CSD Well Represented at ASHA Convention

ASHA LogoMore than 40 people from the Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) department plan to attend the 2013 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention Nov. 14-16 at McCormick Place in Chicago where two of the highest honors bestowed by the association will be awarded to Rahul Shrivastav, Communicative Sciences and Disorders chair and professor, and alumna Li-Rong Lilly Cheng.

chair-CSD-RahulwongShrivastav will receive the Fellowship of the Association. Cheng will receive highest honor awarded by ASHA, the Honors of the Association. Both awards recognize outstanding and distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and will be awarded on Friday, Nov. 15.

"I am honored to receive this recognition. ASHA Fellows are some of the most highly accomplished professionals in the field and I am humbled to have been nominated to join their ranks," Shrivastav said.

On Friday evening, CSD will host its annual open house for alumni, staff, students and friends attending the ASHA conference. The open house will also celebrate the careers of CSD faculty Mike Casby (1980-2014), Paul Cooke (1971-2014) and John Eulenberg (1970-2012). Collectively, these three CSD faculty have dedicated 117 years to the department.

More than 12,000 speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists are expected to attend the annual ASHA convention, giving attendees a once-a-year opportunity to learn about the latest evidence-based research, polish clinical skills, improve techniques and gain new tools and resources to advance professional development. This year's theme is "The Magic of Teamwork: Science and Service Delivery."

The ASHA has presented awards for the last 70 years to recognize the contributions of individuals and groups to the professions of speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech and hearing science.

Shrivastav joined Michigan State University in 2012 as professor and chair of the Communicative Sciences and Disorders department. His research has been funded by various national, state and private agencies including the National Institutes of Health, VA RR&D, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and Audigence Inc. He serves on a number of professional organizations, both national and international, in various expert, administrative and executive roles. He also has been actively engaged in departmental, college and university administration and service.

Cheng is a professor in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and director of Chinese Studies Institute at San Diego State University. She is the past chair of the Multicultural Issues Board for the ASHA and the chair of Education Committee for the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics.

The ASHA is the national professional, scientific and credentialing association for more than 166,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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