Talk at Macquarie University

I'm in Sydney, Australia where I've just given a talk at the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University. It's my first visit to Macquarie and it's been great. The recently-established Hesring Hub combines researchers, clinicians, and industry partners in a single building (which includes a nice cafe on the ground floor...I'm jealous). This multi-pronged approach to hearing science is exemplary and a model for interdisciplinary collaboration. I look forward to good things happening here over the coming years!

One of the special treats on my visit was a visit to the state-of-the-art anechoic chamber in the basement. Now THAT is a proper sound booth.

Talk at UCL

I gave a talk today at University College London, to the Speech Science Forum. UCL has a strong complement of speech, language, and cognitive scientists and it was a real pleasure to be here. There were a lot of interesting questions afterward, and several people helpfully pointed me towards some additional constraints or predictions that would be useful to consider. 

As a side note, London will be the location of the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of will be a great opportunity to visit this amazing city.

Talk at Oxford University

I gave a talk today at the Center for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at Oxford University. Though I spent over two years in Cambridge I was only in Oxford once before—and that was literally just to stop at the Eagle and Child. So, this is my first proper visit to Oxford, and I'm enjoying it very much.

The audience was diverse, as many people at CNBC are doing theoretical work or work in nonhuman systems (including both ferrets and *drosophila*—fruit flies). If I'm not mistaken there were so some folks from Experimental Psychology and FMRIB. I tried to give an overview of recent work on the role of ongoing oscillations in speech perception, and connect this with a somewhat separate line of research showing that degraded or noisy speech requires additional cognitive resources. The lines between these two bodies of research are tentative but also tantalizing. In any case, it's been a great visit and I'm already looking forward to returning!

Talk at the Gerontological Society of America

I'm in Washington, DC today to give a talk at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting. I'm speaking as part of a very interesting symposium organized by Frank Lin and Michelle Carlson: "Hearing impairment, cognition, and brain function—insights from epidemiological and clinical studies". Other speakers include Jerker Rönnberg and Jennifer Deal. For my part, I'm giving an overview of how MRI studies have helped us understand the effects of hearing loss on brain structure and function. I'm glad to have a chance to talk about these important issues with this audience!