James Madison University

NEW COLLEGES FORMED A plan to reorganize the College of Integrated Science and Technology into two colleges took effect July 1, 2012. The new colleges are the College of Health and Behavioral Studies and the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.

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CSD's Brenda Ryals Wins Achievement Award

PHOTO: Brenda RyalsBrenda Ryals, PhD, recipient of the Research Achievement Award, has dedicated her career to keeping science in audiology, and has demonstrated this commitment with her truly innovative and impressive research contributions. Dr. Ryals’ work on hair cell regeneration and bird inner ear anatomy has led to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Her original and revolutionary contributions to inner ear biology have had continuous NIH support. Her work has been published in Science as well as other highly prestigious journals.

She has contributed to the peer review process by serving on the Deafness Research Foundation and NIH Study Sections, editorial boards and convention program committees for The Academy, American Auditory Society, Association for Research in Otolaryngology, and ASHA. She has served as President of the American Auditory Society and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Academy. To date, Dr. Ryals has 35 refereed publications, eight book chapters, and multiple national and international professional presentations.

Through all of this scientific endeavor she has taught at the Medical College of Virginia, worked at the Veterans Administration, and currently holds the title of Professor at James Madison University. She was the recipient of the Madison Scholar Award from James Madison University and the Louis DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement. Ryals’research has not only been prolific and original; it has truly redirected the way her fellow scientists think about the inner ear.