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The Foundation Supports Callier

Our board members continue to be instrumental in the fundraising endeavors for the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders with generous gifts of their own and by seeking other sources of philanthropic support.

Realize the Vision:
The Foundation for the Callier Center is closely involved in the campus-wide comprehensive fundraising endeavor entitled Realize the Vision: The Campaign for Tier One & Beyond publicly launched earlier this year by The University of Texas at Dallas.

The purpose is to elevate UTD institutional programs to rank among the most highly select national research universities in the country. Callier, already recognized as one of the top graduate student programs, is poised to lead the way in realizing this vision.

Realize the Vision

Callier Prize:
Preparation is already underway by the board to host the 2nd Annual Callier Cares Luncheon which will include a special presentation of the next Callier Prize. The prestigious award, launched in 2009 by the Foundation for the Callier Center, is presented every other year to recognize the recipient’s leadership in fostering scientific advances and significant developments in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders.

The award will be presented for the third time on April 26, 2013 at the Callier Cares Luncheon to Dr. Harvey Dillon of the National Acoustic Laboratories in Australia.

Dr. J. Bruce Tomblin, who received the Callier Prize in 2011, is a pioneer in the fields of speech and language disorders. As the Spriesterbach Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa, Dr. Tomblin’s selection for the Callier Prize was based on his research which has led to remarkable advances in the epidemiology, etiology, assessment and treatment of children’s language disorders.

Callier Prize
Dr. Hugh J. McDermott, the first Callier Prize recipient in 2009, is a professor in The University of Melbourne’s Department of Otolaryngology. Dr. McDermott is a leading international researcher and designer of cochlear implant systems and digital hearing aids. He has received numerous patents for his innovative improvements for hearing, speech and language.