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ASHA Foundation Awards 39 Research Grants, Scholarships, Clinical Awards

Rockville, MD-January 28, 2010- The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) recently awarded $378,000 to 39 individuals in support of groundbreaking research investigations, research travel stipends, doctoral and master's education, and clinical developments large portion of which was specifically designated to talented audiologists and hearing scientists.

These awards provide significant funding to ensure excellence in training and to support innovative new research. Annually, these awards help to advance and advocate for the future of audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language, and hearing science in an effort to provide the best possible treatments for more than 49 million children and adults with communication disorders.

"Our funding programs demonstrate the strong commitment that the ASHFoundation and our generous donors have to building the profession of audiology and to providing financial resources to the many deserving and aspiring audiologists and hearing scientists," ASHFoundation President Nancy Creaghead says.

The following audiologists and hearing scientists were among those honored as part of the ASHFoundation celebration of giving in 2009. You can learn more about them and all other 2009 award recipients by visiting the ASHFoundation Web site at

Clinical Research Grant

Monika Kordus
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

New Century Scholars Research Grants

Kathleen McNerney
University of Buffalo

Lisa Potts
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Student Research Grant in Audiology

Yungfang Zheng
Montclair State University

Research Travel Stipend

Curtis J. Billings
Portland VA Medical Center

New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarships

Andrea Hillock
Vanderbilt University

Skyler Jennings
Purdue University

AuD and PhD Scholarships

Garrett Cardon
University of Colorado at Boulder

Minyu (Julia) Cheng
Rush University

Kristin E. Musser
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Jonathon Whitton
University of Louisville

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation is a charitable organization that promotes a better quality of life for children and adults with communication disorders. Its mission is to advance knowledge about the causes and treatment of hearing, speech, and language problems. The ASHFoundation also raises funds from individuals, corporations, and organizations to support research, graduate education, and special projects that foster discovery and innovation in the field of communication sciences.

The ASHFoundation is affiliated with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 135,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. 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.