Elliott H. Berger, a division scientist for 3M's Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division, received the National Hearing Conservation Association Lifetime Achievement Award in St. Petersburg, Fla., in February. This award represents the highest honor bestowed by the NHCA, and is intended to recognize a lifetime of extraordinary accomplishment in the field of hearing loss prevention and service to NHCA ... Justin Lee, a speech-language pathologist at Milton Elementary School in Milton, Vt., was named the school's 2012 Outstanding Teacher. Lee, who has worked in the Milton Town School District for more than 10 years, was nominated by her colleagues for the annual recognition ... Deedra Siegel Strang, an SLP at Mercer Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, received the 2012 Marvin Maurer Award for Excellence in Emotional Literacy from The Ruler Group of New Haven, Conn. The annual award recognizes a teacher who embodies the importance of connecting personal experiences to academic material and exhibits outstanding teaching practices of emotional literacy.
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Nassima Abdelli-Beruh, assistant professor of speech sciences at Long Island University in Brookville, N.Y., was quoted in a Slate.com story about young women's use of "creaky voice," or "vocal fry." Abdelli-Beruh's research results suggest that young women use the sometimes-unpleasant vocal tic to denote social links among members of a group ... Micaela Cornis-Pop, an SLP and national program manager for the Polytrauma System of Care, Veterans Health Administration, Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services, Department of Veterans Affairs in Richmond, Va., was profiled in the Washington Post (Jan. 2). The profile focuses on Cornis-Pop's work helping veterans recover from complex injuries ... Ignatius Nip, an assistant professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University, was featured in an East County Magazine article (Dec. 20, 2012). Nip is using Hollywood motion-capture technology to study the interaction between facial movements and speech-language development children with cerebral palsy.
Davene Fahy, an SLP in Thomaston, Maine, published a children's book, "Anthony Best: A Picture Book About Asperger's" (Skypony Press). The book is a tool for teachers, SLPs and parents to use in discussions with children about communication problems, accepting differences and teaching tolerance.
Julia Caldwell Robinson, 29, on Dec. 24, 2012, in Knox County, Ky., in a car accident that also took the lives of her husband, Brent, and her parents, Glenn and Patricia Caldwell. Robinson earned her bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and a master's from East Tennessee State University. She worked as an SLP at R.H. Prine Elementary School in Bradenton, Fla. Robinson is survived by her brother, F. Scott Caldwell; two nephews; two uncles; and an aunt.