Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Second Meeting: Professor Panel!


We had a really fantastic meeting today! We loved getting to know six of our CSD faculty members: Dr. Bedore, Dr. Champlin, Dr. Chandrasekaran, Dr. Marquardt, Dr. Nericcio, and Dr. Sussman. They also helped answer questions for a lot of our members!

But first, a few announcements:


  • Ashley will be in the Student Leadership Suite in BMC TOMORROW, Oct 2nd from 9:30-11:30am to accept dues (or at a table in front of Cappy's Cafe just inside BMC if the leadership suite is occupied).

  • If you have paid dues or intend to pay dues, please let us know your t-shirt size here!

Upcoming Service Events: (One point per event)
  • Oct 4th - Ear Plugs for ACL
    • Help pass out ear plugs on the west mall THIS FRIDAY and help educate your peers about how important it is to care for your hearing when you're young!
    • Sign up for a shift here!!!
  • Oct 27th - Halloween Event with Best Buddies
    • Sign up sheet will be circulated soon :)
  • Nov 26th - Thanksgiving Baskets
    • Help make thanksgiving baskets at our general meeting - they will be donated to families in need.
  • Semester-long - Capitol School Letters
    • Become a pen pal to a child with speech or language disorders at Capitol School of Austin!
    • You will receive 1 point for writing a total of 3 letters 
    • Officers will coordinate matching up NSSLHA members with Capitol School students
    • If you're interested, bring a letter introducing yourself to a child to the next meeting and we will collect it

Upcoming Fundraisers: (One point per event)
  • **Be sure to tell the cashier you're with NSSLHA, and e-mail your receipts to morgan.anders@utexas.edu to receive your point. 
  • **Be sure to sign in with an officer to get a social point if you plan to stay for an hour.
  • Oct 18th - Austin's Pizza
    • this includes both the restaurant AND bar
    • this will also count as a social point! 
  • Oct 25th - Fuzzy's Tacos
  • **If you didn't get a reply from Morgan after sending in your Red Mango receipt, please re-send. :)

Upcoming Socials! (One point for staying one hour at any event)
  • Oct 18th - Austin's Pizza
    • this is a social as well as a fundraiser from 6-8pm!
    • Sign-in with one of the officers for a social point if you can stay for an hour
    • E-mail your receipt to morgan.anders@utexas.edu for your fundraising point
  • Stay tuned for more socials!

Up-Coming Meetings!
  • Next Meeting - Oct 15th - Ask the Seniors day
    • Come discuss with upper-classmen and officers about planning what CSD classes to register for, graduate school applications, volunteering, research, or anything else you might be wondering about.  
  • Oct 29th - Guest Speaker - Cathy Clapsaddle 
    • TSHA Volunteer Coordinator
    • come learn about TSHA and volunteer opportunities
  • Nov 12th - Graduate Panel
    • Several Texas graduate school programs will come tell us how to apply and get into their programs
***Check out the NSSLHA Calendar tab to keep track of all these event dates! 

Get to know your CSD professors! (See their pictures on second to last slide of our Prezi from the meeting)
  • Dr. Bedore - professor; UT Speech and Hearing Clinic
    • interested in bilingualism and how it interacts with the identification and treatment of communication disorders; also interested in bilingual language intervention
    • runs the HABLA lab - located in CMB
      • helped develop a test to identify communication disorders in bilingual children
      • current project on short-term learning and bilingualism 
    • courses
      • Developmental Language Disorders - intervention and assessment
      • Language Theory and Bilingualism - across the lifespan, and across different languages
    • favorite part of her job
      • interacting with students interested in research
    • *there will be an open-house in the HABLA lab before registration!
  • Dr. Nericcio - clinical assistant professor
    • she says she lives in the clinic!
    • graduated from this program!
    • favorite thing - her students
    • interests 
      • the clinic! - the clinic is Very different from classes - learning to work with clients is a completely different experience
      • studying english language learners
      • studying accent modification
    • teaching
      • clinical supervision
      • diagnostics
  • Dr. Chandrasekaran - assistant professor; runs the Sound Brain Lab
    • courses
      • Language and the Brain
      • Fundamentals of Speech Science
    • interests / research
      • speech perception from the perspective of the brain
      • his lab studies how experience in language and music affects processing of these things in the brain
      • studies individual differences in brain structure and function so we can develop more individualized language training
      • many opportunities for undergrads to participate in research or be participants of experiments!
        • check out the IE program and UGS research courses if you're interested in doing research
  • Dr. Marquardt - professor
    • he's been at UT for a long, long time :)
    • courses - teaches courses related to speech and brain damage
      • CSD 371 - Acquired Disorders in Adults
      • 3-course series - nervous system pathologies
        • aphasia
        • cognitive communication disorders
        • motor-speech disorders
    • research interests
      • impact of emotional stimuli on those with TBI and aphasia 
      • generative naming as a window into impairment of speakers of different languages
      • if you're interested, go see him!
  • Dr. Champlain - department chair
    • does a lot of administrative stuff - he helps make our lives easier and solves our problems!
    • doesn't teach undergraduates due to his administrative status
    • interested in audiology and hearing science (used to teach hearing science)
    • works with undergrads in the Hearing Function Laboratory
      • studies how the ears work - they're so complicated!
    • research
      • works on tools to allow us to check the status of auditory function 
        • how can we check the hearing of a baby a few hours old?
      • tele-practice experiments
        • ex: audiologists in Austin programming hearing aids remotely for clients in San Antonio!
    • favorite part of the job - figuring out how things work in the lab! (and telling people about it)
  • Dr. Sussman - professor
    • has a joint-appointment in Linguistics and CSD departments
    • teaches Language and the Brain; Speech Science
    • started as a psychology student!
      • got interested in speech science after doing a motor-control project about the tongue
      • his course in physiological phonetics turned his life around :)
    • has done research for over 40 years and published over 100 articles!
    • current studies
      • stuttering - collaborates with Dr. Byrd
      • works with Dr. Chandrasekaran on brain imaging
        • how does the brain represent units of language?
        • how do studies of animals compare to humans
Q&A Session:

  To Dr. Nericcio: When you treat accent modification, is it much different from rehab/habilitation?
o   Go to ASHA.org!
§  It’s not a disorder!
o   Usually doctoral students, int’l students, professionals that want to modify their accent
o   She loves how languages sound!
·How do we get involved in research?
o   Get on the UT website and read more about the labs and professors
o   Contact those people
o   You can volunteer or do it for credit
o   UGS offers seminars to train you how to find research opportunities
o   Know that faculty teach classes associated with their interests
§  Come to their office hours!
o   You can totally come into someone’s office and ask what they do!
o   Ask to come visit or volunteer in the faculty members’ labs
§  If you don’t like it, you can leave!
§  If you like it, they’ll give you stuff to do, maybe you can get credit or even get paid!
o   Faculty LOVE to talk to you!
·To Sussman/ All
o   If I’m a linguistics BA student and now a CSD leveling student, what should I do to gain experience when you only have a semester to volunteer or work in a lab?
o   Know you’re not alone!, says Sussman
o   Just do the best you can!
o   Make sure you finish the courses, and add maybe one thing that you’re most interested in
o   Champlain:
§  This can be value added that you have an outside degree!
§  Just make sure you get a good grade in your courses!
§  Know you’re admitted on the basis of grades, GRE, etc first, THEN the extra stuff
§  We KNOW not everyone can work in a lab! There aren’t enough labs!
o   Nericcio:
§  Remember to put your life experiences and backgrounds in your essays because those are valuable!l
·         Speech path student who just transferred in interested in bilingual speech path
o   How do I approach this?
o   Bedore:
§  There’s a bilingual certificate program!
§  There’s a collaborative models class – how to work with bilingual kids in different settings
§  Requirement of hours gained through rotations, etc (school sites, etc)
§  Take some outside courses related to the field
§  Do observation, volunteer in bilingual activities
§  Do everything you can to build your language skills before grad school!
·What does bilingual speech therapy look like in the clinic?
o   Bedore: Focuses on client’s acquisition of each language and how they interact
·For the graduate school recommendation letters, do those with CSD department recommendation letters get priority to get into grad school?
o   Yes, because those professors understand the demands of grad school in CSD and can help vouch that you would be successful as a CSD grad student
o   They’re NOT character references, so those out of the field who are close to you are not as helpful in telling a grad school you’re a good candidate for their program
·How does Nericcio choose which language to study with those bilingual kids?
o   Based on the language of the home
·What is Nericcio’s clinic called?
o   UT Speech and Hearing Clinic (In the basement of the CMA)
o   Dr. Franco and Bedore also work in the clinic
·Applying to out of state grad schools, how do we make ourselves memorable to those schools?
o   Research their website
o   Read about the faculty
o   Personalize your essays to target the strengths of the universities based on the profiles you read

Hook 'em!


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