2011

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SHOW FEATURING AN ECHOLOCATING BLIND MAN

Watch a National Geographic's video of Daniel Kish, an echolocating blind man who visited Dr. Cynthia Moss' Auditory Neuroethology Laboratory (Batlab) in December thanks to CCEBH. 
You can watch Daniel detect obstacles with great accuracy by clicking his tongue and listening to the returning echoes bouncing from his surroundings. 

 

"ZEN" BATS HIT THEIR TARGET BY NOT AIMING AT IT!

New research conducted at the University of Maryland's bat lab shows Egyptian fruit bats find a target by NOT aiming their guiding sonar directly at it. Instead, they alternately point the sound beam to either side of the target. The new findings by researchers from Maryland and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel suggest that this strategy optimizes the bats' ability to pinpoint the location of a target, but also makes it harder for them to detect a target in the first place.

CCEBH SCIENTISTS CO-EDIT THE AGING AUDITORY SYSTEM

Drs. Sandra Gordon-Salant and Dr. Arthur Popper, along with Dr. Robert Frisina (U. Rochester) and Dr. Richard Fay (Loyola U. of Chicago) are co-editors of The Aging Auditory System, volume 34 in the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research (a series edited by Dr. Popper and Dr. Richard R. Fay). This volume brings together noted scientists who study presbycusis from the perspective of complementary disciplines, for a review of the current state of knowledge on the aging auditory system.

DR. POPPER ORGANIZED INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE EFFECTS OF NOISE ON AQUATIC LIFE

Dr. Arthur Popper, co-director of CCEBH, co-organized a major international conference on the Effects of noise on aquatic life that was held in August 2010 Cork, Ireland. Co-organizer of the meeting with Professor Anthony Hawkins of Loughine Ltd, Aberdeen, Scotland The meeting, which was attended by over 250 people from over 22 countries and every continent but Antarctica, brought together scientists, regulators, and people from industry and environmental groups to consider the growing issues resulting from human-generated sounds in the oceans.

RECOGNITION OF RAPID SPEECH BY BLIND AND SIGHTED OLDER ADULTS

Dr. Sandra Gordon-Salant and C-CEBH trainee Sarah A. Friedman published an article in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research entitled "Recognition of Rapid Speech by Blind and Sighted Older Adults".

More Info: http://jslhr.asha.org/cgi/content/abstract/54/2/622

Contact Info:
Dr. Sandra Gordon-Salant
SGORDON@hesp.umd.edu

DR. ULANOVSKY AND DR. JOVEL GET JOINED RECOGNITION AWARD

Dr. Nachum Ulanovsky (Weizmann Institute) and Dr. Yossi Yovel (Tel Aviv University) are joint winners of a special recognition award from the Sieratzki Prize for Advances in Neuroscience with their project Echolocating bats: From brain to behavior. Dr. Ulanovsky was a post-doctoral student with Dr. Cynthia Moss at UMD's Auditory Neuroethology Laboratory (Batlab). The Sieratzki Family and Tel Aviv University award an annual Prize of US $ 15,000 to outstanding young Israeli scientists who have already made a significant impact in the field of Neuroscience.

10TH ANNUAL EASTERN AUDITORY RETREAT (EAR)

The 10th Annual Eastern Auditory Retreat (EAR) will be held in the Anlyan Center (TAC N107 auditorium) on Yale University Medical School campus on Friday, June 17th. This is a regional meeting whose mission is to promote collaboration and cooperation between auditory research labs that are reasonably close to each other. Past meetings in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Maryland have had attendees spanning the region from Maryland to Boston. The meeting has settled into a format of brief talks by senior graduate students and post docs, with PIs providing introduction and moderation.