Hello dear alumni and friends!
Welcome to our department newsletter where you can find all sorts of interesting information. Here are some highlights.
First, the department has a new name. We are now officially the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS). We are busy educating everyone on campus about this change, so make sure you tell your friends, neighbors and everyone else. Help us get the word out!
Our faculty continue to publish (38 publications this year) and get federal funding for their research. Highlights in this area include Dr. Malathi Thothathiri’s “Cognitive Control and Sentence Processing in Aphasia” grant, which was funded by the NIH R01 mechanism, and Dr. Lynne Bernstein’s “Visual Speech Perception Training to Ameliorate Hearing Difficulties in Older Adults” grant, which was funded by the NIH Small Business grant mechanism.
On the MA program front, we graduated our first large cohort of 62 students in 2019 with a 100 percent completion rate. These students had many successful interactions with our alumni during their time with us. Please join us in welcoming them into the profession.
Our undergraduate major also continues to grow. A new undergraduate neuroscience major began at GW this year and our department is an integral part of this interdisciplinary major.
Our departmental outreach and study abroad programs also were active this year. We have many off-campus clinical learning opportunities for students (and are always looking for more—please let us know if you have ideas).
For the more adventuresome, the department was able to offer two trips abroad. In March, Dr. Cynthia Core and Professor Kari Comer took a group of students to Querétaro, Mexico. In May, Dr. James Mahshie and Professors Michael Bamdad and Laura Barrett took a group of students to China and visited Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing. During both trips, the students participated in clinical information-sharing, were immersed in cultures different from their own, and took Chinese language and Spanish language classes that focused on using the language for professional use. They even worked in a bit of sightseeing!
Finally, there was one other change in the department. Dr. James Mahshie stepped down after nine years as department chair and I assumed the role as of July 1. Please join me in thanking Dr. Mahshie for his stewardship of the department and also congratulate him on surviving nine years in administration!