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Community Safety

In recent weeks, the University of Minnesota campus has seen an increase in crime. As a Department, we strive to create a community that is safe for all. We encourage you to review the following University Safety Tips and resources.
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A Letter from the SLHS Chair

Wondering what Fall 2020 will look like in SLHS? As you will soon see on our course schedules, most of the SLHS classes have been moved online for the fall. The choice to move to an online schedule was made for one simple, unimpeachable reason: safety. Our department is united in its support of safer choices for all.
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Munson Team’s “Zoom” and Creativity Add Dimension and Scope to Speech Perception...

Professor Benjamin Munson has transformed his NIH grant to dedicate an entire arm to study audiovisual speech perception over Zoom. He and postdoctoral research associate Dr. AlayoTripp answer some questions about how they are taking advantage of this time of social distancing to keep the study moving forward.

Striving for Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences is committed to eliminating systemic racism, both locally and worldwide. Our department, along with the entire University of Minnesota, condemns racism, bigotry, and hatred. The killing of George Floyd, a member of our Minnesota community, has laid bare the long-standing racism in our society to those who weren’t already experiencing it on a daily basis themselves. It prompts us to affirm and build upon our commitment to ensure meaningful change within our classrooms, department, college, university, communities, professions, and nation.  We pledge to do our part in a collective effort to eradicate racism, bigotry, and hatred of all kinds.
Portrait of Professor Ben Munson and Dr. Alayo Tripp

Does What We See Affect How We Hear?

Our ability to understand speech has always been subject to how well we hear. But can cultural, social, and behavioral linguistic differences (within a language) impact how well we hear and understand? Professor Benjamin Munson and Dr. Alayo Tripp are studying the impact of race-based biases on how easily older people understand the speech of younger people.
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Beyond the Classroom

With busy schedules and professional demands, it can become easy to get caught in the trap of your own work and inadvertently ignore the needs of other communities. Dr. Kerry Witherell is working to break her students out of their regular routine by serving people who need audiological services in Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood.
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The Science of Stuttering

Language and our ability to communicate unites us. For some, however, disorders such as stuttering make connection more difficult. Through her research in the Speech Fluency Lab, Dr. Jayanthi Sasiekaran examines speech and language processes that contribute to speech fluency to understand why some people stutter.