Millicent Blair Arnett, MS-SLP Class of 2002, died May 22, 2013. Below, Department of Allied Health Sciences Associate Chair for Student Services and AHEC Operations Brenda Everett Mitchell, UNC MS-SLP alumna Heather Petrusa, and current MS-SLP student Chanel Blaylock share their reflections about Millicent.
The 2012-2013 academic year was again filled with many accomplishments.
The First National Congress of the Guatemalan Institute of Language and Communication was held on May 24, 2013, in San Felipe, Guatemala.
The fifth annual Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences Student Research Day was held April 24 in the Bioinformatics Building on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus.
Linda Watson and Betsy Crais are familiar with the extensive journey many Americans find themselves on when trying to acquire services for children with autism spectrum disorder. As professors of speech and hearing sciences in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and part of UNC’s Program for Early Autism, Research, Leadership and Service (PEARLS), they have made autism screening, early detection and research the center of their academic lives.
Sheila Barnett and Colin Peters have funded the Robert W. Peters Award for Excellence in Research Endowment at the Medical Foundation of NC to honor their late father.
Marcia Clark Adunka (MS Audiology, Class of 2002) has been named UNC Hospitals’ first Director of Audiology.
Lucía I. Méndez, a current PhD candidate in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has been awarded a Research Scholar Grant by the Early Care Education and Head Start Research Scholars Grant Program to support her dissertation research.
MS-SLP student Camille Walton and DAHS Associate Chair for Student Services Brenda Mitchell delivered a presentation titled “Success Strategies of Speech and Hearing Sciences Graduate Students,” at the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing Annual Convention in April.
Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences Assistant Professor Adam Jacks, PhD, recently received an R03 award from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) focusing on an alternative approach to treating speech impairment in stroke survivors.
Each year graduating speech-language pathology and audiology students choose a “Clinical Preceptor of the Year” for recognition at the commencement ceremony in May.
Joseph W. Hall, PhD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Auditory Research, was honored by UNC’s Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences in May as its first Distinguished Alumnus.
The award-winning film Aphasia can now be purchased on DVD through Amazon.com. The film, which premiered at the UNC Speech and Hearing Sciences 40th Anniversary Celebration, tells the story of Charlotte actor Carl McIntyre who suffered a massive stroke in 2005 at just 44 years of age. As a result, McIntyre lives with aphasia, an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language but does not affect intelligence.
Kristin Nellenbach, PhD, (’10) recently became the fourth Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences doctoral program alumna to win the Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Impact Award.
Dr. Sara Mamo, a 2008 graduate of the AuD program and a current PhD student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has been awarded an F32 postdoctoral fellowship by the National Institutes of Health.
The UNC Chapel Hill Division of Speech of Hearing Sciences hosted the 2012 David E. Yoder Symposium on March 16 at Extraordinary Ventures in Chapel Hill. Juliann Woods, PhD, CCC-SLP, Professor, Communication Science and Disorders, Florida State University, led the all-day session, titled “Supporting the Families’ Role in Family Guided Routines Based Intervention.” More than 150 speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, educators, and other professionals attended the event.
A scientific poster presented by third-year AuD student Mallory Baker and Associate Professor Patricia Roush, AuD (Dept. of Otolaryngology) won first prize for scientific merit at the 12th Annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Conference in St. Louis, MO, March 5-6, 2012.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was well represented at the Medical University of South Carolina’s 3rd Annual Pediatric Audiology Conference in March. The 2012 conference focused on the diagnosis and management of auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder.
The Department of Allied Health Sciences hosted its fifth annual Student Scholarships and Awards Brunch on November 12, 2011, at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill.
Jessica Klusek, a doctoral student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, received the 2011 James J. Gallagher Dissertation Award.