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Arts and Sciences

Dr. James Murphy, associate professor of psychology, was co-editor of the book College Student Alcohol Abuse: A Guide to Assessment, Intervention, and Prevention. This practical guide presents clear strategies for prevention of and interventions for alcohol abuse in the college-age population.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Shaum P. Bhagat, associate professor and director of the Hearing Science Laboratory, published the book chapter “Frequency-Following Responses” in Auditory Electrophysiology: A Clinical Guide and “Ototoxic Hearing Loss and Retinoblastoma Patients” in Retinoblastoma: An Update on Clinical, Genetic Counseling, Epidemiology and Molecular Tumor Biology (pp. 39-54). Bhagat also presented the invited talk “Ototoxic Hearing Loss in Children: Implications for Speech and Language” at the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s 2012 convention. He also received a faculty research grant for "On Dynamics of Middle-ear Transmission and Cochlear Emissions at High Audible Frequencies.”

Dr. Eugene Buder, associate professor of speech-language pathology, gave the invited talk “Physical Bases for Interpersonal Synchronizing of Vocal Behaviors” at the Mind, Technology and Society seminar hosted by the Department of Cognitive and Information Sciences, University of California, Merced.

Dr. Robyn Cox, professor of audiology, presented “Improving Hearing Aid Outcomes: Using Evidence, Choosing Technology and Listening to Patients” at the American Academy of Audiology Fall conference in Asheville, N.C.

Dr. Linda Jarmulowicz, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, co-authored an article in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association journal Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools titled “ Metalinguistics, Stress Accuracy and Word Reading: Does Dialect Matter?” She also co-authored with Dr. Kim Oller, professor and holder of the Plough Chair of Excellence, and others the article “The Receptive-expressive Gap in Vocabulary of Early Second-language Learners: Robustness and Possible Mechanisms” in the Bilingualism: Language and Cognition journal. Jarmulowicz also made several presentations: Monolingual Professionals in a Multilingual Worldat the North Carolina Speech, Hearing, and Language Association; “Bilingual Children’s Language and Literacy Development in Early Elementary Grades,” with Oller and Katie Bauer, doctoral student in speech-language pathology, at the Tennessee Board of Regents, Research Development Conference; and “The Prosodist’s Menuat theSymposia on Prosody and Reading at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading conference in Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Jani Johnson, research assistant professor of audiology, received the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology’s 2012 Herbert J. Oyer award for research related to her dissertation. She presented this research, “Influence of Culture on Appraisal of Acquired Hearing Loss,” at the ARA’s 2012 Institute in Providence. In addition, Johnson was invited to deliver the keynote address, “Dead Regions of the Cochlea” at the Georgia Academy of Audiology’s 2012 Fall Workshop in Braselton, Ga., in October.

Dr. David Wark, associate professor of audiology, has been awarded an NIH (R33) sub-contract for “Multi-site Study of Speech Perception Training for Hearing-Aid Users.” The purpose of the grant will be to verify that extended speech perception training will benefit unsuccessful hearing aid users in their ability to understand and communicate in difficult listening situations. The Medical University of South Carolina, University of Maryland, Northwestern University, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit and Veterans Administration Medical Center in Portland will also participate in the project.Wark and his co-authors have been informed that their article, “Development of the Screening Test for Hearing Problems,” has been selected for the 2011 Editors’ Award for the American Journal of Audiology. An article selected for an Editors’ Award meets the highest quality standards in research design, presentation, and impact for a given year. Their recognition was presented at the Awards Ceremony at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual meeting in Atlanta in November.

Herff College of Engineering

Dr. John L. Williams, professor of biomedical engineering, attended the 15th International Conference on Medical Image and Computer Assisted Intervention where he presented “Using Multibody Dynamics to Design Total Knee Replacement Implants” at the Computational Biomechanics for Medicine 7 MICCAI 2012 Workshop in early October in Nice, France. He also presented “Computational Mechanics to Aid in Total Knee Arthroplasty Design and Surgery” to a high-level meeting of experts from the orthopaedic and cardiac industries in Brussels, Belgium, in early November.

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Dr. Genae Strong, assistant professor of nursing, had the article “Barriers to Breast Feeding in the Neonatal Period” accepted for publication in the refereed Journal of Neonatal Nursing. Strong’s manuscript was the only one of the special edition that was accepted without revisions, and because of this, she was invited to review for the manuscript and coordinate a special journal section, “Nutrition,”which would be published approximately every four months. Strong and graduate student Virginia Coleman Smith co-presented “Postpartum Depression: Effects on the Infant” at the 2012 Lamaze Innovative Learning Forum in October in Nashville.

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