP in Rockport, Massachusetts, has retired after 50 years of practice. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Syracuse University and working at the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Center with audiologist/SLP Louis M. DiCarlo, Dwinell went on to work in hospitals, schools and home care. She co-established Addison Gilbert Hospital’s Stroke Club in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and provided swallowing evaluations and treatment to hundreds of patients in the state’s North Shore area. With a special interest in voice, Dwinell treated singers and others who experienced voice disorders, and also was certified by the American Cancer Society as a teacher of alaryngeal speech for cancer patients who had laryngectomies. Dwinell was president and founder of Communication Associates, a private practice in Gloucester, and subsequently opened and then retired from her own private practice.
Deaths
James Clements Shanks, 93, on Sept. 26, 2015, in Indianapolis. Shanks earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a master’s degree from the University of Denver and a PhD in speech-language pathology from Northwestern University. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II. Shanks was a professor of speech-language pathology in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine from 1955 to 1988. He also served on the faculty of the orthodontic division of Oral Facial Development at the IU School of Dentistry from 1960 to 2009 and taught at Butler University. Shanks, an ASHA Fellow, was named professor emeritus at IU and served a term as president of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He was also honored as a Master Clinician by the International Association of Laryngectomees in recognition of his special interest in the speech of people who had laryngectomies, usually because of cancer. He presented more than 300 seminars and workshops around the world and authored nearly 60 professional publications.
Patricia McGovern Sweeting, 80, on Sept. 8, 2015, in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Sweeting graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle in 1956 and continued to contribute to the school for many years as a board member and adjunct professor. She received a master’s degree in 1971 and a PhD in 1979 in speech-language pathology from Columbia University. Sweeting was the director of the Mt. St. Ursula Speech and Hearing Center in the Bronx, New York, leaving to return to Columbia’s Teachers College in 1988 as the director of the Speech and Hearing Center, now the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Sweeting taught graduate courses in voice and diagnostic methods. An active member of the New York City Speech Language Hearing Association for more than 20 years, she held numerous offices, most recently serving as president. The New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association awarded her its Distinguished Achievement Award in 2003 in recognition of her long career serving clients and their families and mentoring a generation of clinicians. She retired from Teachers College in 2005 as associate professor of practice, continuing to supervise in the graduate program of Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry in voice and fluency for several more years after her retirement.
Myron (“Mike”) Adler, 91, on Sept. 15, 2015, in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. After an aphasia-inducing stroke, Adler became heavily involved in the aphasia community as a champion of the cause. The namesake and a co-founder of the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood, New Jersey, Adler worked to improve communication access and life participation for those with aphasia. He also helped to create AphasiaAccess, a communication resource for health care professionals working with people with aphasia, and was a longtime board member of the National Aphasia Association.
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