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Category: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Native American scholarship reaches endowment level

A scholarship for Native American students in Washington State University’s Speech and Hearing Sciences program has reached the endowment level and will create a lasting legacy for its namesake — the late J. Richard Franks, Ph.D., a former professor and leader in the department.

Franks saw that Native Americans were vastly under-represented in the field and took action to change that. He secured U.S. Department of Education funding in the 1980s which established the foundation for WSU’s Native American professional preparation program in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Over a 25-year period, Franks was actively involved in the department’s efforts to recruit and … » More …

Stories from the research lab, part two

This week we’re telling you about some of the work Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine research faculty members are doing this summer.

Here is a partial list (with apologies to the faculty we’re omitting):

Sleep and Performance Research Center Director Hans Van Dongen and a group of colleagues announced a $1.7 million grant to develop new ways to help fatigued workers make fewer mistakes on the job.

This is a photo of Associate Professor Jonathan Wisor.Van Dongen and several other WSU faculty and staff attended Sleep 2016, the annual sleep research conference, held … » More …

Camp Candoo on Northwest Public TV

Speech and Hearing Sciences Associate Professor Nancy Potter works with one of the children attending this summer's Camp Candoo for children with apraxia on the WSU Spokane campus.

Clinical Professor Amy Meredith, Associate Professor Nancy Potter (above) and several of their communications disorders graduate students have finished this summer’s Camp Candoo. Thirteen children with severe cases of apraxia and their parents came from all over the U.S. to receive two weeks of intense speech-language therapy and instruction.

Meredith and Potter agreed to allow a crew from Northwest Public Television to film the camp for an afternoon. Their story … » More …

Camp Candoo helps kids with speech issues

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This week, in a corner of a quiet WSU Spokane campus in the middle of summer break, 13 young children are working intently on their speech and language skills.

They are attending Camp Candoo, created by WSU Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty members Amy Meredith and Nancy Potter to provide intensive therapy for children ages 4-8 with childhood apraxia of speech. Apraxia is a motor disorder that makes it hard for some kids to say sounds, syllables and words in the right order. They know what they want to say, but their brains can’t … » More …

New College of Medicine newsletter

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The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has added a new tool to communicate with the public about what’s going on with the college’s development. The new online newsletter went out this morning and features links to videos of interviews with College of Medicine faculty and administrators, a link to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences’ latest Wavelength newsletter and a welcome to WSU’s new president and his wife (seen here during their first visit to Spokane).

If you’d like to subscribe, contact wsu.medicine@wsu.edu.

 

A Speech and Hearing alumna checks in

This is a photo of Speech and Hearing Sciences alumna Stacy Wendle and her family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of the stories featured in Speech and Hearing Sciences’ 2016 Wavelength newsletter, which will soon be sent to the department’s alumni. If you’d like your own copy, click here.

By Stacy Wendle, Speech and Hearing Sciences, MA ’97 (pictured here with her husband, children and dog)

Becoming a speech-language pathologist (SLP) was one of the best decisions of my life. I was asked recently to reflect back … » More …

Speech and Hearing students win honors

Speech and Hearing Sciences graduating senior Tiana Bennett poses with her diploma after WSU Spokane's May 6 commencement ceremony.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine doesn’t have medical students yet — let alone graduates — but it does have graduates in its well-established bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. New graduate Tiana Bennett (above) is one of them; she was named one of the student recipients of the WSU Spokane Chancellor’s Awards.

Fourteen other students have also won awards for their outstanding scholarship, leadership and service during the just-completed … » More …

The most wonderful time of the year

WSU Spokane students show off their diplomas after the 2015 commencement ceremony.

Do you know that song that Andy Williams sings at Christmas, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”?

For graduating WSU Spokane students, today is the “most wonderful time of the year.” All that hard work, those long hours of class and study, will pay off when students walk across the stage during this afternoon’s commencement ceremony to collect their coveted diplomas.

Then what? Many students already have jobs lined up, many will begin looking for work, some will delay the job search and … » More …

College of Medicine people in the spotlight

We thought we’d take a minute to recognize people from the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine who have been in the spotlight recently.

Dean-John-Tomkowiak12Founding Dean John Tomkowiak recently participated in a Better Health podcast sponsored by Spokane Talks Online. The dean talked with host Sue Lani Madsen about how WSU’s new medical school and where it will be a leader in the American medical education system. He talks about how the school will teach students about how to best use technology in caring for patients.

 

 

 

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Big finish to a busy week

Brittany Ledall stands by her poster at the Inland Northwest Research Symposium at WSU Spokane on April 1, 2016.

This is a week that has seen its share of big events for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and its host campus, WSU Spokane.

The splashiest event happens late this afternoon when new WSU President Kirk Schulz and his wife Noel make their first appearance in Spokane to finish a day that started in Pullman and continued in the Tri-Cities. The president will meet campus and academic leaders, lead a Q-and-A session on campus, appear at … » More …