A Message From the Chair
October 1, 2012
“HAPPY NEW YEAR!”
I’m writing this message on the morning of October 1st, which is a form of “New Year’s Day” on many fiscal year calendars. It’s also a milestone for the Academy’s Foundation, since the terms of office for our Board of Trustees now begin on October 1st, as well. The Foundation staff and trustees are already actively working, since October 1st was also the deadline for several applications for grants for our major research grants in hearing and balance. These merit-based grants, underwritten by donations to the Foundation from members like you, are critical for supporting research investigations by students and new investigators in our field. Today is also the deadline for applications from SAA chapters seeking SAA Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Chapter Participation Grants, which confirm the Foundation’s commitment to supporting public awareness and education in the field of audiology.
In another avenue for supporting education for the profession of audiology, the Foundation recently helped underwrite this year’s highly-successful Jerger Future Leaders of Audiology Conference (JFLAC), held September 13-15, 2012 in Reston, VA. Eighteen promising midcareer audiologists attended this forum, where they developed leadership skills and refined their understanding of future profession-focused "hot topics" in audiology.
The Foundation is also planning ahead for the actual New Year’s Day of 2013, which will kick off the Academy’s 25th Anniversary year and several special activities (especially during AudiologyNOW! 2013) to recognize this landmark. Watch for more announcements on philanthropic opportunities that can benefit your state audiology academy, as well as the Foundation!
One of the initiatives the Foundation supports is the James Jerger Awards for Excellence in Student Research. Here, 2012 Jerger award recipient Heena Peshwani, BSc, takes an impedance measurement on a subject prior to collecting dichotic speech test scores.