ASHA to honor three communication sciences and disorders faculty

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Three faculty members in UW-Madison's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will receive awards from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) next month.

Professor Susan Ellis Weismer, who is also the associate dean for research in the College of Letters & Science, will receive the ASHA Honors of the Association Award, the highest honor the organization bestows. The award recognizes ASHA members for their distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Ellis Weismer is one of only 12 recipients selected for the honor from a membership of 166,000, and the award has only been bestowed upon 229 individuals in 70 years.

Ellis Weismer's research investigates the developmental course and nature of language processing in atypical language learners compared to those with typical language development.

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Professor Lyn Turkstra will receive the prestigious ASHA Fellowship Award, given to those who have made outstanding contributions to the field. Turkstra's research aims to understand the effects of cognitive impairments on communication ability in adolescents and adults with acquired neurologic disorders.

Assistant Professor Michelle Ciucci will receive a New Century Scholars Research Grant, which supports innovative investigations by individuals who are committed to teacher-investigator careers in the university or college academic environment or in external research institutes or laboratories.

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Ciucci studies sensorimotor control for voice and swallowing, dysphagia (swallowing disorders), and Parkinson disease.

The awards will be presented Nov. 15 at the 2013 ASHA National Convention at the McCormick Center in Chicago.