New paper out on the relationship between vocal effort and phsyiological mechanisms!

April 12th, 2019 in Uncategorized.

Check out our new paper, “The Relationship Between The Relationship Between Physiological Mechanisms and the Self-Perception of Vocal Effort” by Victoria S. McKenna, Manuel E. Diaz-Cadiz, Adrianna C. Shembel, Nicole M. Enos, and Cara E. Stepp in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research!

Submission Open for 2019 Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium

January 5th, 2019 in Uncategorized.

We are now accepting submissions for travel fellowships (for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral trainees) and abstracts (oral and poster presentations) for the 2019 Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium. The symposium will be held on on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering located on the Boston University Charles River Campus at 610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. An (optional) pre-conference tutorial aimed at trainee participants will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, June 20, 2019. Pending official approval, we plan to offer up to 0.55 ASHA CEUs for symposium participation.

The conference website has information about our phenomenal line-up of invited speakers, conference logistics, and our conference sponsors (NIDCD, Delsys, and BU’s Sargent College).

Please consider contributing to and attending this event! Our goal is to provide an inclusive event, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability, to foster new science and training in speech motor control. We are particularly interested in reaching trainees who are underrepresented in the field of speech motor control.

October 19th, 2018 in News.

Congratulations to Stepp Lab undergraduate students Austeja Subaciute, Kat Kolin, Roxanne Segina, and Dante Cilento, who gave excellent poster presentations at the 2018 UROP symposium today!

Matti Groll qualifies for the Boston Marathon 2020!

October 9th, 2018 in News.

Congratulations to Matti Groll for completing his first marathon on October 7th 2018 with a time of 2:48:44 and qualifying for the Boston Marathon 2020!

Dante Cilento to be inducted to the BU Scarlet Key Honor Society

September 14th, 2018 in News.

Stepp Lab undergraduate research assistant Dante Cilento has been selected to be inducted to the BU Scarlet Key Honor Society!

For 80 years, the Scarlet Key Honor Society has been the highest honor awarded to Boston University student leaders. Inductees are students in their senior year who have exhibited exceptional leadership among their peers during their years at Boston University. Selection for Scarlet Key is based on excellence in University student activities and organizations, commitment, involvement in the individual’s School or College, and in scholarship.

The Scarlet Key Honor Society was founded in 1938 as an activities honor society, in which new members were voted in—or tapped—annually by existing members. Initially, members tapped their future inductees on the shoulder to hand them their induction ceremony invitation. The formal initiation ceremonies took place each spring and fall. Today, BU faculty and staff nominate potential inductees annually in the spring for fall tapping, followed by a formal induction ceremony during Commencement Weekend in May.

Congratulations, Dante!

Dr. Gabriel Cler successfully defends his dissertation!

July 9th, 2018 in Uncategorized.

Congratulations to Stepp Lab member Dr. Gabriel Cler for the successful defense of his dissertation “Computational Optimization and Prediction Strategies for Increasing Communicate Rate in Phoneme-Based Augmentative and Alternative Communication.”

Fantastic work, Gabe!

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Defne Abur selected to receive a Hariri Graduate Fellowship!

June 27th, 2018 in News.


Congratulations to PhD Candidate Defne Abur for receiving a Hariri Graduate Fellowship! The Hariri Graduate Fellows Program recognizes outstanding PhD graduate students who pursue computational and data-driven research at Boston University.

New article in IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering

June 22nd, 2018 in News.

Our newest article, “Prediction of optimal facial electromyographic sensor configurations for human-machine interface control,” is available for open access! Check it out!

Austeja Subaciute ’20 wins Newton-Wellesley Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship!

June 11th, 2018 in News.

image1Congratulations to Austeja Subaciute ’20, a biomedical engineering major on the pre-medical track, for receiving the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship today!

New article in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

May 18th, 2018 in News.

Check out our newly published article: Loudness Perception of Pure Tones in Parkinson’s Disease by Defne Abur, Ashling A. Lupiani, Ann E. Hickox, Barbara G. Shinn-Cunningham, and Cara E. Stepp.