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The ASHA Leader, April 2018, Vol. 23, 24-25. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.23042018.24
The ASHA Leader, April 2018, Vol. 23, 24-25. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.23042018.24
SLP Caroline Bowen was awarded the “Order of Australia” on Australia Day (Jan. 26), in public recognition of her achievements. This civil honor is awarded to people who have made significant contributions to Australian society … SLP Edythe A. Strand, professor emerita of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, received the 2017 ANCDS (Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences) Honors during the ANCDS Annual Scientific and Business Meeting in Los Angeles in November 2017. The award, the highest honor of the academy, recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to research, teaching, treatment and/or service in the area of neurologic communication disorders.
In the media
ASHA 2018 President Elise Davis-McFarlandpenned an op-ed for the Morning Consult, asking Congress to take action on therapy caps … SLP Martine Elie, a Haitian American and clinic director at the Howard University Speech and Hearing Clinic in Washington, D.C., was interviewed on WHUR/SIRUS radio in response to President Trump’s comments on Haiti and immigration … SLP Rupal Patel of Belmont, Massachusetts, was interviewed about her Boston-based voice-banking company, VocaliD, by The Guardian … SLP Marla Sperling Reich of Holmdel, New Jersey, was interviewed for the New York Times Reader Ideas column on how she uses the newspaper to teach her students with mild intellectual and developmental disabilities … SLP Darlene Williamson, founder and executive director of the Stroke Comeback Center in Vienna, Virginia, was named a 2017 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine for her work with patients who have aphasia.
Eric W. Healy, professor at The Ohio State University, was named the Joan N. Huber Fellow in recognition of exceptional scholarship in the area of hearing science.
SLP Harriet Klein of New York retired in August 2017 from New York University’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, after 39 years as a professor. As professor emerita, she teaches selected courses and consults with the department’s clinical staff.
Arthur S. Abramson, 92, on Dec. 15, 2017, in Hartford, Connecticut. Abramson was the founding chair of and professor emeritus in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut. He was part of the research staff in multiple capacities at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut, beginning in 1959, most recently as emeritus senior scientist and member of the Board of Directors. He was also an expert on Southeast Asian languages and spent time working with colleagues in Thailand. Abramson’s other research interests included experimental phonetics, the production and perception of speech, laryngeal control in consonants, and distinctive tone, particularly in the Thai language.
Alan S. Feldman, 90, on Jan. 23, 2018, in North Potomac, Maryland. Feldman, an audiologist who was 1981–1982 ASHA president, served in the U.S. Navy and earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and PhD in audiology from Syracuse University. Feldman later ran the Communication Disorder Units at Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical Center. He then opened his own practice and promoted autonomy and private practice in audiology. Feldman, who received ASHA Honors, also served on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s Board of Trustees and received the foundation’s Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award. The ASHFoundation honored him in 2002 for his volunteer contributions and fundraising efforts, which included transforming his passion for golf into an ASHFoundation benefit event featuring LPGA players.
Shirley Morganstein, 71, of Montclair, New Jersey, on Jan. 28, 2018. Morganstein received her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from New York University and completed her master’s in speech-language pathology at the University of Minnesota. Her professional focus was on aphasia and she was a lifelong champion of disability rights, first at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in New York City. Later she headed the Speech Department at the Kessler Institute in West Orange, New Jersey. In 2004 she co-founded a private practice, Speaking of Aphasia, a practice committed to supporting the life-participation approach to aphasia.
SLP Named University of Utah President

SLP Ruth V. Watkins was selected by the Board of Regents as the 16th president of the University of Utah. Watkins will assume the position in the spring of 2018, though an exact date has not yet been determined. The University of Utah states Watkins is the first woman to lead the school in its 168-year history, but also notes that Jerilyn S. McIntyre served as interim president twice for two months in 1991 and 1997. Watkins has been the University of Utah’s senior vice president for academic affairs since August 2013.

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