SCSD Student makes finals for Dalhousie's annual 3MT competition!

First year Speech-Language Pathology Student (Juliana McLaren) is one of ten finalists

On the evening of March 13, Juliana McLaren participated as one of the ten finalists of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

McLaren won her heat on Tuesday, March 12. Although she didn't win one of the four prizes available on March 13, she did however mention:

"...I think I did really well! It was a good way to promote my research to the public and the university. I am happy I did it! Thank you for all of your encouragement."

Juliana's topic was a presentation on the relationship between dementia and hearing loss.

As previously reported, the competition allows graduate students from across Dalhousie University to come together and present the complexities of their research to a bigger audience --- but they only have 180 seconds to do it.

Talia Kowalchuk (2nd year Speech-Language Pathology) competed in different heat, but didn't advance.

The top prizes of this competition are 1st - $2,000; 2nd - $1,000; 3rd - $500; and Peoples' Choice - $500. The winner of the Dalhousie event moves on to compete in the Atlantic Regional competition in April. The Regional winner will then compete for the national title. The national 3MT Competition is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools (CAGS).

Congratulations to our participants in the 3MT competition!

Contributing Sources: Dr. S. Aiken, J. McLaren, Dal News, CAGS

SCSD Students presenting at home and abroad

First year Speech-Language Pathology Student claims prize in Halifax Science Slam

Congratulations to first year Speech-Language Pathology student Juliana McLaren, who came 2nd and received a prize of $250 in the Halifax Science Slam!

The purpose of the event is to present a scientific talk in five minutes to the general public.

Her talk, Have you heard about the link between dementia and hearing loss?, was well received by an enthusiastic group of science enthusiasts of all ages.

First year student kicks off first year with an International Conference

First year student Speech-Language Pathology Juliana McLaren (pictured) participated in the Workshop for Young Female Researchers in Speech Sciences & Technology (YFRS-2018), held on September 1st in Hyderabad, India.

The workshop, which is organized in conjunction with the Interspeech conference, provides female Masters and Undergraduate students a chance to learn more about graduate studies in the speech sciences. At the workshop, Juliana presented a poster entitled Investigating the Association Between Hearing Loss and Memory Using Structural and Functional Neuroimaging.

The poster was an overview of her thesis proposal, which is under the supervision of Dr. Steven Aiken.

Third Year Speech-Language Pathology Students present at ASHA in Boston

Andrea Power and Jaclyn Kirstiuk presented their research this November at the ASHA Convention in Boston, MA.

Their unique longitudinal case report follows the communication abilities of a woman with Wernicke’s aphasia post herpes simplex viral encephalitis (HSVE). She was followed for seven years, beginning at 13 months post-onset, in conjunction with six periods of intensive communication therapy. Consistent and marked gains in impairment-based and functionally-based measures were observed, as well as in day-to-day functioning. We contribute to the limited research on aphasia post-HSVE, showing the capacity for dramatic improvements up to eight years post-onset.”

Sarah Anthony, Madeleine Leger, and Melissa Spence presented their research on An Intervention for Speech Intelligibility in Adults with Down Syndrome

Poor intelligibility can adversely affect adults with Down syndrome and speech therapy programs are often unavailable. Thus, there is a need to study intelligibility interventions for this population. This study investigated a six-week, twice weekly intelligibility intervention for three adults with DS. Intervention focused on the implementation of a compensatory strategy (“slow and clear”) to increase intelligibility. Progress was monitored using pre-, post- and follow-up testing and weekly probes. Results demonstrate that six weeks of intervention can lead to improvements in articulation accuracy, overall intelligibility, and use of a targeted strategy in adults with DS. Interventions consisting of awareness training combined with focused articulation therapy can be effective in raising overall metalinguistic awareness and the ability to identify and repair communication breakdowns. The results underline the practical importance of providing therapy to this underserved population.

Dalhousie audiology students (Class of 2019) bring home the 2018 CAA University Challenge Cup, again

Congratulations goes out the to Dalhousie audiology students (Class of 2019) who were awarded the University Challenge Cup at the 2018 conference of the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA). The class received the award for developing a promotional video called "A not so quiet place: Living with tinnitus". For more information and a link to the video, go to

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From August 7 to 10, Dr. Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird participated in a four part conversation with CBC Radio One's Information Morning about a $15 minimum wage. Here are the links to the four parts of the conversation. Thank you to Nina Corfou, with CBC Nova Scotia for providing the links:

Dal hearing aid program gets financial boost

Here is a link to the Chronicle Herald article also featuring donation from the Lion's Club to the Dalhousie Hearing Aid Assistance Program.

Dalhousie audiology students (Class of 2018) bring home the 2017 CAA University Challenge Cup

Congratulations to Dalhousie audiology students (Class of 2018) who were awarded the University Challenge Cup at the 2017 conference of the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA). The class received the award for developing a promotional video about vestibular audiology. For more information and a link to the video, go to






























The Dalhousie Audiology Class with the CAA University Challenge Cup. To view the cup close up, visit the SCSD Reception Desk later this fall.



The Dalhousie Audiology Class with the CAA University Challenge Cup. To view the cup close up, visit the SHCD Reception Desk.

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