Faculty Spotlight: Nan Bernstein Ratner Named AAAS Fellow
Congratulations to Dr. Nan Bernstein Ratner, who has been named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized by such an important and respected organization that works so diligently in its efforts to encourage science ‘in the public interest,’ to support and attract students to careers in science, and to translate critical scientific discoveries for the general public,” Dr. Ratner said.
New Fellows will be recognized at a ceremony in February at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, Calif. They also will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science.
Dr. Ratner’s research interests cross a number of areas, including typical speech and language development in infants and children; childhood communication disorders; the role of parents in language development; typical fluency and fluency disorders, such as stuttering; and the roles of evidence-based practice and information literacy in the conduct of speech-language pathology. She was recognized for her work in the psychology of language learning in typically-developing and communication disordered children.
Dr. Ratner has also served as the liaison to AAAS from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, and has coordinated yearly sessions at its annual meeting that highlight and increase public awareness of recent developments in research that addresses the causes and treatment of a wide array of communication disorders, from stuttering, to stroke, to this year’s topic, brain stem implants for deaf infants who are not eligible for cochlear implants.
Recently, Dr. Ratner was the recipient of another mark of great distinction as she received Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This award recognizes members of ASHA for their distinguished contribution to the field of speech, language and hearing sciences and disorders, and is the highest honor that the association bestows. Professor Ratner also has been named president elect of the International Fluency Association.