"Identify the Signs"
Several ASHA members have taken part in the "Identify the Signs" campaign to spread awareness of speech, language and hearing disorders: Ann W. Kummer, senior director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology, professor, and adjunct professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, was featured in a WLTW.com interview (Sept. 22) advising parents on how to tell if their child has a speech problem. Kummer emphasized that speech development begins at birth, and it's never too early for parents to start thinking about children's speech and language development ... Patty Prelock, ASHA president and University of Vermont dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and professor of communication sciences and disorders, also made the rounds of several media outlets. She was interviewed for a WUSA-9 segment (Sept. 18) about how to spot subtle signs that may indicate a child has a speech or hearing problem, and was quoted in a Washington Post story, expressing her hope that the campaign spurs parents to seek early intervention for their children. Prelock also wrote a blog post for philly.com (Oct. 3) listing the early warning signs of communication disorders.
In the news
Audrey Holland, professor of speech and hearing sciences at the University of Arizona, appeared as a panelist on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show (Sept. 26). Holland commented on the frequency of language problems in stroke survivors, and their need for ongoing services ... Gloriajean Wallace, professor emeritus at the University of Cincinnati, was quoted in a WKRC Cincinnati story (Oct. 30) about aphasia, a common side effect of stroke. Wallace invited reporters to meet with an aphasia communication support group, and stressed the need to be good communication partners for people with aphasia.
Diane Williams, an associate professor of speech-language pathology in the Rangos School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., was selected as the third holder of the Anna Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair in Health Sciences and Ethics. The chair spearheads expanded university initiatives in health sciences and ethics.
Barbara Katz-Brown, a speech-language pathologist in Ithaca, N.Y., published a memoir, "Climbing the Rock Wall: Surviving a Career in Public School Education". In a series of collected essays, Katz-Brown recalls her 40-year career in public schools to describe the ups and downs of life as a public school employee.
Roberta Chapey, professor of speech communication arts and sciences at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, has retired after 39 years of service. She is enjoying retirement in New York, N.Y., and Jupiter, Fla.
Tara Loraine Whitehill, 55, of cancer, on August 29, 2013, in Hong Kong, China. Whitehill was a U.S. citizen but grew up in Hong Kong and had a great affinity for Chinese culture and languages. She received her master's in speech-language pathology from Teacher's College, Columbia University. In 1984 she returned to Hong Kong, where she worked as an SLP at the John F. Kennedy Centre. She was a founding faculty member of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Hong Kong in 1988, and earned her PhD there in 1998. During her teaching career, Whitehill served as associate dean of the faculty of education and head of the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She was director of the Motor Speech Research Laboratory. Her research focused on speech disorders related to cleft palate, dysarthria and oral cancer. She was especially interested in how disordered speech could be judged accurately and in determining language-specific versus language-universal contributors to disordered speech. Her background as a Cantonese speaker enabled her to conduct cross-language, clinically grounded research that was internationally recognized. She was an ASHA Fellow, an active member of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics and of the Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association, and a founding member of the Asia Pacific Society for the Study of Speech, Language and Hearing. Whitehill was a mentor and role model for generations of speech and hearing sciences colleagues and students in Hong Kong, influencing the profession's development there and in China. Whitehill is survived by her husband, Paul; two sons, Christopher and Mark; parents, Carolyn and Ben; and sister, Julie.