September 18, 2012 People

People: September 18, 2012


Carmen C. Brewer, Christopher Zalewski, and Kelly King, audiologists and members of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Audiology Unit, received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Award. The award recognizes outstanding audiological and vestibular test services, research support to trans-NIH protocols, and training of doctoral audiology candidates at the Clinical Center...Jo Ann Linseisen, associate director of ASHA continuing education, received the International Association for Continuing Education and Training's (IACET) 2012 Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes leadership, energy, and creativity that moves IACET to a higher level as an association...Alice Suter, an audiologist in Portland, Oregon, received the James P. Keogh Award for Outstanding Service in Occupational Safety and Health. The award is given to current or former National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health employees who have, through their work, demonstrated exeptional commitment to the field.

In the News

Li-Rong Lilly Cheng, an SLP and director of the Chinese Studies Institute at San Diego State University, was quoted in a San Diego Union-Tribune story (July 15) about China's efforts to establish educational partnerships with cities abroad. Cheng praised the young Chinese children attending summer school at the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University...Ellayne Ganzfried, executive director of the National Aphasia Association, was featured on a segment of the public television show, "One on One with Steve Adubato" (July 27). Ganzfried discussed aphasia facts and strategies for increasing public awareness of aphasia...Kimberly Lancaster, an SLP in Madison, Alabama, was quoted in a story (June 20) about dysphagia. Lancaster described the signs and symptoms of swallowing disorders, and the dangers of ignoring them...Lisa Mills, an SLP at Barstow Elementary School in Prince Frederick, Maryland, was featured in a Washington Post story (August 8). Mills was awarded a fellowship to study the federal Race to the Top program and its effects on teachers nationwide...Elizabeth Schwartz and Sonu Sanghoee, co-owners of Better Speech Now, LLC, a private practice in Astoria, New York, were featured in a New York Daily News story (July 12). The company provides accent reduction services to the linguistically and culturally diverse community of Queens, New York...Laura Kauth, an audiologist and president of the National Hearing Conservation Association, an organization that aims to prevent noise-induced hearing loss, and Oregon audiologist Alice Suter, retired from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, were quoted in a New York Times article (July 19) about the extreme noise levels common in New York City business establishments and the risk they pose to hearing.


Ellen C. Fagan, ASHA director of continuing education, was elected chair of the Certificate Accreditation Program Accreditation Committee (CAPAC) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). CAPAC, formed in 2009, accredits training and educational certificate issuers in the United States and internationally in accordance with ANSI standards. Fagan has been a member of CAPAC since 2009 and previously served as vice chair of the committee...Brian A. Goldstein, an SLP and former faculty member at Temple University, has been named dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Morton W. Altshuler, on April 30, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Pennsylvania State University, his doctorate from Boston University, and a degree in science and infectious disease from Edo University in Tokyo, Japan. Altshuler was a Navy and Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, and participated in U.S. nuclear tests in Nevada. Dually certified in speech-language pathology and audiology, Altshuler was department chairman and professor at Hahnemann Medical College and served for more than 30 years as chief of audiology and speech pathology at the Philadelphia Veterans Hospital. He was assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, adjunct professor at Temple University, and a consultant in psychoacoustics and audiology. An ASHA Life Member, Altshuler received several grants for research in auditory localization and published extensively in scientific journals. He is survived by his wife, Katherine—a practicing audiologist—and two children.

Seymour Rigrodsky, 82, of cardiac arrest, on June 19, 2012, in Freeport, New York. Rigrodsky earned his master's degree and PhD in speech-language pathology from Purdue University and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He became an ASHA member in 1955, and later became a Life Member of the association. Rigrodsky was an associate professor of speech-language pathology and audiology, and then chair of the Department of Speech Pathology, Language, and Audiology at Teacher's College of Columbia University until 1995. Rigrodsky, an ASHA Fellow, published numerous journal articles and also worked as a consultant to several New York VA hospitals. He is survived by his wife, Florine; his daughter, Rhonda; and his sons, Marc and Seth.

Helen Gay Stephenson, 86, on July 3, 2012, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Stephenson earned bachelor's and master's degrees from East Carolina University and a PhD in special education from the University of North Carolina. Stephenson was a pioneer in speech-language treatment in Raleigh area schools, serving first as a clinician and later in a supervisory capacity. After many years in Raleigh schools, she was an assistant professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, until her retirement. A 46-year ASHA member, Stephenson helped to start the North Carolina Speech, Hearing, and Language Association, and served as its president. Stephenson was widowed twice. Her survivors include a daughter, Carolyn G. Shackelford, and a son, Bruce Sloan.


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