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2007-2008 Foundation Supported Research

The AAAF congratulates these audiologists and students on the receipt of grants for research in 2007-2008. These grants are supported by gifts made to the AAA Foundation's Annual Fund and member contributions ensure that resources are available to fund future audiology research. To make a donation restricted for the use of research in the hearing sciences, call the AAA Foundation office at 703-226-1049. Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy effort.

Research Grants in Hearing and Balance


New Investigator
Julie Honaker, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Mentor: Neil Shepard, PhD
Gaze Stabilization Testing for Predicting Fall Risk

New Investigator
Patti Johnstone, PhD
University of Tennessee
Mentor: Anna Nábĕlek, PhD
Sound Source Identification Ability and Minimum Audible Angle Thresholds in Children with Unilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss: The Effect of Amplification

Student Investigator

Angela Yarnell Bonino, MS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mentor: Lori Leibold, PhD
Children’s Speech Perception in Noise: Ability to Use a Carrier Phrase to Separate the Target from the Background

Student Investigator
Kristal Mills, BS
East Carolina University
Mentor: Sherri Jones, PhD
NADPH Oxidase and Auditory Function

Student Investigator
Erica Williams, MS
Arizona State University
Mentor: Sid Bacon, PhD
The Effects of Quinine-Induced Hearing Loss on Speech and Psychophysical Tasks

Student Summer Research Fellowship
Kathleen Mettel
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mentor: Pritesh Pandya, PhD
Complex Sound Representation in the Rat Ventral Auditory Field

Student Summer Research Fellowship
Christopher Spankovich, AuD, MPH
Vanderbilt University
Mentor: Sharon Kujawa, PhD
Noise Exposure: Acute Insults and Delayed Neurodegenerative Outcomes


Student Research Forum

Sponsored annually with a generous gift from Plural Publishing, Inc.

Kristi Buckley, MS
Callier Advanced Hearing Research Center
Plasticity, Speech Perception & Cochlear Implants

Marc Brennan, MS
University of Washington
Effect of Expansion on Consonant Recognition

Christine Alexander
Washington University School of Medicine
Effects of Reverberation on Speech Recognition in Bimodal Cochlear Implants Patients

Kimberly Miller, BA
University of North Texas Speech & Hearing Department
Improving the Selection of Release Time

Rosalinda Baca
University of Colorado
Language Growth Trajectories in Children with Hearing Loss

James Jerger Awards for Excellence in Student Research

Sponsored annually with a generous gift from an anonymous donor

Dane Bowers, MA
University of Tennessee
Cortically Mediated Release from Inhibition in the Cochlea

Susanna Love Callaway
Copenhagen University
Contributor: Jerry Punch, PhD, Michigan State University
Prescriptive Fitting of OTC Hearing Aids

Kristy Lowery, MA
University of Tennessee
Contributors: Deborah von Hapsburg, PhD, University of Tennessee; Erin Plyler, AuD, University of Tennessee; Patti Johnstone, PhD, University of Tennessee
A Comparison of Video Versus Conventional VRA in Infants


Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Travel Awards

Renee Banakis
Northwestern University
Spontaneous and Tone-Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions in Mice

Brian Earl
University of Kansas
Estimating the Number of Auditory Nerve Fibers Using the Compound Action Potential

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