August 2011 AWARDED: Andrea Carmichael and Unified School District 489 of Hays, Kansas, and Mary Dee Atkins and the speech-language pathology team of Midland School, North Branch, N.J., were both recipients of the first McLean Yoder Award for Exemplary Practice in Severe Disabilities. The annual award, presented by The National Joint Committee ... People
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The ASHA Leader, August 2011, Vol. 16, 44-45. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.16102011.44
The ASHA Leader, August 2011, Vol. 16, 44-45. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.16102011.44
AWARDED: Andrea Carmichael and Unified School District 489 of Hays, Kansas, and Mary Dee Atkins and the speech-language pathology team of Midland School, North Branch, N.J., were both recipients of the first McLean Yoder Award for Exemplary Practice in Severe Disabilities. The annual award, presented by The National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities and named after Drs. James McLean and David Yoder, was established to honor an individual or team that exemplifies high-quality professional services for individuals with severe disabilities.
NAMED: Lori Gonzalez has been named provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University. She comes to Appalachian from the University of Kentucky, where she is dean of the College of Health Sciences ... Celia R. Hooper, former dean of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) School of Health and Human Performance, has been named the inaugural dean of the new UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences, a larger unit resulting from academic realignment... John D. Tonkovich, formerly a professor of speech-language pathology at Eastern Michigan University, has been named professor of hearing impairment in the Eastern Michigan University Department of Special Education, Ypsilanti.
IN THE NEWS: Daniel R. Boone, a Tucson, Ariz., speech-language pathologist, and Janet Hawley, an SLP who works with aphasia patients in the University of Arizona’s speech, language, and hearing clinics, were quoted in a July 11 article in the Arizona Daily Star on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ (D-Ariz.) struggle to regain her ability to speak after suffering a gunshot wound and brain injury ... Anne Dorais, an SLP who runs A+ Speech Therapy in Orem, Utah, was profiled in the July 20 issue of the Deseret News. Dorais uses new technology known as a palatometer—much like an orthodontic retainer that contains hundreds of electronic sensors—to aid in correct placement of a user’s tongue while he or she speaks ... Melissa Wexler Gurfein, an SLP in New York City, was quoted via e-mail in a July 4 article on concerning “late talkers,” or children with a limited vocabulary at age 2. Although there is no way to know if a child will catch up to his or her peers, Gurfein recommends early intervention for children younger than 3 years ... Tanya Hefets, a New York-based SLP, was featured in a July 1 article about late talkers on the AOL Healthy Living website. Hefets provided an expert viewpoint on issues surrounding a recent study that suggests increased risks for behavioral and emotional problems in late talkers may not last into adolescence ... Randy Hoffman, an SLP at the Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, Calif., was profiled in the June 20 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle. The article describes speech-language services Hoffman provides to clients with voice disorders. It also highlights the importance of proper breathing and posture ... Amee P. Shah, SLP and associate professor at Cleveland State University, as well as director of the Research Laboratory in Speech Acoustics and Perception, was interviewed for a July 4 radio segment on 90.3 FM (WCPN/NPR, Cleveland, Ohio). The interview ( focuses on Shah’s work with evidence-based accent modification, an area in which she has provided treatment for 15 years ... Marjorie Feinstein-Whittaker, a Boston-based SLP, was featured in a July 10 article on about her “Boston Accent Modification” program, which helps aspiring actors and others minimize their regional accents.
John Richard “Dick” Franks, 81, on June 18, 2011, at his home in Pullman, Wash. After earning his bachelor’s degree in theater and speech from Brigham Young University (BYU), Franks served as an Army communication and electronic specialist in Korea during the Korean War. He then taught high school speech and drama, completed a master’s degree at BYU, and worked as a high school guidance counselor before pursuing a doctorate in speech and hearing science from Michigan State University. In 1964 he joined the faculty at Washington State University (WSU) as one ol two founding members of the communication disorders program, which grew into the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. For the next 31 years, he taughl undergraduate classes in Pullman and, beginning in 1989, commuted to Spokane to teach graduate courses in audiology on the Spokane Riverpoint campus. Although he officially retired in 1995, he continued to teach audiology part-time at WSU until 2005. In addition to teaching and directing master’s students’ research projects, he was the director of the WSU audiology clinic. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, he founded a professional preparation program in 1985, providing Native Americans access to higher education. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons Jeffrey and John; and daughter, Rebecca Franks.
Arthur Lessac, 101, on April 7, 2011, in Los Angeles. Lessac was born in Haifa (then in Palestine) in 1909. He emigrated in 1911 to the United States with his parents, who ended their marriage and placed Lessac in an orphanage in New York. At age 12, he befriended a local family and lived with them for a time. Afterward, with their permission, he took their name; his birth surname is unknown, because Lessac never used it in his adult life. Lessac earned a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from New York University. Lessac worked as a vocal coach for Broadway shows in the 1930s and taught vocal technique at the Stella Adler Theater Studio and the Jewish Theological Seminary. In the early ’60s, he led speech training at the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater, He was founder and partner in Lessac Technologies, which produces text-to-speech software. Lessac wrote two books, “The Use and Training of the Human Voice” and “Body Wisdom: The Use and Training of the Human Body,” which are used in drama programs nationwide. Lessac’s clients included Michael Douglas, Faye Dunaway, Nina Foch, George Grizzard, Linda Hunt, Frank Langella, Martin Sheen, and Beatrice Straight. American Theater magazine declared Lessac in 1999 “one of three or four most significant figures in modern American voice training.” Lessac is survived by a son, Michael, and a daughter, Fredi Lessac Chenen.
Information about Rodney M. Gabel in the “People” section of the July 5 issue of the Leader was incorrect. Ge’oel, a speech-slanguage pathologist and associate professor at the University of Toledo, was featured in a WTSC radio interview (Feb. 18) about his interest in stuttering. Gabel suffered from the condition from a very young age, and received speech-language treatment as a child. Gabel’s research focuses on clinical outcomes and psychosocial aspects of stuttering.
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