September 2017 Marie Ireland, Virginia Department of Education Specialist for Speech-Language Pathology and 2018–2020 ASHA vice president for speech-language pathology practice, received the 2017 Martha Mullins-Callender Award from the Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia. The annual award recognizes a communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professional who works to ensure that CSD ... People
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The ASHA Leader, September 2017, Vol. 22, 20-22. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.22092017.20
The ASHA Leader, September 2017, Vol. 22, 20-22. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.22092017.20
Awarded
Marie Ireland, Virginia Department of Education Specialist for Speech-Language Pathology and 2018–2020 ASHA vice president for speech-language pathology practice, received the 2017 Martha Mullins-Callender Award from the Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia. The annual award recognizes a communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professional who works to ensure that CSD services, professions and professional organizations flourish … Ray D. Kent, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oulu, Finland, at a conferment ceremony in May … Sharon Kujawa, associate professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School and director of audiology research and senior scientist at Eaton-Peabody Laboratories at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital in Boston, received the 2017 Callier Prize in Communications Disorders. This biennial award from the University of Texas-Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders recognizes individuals from around the world for their leadership in fostering scientific advances and significant developments in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders … a recent book by speech-language pathologist Barry Prizant (with Tom Fields-Meyer), “Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism,” received the Autism Society of America’s 2017 Dr. Temple Grandin Award for Outstanding Literary Work at the organization’s annual convention in July.
In the Media
Nola Aronson, an audiologist based in Santa Clarita, California, recently commented on the proposed Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 during a May 31 interview with Santa Clarita radio station KHTS Radio and discussed the benefits to patients of working with a licensed audiologist ... Frederick DiCarlo, assistant professor of speech-language pathology at Nova Southeastern University, was interviewed by news station WNDU 16 in South Bend, Indiana, about how he and his students created a dance contest for aphasia patients to build on the success of melodic intonation therapy … Lori A. Gimelshteyn, director of Colorado Speech, Language & Learning Professionals, Inc., was interviewed by KUSA 9News in Denver about a film highlighting her practice’s public-service campaign “Let’s Talk.” The campaign supports communication access for people with limited or no verbal speech who use augmentative and alternative communication to interact with others … Angela Renea Sageser, CEO of Associates in Pediatric Therapy in locations throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, was spotlighted in Lexington Family Magazine for her practice’s work serving children with special needs in rural areasGail Richard, 2017 ASHA president and director of The Autism Center at Eastern Illinois University, had an op-ed published in the Washington Post on the negative impact of rising decibel levels in restaurants on diners’ hearingGemma White, an SLP in private practice in New York City, wrote an article in The Jewish Link on the effects of food pouches on pediatric feeding and development of oral motor skills.
Named
Gennith Johnson, ASHA associate director of health care services in speech-language pathology, was selected as a scholar for the 2017–2019 Diversity Executive Leadership Program class of the American Society of Association Executives.
On the Move
SLP Douglass Moss has been named superintendent of schools for Mountain View School District in Ontario, California, serving as chief educational and operational officer. He most recently served as the director of student services and assistant superintendent in the district.
Retired
Kenneth Wolf retired in June from William Paterson University after serving five years as the dean of the College of Science and Health. He oversaw the creation of a five-year strategic plan for the college; curriculum and program additions and revisions; and the transition to the new University Hall for several departments, including Communication Disorders and Sciences and its Speech and Hearing Clinic. He previously had an extensive clinical, academic and administrative career at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. Wolf was a member of the ASHA Legislative Council, served on several ASHA committees, and chaired the Committee on Honors. An ASHA Fellow, he also received the Dorothy Dreyer Award for Volunteerism.
Deaths
Mary V. Dickerson, 83, on June 12, 2017, in Bermuda Run, North Carolina. Dickerson received a BS from East Tennessee State University, an MA from the University of Alabama and a PhD in speech pathology from Florida State University. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses at East Tennessee State University, Florida A&M, Florida State University, San Jose State University and Evergreen Valley College. She served as president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA), as chair of the CSHA Foundation, as a board member for the California Examiners in Speech Pathology/Audiology, and on the Executive Board of the Council of State Association Presidents. Dickerson was a fellow of CSHA and received its Honors in 1985. She was instrumental in designing coursework and establishing the groundwork for one of the first programs in California to offer an associate’s degree for speech-language pathology assistants at the Evergreen Valley College. An ASHA Fellow, Dickerson served in many volunteer roles: as chair of the Education and Training Board (National Accreditation Board), on the Legislative Council as a California representative for 12 years, as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Public Policy Advocacy and on many committees related to standards and ethics.
William F. “Bill” Prather, 85, on June 15, 2017, in Phoenix of heart failure. Prather received his BA in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. After working in a psychiatric hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, he entered the Army in 1954 and was assigned to the Medical Service Corps. Following discharge, he received his MA and PhD in speech and hearing science at the University of Iowa. His faculty positions included clinical associate professor at the University of Washington, where he directed doctoral dissertations and supervised graduate student interns; adjunct professor of speech and hearing science at Arizona State University; and assistant professor in the University of Iowa’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and in the College of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery. He joined the Veterans Administration Medical Center system, starting in Seattle and transferring to the Phoenix Medical Center to start a new program as chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service. He retired from the VA in 1990. An ASHA Fellow, Prather received the Honors of the Washington Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was editor of its newsletter. He was recognized for establishing and editing the first VA Medical Center Newsletter in Phoenix, subsequently emulated throughout much of the VA medical center system.
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