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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 … » 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 … » 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 … » More …

Unlocking the mysteries of Duarte galactosemia

photo of child with bottle for galactosemia blog post

(photo credit: Tarah Tamayo, Flickr, Creative Commons)

A WSU researcher will study whether children with a specific enzyme deficiency can safely drink milk.

Speech and Hearing Sciences Associate Professor Nancy PotterSpeech and Hearing Sciences Associate Professor Nancy Potter (pictured, left) is embarking on a new quest designed to help children with a genetic disorder known as Duarte galactosemia (doo-AR-tay guh-LACK-tuh-SEE-me-uh). It’s a genetic variant of a potentially fatal disease known as classic galactosemia.

Potter’s co-investigator, genetics researcher … » More …

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 …

WSU students work in Guatemala

SHS students in Guatemala, April 2015

For many WSU Spokane health sciences students, summer is a season of work. Some are making money to pay next year’s tuition and living expenses, while others are serving internships or clinical rotations. Most of those school-related sessions are located in Spokane or the state of Washington.

But some require extensive travel. The unofficial “Traveling the farthest distance this summer” award goes to the students who will travel to rural Guatemala on August 7. It’s a delegation of 10 WSU and Eastern Washington University students, led by EWU Communications … » More …