Faculty Spotlight: Professor Nan Ratner awarded the Honors of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
Professor Ratner received the award at a banquet in Orlando this weekend, in conjunction with the annual ASHA convention. Honors of the Association recognizes members of ASHA for their distinguished contribution to the field, and is the highest honor that the association bestows. This award is a public recognition of Professor Ratner's exceptional contributions to the field of speech, language, and hearing sciences and disorders over the course of her career. Although the award is for her contributions to the field in general, we at Maryland have seen that same level of contribution to the department through her work as Chair for the past 22 years; this award is thus an especially meaningful and timely recognition of her efforts to improve our science both locally and internationally.
An ASHA fellow and Honoree of the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Ratner is recognized as a "preeminent expert in the area of childood stuttering and is also a highly respected scholar in the study of language acquisition," says Laurence B. Leanard of Purdue University. In addition to Ratner's scholarly achievements, Shelley Brundage of George Washington University believes that an "enduring contribution to the field is her mentoring, with a capital M. Once Nan signs on to be your mentor, you have a lifelong contract."
This is a deeply-earned honor; congratulations!