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Student Spotlight: Jennie Zoski

Student Spotlight: Jennie Zoski

When she’s not running half-marathons in Alaska or playing with her Black Lab mix, Speech and Hearing Sciences doctoral candidate Jennie Zoski is working to combine her passions for literacy and language with her love of children.

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Staff Spotlight: John Bulluck

Staff Spotlight: John Bulluck

John Bulluck, Research Systems Analyst, has been helping researchers with the Sensory Experiences Project (SEP) determine the best strategies for tackling ever-evolving technological challenges since 2008.

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New Interdisciplinary Autism Training Grant will Help Produce Leaders in Research and Outreach

A new interdisciplinary training grant to help doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows at UNC develop leadership competencies related to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has received $1,246,834 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Bagatell Receives Award to Study Occupations and Routines in Families with Adolescents

Bagatell Receives Award to Study Occupations and Routines in Families with Adolescents

Dr. Nancy Bagatell, Associate Professor, has received a Junior Faculty Development Award worth $7,500 to fund research. The pilot project, called “Families with Adolescent-Aged Children and the Co-construction and Re-negotiation of Occupations and Routines: Investigating Methods to Capture Transactions of Families,” seeks to study the routines and occupations of families with adolescents to discover how and why these routines change over time.

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Klinger Receives Grant to Study Interventions for  Improving Employment Skills of Adolescents with ASD

Klinger Receives Grant to Study Interventions for Improving Employment Skills of Adolescents with ASD

Dr. Mark R. Klinger, Associate Professor, has received a two-year, $120,000 grant from Autism Speaks to research ways to better prepare adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for productive, long-term employment.

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UNC to Launch Unprecedented Collaboration to Improve Services for Young Children with Autism and Their Families

UNC to Launch Unprecedented Collaboration to Improve Services for Young Children with Autism and Their Families

January 13, 2014 - Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a State Implementation Grant of $900,000 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve services for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

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Grant Helps Fund Development of Hamstrings Muscle Stretching Prototype

Grant Helps Fund Development of Hamstrings Muscle Stretching Prototype

Researchers with the UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS) and the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering have received $25,000 in seed grant funding from the Rehabilitation Engineering Center (REC) to further development of a hamstrings muscle stretching device prototype.

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Student Research News Summer 2013

Student Research News Summer 2013

Cunningham Receives SPARC Award * Hodson Completes NIH/NICD Summer Fellowship * Gomez Receives NICD Travel Award * Mamo Awarded New Century Scholars Doctoral Fellowship * White Receives NICD Grant * Wutzke Selected as Neuromuscular Plasticity Scholar * Timko Wins Diversity Award

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Student Spotlight: Ashley Freuler

Student Spotlight: Ashley Freuler

Occupational Science PhD candidate Ashley Freuler successfully defended her dissertation in the spring of 2013 and will graduate in August.

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Faculty Honors and Achievements, Summer 2013

Faculty Honors and Achievements, Summer 2013

Woodward Named Radiologic Original * Watson Named ASHA Fellow * Renner Wins National Advising Award * Thorpe Delivers Keynotes, Receives APTA Award * Williams Selected for ACCLAIM Program

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New Faculty 2013

The Department of Allied Health Sciences welcomed nine new faculty members for the fall of 2013.

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Hasselkus Visits as 2013 Mitchell Symposium Scholar

Hasselkus Visits as 2013 Mitchell Symposium Scholar

Dr. Betty Risteen Hasselkus, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology/Occupational Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, visited UNC Chapel Hill in March as the 2013 Mitchell Symposium Scholar.

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McCulloch Honored by APTA as Research on Assessment for Wounded Warriors Continues to Draw Support

McCulloch Honored by APTA as Research on Assessment for Wounded Warriors Continues to Draw Support

Dr. Karen McCulloch, Professor, received the Service to Section Award for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Neurology Section at the 2013 Combined Section Meeting in January.

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From Dr. Grace Baranek, Associate Chair for Research, Summer 2013

From Dr. Grace Baranek, Associate Chair for Research, Summer 2013

Looking back on this year, I’m so proud of the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students, despite hard economic times for research funding – it’s quite an impressive group!

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Study:Young Children with Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model

Study:Young Children with Autism Benefit Regardless of High-Quality Treatment Model

Researchers at UNC Chapel Hill have found that preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who receive high-quality early intervention benefit developmentally regardless of the treatment model used – a surprising result that may have important implications for special-education programs and school classrooms across the country.

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Research in the DAHS: Looking Back – and Forward

Research in the DAHS: Looking Back – and Forward

As I sit down to write this, and look back over 13 years of research in the DAHS, two old advertising tag-lines keep popping into my head: “You’ve come a long way, Baby!” and “You made it the old fashioned way, you earned it!”

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Rák Receives Grant for Statewide Needs Assessment of Services for Visually Impaired

Rák Receives Grant for Statewide Needs Assessment of Services for Visually Impaired

Dr. Enikõ Rák, Assistant Professor, has received a $33,324 grant from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Services for the Blind (DSB), to support a “Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment,” to identify and describe the rehabilitation needs of individuals with blindness, deaf-blindness, and other visual disabilities.

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SEP Hosts Research Symposium at Gatlinburg Conference

SEP Hosts Research Symposium at Gatlinburg Conference

The Sensory Experiences Project (SEP) team, led by Dr. Grace Baranek, recently hosted a research symposium, titled "Characterizing Sensory Features in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Behavior and Physiology," at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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Crais Honored as Faculty Engaged Scholar

Crais Honored as Faculty Engaged Scholar

Speech and Hearing Sciences Professor Betsy Crais was one of eight scholars recognized at a graduation ceremony for Class III of the Carolina Center for Public Service's Faculty Engaged Scholars program on November 2. Crais and the other scholars, who represented various disciplines from across campus, received cords and certificates during the ceremony at the Carolina Club.

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