Hearing and Language Lab

at Northwestern University

Lab News Archive

Summer 2017

Congratulations to Leah on her URAP!

One of our research assistants, Leah Hazen, a rising junior at Northwestern University, was recently awarded a grant from the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP). This program aims to help  undergraduates obtain research experience by providing them with funding to serve as a research assistant and help with ongoing research projects.  Way to go, Leah!

Au.D. Students Present Capstone Research!
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) students who have been working on their capstones in our lab over the past year recently presented their research at the departmental Au.D. Research Symposium!  Clare (left) shared her findings regarding children's ability to learn new words in noise while Jackie (right) presented her data on adults' ability to allocate attention to speech when listening in complex  acoustic environments. Best of luck on your externships, Clare and Jackie!

Spring 2017

Welcome Carmela and Daniella!

This summer, we have two new undergraduate Research Assistants helping out in the lab! Carmela (left) is a rising senior at Saint Mary's College and Daniella (right) is a rising senior at the University of Maryland.  Both Carmela and Daniella are majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences.


We are excited to have you in the lab this summer!

Our Spring Picnic was Fun for All!

We held our Annual Spring Picnic at the beginning of June. This event celebrates all of the time and effort our researchers and research assistants have contributed to the lab during the academic year.  We took a break from working to enjoy the beautiful weather, delicious food, and one another's company!


We hope everyone has a great summer!

Congratulations to our Graduates!

In June, we had five students from the lab graduate from Northwestern University! Mercilyn Mbuguah and Gabrielle Carsello (left) graduated with their undergraduate degrees. Mary Catherine Faller, Vienet Romero, and Valerie TisceraƱo graduated with their Doctorates in Audiology (Au.D.).


Congratulations to you all! We look forward to hearing about your future accomplishments!

Winter 2017

Mary Catherine Presents at ILAA!

Mary Catherine Faller (left) recently presented the findings from her capstone research at the Illinois Academy of Audiology Conference in Chicago, IL! Her talk was entitled "Verbal Response Time as a Measure of Listening Effort in School-Aged Children" and described how background noise affects speech perception and listening effort in younger and older children. Great job, Mary Catherine!

Fall 2016

Our Fall Kickball Game was a Huge Success!

The HLL held its 1st Annual Fall Kickball Game in October! This event was a great chance to continue the fun outside of the lab while enjoying the beautiful fall weather! We are looking forward to continuing this tradition next year with all members, family, friends, and alumni of the lab!

We've Been Busy Presenting Our Research at Conferences!

Tina Grieco-Calub (right) recently presented a poster regarding the acoustics of Chicagoland preschool classrooms at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Philadelphia, PA. One of our Ph.D. students, Katherine Simeon, also recently presented a talk about the role of semantic expectancy in recognizing speech in background noise at the Linguistic Society of America Conference in Austin, TX.

Way to go Tina and Katherine!

Spring 2016

Kelli and Nikki Graduate with their Doctorates in Audiology (Au.D.)!

Kelli Freeman (left) and Nikki Pain (right) recently graduated from Northwestern University with their Doctorates in Audiology (Au.D.)! Both Kelli and Nikki completed their capstone in the HLL: Kelli explored early non-verbal behaviors in children with hearing loss while Nikki studied how  children's language is influenced by their acoustic environment. Kelli is now working as an audiologist in Dallas, TX while Nikki is working as a pediatric audiologist at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Best wishes Kelli and Nikki!

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Congratulations to our graduating class:  Julia Curato, Sarah Schwartz, and Priyanka Thakrar! Julia will be staying at Northwestern to pursue a clinical doctorate in Audiology. Sarah will be attending the University of Washington in Seattle to get a master's in Speech-Language Pathology. Priyanka will be starting a job at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Congratulations and best wishes to our seniors!

Au.D. Students Present Capstone Research!

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) students who have been working on their capstones in our lab over the past year recently presented their research at the departmental Au.D. Research Symposium! Mary Catherine (top) shared her findings regarding listening effort in school-age children perceiving speech in background noise while Valerie (bottom) explained how slowing down a degraded auditory signal influences speech segmentation in adults. Vienet (not pictured) was unable to attend the symposium, but presented her data about early nonverbal communication in children with hearing loss to the lab! We are proud of all of your hard work!

Katherine Simeon awarded Cognitive Science Fellowship

Doctoral student Katherine Simeon (left) has been awarded an Advanced Cognitive Science Fellowship. This fellowship is intended to foster interdisciplinary research in Cognitive Science, and is quite competitive.  Congratulations Katherine!


Tiffany Presents URG Research!

One of our undergraduate students, Tiffany Fang (right), recently presented her findings from a research study she completed in our lab looking at how background noise influences word learning in young children at the Undergraduate Research Expo. Tiffany received an Undergraduate Research Grant (URG) to complete this study in our lab.
Way to go Tiffany!



Winter 2016

Kristi Ward receives the The Graduate School's Service Award

One of our doctoral students, Kristi Ward, has been awarded the The Graduate School's award for Service. This prestigious award goes to a graduate student who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to be of assistance to The Graduate School and its constituents. Kristi (left) and Tina Grieco-Calub (right) attended the The Graduate School's Annual Award Ceremony in March. Congratulations Kristi!


Undergraduates awarded Undergraduate Research Assistant Program Grants

Two of our research assistants, Gabrielle Carsello and Kayla Kelch, were awarded grants through the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP). The URAP program provides funding to undergraduates who have an interest in research on campus. Congratulations!

Spring 2015

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Congratulations to our seniors Maya Collins (third from left) and Mary Scheibel (second from left) for presenting their senior honors theses in May. Maya is headed to Washington University in St. Louis for Post-Baccalaureate studies. Mary will be headed to the University of Iowa to get her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Best wishes Maya and Mary!


Kristi Presents at the Acoustical Society of America

Doctoral student Kristi Ward went to the Acoustical Society of America conference in Pittsburgh in April. She presented her talk called "Verbal response time in children systematically varies with the spectral resolution of speech" based on data she has collected this past year.


Hearing and Language Lab

Communication Sciences and Disorders

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