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Nov. 27, 2007

Acoustical Society of America honors Titze for voice research

Using the laws of physics, Ingo Titze investigates how the voice works and ways performers and teachers use, or at times wear out, their voices. For these research insights, Titze, Ph.D., who holds positions at the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, has been selected to receive the Silver Medal in Speech Communication from the Acoustical Society of America.

The periodic award recognizes contributions to the advancement of science, engineering or human welfare through the application of acoustic principles.

Titze, UI Foundation Distinguished Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology with a joint appointment in the UI School of Music, is being recognized for making fundamental contributions to the physics and biomechanics of vocal fold vibration and for interdisciplinary work in voice studies.

Titze, who also is executive director of the National Center for Voice and Speech at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in Colorado, said he is honored to receive the award, which will be presented Nov. 29 at an ASA meeting in New Orleans.

"I have grown up professionally in the society, have published my most significant work in its journal and cultivated friendships that will continue for the rest of my life," Titze said.

Titze has been a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America since 1983. He launched the UI Laryngeal Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, which is the first molecular biology research area in the UI Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center. He has published more than 250 articles in scientific and educational journals, co-edited two books, authored two books and will finish a third next year. He has lectured worldwide and appeared on educational television programs including "Innovation" and "Quantum." Also active as a singer, Titze occasionally gives recitals at home or abroad.

The Acoustical Society of America is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its approximately 7,000 members worldwide represent the broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. The society's publications include the Journal of the Acoustic Society of America and the journal Acoustics Today. For more information, visit the Web site

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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NOTE TO EDITORS: This release includes information from an 11/10/2007 release issued by the Acoustical Society of America.