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Richard Fay Wins Silver Medal in Animal Bioacoustics

Dick in the Lab at the Parmly Hearing InstituteDr. Richard R. Fay, who was a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago from 1970 to 2011 and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, will receive the Silver Medal in Animal Bioacoustics on October 24th, 2012 at the 164th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Kansas City, Missouri. From 2001 until his 2011 retirement, Dick served as Director of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor as well as Director of the Parmly Hearing Institute. The Silver Medal is awarded to individuals for “contributions to the advancement of science, engineering, or human welfare through application of acoustic principles, or through research accomplishment in acoustics.” Dick’s research career successfully combined psychophysical and physiological approaches, allowing him to account for the auditory abilities (primarily of fish) by performing quantitative analyses of neural spike trains. Although Dick studied fish, which have an auditory periphery quite different from that of mammals, he came to appreciate the extent to which auditory nervous systems process sound in remarkably similar ways. Since Dr. Fay’s retirement, he has resided in Falmouth, Massachusetts with his wife Cathy.