Stepp lab undergraduate Courtney Dunsmuir ’24 recently presented her summer research conducted through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at BU’s 25th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held at Boston University on October 21, 2022.
Courtney’s research explored the differential contributions of auditory and somatosensory feedback control mechanisms of laryngeal and articulatory speech subsystems in persons with Parkinson’s disease.
We would like to congratulate Courtney for her wonderful presentation and continued contribution to research conducted under Stepp Lab! She is also a recipient of Fall UROP 2022 funding.
Courtney Dunsmuir and her poster titled “Investigation of Auditory and Somatosensory Feedback in Vocal and Articulatory Motor Control Function for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease”.
Congratulations to lab member Hasini Weerathunge for winning the ASHFoundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship! This prestigious award supports strong doctoral candidates pursuing a teacher-investigator career. Hasini will use this scholarship to complete her doctoral research investigating the effects of auditory and somatosensory feedback in laryngeal and articulatory motor control in speakers with Parkinson's disease.
Congratulations to PhD Candidate, Nicole Tomassi!
Congratulations to Nicole Tomassi who was recently awarded the 2022 ACM SIGHPC Computational & Data Science Fellowships! The fellows receive up to $15K annually for study anywhere in the world.
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)’s Special Interest Group on High-Performance Computing (SIGHPC) recognized eleven recipients of the ACM SIGHPC Computational and Data Science Fellowships for 2022. The fellowships are highly competitive and are awarded after a rigorous merit review. The fellowship program, previously funded by Intel, is now funded exclusively by SIGHPC. The winners will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, Nov 13–18, 2022, in Dallas, Texas. They will also receive a complimentary membership in SIGHPC for the duration of their fellowship.
Congratulations to Postdoctoral Fellow, Nichole Houle!
Nichole was recently awarded an NIH/NIDCD F32 postdoctoral fellowship entitled "Effect of producing a desired fundamental frequency on measures of vocal hyperfunction in transgender speakers"
Congratulations to Postdoctoral Fellow, Katherine Marks!
Katie was recently awarded an NIH/NIDCD F32 postdoctoral fellowship entitled "Validation of an automated acoustic outcome measure for Adductory Laryngeal Dystonia"
Hasini Weerathunge selected to receive Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) Student Fellowship!
Congratulations to Hasini Weerathunge for receiving a 2022 ANCDS Student Fellowship!
The ANCDS conference theme for this year is Right Hemisphere Disorders with the goal to promote ongoing discussions and evidence‐based practice to improve the care and quality of life of patients with neurologically based communication disorders.
New paper on LaDIVA: a neurocomputational model providing laryngeal motor control for speech acquisition and production
Our paper “LaDIVA: A neurocomputational model providing laryngeal motor control for speech acquisition and production” by Hasini R. Weerathunge, Gabriel A. Alzamendi, Gabriel J. Cler, Frank H. Guenther, Cara E. Stepp, and Matías Zañartu is now out in PLOS Computational Biology!
Congratulations to lab member Kimberly Dahl for winning the ASHFoundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship! This scholarship is awarded to strong doctoral candidates who are pursuing teacher-investigator careers in the academic environment. Kim will use this scholarship to help further her research examining voice and communication in transmasculine individuals and other gender-diverse populations.
New paper on Impaired auditory discrimination and auditory-motor integration in hyperfunctional voice disorders
Our paper "Impaired auditory discrimination and auditory-motor integration in hyperfunctional voice disorders" by Defne Abur, Austeja Subaciute, Mara Kapsner-Smith, Roxanne K. Segina, Lauren F. Tracy, J. Pieter Noordzij and Cara Stepp is now out in Scientific Reports!
Check out our new paper, "Acuity to Changes in Self-Generated Vocal Pitch in Parkinson's disease" by Defne Abur and Cara E. Stepp in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research!