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May 10, 2012
Contact: Thomas Heilke, Office of Graduate Studies, 785-864-8040

Barlow receives Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award

Steven Barlow


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LAWRENCE —Steven M. Barlow, professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kansas, is the 2012 recipient of the Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award. The award will be presented May 12 during the annual doctoral hooding ceremony.

“Professor Barlow is an internationally recognized scholar in in his field, so it should come as no surprise that he is being recognized for his contributions as an outstanding graduate faculty mentor,” says Thomas Heilke, Dean of Graduate Studies. “His impact on the lives of his students and his department is substantial. The selection committee, comprised of previous awardees, is delighted to have such a distinguished scholar and mentor receive this award.”

One student nominator wrote that Barlow “provides his students with numerous tutorials and small group seminars (in addition to his normal teaching load) and actively introduces them to scientific methodology and technology used in his lab.”

His colleagues state, “The dissertation studies that these students have performed (from Dr. Barlow’s laboratory) are as elaborate and innovative as any conducted by students in the program. The credit for such a high level of performance goes to Steve Barlow for his careful advising and support, moral and financial, of all of his students.”

Barlow and his research group study the neural mechanisms of sensorimotor integration and motor control among orofacial and vocal tract structures in infants, children and adults. He is an active faculty member in the speech-language-hearing, neuroscience and bioengineering graduate programs and has mentored students on both KU campuses.

Barlow came to KU in 2000 after faculty appointments at both Syracuse University and the University of Indiana. He earned his doctorate in speech physiology neurobiology from the University of Wisconsin in 1984.

The Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award was established in 1984 in memory of Louise E. Byrd, who served for many years as secretary of the Graduate School. The award honors faculty members who have demonstrated extraordinary devotion to graduate students and graduate education and who have distinguished themselves as scholars.

KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management foundation for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

For more information about the 2011 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, visit here.



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