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Human Abilities in Bilingual Language Acquisition

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Doc Funding at Pitt focusing on language and literacy

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on March 28, 2012

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Getting ready for Spring 2012 internships at the HABLA Lab

Posted by lisabedore on September 28, 2011

Spring advising starts soon so it is time to plan for Spring Internship opportunities in the HABLA Lab.  There are several ways you can get involved at the lab if you are interested in course credit for your participation you can enroll via the IE program, the CSD undergraduate research opportunities (CSD 378K), the Undergraduate Studies Research Experience (UGS 310), or the Bridging Disciplines Program.  Click on the link for each type of experience to find out what is right for you. You can also join us a volunteer.

To enroll in the lab please complete  the Habla Lab Application so we can learn more about you and what research assignment will best suit your interests and preparation.the application for type of research credit you are interested in and send it to habla.lab@gmail.com.  You may also need to complete an application for the the specific program in which you will enroll.

Scholarships may be available for research experiences as well.

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University of Texas Efficiency

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on September 1, 2011

You’d think that with all the rhetoric about improving efficiency at UT Austin that we were way inefficient. But, that’s not the case. At the national level, we’re tied for the number two spot for efficiency. Of our undergraduates, 53% graduate within 4 years, and 81% graduate within 6 years. I wonder what the 4-year graduation rate is for CSD students? I suspect it’s closer to 80 or 90%. I’ll check.

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Internship opportunities, IE and more

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on August 17, 2011

Well, the fall semester is about to begin, we’re getting inquiries about the IE program and other internship opportunities in the lab. We will help you find a graduate student mentor and a faculty mentor from the lab. If you want to be considered for an internship at the HABLA lab you should fill out an application and e-mail it to: Dr. Anita Perez (anitaperez@mail.utexas.edu). We will look at your skill set, availability and interests to try to match you up with appropriate mentor(s) and research project.

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Welcome!!

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on August 30, 2010

So, we have a few changes on the blog. We are working on putting up bios of faculty, research associates, doc students and so on. Get your information to Jissel asap (before she makes up stuff about you!)

There are some new faces around the lab, stop and introduce yourself. There are several MA students who will be on the bilingual screening team. Since we have about a million kids to screen this semester I’m sure there won’t be any problem getting students hours.

We also have a couple new grad students. Mirza Lugo Neris moved here recently from Puerto Rico. She finished her MA at Floria State University. Keila Gutierrez is here from University of Arizona. She worked on a number of projects there while working on her BS.

Another new person in the lab is Luis Chacártegui Quetglas who is working on his Ph.D. in linguistics. He will be helping us out on the Bilingual Outcomes NIH project. Dr. Natalia Freitas Rossi is visiting us from Brazil during the month of September. Her work focuses on language and behavioral phenotypes in children with genetic disorders.

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Intellectual Entrepreneurship

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on August 12, 2010

It’s that time of year, it’s cooling down (I wish), fall is in the air (right)… Okay, it’s Texas and it’s STILL summer, but fall semester is about to begin.

We’ve had some inquiries about the IE  program. Each semester we have 2-5 IE undergrad interns in the HABLA lab. We will help you find a graduate student mentor and a faculty mentor from the lab. If you want to be considered for an internship at the HABLA lab you should fill out an application and e-mail it to: Dr. Anita Perez (anitaperez@mail.utexas.edu). We will look at your skill set, availability and interests to try to match you up with appropriate mentor(s) and “jobbitos” this semester. So, come on down!

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ACRT Post Doctoral Fellowship

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on May 16, 2010

Academic Clinical Researcher Training Project

The CSD Program and ACRT project at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in child communicative disorders to begin in the Fall Semester 2010. The ACRT Project is a four-year (2009-2013) leadership personnel preparation grant funded through the Office of Special Education, U.S. Department of Education.

Applicants may be working in any discipline, on a topic concerning clinical research in children from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The recipient will devote half time to teaching and program development and half time to research. The appointment will be for one year (12 months). Support will be $51,000 in the form of a monthly stipend, plus a stipend for the purchase of health insurance. A travel stipend is available for presentation of research related to the fellowship.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must hold a Ph.D. degree at the time of the appointment. A letter of application, including a description of your proposed project, together with CV, writing sample and three letters of reference should be submitted to Elizabeth D. Peña, ACRT Post Doctoral Fellowship Committee, Communication Sciences & Disorders, A1100, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712. We will begin reviewing applications on June 4, 2010. Further information about the goals of the ACRT Project is available at: http://csd.utexas.edu/graduate/csd-training.html

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Post Doc Opening

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on May 12, 2010

Under the Academic Clinical Researcher Training program funded by the Department of Education, we will have at least one (probably two) openings for a post doctoral fellow next academic year. I am in the process of writing up a description and will post it when ready. Meanwhile, check out the description of the program and the goals. The focus is on development of EBP in working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

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Another Action-Packed Week

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on April 24, 2010

Monday, Christine Fiestas presented her new work on development of definitions in bilingual children and in bilinguals with and without language impairment. A challenge in this research is how to score within and across language and how to identify the critical elements of word definitions. It was an interesting talk and it prompted a lot of discussion.

On Friday, Lisa Bedore and I presented at CAPCSD on the topic of multicultural and multilingual student success. I’d feared that we wouldn’t have many people in the session, but actually the room was full in the morning, and in the later session a number of people came (even though the room wasn’t as full as before). We had interesting discussions about how to help students become successful clinicians in their L2 or their weaker language. We talked about development of collaborative (supervisor – student) scripts for developing clinical schema. This provoked interesting comments and questions. For example, a couple people asked if students get clinical hours for these– yes, they do. They have to help develop and adapt the scripts, and we do everything we can to develop scripts based on the best evidence available. Why not start with what works? Another comment was that perhaps ALL students would benefit from this kind of scripting. Yes, we think so– here’s another example.

Lisa and I had dinner with Elena Plante last night at La Condesa. The food was yummy, the conversation was stimulating. A great way to end the work week.

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Protocols, Scripts, and Checklists

Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña on January 5, 2010

I was driving my son to school this morning, listening to NPR. On the radio was an interview of Dr. Atul Gawande who was talking about using checklists during surgery. The interview was fascinating. He talked about the complexity of care and his approach of using a checklist to make sure that everything critical was done. This approach he says wasn’t always used in medicine, but it is used in other fields. Pilots for examples use checklists. But, Dr. Gawande argues that in medicine the focus is on experience and instinct.  He thinks that doctors can reduce avoidable errors if they use checklists and has written a book called the Checklist Manifesto. So, what does this have to do with speech-language pathology? Read the rest of this entry »

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