Grant and Scholarship Recipients
The Cleft Palate Foundation administers many grants, awards and scholarships. Winners and recipients are named and recognized during the ACPA/CPF Annual Awards Luncheon.
2011 Donna Pruzansky Memorial Fund for Maternal and Child Health Nursing Grant Recipient
This year’s recipient of the DPMF Grant, Orla Duncan, is senior Cleft Clinical Nurse Specialist with the cleft team at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ms. Duncan leads the development of cleft nursing guidelines and teaches these both in-house and in referring units on the east coast of Scotland. Her responsibilities also include respiratory and feeding assessment of infants with clefts, providing feeding advice to families and health care professionals, and home pre-operative assessment and post-operative monitoring.
(left to right) DPMF Committee Co-Chair Christine Emerson, Orla Duncan, and CPF President, Gip Seaver
As recipient of the DPMF grant, Ms. Duncan received a travel stipend and registration for the 2011 Annual Meeting as well as a year’s complimentary ACPA membership. She firmly believes that “networking with nursing colleagues opens the door to fruitful discussion and sharing of practice” and attended her first ACPA meeting with hopes of establishing relationships with other nurses.
The DPMF Grant is available to nurses, devoting at least half of their work time to the area of craniofacial care, who are not currently ACPA members. The grant was established by Sam Pruzansky, MD, in memory of his wife who practiced as a nurse in the area of maternal and child health.
For more information about the DPMF, please contact the ACPA/CPF National Office or visit www.cleftline.org.
2011 Mary J. Hauk, DDS, MPH Scholarship
The CPF Scholarships Committee was pleased to name Amanda Gaynor Ashley, DMD, MS Ed as the recipient of this year’s Mary J. Hauk, DDS, MPH Scholarship for Dentistry Residents. Dr. Ashley is currently a pediatric dental resident at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to her residency program, Dr. Ashley worked for 11 years as a general dentist in a remote area of Alaska. During her time there, she witnessed a great amount of unmet dental needs which inspired her to establish programs for prevention, dental assisting, and mentoring. Dr. Ashley plans to return to Alaska at the conclusion of her residency in July 2012 with hopes of joining the cleft palate treatment team at the Alaska Native Medical Center.
(left to right) Amanda Gaynor Ashley and CPF President, Gip Seaver
The Mary J. Hauk, DDS, MPH Scholarship is designed to help student professionals in the dentistry field attend the ACPA Annual Meeting. The scholarship provides $500 towards travel expenses and a one-year student membership in ACPA.
This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Mary J. Hauk, DDS who practiced pediatric dentistry with an emphasis in cleft lip and palate care.
For more information about the Mary J. Hauk, DDS, MPH Scholarship, please contact the ACPA/CPF National Office or visit www.cleftline.org.
2011 David P. Kuehn Speech Scholarship
Keegan Gallagher was named as this year’s David P. Kuehn Speech Scholarship recipient. Ms. Gallagher is currently pursuing her Master’s and Doctoral degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona. After completing her education, she intends to seek a position as a tenure-track assistant professor in a university speech, language, and hearing or communication disorders program and research speech treatments for children with craniofacial differences.
The David P. Kuehn Speech Scholarship is designed to help current masters or doctoral students enrolled in a communication sciences and disorders or related programs participate in the ACPA Annual Meeting. It provides a one-year student membership in ACPA, $500.00 for travel expenses related to the Annual Meeting, and covers meeting registration including the pre-conference symposia, study sessions and eye-openers. Priority is given to PhD student candidates conducting or planning to conduct research related to cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies.
This scholarship was established by David P. Kuehn, PhD, past president of ACPA (1989) and member of ACPA since 1976. Through this annual fund, Dr. Kuehn continues his commitment to education in the field of communication sciences and cleft lip and palate.
To learn more about the Kuehn Scholarship, please call the ACPA/CPF National Office or visit www.cleftline.org.
2011 Karlind T. Moller Cleft/Craniofacial Scholarship for Speech Pathology/Audiology Students
Jena Gordon has been named the 2011 recipient of the Karlind T. Moller Cleft/Craniofacial Scholarship. Ms. Gordon is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. At the Annual Meeting, Ms. Gordon presented the results of her study “Second Year SLP Graduate Students’ Academic and Clinical Training in Cleft Lip/Palate”.
(left to right) Jena Gordon and CPF President, Gip Seaver
The Moller Scholarship is designed to help undergraduate and graduate students in accredited speech-language pathology and/or audiology degree programs fund projects involving patients with cleft lip and/or palate and other craniofacial anomalies. The scholarship provides a one-year student membership in ACPA and $500 for research and project expenses.
Dr. Karlind Moller served as Professor and Director of the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Program at the University of Minnesota for over 30 years.
For more information about the Moller Scholarship, please contact the ACPA/CPF National Office or visit www.cleftline.org.
2011 James F. Mulick, DDS, MS, Orthodontic Scholarship
(left to right) Kristen Lowe and CPF President, Gip Seaver
Kristen Lowe, DDS, was named this year’s Mulick Scholarship recipient by the CPF Scholarships Committee. Dr. Lowe is currently fulfilling her residency at Columbia University. Her thesis focuses on investigating tissue regeneration techniques that may have future applications for regenerating hard and soft tissues in craniofacial patients. For Dr. Lowe, it was the opportunity to be a part of a craniofacial team that initially piqued her interest in orthodontics, and she is firmly committed to sub-specializing in craniofacial orthodontics upon completion of her residency.
The James F. Mulick, DDS, MS Orthodontic Scholarship helps resident orthodontists attend the ACPA Annual Meeting. The Mulick Scholarship provides a one-year student membership in ACPA, $500.00 for travel expenses related to the Annual Meeting and basic meeting registration for the ACPA Annual Meeting. Dr. Lowe attended her first ACPA meeting hoping to garner knowledge and information to apply to the diagnosis and treatment of her own craniofacial patients.
Dianne Mulick-Altuna, MS, a member of ACPA, established this annual fund in her father’s name. James F. Mulick, DDS, MS has provided orthodontic treatment to children with craniofacial differences for over 40 years.
For more information about the Mulick Scholarship, please contact the ACPA/CPF National Office or visit www.cleftline.org.
2011 Junior Investigator Research Grant
Carrie Gotzke, MSc, RSLP, of the University of Alberta was awarded a $5,000 Junior Investigator Research Grant sponsored by CPF. Ms. Gotzke will use the funds to support her doctoral dissertation research evaluating the Speech Intelligibility Probe for Children with Cleft Palate, Version 5.
Thank you to all who participated; we encourage more ACPA members to join in CPF’s exciting research agenda by submitting your proposals. For more information about CPF’s research grants, please contact the ACPA/CPF National Office or visit www.cleftline.org.
Paul W. Black Junior Investigator Award
University of Pennsylvania medical student David Hindin was awarded the 2011 Paul W. Black Junior Investigator Award for his presentation of “Multipotent Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived MSCS Induce Neovascularization of a Large PCL-Beta TCP Bone Construct Implanted in Nude Mice”. The award recognizes superior performance in the judged platform presentation session for Junior Investigators held during ACPA’s Annual Meeting.
(left to right) ACPA President, Jerry Moon, David Hindin, and Research Grants Committee Chair, Richard Kirschner
The Junior Investigator paper competition is designed to encourage and support multidisciplinary research by investigators currently in, or recently graduated from, training programs dealing with cleft-craniofacial evaluation and treatment. All presenters are commended for their presentations, as are the faculty members who supported them. Entries are judged on the quality and significance of the research, the clarity of the presentation and the presenter’s ability to respond to questions and discussions.
Mr. Hindin was recognized and presented with a plaque at this year’s Annual Luncheon by Dr. Richard Kirschner, Chair of the CPF Research Grants Committee.
Samuel Berkowitz, DDS, MS Long-term Outcomes Study Award
The 2011 Samuel Berkowitz, DDS, MS Long-term Outcomes Study Award recipient is Theodosia Bartzela, DDS, DMD, MSc, and co-authors for “A longitudinal three-center study of dental arch relationship in patients with bilateral cleft lip and palate” (Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal 2010;47(2):167-174).
The Berkowitz Award is made annually to the primary author of the article judged to be the best long-term outcomes study published in The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. The author may be from any discipline represented in ACPA, and the article may cover any cleft/craniofacial subject area. ACPA membership is not required. One $500 award is made per volume year of the Journal.