Spring 2020 was uniquely challenging and nothing like what we had imagined due to the pandemic. Fortunately, everyone in our lab was mostly healthy. Our regular Zoom meetings allowed us to maintain discussions about science and research moving forward, but most importantly lifted everyones’ spirit and strengthened our group during these challenging times. We obviously went all out to remotely celebrate in Zoom the conclusion of a semester like no other. Featuring wall decor made by Marlo, silly hats, and a song written and interpreted by Sarah Ransom-Laud. Congrats to the four lab members who are graduating this semester (who were with us for several years and will be greatly missed): Frida Ballard, Gabby Shaddock, Riley Prudent and (Dr.!) Sandie Keerstock. And congrats to everyone for holding on!
Sandie successfully defended her dissertation: “Memory for speech of varying intelligibility: Effects of the perception and production of clear speech on recall and recognition memory for native and non-native listeners and talkers” (see the video of her presentation below). Congratulations, Dr. Keerstock!
Congratulations to Rajka on her promotion to full professor! This is hard-earned recognition of her many accomplishments in research, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The Department of Linguistics and the UT Sound Lab all gathered last Friday at Gabriel’s cafe to celebrate the event!
Alcorn, S., Meemann, K., Clopper, C., & Smiljanic, R. (2020). “Acoustic cues and linguistic experience as factors in regional dialect classification.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Special Issue “The Southern United States: Social Factors and Language Variation.” https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0000551
Congratulations to Kirsten Meemann who has been named recipient of the Technical Committee on Speech Communication Best Paper Award—Second Place for her presentation of “The effect of clear speech and masking noise on listening effort in native and non-native listeners” at the ASA meeting in San Diego!
It was a great week of presentations and meetings with friends! Kirsten presented “The effect of clear speech and masking noise on listening effort in native and non-native listeners” and Zhe-chen presented “Speaking clearly improves speech segmentation in optimal listening conditions“.
Hoyoung Yi, Rajka Smiljanic and Bharath Chandrasekaran (2019). The Effect of Talker and Listener Depressive Symptoms on Speech Intelligibility. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 1-13
Rajka will be giving a talk at the Linguistics Colloquy in the Linguistics Department at Kansas University on Thursday, November 21, 2019, 4 – 6PM, Blake Hall, Room 206: