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This item originally appeared in the September 30, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.


Staff Writer

Graduate students of the department of speech won first place at the first Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Convention in Lafayette this summer.

"Our graduate students won the competition in a Jeopardy-like format. They choose from categories based on their knowledge of speech disorders and audiology," Dr. Kerrilyn Phillips, an assistant professor of speech, said.

The graduate students competed against Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, University of Louisiana in Lafayette and Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

Jennifer Bohannan, team captain, Meg Delacerda, Yvie Edward, Kim Hargett, Angie Joiner, Cheryl Leachman, Julie Ray, Tricia Richards and Lynda Thomas, all graduate students of speech and language pathology, Courtney Ross and Allison Viator, graduate students of audiology, won first place in the quiz bowl.

Phillips; Dr. Angie Sherman, an assistant professor of speech; and Dr. J. Clarice Dans, professor of speech, helped students statewide become involved in the convention.

"We made the students become involved by organizing a social, luncheon and adopt-a-student," Sherman said.

"Adopt-a-student is a program where a professor volunteered to pay for a student to attend the convention."

Sherman presented Dans with the Jeanette Laguaite Award at the convention, for teaching and her services at the university level.

Phillips was awarded the Fellow of Association Award by Sherman, for her dedication and service for five to 10 years. She was elected to serve as president for the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2005.

Bohannan presented a research paper at the convention titled, "The Potential Effects of Respiratory Syncytial Virus on Speech and Language Development."

Bohannan said her researched respiratory syncytial virus is a common childhood illness that infects the lungs and breathing passages of children younger than three years old. She proved RSV victims develop a greater risk of speech and hearing problems.

"This presentation started as a paper on RSV," Bohannan said. "I hope to conduct further research to help children with this disease."

Hargett presented a research paper entitled "Phonological Awareness Using Computer-Based Instruction."

Hargett said her research questioned if a child has a therapy task by a computer or human being, will there be a difference?

Therapy tasks help people with speaking problems to repeat the words the correct way.

Hargett presented a review of the literature she read on the therapy tasks. Her research is still in progress.

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