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Katelyn Kotlarek, an assistant professor in the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences Division of Communication Disorders, is the recipient of the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA) Emerging Leader Award.
The Emerging Leader Award is presented to an early-career professional who exhibits exemplary accomplishment and dedication to the issues affecting people with cleft and craniofacial conditions; and who is a member of ACPA for at least three years and not more than 15. Kotlarek, whose research specializes in craniofacial differences and imaging, received the award in May at the 80th ACPA meeting in Raleigh, N.C.
“I am truly grateful and honored to receive this award. ACPA has been my professional home for the past eight years,” Kotlarek says. “It is composed of people who genuinely and selflessly want to improve care for individuals with craniofacial differences through research and clinical practice. This organization holds a special place in my heart, and it makes receiving this honor so meaningful and humbling.”
An assistant professor with the Division of Communication Disorders in the University of Wyoming’s College of Health Sciences is a recipient of this year’s American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award.
Amy Peterson, whose research focuses on intervention for adolescent students with language-related learning disabilities and implementation of evidence-based practices for speech-language pathologists, applied for the $5,000 award in April with the support of Mark Guiberson, director of the UW Division of Communication Disorders. Peterson will work with accomplished mentors in communication sciences and disorders to complete research and teaching projects through March 2025.
“I am humbled and extremely grateful to the ASHA-AARC Award committee and reviewers for the opportunity to be a part of this program -- and to work with experienced mentors in teaching and research who will facilitate meaningful growth in the early years of my career at the University of Wyoming,” Peterson says.
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