July 2017 Karen Beverly-Ducker, an audiologist and ASHA’s director of multicultural resources, received the 2017 NBASLH Scholar-Mentor Award at the annual convention of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing in Atlanta in April. The award recognizes a professional who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring skills with black communication sciences and ... People
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The ASHA Leader, July 2017, Vol. 22, 24-26. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.22072017.24
The ASHA Leader, July 2017, Vol. 22, 24-26. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.22072017.24
Karen Beverly-Ducker, an audiologist and ASHA’s director of multicultural resources, received the 2017 NBASLH Scholar-Mentor Award at the annual convention of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing in Atlanta in April. The award recognizes a professional who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring skills with black communication sciences and disorders students through research, clinical, administrative and/or academic activities. Beverly-Ducker has demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to nurturing and encouraging black students, especially audiology students, NBASLH notes … Jane Reger Madell received the 2017 Marion Downs Award for Excellence in Pediatric Audiology from the American Academy of Audiology. Madell, who is dually certified, retired from the Beth Israel/New York Eye and Ear infirmary as director of the Hearing and Learning Center and co-director of the Cochlear Implant Center, and now works nationally and internationally to improve services for children with hearing loss as director of Pediatric Audiology Consulting in New York City … Emily Rubin, a speech-language pathologist in Atlanta, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Emerson College at the school’s alumni weekend in June. She is the director of the Educational Outreach Program at the Marcus Autism Center, an academic affiliate of Emory University and an NIH Autism Center of Excellence, and director of Communication Crossroads, a private practice that specializes in supporting people with autism and their families, teachers and therapists … Sara Lindsley Starlin, a speech-language pathologist in the Springfield (Oregon) Public Schools, was named “A Champion in Education” (ACE). The ACE Awards, sponsored by three local school districts and two chambers of commerce, honor exceptional teachers, administrators and other staff.
In the media
Neil DiSarno, ASHA chief staff officer for audiology, and Elizabeth McCrea, SLP and ASHA past president, were quoted in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best Jobs rankings about their respective professions… DiSarno was also quoted in an April 24 NPR article on pending legislation to allow over-the-counter hearing aid sales… transgender voice experts—including Christie Block, SLP at the New York Speech and Voice Lab; Adrienne B. Hancock, associate professor of speech, language and hearing sciences at George Washington University; Leah Helou, director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s transgender voice program; Sandy Hirsch, a Seattle-based SLP; Sam Jaffe, a graduate student at New York University (NYU); Heather Krug, clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin; Darlene Monda, clinical supervisor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU; Cynthia Simonetti, clinical instructor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico; and Nathan Waller, group supervisor and clinical instructor in Northwestern University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders—were featured in an April 25 article in The New York Times about how and why transgender people sometimes choose to retrain their voicesLaura Purcell Verdun, a Washington, D.C.–based SLP with expertise in voice, was interviewed April 13 on Baltimore radio station 98 Rock’s morning show “Justin, Scott and Spiegel” about voice careTerri Tobias Mathis, a school-based SLP in Brownwood, Texas, was interviewed during Better Hearing and Speech Month on radio station 102.3 KXYL about SLPs, speech treatment and early identification programs.
Three ASHA members were recently inducted into leadership positions for the National Academies of Practice (NAP), a nonprofit interprofessional organization dedicated to supporting affordable, accessible, coordinated quality health care for all. Victor Bray, dean of the Salus University Osborne College of Audiology, serves as secretary/treasurer of the NAP Executive Committee; Victoria Keetay, executive director of interprofessional practice and education at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington, is Audiology Academy vice chair; and Denise Ludwig, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, is vice chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Academy.
On the Move
Mark DeRuiter is joining the University of Arizona’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department as associate department head for clinical education. He had been director of graduate studies and clinical education in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.
John Folkins, provost emeritus at Bowling Green State University, wrote the book “The Contrarian Instructor: Leading College Students to Ask and Answer Their Own Questions,” recently published by Nova Science Publishers.
Jack Thomas retired in May after 35 years of clinical practice in the Division of Speech Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Thomas earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon and completed graduate clinical training at Portland State University, and holds board certification from the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences. During his Mayo career, Thomas served more than 20 years as the lead supervisor of speech-language pathology, and spearheaded the development of the division’s Speech Pathology Clinical Fellowship Year Program. He participated in multidisciplinary family seminars for people with neurodegenerative disease and led aphasia communication groups. Thomas was invited to present at more than 80 regional, national and international meetings, and has been author and co-author of many peer-reviewed journal articles, books, workbooks and chapters on neurologic speech and language disorders and speech/voice restoration after laryngectomy. He received the Honors of the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
William “Bill” Rintelmann, 86, on Aug. 21, 2016, in Carefree, Arizona. Rintelmann received his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State College (now Arizona State University) in 1952, and his master’s in 1957 and PhD in 1960 from Indiana University. He took time off from his academic career to serve as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Field Artillery for three years. After resuming his studies, he became the first post-doctoral student in audiology in the United States, working with Raymond Carhart at Northwestern University in the early 1960s. During the rest of his career, Rintelmann chaired audiology departments at the University of Pennsylvania and Wayne State University and served on faculties at Northwestern University, University of North Dakota and Michigan State University. He retired from Wayne State in 1995. Rintelmann’s many contributions to the field included key investigations on word recognition tests and various aspects of diagnostic audiology, and he was perhaps the first audiologist directly involved in functional imaging studies at Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1979. He wrote more than 80 articles in scientific and professional journals, as well as 14 book chapters. He also edited or co-edited four popular textbooks in audiology, which included first and second editions of “Hearing Assessment” (1979 and 1991), “Principles of Speech Audiometry” (1983) and “Contemporary Perspectives of Hearing Assessment” (1999). In 1997, he received the Career Award in Hearing from the American Academy of Audiology. He was also an ASHA Fellow, as well as a member of the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology, and he served eight years on the executive committee of the American Auditory Society.
Janet E. “Jan” Turner, 63, on May 15, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland, of cancer. Turner earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her master’s degree from Syracuse University, and her doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. She was a member of the communication sciences and disorders faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and then a postdoctoral fellow in neurology at Johns Hopkins University. She was an assistant professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and, until retiring in April, had been director for 25 years of the speech-language pathology and assistive technology department at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She was chair-elect of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
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