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Last modified: Monday, May 17, 2010

IU's David Pisoni honored by Acoustical Society of America

May 17, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- David B. Pisoni, Chancellor's Professor of psychology and cognitive science at Indiana University Bloomington and adjunct professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the IU School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the Silver Medal in Speech Communication, awarded by the Acoustical Society of America.

The honor is given "for advancing the basic science of speech perception and recognition and applying the knowledge to the clinical field of cochlear implantation," according to the award citation. Pisoni will be presented with the award in November at the 160th meeting of the ASA, held in Cancun, Mexico.

Pisoni is a leading figure in the field of speech perception and spoken language processing. For more than 35 years, the Speech Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences, which he directs, has developed a broad research program on a range of problems dealing with speech perception, spoken word recognition, language comprehension and perceptual development. Pisoni also oversees one of the longest running training programs in the history of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. First funded in 1979, the training program, which involves researchers from IU Bloomington and the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis, recently received more than $3 million to continue the program through 2014.

Pisoni received the Tracy M. Sonneborn Award and the James McKeen Cattell Award and has received awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Indiana University and the ASA, among others. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at MIT in 1978-79. His varied professional experiences include serving as visiting research associate at Haskins Laboratories at Yale University, a member of the National Institute of Mental Health Personality and Cognition Research Review Committee, and as a research associate and visiting research scientist in the Speech Communications Group in Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, where he did post-doctoral work in 1975-1976. He also served on the editorial boards of Cognitive Psychology, Perception & Psychophysics, and Computer Speech and Language.

About the ASA

The ASA has around 7,000 members who include leaders in acoustics in the U.S. and abroad. The Society attracts members from various fields related to sound including physics, engineering (electrical, mechanical and aeronautical), oceanography, biology, physiology, psychology, architecture, speech, hearing, noise and noise control, and music. From the Society's inception more than 80 years ago, its members have been involved in the development of acoustical standards concerned with terminology, measurement procedures, and criteria for determining the effects of noise and vibration. Members are involved in studies of noise, its measurement, its effects, and ways of reducing noise to improve the human environment.