UNC Today: Friday, March 21, 2014

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UNC Audiology Student Earns $5,000 Student Research Award

The National Hearing Conservation Foundation awarded University of Northern Colorado graduate student Alyssa Lerner a $5,000 Student Research Award.

Lerner, a second-year graduate student studying Audiology, received the award during the National Hearing Conservation Association's annual conference March 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. The award is designed to assist student research studies, such as special projects, theses or dissertations relating to hearing loss prevention and hearing conservation.

"This is a highly competitive scholarship and included competition from Ph.D. students from other disciplines and universities; both nationally and internationally," said UNC Professor of Audiology and research adviser Deanna Meinke, who also co-directs Dangerous Decibels, an award-winning public health campaign to reduce the incidence and prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

Lerner is researching how ear impressions taken in open and closed jaw positions affect noise reduction in custom-fit hearing protection devices for individuals. Lerner will return to the association's meeting in 2015 to present her findings.

"I am truly honored that I was chosen to receive this competitive research award and I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity to present my research at 2015 NHCA meeting," Lerner said. "I could not have accomplished this without the support of my research advisor, Dr. Meinke, and I am so thankful that I have had such an extraordinary mentor throughout this process."

As a graduate assistant in the Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences program, Lerner coordinates and performs hearing screenings for the Weld County Headstart program. She also assists the mobile occupational hearing testing services. She's a certified educator of Dangerous Decibels.

In addition, she is actively engaged in community outreach efforts using educational mannequins that are equipped with sound-level meters to measure the sound-pressure levels produced by personal music players. The mannequins educate kids about the often-overlooked topic of noise-induced hearing loss and the long-term effects that can come from too much time with the volume up too high on personal music players.

Schulze Speaker Series Continues with Composer Gabriela Ortiz

The University of Northern Colorado's Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series continues when Gabriela Ortiz, composer and instructor of composition at the University of Mexico, presents "Unicamente La Verdad - Only the Truth" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Milne Auditorium (room 2050) in Kepner Hall, 800 17th St. in Greeley.

A performance of Ortiz's compositions will follow her presentation. Both events, which coincide with the UNC School of Music's Open Space Festival of New Music, are free and open to the public.

Considered to be one of the most vibrant musicians emerging on the international scene, Ortiz's compositions have been played by prestigious ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mexico City's Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony, among others.

Ortiz's presentation is co-sponsored by the School of Music and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The series will finish with Steven Dietz, professor of Playwriting/Directing at the University of Texas, Austin, will present "Here and Now Art Form" at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 in Frasier 63. See the play "Jackie and Me" by Dietz immediately following the 7:30 p.m. presentation in Langworthy Theatre, Frasier 135 (performance ticket required). Co-sponsored by the School of Theatre Arts and Dance and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Schulze Speaker Series lectures are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in UNC lots after 5 p.m.

The speaker series is co-sponsored and coordinated by UNC's Schulze Fund for Interdisciplinary Studies and Life of the Mind program.

Flood Preparedness and Safety Fair Tomorrow

Faculty, staff or students who were affected by the September 2013 flooding or who want to be prepared for similar events in the future may take advantage of the city of Evans' Flood Preparedness and Safety Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 22, at the Community Complex, 1100 37th St. For details of information and resources available at the fair, visit the fair's website.

Classified Staff Evaluations Due March 31

All final evaluations for classified staff are due in the Human Resources office (Carter 2002, Campus Box 54) by March 31 and new plans for 2014-15 are due April 30. HR advises that you do them both at the same time. If you have any questions about evaluations, contact Sue Stone, 970-351-2631.

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