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June 22, 2007

UI Hosts Communication Sciences and Disorders Summer Institute

The first-ever Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) Summer Institute is being held at the University of Iowa.

The institute is being hosted by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program, which began June 18 and will continue through July 13, provides classes for advanced students from 22 programs nationally and also includes evening events on hearing and speech-related topics that are free and open to the public.

CAPCSD developed the program to increase collaboration and coordination of training and research activities among both faculty and students in the field. Thirty-one doctoral students and two postdoctoral participants are being taught by nationally recognized experts in areas such as biomechanics and acoustics of voice; cochlear implant neurophysiology and speech perception; and molecular genetics and human speech, hearing and language disorders.

The evening lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be presented by faculty from the UI and other academic institutions as well as experts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The lectures will be held in Room 308 of the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center on the UI campus and cover a wide range of hearing and speech-related topics:

-- Monday, June 25, 7-9 p.m. Julie Masterson, Ph.D., Missouri State University, "What Spellings Tell Us About Literacy Knowledge."

-- Wednesday, June 27, 7-9 p.m. Dan Sklare, Ph.D., National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)/NIH, Training Camp for CSD Students: "An Orientation to NIDCD/NIH Research Training, Career Development and New Investigator Programs."

-- Tuesday, July 3, 7-9 p.m. Craig Champlain, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin, "Auditory Neural Encoding in Children with Language Impairment."

-- Thursday, July 5, 7-9 p.m. Sharon Moss, Ph.D., ASHA: "Responsible Conduct of Research: Considerations for the Publication Process."

-- Tuesday, July 10, 7-9 p.m. Jeff Murray, M.D., University of Iowa, "Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of the Human Genome Project."

For more information, visit the program Web site at A map showing the location of the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center is available at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact program director Richard Hurtig, UI professor of speech pathology and audiology, in advance at 319-335-8730.

The CAPCSD was established in 1979 to support programs worldwide that educate undergraduate and graduate students in the communication sciences and disorders. Today, more than 2,000 academic, clinical and administrative staff members affiliate with more than 250 CAPCSD institutions in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For more information on the CAPCSD, see

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,; Writer: Brandy Huseman.