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College of Medicine faculty on video, TV

Hans Van Dongen screen shot from NHTSA conference video

One of the nice things about our digital age is that it is easier to record live events so you can watch them later. If you have digital recording capabilities with your TV provider, you may appreciate the ability to record a sporting event or your favorite program and watch it when it’s more convenient for you. » More …

Learning about living with dystonia

Denise Gibson, who has the neurological movement disorder dystonia, met with WSU Speech and Hearing Sciences student Emma Rae Destromp to study how dystonia affects her voice.

Dystonia is one of those medical conditions with an unusual name that few people know about. It’s not fatal, there are no celebrities who claim to have it and there aren’t any catchy marketing schemes created to help raise money to research it.

But dystonia is a mysterious, often painful, neurological movement disorder that causes problems for the people who have it. For example, it can cause muscle contractions that cause its victims’ heads or necks to pitch to the side or tilt forward. » More …

SHS researcher gets grant to build family audio database

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Speech and Hearing Sciences assistant professor Mark VanDam (here with student Kelli Raines) has received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a project that will combine many collections of audio recordings collected from recorders worn by children in their homes and daily lives.

VanDam and researchers at other universities have recorded children and their parents interacting in different settings. In VanDam’s case, he – or graduate students working for him – affixed small recording devices, about the size of a deck of cards, to … » More …