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Release: May 4, 1999

UI professor named to Spriestersbach Distinguished Professorship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- J. Bruce Tomblin, University of Iowa professor of speech pathology and audiology, has been named to the Spriestersbach Distinguished Professorship in the Liberal Arts.

Tomblin is known nationally for his research and teaching in children's language development and disorders. The professorship is endowed with a research stipend that will help support Tomblin's work.

The named professorship honors the distinguished career of Duane C. "Sprie" Spriestersbach, UI professor emeritus, former dean of the Graduate College and former vice president for educational development and research.

"The professorship is an enduring way to recognize Sprie's substantial contributions to the college and university," said Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "The appointment recognizes Bruce Tomblin, whose work carries on this tradition of dedicated teaching and scholarship."

Maxson announced the appointment on May 3 at the annual Dean's Faculty Honors Reception for the college, where Tomblin was among more than 50 UI faculty members recognized for their exceptional professional achievements over the past year. Spriestersbach was an honored guest at the reception.

Tomblin is a past director of the UI Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic. He studies the development of diagnostic standards for developmental language impairment. His research also includes collaborative studies with researchers in the UI College of Medicine on genetic influences of specific language impairment and the use of cochlear implants for people with profound hearing loss.

Tomblin received his Ph.D. in communicative disorders in 1970 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned a master's degree in speech pathology in 1967 from the University of Redlands in California and a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1966 from La Verne College, also in California.

Spriestersbach and Tomblin, along with Hughlett Morris, UI professor emeritus of speech pathology and audiology, have collaborated on a speech-language pathology diagnostics book to be published later this year.