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March 7, 2008

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences names Hurtig Starch Faculty Fellow

Richard Hurtig, professor of speech pathology and audiology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), has been named a Starch Faculty Fellow. Dean Linda Maxson announced the five-year, renewable appointment, which carries an annual recurring research fund to be used to enhance scholarly work and professional travel.

Hurtig is a psycholinguist and neuroscientist whose interdisciplinary research program has made contributions on a wide range of communication issues. Using converging behavioral and brain imaging data, he has provided important insights on the factors that influence speech recognition. This work integrated lines of inquiry previously investigated separately and led to improvements in assistive devices for individuals with hearing loss. His current research focuses on studies of multimodal speech perception and the emergence of literacy in children with and without developmental disabilities. His scholarly work has been continuously funded by the Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health and the National Institutes of Mental Health.

A member of the UI faculty since 1976, he has served as chair of his department, as president of the UI Faculty Senate, and as chair of the CLAS Faculty Assembly. He has served as president of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and played a key role in the national development of the Doctor of Audiology degree for clinical audiologists.

Named for Daniel Starch, these faculty fellowships are awarded to outstanding current faculty in the CLAS who conduct research primarily in psychological and human behavior problems in the field of communication. Starch earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the UI in 1906 and went on to teach at the University of Wisconsin, Harvard University, Wellesley College, Washington University and New York University. He is best known for devising a procedure for measuring the readership of advertisements. Known as the Starch Recognition Procedure, the system he developed in 1922 is still used today. In 1955, he was inducted into the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication Hall of Fame.

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