|Dr. White spoke during the
celebration on May 17.
It was cause for a celebration here on Friday, but the occasion marks a much bigger story, decades in the making.
Dr. White has been a driving force behind early identification of children with hearing loss, and his work has intersected with millions of lives. Following research he headed up at USU and elsewhere, the testing of infants’ hearing became standard in the state of Utah in the 1990s. Hearing screening is now done in every state in the nation, and has been implemented in 31 countries around the world.
Meanwhile, the Emma Eccles Jones foundation endowed five chairs in the College. (Dr White was appointed to the second of the five.) These gifts recognize leaders in their fields, support research and help train quality graduate students. They attract and retain world-class talent and carry on Emma's dream of extending quality education to all young children.
“You couldn’t find anyone better qualified than Karl to be named an endowed chair,” said Beth Foley, dean of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services.
For the rest of this story and other news from around the college, visit the EEJ Ed Notes blog.