Hearing and Speech Sciences

  • Rene Gifford, PhD, and Ally Sisler-Dinwiddie, AuD

Hearing and Speech Sciences proudly highlights the academic year 2016-17 accomplishments of students and faculty.

Student Awards

  • PhD student Iliza Butera received word that her F31 grant will be funded for 3 years by NIH NIDCD. The title is “Individual differences in cochlear implant users' audiovisual integration and links to speech proficiency” and her mentors are Mark Wallace, PhD, and Rene Gifford, PhD.
  • PhD student Emily Morros’s 2016 ASHA Convention Poster presentation titled, "An Eye-Tracking Measure of Social Motivation: Application to Minimally Verbal Children With Autism", has been designated as a Meritorious Poster Submission.
  • PhD student Hannah Krimm’s abstract “Derivational Morphology Knowledge of Children with Specific Language Impairment” has been selected as the best abstract submitted by a graduate student in the theme area of Clinical, Behavioral, and Intervention Research for the 2016 Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day.
  • AuD student Emily Thompson was selected as a 2016 recipient of the ASHA Audiology/Hearing Sciences Research Travel Award (ARTA), and was also selected by the ASHA Committee to represent this year's ARTA cohort as the student author of a future "Audiology Connections" magazine article, which was published in early 2017.
  • Jena McDaniel, a PhD student in DHSS, received a $2,000 American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development during the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) convention. The Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development supports a master’s or doctoral student in conducting research in the area of child language.

Faculty Honors

  • Barbara Jacobson, PhD, was elected Vice-President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Linda Hood, PhD, was given the Wayne Staab Award at the 2017 American Auditory Society meeting. The Wayne J. Staab Award is given to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions through service to the American Auditory Society.
  • Gary Jacobson, PhD, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Balance Society, “in recognition of his decades of service to the profession of audiology and in particular for his teaching, mentoring, service, clinical, and scholarly contributions in the areas of vestibular and balance function and disorders.”  

Faculty Presentations

  • National Public Radio produced a video for their Women in Science series that profiled Rene Gifford, PhD, and Ally Sisler-Dinwiddie, AuD, and the cochlear implant research program at the Center. In addition, Dr. Gifford was interviewed by NPR’s Ira Flatow for Science Friday.
  • Members of the cochlear implant clinical and research team, led by Rob Labadie, MD, and Rene Gifford, PhD, were invited to speak at the residence (right) of the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Kevin O’Malley. They were in Ireland to present their research, “Wired for Sound–treating deafness with cochlear implants” at the Creative Minds Symposium in Dublin.
  • Jim Bodfish, PhD, was chosen by The International Society for Autism Research to participate in a press conference at the 2016 annual meeting in Baltimore. He presented studies from the “Perspectives on Pain in ASD: Perception, Physiology, and Behavior” panel.

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