Lynn Abelson, a speech-language pathologist at The Phoenix
Center in Nutley, N.J., has been named the Related Services Provider of the
Year. Each year, the National Association of Private Special Education Centers
selects one related service provider from across the county to be recognized
for outstanding work and achievements in special education ... Robert Goldfarb,
a Fulbright specialist in applied linguistics and teaching English as a foreign
language, and a professor and program director in the Adelphi University
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, was one of six faculty who
recently received a Professor Recognition Award, a salary incentive awarded
annually to tenured, full professors who continue to excel in scholarship,
teaching and service ... Steven B. Leder, professor in the Department of Surgery,
Section of Otolaryngology, Yale School of Medicine, was honored in May with the
Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Connecticut's Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences ... Beth I. Solomon, chief of the
Speech-Language Pathology Section of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at
the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, recently received two NIH
Director's Awards. The NIH Director's Award recognizes superior performance beyond regular duty requirements that is directly related to fulfilling NIH's mission in scientific and medical categories.
In the news
Amee P. Shah, an associate professor at Cleveland State
University, was quoted in an NBCNews.com story (June 7, 2013) about the tendency of people's accents to resurface when drinking, cold or sick. Shah explained that when people's bodies are taxed physically, "It's harder to maintain the motor coordination and control needed for speech production."
On the move
Michelle Bourgeois, an ASHA Fellow and author of many
research articles, training manuals, CDs and books, has joined the faculty at
the University of South Florida as a professor of communication sciences and
disorders ... Kathleen Franklin, former interim chair of the Department of
Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New
York Medical College, has been appointed chair ... Howard Goldstein, ASHA vice
president for science and research and an ASHA Fellow, has been appointed
associate dean of research and professor in the Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at
the University of South Florida ... Lee K. McLean retired in August 2013 from the
University of North Carolina School of Medicine after serving as chair of the
Department of Allied Health Sciences for 13 years and as associate dean of the
School of Medicine since 2005. An ASHA Fellow, McLean significantly expanded
the department's academic offerings, enrollment numbers and sources of external funding during her tenure.
Barbara L. Offenbacher, an SLP in Brooklyn, N.Y., published
"First Words: A Parent's Step-by-Step Guide to Helping a Child With Speech and Language Delays." The book provides parents with information they can use to stimulate their child's speech and language development. The book won a Silver Award from the National Parenting Association in the association's 2013 Parenting Publications Awards.
R. Steven Ackley, 67, of congestive heart failure and
vascular disease, on June 2, 2013, in Fort Collins, Colo. Ackley earned his
bachelor's degree from Cornell College in Iowa, and a master's degree in deaf education from what is now McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. He then worked at the Maryland School for the Deaf, and later earned a PhD in audiology from the University of Colorado. Ackley became a professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, then chair of the Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences Department at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Since 2000, Ackley was an audiology professor, chair and director of the doctoral program in the Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Ackley wrote research-based articles and book chapters, and edited "An Essential Guide to Hearing and Balance Disorders." He received numerous awards from his colleagues and students, and served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division. He also taught sign language. Ackley conducted research on hearing health among Native American and Alaskan Native people, and was scheduled to begin a one-year sabbatical to help the Ojibwe people of Minnesota by analyzing data related to their hearing health. This research initiative was to be sustained for several years by his doctoral students. Survivors include his daughter, Kate Ackley Zeller; his son, U.S. Air Force Capt. Jonathan Ackley; two grandchildren; and two brothers, James and Alan.
Sid P. Bacon, 57, of pancreatic cancer, on July 11, 2013.
Bacon received his PhD in experimental psychology in 1985 from the University
of Minnesota. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Cambridge and
Boys Town National Research Hospital, he joined the faculty at Vanderbilt
University. He then moved to Arizona State University, where he was a professor
of hearing science. He served ASU as chair of the Department of Speech and
Hearing Science and as dean of Natural Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences. At the time of his death, he was associate vice president in the
office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. Bacon's research focused primarily on temporal processing in normal and impaired hearing and on the perceptual consequences of auditory compression. His most recent research focused on the benefits of combining acoustic and electric hearing in patients with a cochlear implant. Bacon was a Fellow of ASHA and of the Acoustical Society of America. He received the 2004 Ear and Hearing Editor's Award for best paper. Bacon served as the editor
for the hearing section of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing
Research, as an associate editor for the Journal of the Acoustical
Society of America, and also as the special issue editor of the Journal
of Communication Disorders, which published invited articles stemming from
ASHA’s Annual Research Symposium at Convention. Bacon is survived by his wife, Cathy; children, Laura and Dan; parents, Bob and Marge; and sister, Su.
Elaine Pagel Paden, 96, on Feb. 19, 2013, in Urbana, Ill.
Paden received a bachelor's degree from Sioux Falls College, and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. She served on the faculty at Brooklyn College, Ohio University and the University of Maryland. From 1949 to 1954, she was on the editorial staff of the Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, then headquartered at the University of Illinois. In 1952, she joined the faculty at the University of Illinois, working in the area of phonetics and phonology and serving as acting head of the Speech and Hearing Science Department. Paden pioneered child phonology as related to speech disorders at Big Ten universities, and taught the first course designed specifically for that purpose. Later, in collaboration with Barbara Hodson, she wrote the first book on phonological approaches to treatment for highly unintelligible children. She had a deep interest in ASHA's history; she wrote historical articles and taped interviews with several ASHA pioneers—now part of ASHA's permanent archives—and published "A History of the American Speech and Hearing Association, 1925–1958." In retirement, she continued an active research and writing career on phonological development and its relationship to other child speech problems. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa's Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, and ASHA Honors. Survivors include two sons, Douglas and Roger; a daughter, Shelley; and a grandchild.
Peter David Payne, 75, on May 23, 2013, in Baton Rouge, La.
Payne earned a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his EdD in speech and language pathology from West Virginia University. He joined the speech and hearing sciences faculty at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., where he served as department head. He later served as head of the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisiana–Lafayette, and as director of the Hawthorne Center. Payne served as treasurer and as president of the Illinois Speech-Language and Hearing Association; treasurer of the National Council of State Association Presidents; president of the Peoria Area Speech-Language and Hearing Association; chair of the University Committee of the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association; a member of ASHA's Clinical Certification Board and Council on Academic Accreditation; and chair of the Site Visitor Subcommittee of ASHA's Council on Academic Accreditation. Survivors include his wife, Regina; brother, William; son, Charles; daughter, Maryalice Boss; and four granddaughters.
Norma Rees, 84, on June 6, 2013, in Hayward, Calif. Rees
served two terms on ASHA's Legislative Council and was 1979–1980 ASHA president. She received the Honors of the Association and was an ASHA Fellow. Rees earned her bachelor's degree from Queens College and a master's degree from Brooklyn College, both in speech-language pathology and audiology, and her doctorate in speech from New York University. One of the first women to become president of a California State University school, Rees took over the East Bay campus (then Cal State Hayward) in 1990. She also was a high-ranking administrator with the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education and held top management positions in the higher education systems in Wisconsin and New York City. During her tenure as president of CSU East Bay, she oversaw construction of approximately $70 million in buildings and improvements to existing facilities on the university's flagship campus, expanded its Concord satellite campus, and opened a professional development center in downtown Oakland. She led the successful effort to change the institution's name to Cal State East Bay to better reflect the region it serves. Rees developed the university's inaugural courses in engineering and biotechnology, as well as master's degree programs in social work and team-based multimedia. In 1992, Rees led a delegation to Moscow, where she signed protocols leading to the university's establishment of an American-style executive MBA program that ranks among the top-rated graduate business programs in Russia. Rees was also a regional leader, serving on the boards of the Hayward and Oakland chambers of commerce, the Bay Area World Trade Center, the Economic Development Alliance for Business, the California Film Commission, the Leadership California Advisory Council, and other organizations. Survivors include two sons, Raymond and Evan.