December 2011 Archways

Tell Us the Story: Trailblazing Mawrters

The May issue of the Bulletin will celebrate Mawrters who have blazed new trails … in their communities, homes, careers and lives. Help us identify these special women by visiting www.brynmawr.edu/alumnae/trailblazers.html to tell us a story of a Mawrter you know who has chosen an unusual, world-changing path in life. Or let us know about your own trailblazing journey!

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  1. Although I have won many awards in my own field, I cannot deny that it would mean a great deal to me to be counted among Trailblazing Mawrtyrs. Having just written my career biography summary for my upcoming 50th reunion in 2012 ( Harvard Medical School) I am summoning up my courage to submit self-nomination. My career has been rather unconventional, as I trained in adult neurology but have “blazed trails” in developmental ( mostly pediatric neurology research and clinical assessments). My unique contribution is to apply to developmental issues my extensive training in neurology,( by the incomparable Norman Geschwind and Edith Kaplan in my subspecialty behavioral and cognitive neurology) so that I have established a line of assessment and research that modern neuroimaging has now made more definitive. Here are my two best documented
    “trail blazers” in order of “fame” in my professional reputation. 1) The Rapid Automatized Naming Test, used even in nonalphabetic languages like Chinese, to assess the maturational status of the visual to verbal connection in the left hemisphere of the brain as a prerequisite for fluent READING and recently submitted to “dyslexia” research with functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging. 2) The Neurological Evaluation for Subtle Signs, a quantitative developmental motor assessment that has gained status as a confirmatory neurobiological marker or endophenotype for” Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” and has been highlighted in recent issues of the journal called Neurology as associated with functional magnetic resonance imaging activation findings and transcranial magnetic stimulation physiological findings. Both of these trajectories of research were first published in the 1970’s, have been incorporated into clinical utilization, and then magnified in importance as neuroscience when neuroimaging and related magnetic field methods became available. Some of the publications can be seen on the Website of my hospital/research institute, Kennedy Krieger Institute( a Johns Hopkins affiliate) Thanks for considering me: Bryn Mawr means a lot to me!
    Martha Bridge Denckla, Class of 1958, currently Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Education, Johns Hopkins School of Education.
    Let me know if you want more documentation or testamonials from other Mawrtyrs who know my work ( or faculty member Leslie Rescorlia, who knows the Rapid Naming component, I am sure).

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