Norman J. Lass, professor in West Virginia University’s Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, recently published Review of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The book, the 21st that Lass has either authored or edited, addresses the topics of basic acoustics and acoustics of speech production, as well as the anatomy and physiology of speech production and speech perception.
After completing his doctorate degree at Purdue University and a post doctoral research fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Lass came to WVU at the age of 26 to assume an academic position as assistant professor. In his time at WVU, he chaired the Department or Speech Pathology and Audiology from 1974-1983, has taught coursework in the speech and hearing sciences for 43 years, and was awarded the Benedum Foundation and WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher Awards, Exxon Education Foundation Award for outstanding teaching, College of Human Resources and Education Outstanding Teacher Award, and Golden Apple Awards for Outstanding Teaching from the WVU Chapter of Golden Key International Honor Society.
Included in his resume are more than 150 publications in national/international refereed journals, 18 chapters in books and monographs, as well as more than 250 papers presented at professional meetings. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Lass saw the need for supplementing textual material with additional information and illustrations of acoustical and anatomical concepts relevant to the speech production and speech perception processes. In addition to textual explanations, the book contains review exercises at the end of each chapter, including true-false, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice questions, anatomical identification exercises, computational problems, and application exercises to facilitate a better understanding of these concepts. Review of Speech and Hearing Sciences is published by Mosby-Elsevier (St. Louis and Amsterdam).
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