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Over the Wire

doi: 10.1097/01.HJ.0000408325.53609.4a
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Douglas L. Beck, AuD, received the R.S. McCrea Award for his lecture on issues in pediatrics at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in June 2010.

The award, given annually to an eminent speaker on pediatric audiology, was presented to Beck by audiologist Sharon Robb, this past August in Nottingham, England.

R.S. McCrea was a pediatric ENT surgeon who developed audiology services in the late 1970s and early 1980s at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. He died in 1984.

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The Walker Foundation (, the fundraising arm of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind, received an $8,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

The money will go toward funding for the school's newly established Cochlear Implant Program and other academic endeavors. The Cochlear Implant Program will provide students with auditory and visual communication methods in an environment designed to provide equal access to sign language and spoken English throughout the day.

Scott Mitchell, Spartanburg Market President for Bank of America, said the foundation was pleased to support the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind and the Walker Foundation. “Providing educational opportunities to meet the evolving needs of students with sensory disabilities is essential to help them lead fulfilling lives of productivity and independence,” he said.

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The Michigan Academy of Audiology held its first Michigan Student Leaders in Audiology meeting Sept. 16-17 in East Lansing.

Nine students, nominated by program faculty for their leadership qualities, and three faculty members representing the doctorate of audiology programs at Central Michigan University, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University, attended the meeting, which was modeled after the American Academy of Audiology's Future Leaders in Audiology conference. Topics of discussion included professional advocacy and leadership skills, with presentations by Dave Fabry, Director of Sales at Starkey Laboratories; Brad Stach, Head of the Division of Audiology at Henry Ford Health System; Virginia Ramachandran, President-Elect of the Michigan Academy of Audiology; Kristen Huizdos, President of the Michigan Academy of Audiology; and Tom O'Connor, Chair of the Michigan Board of Audiology.

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