April 2009

Callier Center Celebrates Worldwide Excellence

In the University’s quest for national standing as a research institution, we often take note of how external authorities recognize excellence at UT Dallas. As UT Dallas becomes known for excellence, however, it’s not enough just to toot the institutional horn about the achievements of our faculty and students. Part of being truly great is embracing the responsibility to recognize, encourage and affiliate with excellence wherever it may be found.

Stepping up to this obligation, the Callier Center for Communication Disorders recently bestowed its inaugural Callier Prize. The first recipient is Australian Hugh J. McDermott. Dr. McDermott’s work led to the development of new or improved sound processing schemes for cochlear implants and hearing aids.

Dr. Thomas Campbell and Dr. Hugh J. McDermott

The objective of the Callier Prize is to recognize individuals from around the world for their leadership in fostering scientific advances and significant developments in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. The award also honors the visionary leadership of Mrs. Lena Callier, who, in 1950, established a trust for the purpose of alleviating the effects of hearing loss and speech and language disorders. Her gift created a non-profit, community-based institution that became a part of UT Dallas in 1975. The Callier Prize— which includes a $10,000 cash award—is given on a biennial basis and will rotate among the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology. Its bestowal is in recognition of a distinguished record of significant research and contributions to the field of communication disorders. Dr. Thomas Campbell, executive director of the Callier Center, has already begun the process of convening a selection committee for the next Callier Prize, to be awarded in 2011.

A part of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the Callier Center has the largest graduate training program in communication disorders in the United States. Its programs in audiology and speech-language pathology are ranked in the top five percent of programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The creation of the Callier Prize through the leadership of UT Dallas Provost Hobson Wildenthal, Dr. Ross Roeser, executive director emeritus of the Callier Center, and The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Callier Center is an outgrowth and an acknowledgement of the center’s worldwide reputation for excellence—a reputation that attracts the best and brightest students of the field to our University.

Most of Callier’s graduates remain in the North Texas region. Their expertise can be found in our school systems, clinics and nearly everywhere people need help to communicate. Through these highly trained specialists the University contributes greatly to the economy and healthcare industry in Texas and the Metroplex.

The Callier Prize acknowledges world leaders in the field of communication sciences and disorders, and also brings into focus the extraordinary work of our own researchers who investigate the causes, prevention, assessment and treatment of communication disorders. Like Lena Callier before them, Callier’s researchers and UT Dallas have the vision and the will to create a better future for North Texas and for the world.

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