Recent Audiology News
A poster titled, "The Role of Parental
Decision-Making in the EHDI Process" presented by
Nannette Nicholson, Alan
VanBiervliet, Patti Martin, and Rebecca
Kelly at the 2010 National Early Hearing Detection and
Intervention (EHDI) conference (Chicago, IL) was awarded the
"outstanding poster" for the focus on family-centered services.
hosted its second annual White Coat Ceremony
25th. This ceremony was for
those Au.D. students who are entering their fourth and final year of
doctoral study. The ceremony was held at the Bailey Center on
the UALR campus from 2:00-4:00PM.
On April 21st,
Megan Anders, Au.D. student, was
awarded 1st Place at the UALR Graduate Student Research Forum, for
her presentation titled, "Impact of Noise on Reaction Time using
the Psychomotor Vigilance Task (PVT)"
the UALR College of Professional Studies Faculty Research Symposium
on April 03rd, 2009. Laura presented her research titled, "Spectral
Weighting in an Interaural Time Delay Task."
Sam Atcherson and Pat Highley
attended the Gold Standards Summit 2009: Transforming Clinical
Education in Audiology on January 12-15, 2009, hosted by the
American Academy of Audiology, in Orlando, FL.
Stacey Mahurin, Beth McWeeny, Greg Robinson and Gail Weddington
rehabilitation for children and clinical supervision for the M.S.
students in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Doctorate
students during the 2nd annual statewide meeting of
Arkansas Hands and Voices. The meeting was hosted by Arkansas
Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, on February 7, 2009, with 30
children in attendance.
was honored on October 10th with the 2008 Annual
Research Award by the Arkansas Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Letcher, one of our second year AuD students, has been
selected as a participant in the ASHA Minority Student Leadership
Program. Frecedes attended the ASHA Convention in Boston, MA
in mid-November as part of that program.
Click here to read more about ASHA's Minority Student Leadership
The Arkansas Rehabilitation
Education Service Cooperative provided health assessments for the
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschoolers (HIPPY) Program on
October 9, 2008 in Pine Bluff and October 29, 2008 in Redfield, AR.
and Au.D. students from UAMS provided
hearing screening and consultations for approximately 25
low-income and at-risk children.
Nicholson and Gail Weddington attended the Conference
on Professional Education II: Positioning Audiology for the 21st
Century, hosted by the Audiology Foundation of America in Mesa,
AZ on October 3-5, 2008.
for being recognized with a
Faculty Excellence in Research Award by the UALR College
of Professional Studies. Nan was honored at a University-wide
reception on Friday, May 09th.
Click here to learn more about Nan's selection, and
click here to see her videography.
- Gail Weddington
is featured in a news story
about hearing loss and portable audio/video devices.
Click here to read this interesting story.
Nannette Nicholson, Donna Smiley,
Elizabeth Raines, and
Meghan Powell attended the 2008
Newborn Hearing Screening: Infant and Childhood Hearing Loss in
Clinic and in Practice Conference in Cernobbio, Italy to present
"Building Local EHDI Capacity Through Collaborative Partnerships" on
June 20th, 2008. Alan Vanbiervliet, Patti Martin, and
Nannette Nicholson presented "The
Infant Hearing Guide: A Tool for Exploring Information" on June
and Gail Weddington
are active members
of the Arkansas
Department of Education Task Force on Education of Teachers of
Children with Low Incidence Disabilities.
The task force, which began in 2007, will complete its training
module in summer 2009. The module will be used to educate teachers
and paraprofessionals across the state to meet the special education
and communication needs of children who have hearing or vision loss,
are deaf-blind, or have other low incidence disabilities.
and Gail Weddington
in development of a state-wide legislative agenda concerning
disability rights. The Arkansas Disability Policy Consortium
was formed March 12, 2008.
is the Faculty Liaison for the College of Health Related
Professions Student Council at UAMS during the 2008-2009
and 2009-2010 school years.
Hearing screenings were provided
by Gail Weddington and the
Audiology Doctorate students during the annual Back to School
Health Fair held at St. Mark Baptist Church on August 2, 2008,
in Little Rock. Approximately 325 children were screened during the
5th year of our participation in this city-wide event.
Hearing screenings were provided
by Gail Weddington, from UAMS,
and Linda Crumpler, from the Arkansas School for the Deaf, on June
21, 2008, for the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, in
Hearing screenings were provided
for the Silver Sneakers Program on National Senior Health and
Fitness Day, May 28, 2008. The screenings were supervised by
Gail Weddington at the Johnny and
Sharon Heflin YMCA Family Center in North Little Rock.
Rebecca Zellmer-Atcherson and Gail Weddington
participated in the Healthy Hearing Program during the Arkansas
Special Olympics in Searcy on May 23, 2008. They supervised
audiology and speech-language pathology students, who provided
hearing screenings for approximately 350 athletes.
Samuel Atcherson was interviewed by
The Examiner in an article titled, “Deaf TU student hopes to help
hearing impaired”. Link at:
On April 19,
2008, UAMS/UALR’s local National Association of Future Doctors of
Audiology (NAFDA) chapter completed its first outreach service
project at the Fox Ridge Assisted Living facility in Bryant, AR. AuD
students Stephanie Godelfer,
Rachel McGehee, and
Amber Nettles along with clinical
supervisors Samuel Atcherson and
Gail Weddington provided hearing
screenings, hearing aid checkups, and counseling to the residents.
National NAFDA website at:
was an honorarium panel moderator at the 2008
Post-Secondary Education Network (PEPNet) conference from April
15-18, 2008 in Columbus, OH for service providers who work with deaf
and hard of hearing students with hearing loss. PEPNet website at:
Samuel Atcherson was a sponsored
speaker at the joint conference of the Association of Medical
Professionals with Hearing Losses (AMPHL) and the Utah Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf (UTRID) on April 12, 2008 at the
University of Utah Medical Campus in Salt Lake City, UT. AMPHL
Pat Highley and
supervised the Au.D. students during hearing screening provided for
Children’s International on April 5, 2008. The event was
held at the UALR Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock.
Anders, a first-year Au.D. student, has been accepted as
a Summer Research Trainee at the
Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) located at
the Portland Oregon Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC).
She will complete a 10 to 12-week research traineeship investigating
hearing aid outcomes under the supervision of Gabrielle Saunders,
Ph.D., Principal Investigator and Deputy Director for Education,
Outreach, & Dissemination.
Click here to read more about this.
Powell and Elizabeth Raines,
Au.D. students, recently accompanied
Nannette Nicholson, Patti Martin, Jan Stroud, and Alan
Vanbiervliet to the National Early Hearing Detection and
Intervention Conference in New Orleans. The three collaborative
presentations included Auditory Neuropathy/Dys-synchrony on February
25th, 2008 (J. Stroud, P. Martin, N.
Nicholson, E. Raines);
and Touch Choices: Parental Perspectives on Decision Making (N.
Nicholson, A. Vanbiervliet, M.
Powell, J. Stroud) and The Infant Hearing Guide: A Tool
for Early Interventionists on February 26th, 2008 (P. Martin,
N. Nicholson, A. Vanbiervliet.
In March-May 2008
Gail Weddington and students from
the Doctor of Audiology program taught an eight-week audiological
rehabilitation and consumer education course titled Hearing Is
Precious” for LifeQuest of Arkansas in Little Rock.
March 4, 2008, Patricia Highley and Gail
Weddington provided a guest lecture titled “Children with
Special Health Care Needs: The
Role of the Audiologist”
for special education students at Hendrix College,
Sam Atcherson, Greg
Robinson and Gail Weddington
are participating in the 2008 - 2010
Teaching Scholars Program, offered through the
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Office of Educational
Development, Little Rock.
The first annual statewide
meeting of Arkansas Hands and Voices was held on February 2,
2008, and hosted by the UAMS Department of Audiology and Speech
Pathology. Sam Atcherson,
Pat Highley, Stacey
Mahurin, Beth McWeeny, Greg Robinson and Gail Weddington
supervised students who provided audiological rehabilitation for 40
children and teenagers in attendance.
January 30, 2008,
Pat Highley and Gail Weddington
made a presentation to ICAN in
Little Rock, informing the
assembled rehabilitation professionals about the assistive
listening devices and services available at the
Technology Access Center in the UAMS/UALR Speech
and Hearing Clinic.