Good news—at the Washington University Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month, I was promoted to Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, with tenure! I'm very honored to be recognized this way, and to my department for their support.
I am just back from a weeklong trip to Australia and New Zealand, which gave me a chance to talk about speech research on the other side of the world.
In Australia, I spoke at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders--Kanazawa Institute of Technology MEG Workshop hosted by Macquarie University (home of the Australian Hearing Hub) in Sydney. This workshop paid tribute to Hisashi Kado, who played an enormously important role in developing and installing MEG machines around the world. It was fascinating and moving to hear stories about his leadership and vision that continue to influence so many researchers.
In New Zealand, I spoke to the New Zealand Institute for Langugage, Brain and Behaviour at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch about cognitive challenges associated with understanding acoustically-degraded speech, and some of the brain networks associated with this processing.
So, a good trip, and—Tim Tams for the lab!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the unofficial photo contest at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language conference! There were a lot of great entries but I've managed to select some winners.
The top prize goes to Ethan Weed for this beautiful picture of a brain coral. This ticks all the boxes: a beautiful picture, from a memorable reception, and...BRAINS (even if they're coral)!
Going to the annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language in Baltimore? Get ready for the first ever conference photo contest! Show off your artistic skill, sense of humor, and creativity while at the conference.
- Enter by posting a photo on twitter with the hashtag #snlmtg17photo between 9am (Eastern Time) Tuesday, November 7th and Noon on Friday November 10th, 2017.
- The photo must be taken while attending the Society for the Neurobiology of Language meeting (to keep it fun) but can be from any location (including travel to or from Baltimore).
- You can enter as many times as you would like.
- There are no restrictions on filters, collages, stickers, or any other manipulation to the photo.
- Judging will be entirely subjective and done by me (@jpeelle) although I may ask for some unofficial input from a secret panel of helper judges. Members of my lab are ineligible for prizes (but can still post photos).
Let's be honest—the main prize is bragging rights and the admiration of your friends when I announce it on Twitter. The grand prize will also include a certificate and some small token of appreciation.
This is just for fun and completely unofficial and unendorsed by the society. Please don't do anything stupid or dangerous or inappropriate to get a cool photograph.
This year we bid goodbye to a record number of graduating seniors: Nisha, Nisha, Joseph, Jonathan, Rebecca, and Tracy. And to our AuD student Jeni, who completed her capstone research project and is off to an externship next year. Thanks to all of you for your contributions to the lab over the past few years! You'll be missed!
The manuscript is still under review, but you can download a preprint of a new review paper, "Listening effort: How the cognitive consequences of acoustic challenge are reflected in brain and behavior". In this paper I go through evidence that supports the role of cognitive processes in understanding acoustically degraded speech, and some of the likely cognitive processes engaged (such as verbal working memory and executive attention). Hopefully a useful resource for some of you!