Roger Ruth Award presented to AuD student

HARRISONBURG, VA–Andrea Liuzzo, a doctor of audiology student at James Madison University (JMU), is the 2012 recipient of the Roger Ruth Memorial Fund Student Research Award. It was presented to her at a special ceremony last month at the Ruth Symposium.

The award was created in 2009 in memory of Dr. Roger Ruth, PhD, for his tireless efforts to promote student research as an integral part of graduate education in audiology. They are designated for use in support of multiple annual audiology student research projects conducted at JMU, where Ruth was a longtime member of the faculty. The fund is supported by individual donors as well as an on-going financial commitment from Oticon, Inc.

Liuzzo’s research will focus on establishing reliable behavioral measures of hearing in mice in order to understand the functional significance of Eph/ephrine receptors and ligands. Eph/ephrine receptors are known to be crucial to the anatomical development of the auditory system.