Bill Rhode Wins the Award of Merit

Bill Rhode has illuminated cochlear mechanics,
Showing that the vibrations there play funny antics.
The basilar membrane's not passive like a trampoline
But contains a motor that makes it a machine.
This gives our hearing tuning and resolution
And also fragility subject to noise pollution.
He's also been probing the responses to sound
Of cochlear nuclear neurons, globular and round.
It's typical of Bill to be quiet and understated;
How nice to know his work's appreciated!
The ARO decided this year to accord
Bill Rhode with the annual Merit Award
We wish him our heartfelt congratulations,
Rejoice in our friendship and collegial relations.

Donata Oertel
October 2000

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