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The ASHA Leader, August 2018, Vol. 23, 22-24. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.23082018.22
The ASHA Leader, August 2018, Vol. 23, 22-24. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.23082018.22
Awarded
SLP Sallie Nowell received the 2018 Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service by a Graduate or Professional Student from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill … Arlene A. Pietranton, ASHA chief executive officer, received the 2018 Key Award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The award recognizes an association chief staff executive who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations … SLP Amy Wetherill’s private practice, The Pediatric Development Center, LLC, was recognized as a winner in the 2018 American Small Business Championship through SCORE, a nonprofit division of the Small Business Association … audiologist William A. Yost received the Gold Medal award from the Acoustical Society of America at the society’s May meeting in Minneapolis for his research on binaural hearing, pitch and modulation perception, and for service to the acoustics community.
In the media
Tricia Ashby-Scabis, director of ASHA audiology practices, was interviewed by U.S. News & World Report about causes of hearing loss … SLP Vikram Dayalu, chair of the Seton Hall University Department of Speech-Language Pathology, was interviewed on NJTV about the university’s training program involving speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists working together to improve children’s writing skillsNeil DiSarno, ASHA chief staff officer for audiology, was quoted in a WBUR story on the cost of hearing aidsDavid Fagen, SLP at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida, was quoted in an NPR story about a cookbook for pureed foods to make eating more appealing for patients with dysphagia … SLP Amee Shah, associate professor in health science at Stockton University, spoke with SNJ Today about the “Yanny versus Laurel” debate … in a May interview on the GRHS Health Update radio interview program on KDUZ AM 1260, Mattie Murrey Tegels, SLP at Glencoe Regional Health Services (GRHS) in Glencoe, Minnesota, discussed the role of an SLP in addressing communication disorders for Better Hearing and Speech Month (visit bit.ly/GRHS-radio and scroll down to GRHS Health Updates) … SLP Gail Wilson Lew of San Marino, California, participated in the documentary film “When I Stutter,” about the emotional impact of stuttering.
Named
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) selected SLP Judith Cooper to serve as acting director during the national search for a new director … Monica Sampson was recently appointed ASHA director of health care services in speech-language pathology after serving since 2003 as associate director.
Published
SLP Rebecca Eisenberg wrote a children’s book, “My Second Year of Kindergarten,” a story of success and achievement for children repeating kindergarten.
Retired
Michelle (Shelly) Marie Gerovac retired from the Williamsville Central Schools (New York) after 38 years as a public-school speech-language pathologist. She worked in elementary, middle and high schools, and was the speech-language pathology representative on the school system’s Committee on Special Education and Preschool Committee on Special Education. She also served as president of the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Western New York. She had previously taught in the Hammond (Indiana) Public Schools, where she pioneered a program in teaching students with special needs … Anne Oyler retired from ASHA in May 2018 after serving as associate director of audiology practices for 11 years. While at ASHA, she focused her efforts on pediatric and educational audiology. Her 36-year professional career included research on otitis media in Native Americans, development of hearing screening programs for preschool and school-age children for the Arizona Department of Health, clinical supervision at the University of Arizona and Radford University, auditory research at the Mountain Home VA Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee, and audiology consultant to the Mississippi State Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program.
Deaths
Justine Joan Sheppard, 79, on March 31, 2018, in Newark, New Jersey, of breast cancer. Sheppard was a pioneer in the study and clinical practice of swallowing disorders. Her Dysphagia Disorders Survey, developed specifically to measure the presence and severity of swallowing problems in people with disabilities, is used internationally to identify patients at risk for aspiration pneumonia in hospitals and long-term care facilities. Sheppard graduated from New York University and earned a PhD in speech-language pathology from Columbia University. As an associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, she prepared two generations of students for careers as teachers and clinicians. She conducted workshops in many countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the Netherlands and Slovenia.
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