The College of Health is once again hosting their research focused speaker series. This Fall a total of 3 lectures will take place. The links to join are available below, and afterwards you may view a recording of the presentations. We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or more of these presentations.

Lynn Bielski | September 28, 2022
Hearing Loss and Skeletal Dysplasia

Session Description: Skeletal Dysplasia and Hearing Loss: There is not a great deal of data on the prevalence of hearing loss in persons with skeletal dysplasia, and less on the use of amplification (e.g., hearing aids and cochlear implants). This presentation will focus on data collected from adults and parents/guardians of children with skeletal dysplasia. It will explore the relationship between different types of skeletal dysplasia, hearing loss and use of amplification.
About: Lynn Bielski is an Audiology Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. She received her PhD from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013.  She teaches courses in diagnostics, amplification, electrophysiology, and hearing conservation. Her research interests include auditory-visual communication and the relation between audition and cognitive function, especially working memory. Her area of clinical focus is auditory processing in children and adults.

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Stacy Walker  | October 20, 2022
The Transition to Practice of Athletic Trainers: Preparation and Experiences

Session Description: The Transition to Practice of Athletic Trainers: Preparation and Experiences. This presentation will overview the transition to practice preparation and experiences of newly credentialed athletic trainers from various practice settings. Successes and challenges of athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals will also be presented to provide the audience with educational strategies.

About: Stacey Walker is a Professor of Athletic Training in the School of Kinesiology. Her research has focused on the transition to practice of newly credentialed athletic trainers and the use of simulation for teaching and evaluation. She is a Fellow of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She, along with 3 other colleagues, founded the Association for Athletic Training Education, and currently serves as the Secretary.

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Christina Doll | November 9, 2022
Exploring the Crucial Role of School-Based Food Pantries during COVID-19 and Beyond

Session Description: This presentation will discuss the ways in which the emergency food assistance system adapted to increased demand and structural barriers to delivery in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, attending specifically to the challenges and opportunities experienced by school-based food pantries in providing resources for children and families in need. Insights will be shared through the lens of qualitative interviews with food bank coordinators who were charged with organizing the efforts of over 200 different school-based food pantries in three states across the Midwest during and following the pandemic.

About: Dr. Christina Doll is an Associate Professor of Health Education and Promotion in the Department of Nutrition and Health Science. She received her PhD from Purdue University in Communication Studies in 2013. Her specialization is in investigating the relationship between food insecurity and health, specifically analyzing communication strategies and structural changes that encourage healthy decision-making in food pantry environments. Dr. Jones is a recipient of the 2016 National Communication Association’s Golden Monograph Award, which is a competitively selected achievement bestowed at the top publication in the discipline of the prior year, as well as the 2019 Society for Public Health Education Horizon Award for early-career professionals.

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