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The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences faculty are involved in myriad projects outside of Minnesota. They have traveled to several countries in Asia and Europe, and there has been some work with children from South Africa. Here are some testimonies to their involvement outside the states.

Ben Munson
"I have a long-term collaboration on cross-linguistic speech-sound acquisition, including work on Japanese, Cantonese, and Mandarin. I have a colleague in Japan on whose grant I am a consultant, and we publish quite a bit on L2 acquisition by Japanese speakers learning English. I have a collaboration with a colleague in Hong Kong on the acquisition of speech sounds in Cantonese-English bilinguals. I was an external dissertation member on a thesis in Sweden in March, 2014 and on a dissertation in France in November, 2015. I was a visiting faculty fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich in May-June 2014, and I still have active collaborations with my colleagues there."

Bert Schlauch
"This past fall I signed on behalf of the department Memoranda of Agreement with Hallym University in Korea and with Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. The goal of these agreements is to begin talks about future collaborations in research and exchanges in teaching. I envision opportunities for faculty and students with these collaborations."

Evelyn Davies-Venn
"I have an active collaboration with researchers at the University of Malaya in Malaysia. We are working on studies related to understanding physiological mechanisms that influence amplification outcomes for individuals with hearing loss. I am also a dissertation committee member for a student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Malaya."

Peggy Nelson
"I am a participant/collaborator on a proposal for a clinical trial for new hearing aid technology, and that trial will be international. The PI will be Dr. Craig Formby and the title 'A Sound Therapy-Based Intervention to Expand the Auditory Dynamic Range for Loudness among Persons with Sensorineural Hearing Losses.'"

Sheri Stronach
"I am part of a collaboration of researchers from several institutions in the US and researchers in the Piertermaritzburg and Cape Town regions of South Africa investigating the early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young isiZulu children. We recently published a study examining social communication in typically developing South African children, have submitted a manuscript on a cohort of isiZulu children with and without ASD, and are working on a comparison of children with ASD from South Africa and the US."

Yang Zhang
"My international research projects investigate brain mechanisms of speech communication and disorders (autism and dyslexia in particular). In particular, I collaborate with researchers in Canada (including Simon Fraser University and McGill University), China (including Beijing Normal University, South China Normal University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, and Shanghai Jiaotong University), and Japan (Tokyo Denki University). These projects are funded by government agencies similar to the NSF and NIH in the respective countries."