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Inside the 9th Annual Eleanor M. Saffran Cognitive Neuroscience Conference

Attendees of the conference engage in the presentations

The Temple University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience hosted the 9th Annual Eleanor M. Saffran Cognitive Neuroscience Conference on Friday September 19th and Saturday September 20th 2014.  The theme of this year’s conference, working memory and working memory training, is highly relevant to research on language development and rehabilitation of developmental and acquired language impairments.

Posted:  October 23, 2014

PhD Student Awarded ASHA Multicultural Grant

Doctoral candidate Lauren Cycyk was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Office of Multicultural Affairs of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to fund her research on the home language experience and Spanish-English language development of toddler-aged children from families of Mexican descent.  ASHA's Office of Multicultural Affairs supports projects which infuse multiculturalism into educational and clinical practice.  Lauren Cycyk is advised by Dr. Carol Scheffner Hammer and in her fourth year of the doctoral program.

Posted:  October 7, 2014

CSD Welcomes Ms. Meghan Rainone

Meghan Rainone joins the CSD department full-time with the goal to expand ASL offerings at Temple University.  She is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology (1998) and Temple Law School (2001).  For more than 13 years, she has served as an adjunct faculty at such higher institutes as University of Pennsylvania, St.

Posted:  September 19, 2014

Research in the Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Laboratory Featured at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference, St. Simon Island Georgia, May 27-June 1, 2014

Three papers from the Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Laboratory were presented at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference (CAC) in May.  One paper “Using Virtual Clinicians to Promote Functional Communication Skills in Aphasia” was the outcome of a two-year interdisciplinary collaboration, including authors from Communication Sciences and Disorders (Michelene Kalinyak-Fliszar and Nadine Martin), Physical Therapy ( Emily Keshner), Computer sciences (Justin Shi and student Gregory Teodoro) and Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science Department (Alex Rudnicky). &

Posted:  June 19, 2014

R13 Grant from the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIH/NIDCD) will Support Conference for Three Years.

The Eleanor M. Saffran Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience and Rehabilitation of Communication Disorders has just received support from NIDCD with a three-year R13 conference grant for $113,013 (2014-2017; PI:  Nadine Martin)Now in its ninth year, the conference was initiated by Nadine Martin in honor of her mentor, the late Eleanor M.

Posted:  June 19, 2014

Faculty in Communicataion Sciences and Disorders awarded Honorary Doctorate from Åbo Akademi University in Turku (Åbo) Finland.

Nadine Martin, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Director of the Aphasia Rehabilitation Research Laboratory, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Psychology from Åbo Akademi University in Turku (Åbo) Finland on May 23, 2014.  This doctorate was in honor of her 20 year collaboration with Professor Matti Laine, Chair of the Department of Psyhcology and Logopedics at  Åbo Akademi University.   Dr. Martin also was invited to speak as the International Greeter at the Conferral Banquet held in Turku Castle.   Drs.

Posted:  June 19, 2014

Dana Bitetti, Lia Sandilos & Lauren Cycyk Awarded Meritorious Awards by Dean Siminoff

Dana Bitetti, Lia Sandilos, and Lauren Cycyk were awarded Meritorious Awards by Dean Siminoff of the College of Public Health for their Scientific Poster Presentations at CPH Research Day.  Dana Bitetti presented on the Effect of the Home Literacy Environment on the Narrative Development of Spanish-English Bilingual Children, and Lia Sandilos and Lauren Cycyk presented on Factors Impacting Teaching Quality for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Preschool Students.

Posted:  May 15, 2014

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