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State superintendent delivers address on literacy at ECU summit
The changing definition of literacy and the constant evolution of teaching methods were major topics at the first-ever Interdisciplinary Literacy Summit, held May 21 at East Carolina University. Marianna Walker, dean of the ECU Honors College, and Sarah Williams, director of the Walter and Marie Williams STEPP Program, collaborated to organize the inaugural campus-wide initiative. Read more...
2014 Interdisciplinary Literacy Summit
This year's Interdisciplinary Literacy Summit, part of the Barbara Bremer Distinguished Lecture in Literacy and Language, will be held in Wright Auditorium May 21, 2014 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.. The keynote address, "Student Literacy: Now and in the Future" will be delivered by Dr. June Atkinson, North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The event, co-sponsored by the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Health Sciences along with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is open to the general public. Click here for more information.
Student Achievement Award presented to CSDI Student
CSDI student Lakshmi Kollara-Sunil was presented with the Student Achievement Award by the North Carolina Speech-Hearing and Language Association and given a scholarship for $1,000 sponsored by LinguiSystems. The recognition is awarded on the basis of academic excellence and merit. In addition, the Linguisystems award requires the student to show evidence of research productivity and consistent service to the professions of audiology or speech-language pathology. Congratulations to Lakshmi Kollara-Sunil!
CSDI Students Awarded for Research
- Jillian Nsywonger is a first year master's student and received the Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers ="">·Katie Broadwell is a senior in the Dept of CSDI and she received a University Research Creativity Award. She is working with Dr. Jamie Perry. She will present her research at the Annual CSDI Research Day at the end of April.
- Lakshmi Kollara Sunil is a second year doctoral student and she is co-investigator with Dr. Jamie Perry on a research grant from the Cleft Palate Foundation.
- Graham Schenck is a second year doctoral student working with Dr. Jamie Perry and he received the David Kuehn Speech Scholarship from the Cleft Palate Foundation.
- Stephen Kintz is a second year doctoral student working with Dr. Heather Harris Wright. He received an NIDCD Student travel Fellowship to present his work at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference
| | People with Parkinson's disease now have a tool to help them communicate more fluently.
Janus Development Group Inc. is marketing and distributing the SpeechEasy anti-stuttering device, developed at East Carolina University, to people with the neurological disease to assist them with speech. Parkinson's disease is a progressive disease which affects men and women, but more typically men. Among the signs of Parkinson's are decreased speech volume, repetitive speech and an overall decrease in speech intelligibility. Read more of this article by ECU News Services writer Doug Boyd by clicking here.
Zhou Awarded by American Auditory Society
Assistant Professor Ning Zhou, PhD from the Department of Communications Sciences & Disorders has just received a 2014 New Investigator Award from the American Auditory Society for her submission, "Integration of electrical pulses by listeners with cochlear implants". Congratulations Dr. Zhou!
Turner Awarded Dr. Helen Dittman Berine Scholarship
Tessa Turner, a master's degree student in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders in the distance education program has been awarded the Dr. Helen Dittman Beirne Scholarship from the Alaska Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Tessa is in the 2nd year of the Distance Education master's degree as a part of the joint program between ECU and the University of Alaska – Anchorage.
Dr. Helen Beirne was instrumental in starting the Alaska Speech and Hearing Association. She is remembered by a great number of individuals as a role model and mentor in the area of speech and language, and in humanitarian work. In memory of Dr. Beirne, the Alaska Speech and Hearing Association presents this award this year, to a suitably qualified candidate demonstrating a commitment to undertaking studies leading to a graduate degree in communication development and disorders. At this time, in Alaska, it is especially crucial to applaud this pursuit, since there is a shortage of qualified personnel to assist people experiencing communication problems. Applicants should show pursuit of studies in communication, in the area of speech/language or hearing at an accredited institution in the undergraduate or graduate department.
ECU activities, research aid communication for people with aphasia
Check out the article by Crystal Baity at ECU News Services about Dr. Heather Wright and the Communication Sciences & Disorders department's work with Aphasia. View the article here.
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The Class of 2013!
ECU alumna shares Alaskan experiences
ECU alumna Cathy Genaux, at far left, is shown with students who attended her presentation
about lifeas a distance ed student in Alaska.
Catherine Genaux, an ECU alumna and speech language pathologist, spoke Nov. 9 about living and working in Alaska —where clinicians fly bush planes to see patients and many communities do not have speech-language services.
Geneaux talked about life as a distance education master's student, how speech language pathology is conducted in the state of Alaska and her mission work in Mexico. She gave ECU students great insight into a way of life and a speech-language pathology practice that is very different from experiences in North Carolina, said Dr. Kathleen T. Cox, ECU associate professor and director of master's education in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Geneaux participated in a unique joint program between ECU and University of Alaska – Anchorage. ECU provides online classes for students in the master's degree in communication sciences and disorders, and UAA provides their clinic. The partnership helps produce speech-language pathologists for the state of Alaska, and students graduate with a degree from ECU, the only university that offers a speech language program in that state.
The presentation was held in the Health Sciences Building in the College of Allied Health Sciences.