Barlow honored by ASHA

Steven Barlow

Barlow honored by ASHA

17 Nov 2015    

Steven Barlow, Corwin Moore Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, has received the highest honor of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Barlow received the award at ASHA convention in Denver, CO last weekend. The Honors of the Association recognizes members for their distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.

“It hasn't really sunk in,” said Barlow earlier this week. “Probably the best part was after the award ceremony when a couple of hundred people from my past were present—all these former Ph.D. students I worked with who are now active scientists across the globe. It’s nice to see how 35 years of work ended up producing new scientists to fill the [research] pipeline.”

Barlow’s neurobiology research has included advances in the feeding of premature infants that has facilitated overall brain development and long-term behavioral and learning outcomes. This work has led to new FDA-approved therapeutic applications for preterm infants.

“This just affirms my motivation and lifelong interest in science,” said Barlow. “No two days are ever the same. It’s always evolving—a new question, a new part of the puzzle and the thrill of discovery.”

The video that ASHA used to introduce Barlow for his award presentation at the convention is included below. More that 12,000 people attended the convention. ASHA has approximately 180,000 members. 

ASHA describes the honor as recognition of those individuals whose contributions have been of such excellence that they have enhanced or altered the course of the professions. Members are encouraged to nominate individuals who are well-known throughout the nation and the world for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching or other distinguished professional contributions.


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