1-23-13 Teaching in the Tech Age Poses Challenges
Department Chair and Professor Barbara Ehren recently shared her thoughts on what it's like to teach students who use
electronic devices in the classroom in an article written by Emon Reiser for the Central Florida Future. Read
1-23-13 Rivers and Colleagues to Present Donn Bailey Lecture at National Convention The National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) has selected a paper by Associate Professor Kenyatta Rivers and
several colleagues (see below) for presentation as the Donn Bailey Lecture on April 20 at the NBASLH's 2013 convention. Donn Bailey is a founding member of NBASLH (learn more at http://bit.ly/1481qJP).
The title of their presentation is "Child AAE Speech Acts: Historical Roots, Cultural Transmission, Developmental Trends." The authors will review past and more recent research on the acquisition of cultural-specific speech acts by young speakers of African American English (AAE). They will also discuss theoretical, clinical and future research implications for studying pragmatic speech acts, conversational discourse and perspective taking in AAE child speakers.
Rivers' colleagues are Glenda DeJarnette, Southern Connecticut State University; Yvette Hyter, Western Michigan University; and Toya Watt, California State University, Fullerton.
12-3-12 Faculty Members Receive LIFE at UCF Grants
The Learning Institute for Elders (LIFE) at UCF recently selected several faculty members in the department to receive support through its annual competitive grant program. Associate Professor Emeritus Thomas Mullin and Clinical Audiologist and Educator Diana Barreneche-Doniger received $2,000 to purchase a Binaural Suppression System for use in the diagnosis of tinnitus. Assistant Professor Anthony Kong received $2,000 to support student service-learning projects involving the use of "apps" on tablet devices to conduct language and cognitive exercises for clients. And Professor Martine Vanryckeghem and Clinical Educator Charlotte Harvey received $590 to purchase two Delayed Auditory Feedback devices for use in treating children and adults who stutter. Congratulations!
10-30-12 Echeverry Selected for ASHA Leadership Program
Congratulations to Monica Echeverry, a student in the master's degree program and a grant scholar in the "Preparing SLPs to work with English Language Learners" program (funded by the (U.S. Department of Education-OSEP), on her selection to participate in the 2012 Minority Student Leadership Program sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The program is designed to recruit and retain racial and ethnic minorities that have been historically underrpresented in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. This year's program will be held Nov. 13-18 in Atlanta, in conjunction with ASHA's annual conference, held Nov. 15-17. Echeverry submitted an essay, a resume and a letter of support from a faculty member to apply for the program. (See www.asha.org/students/mslp-faqs/)