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ICCS Conference Held at JMU

By: Megan Williams
Posted: October 26, 2009

The ninth annual conference held by the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders proved an instructive and memorable two-day event.

Held on the first weekend in October, Innovations in Clinical Communication Sciences Conference, hosted about 200 professors, students and community members. The event focused on research, innovation and the job market for those involved in the fields of speech and audiology.  Speakers included faculty member Dr. Christy Ludlow also of the National Institutes of Health who spoke about how doctors and researchers in the field of audiology can translate research into clinical practice. Faculty member, Dr. Brenda Seal, was also recognized at the conference for her contributions to the department.

Presentations given by speakers and doctoral students included topics such as autism and stuttering in children, balance, how to treat patients and improvements in hearing aid technology.

The conference also gave students, who made up the majority of the attendees, a chance to network with individuals in the field, and make potential job connections, said Carol Dudding, director of clinical education in the CSD department.

The feedback the conference generated was receptive, Dudding said.

“Students said it was very interesting and appreciated hearing the different speakers,” she said. “They also enjoyed seeing their colleagues and classmates give presentations.”

A unique aspect of this year’s conference was the dedication made to former JMU professor Dr. Roger Ruth who passed away in July. “The conference was something that originated with him and it was very near and dear to him,” Dudding said. The conference will be renamed in the future to honor Professor Ruth.