Monday, June 7, 2021

ICD Mentors Future Scholars in Developmental Science

The Tri-Psychology Programs, which include Educational Psychology, the Institute of Child Development (ICD), and Psychology, helped fund a new initiative called the Young Scientists Program. Graduate students and postdoctoral mentors from these programs partnered with five high school students interested in developmental psychology. Additionally, mentors taught developmental science curriculum at Avalon Charter School and Ascension Catholic Academy.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Graduation Celebrations Continue

In the midst of graduation season, many people are thinking “How can we celebrate this great event while maintaining pandemic guidelines?” Within the Department of Psychology, many people are sharing their activities.

Butcher Honored at Korean War Veteran Ceremony

On Friday, May 21st, 2021, Professor Emeritus James (Jim) Butcher traveled to DC to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance. This wall will be a new permanent addition to the existing memorial and will include the names of American servicemen and Korean Augmentation to the United States Army who gave their lives defending the people of South Korea.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Tyler Schildt Recipient of the Sharon Borine Top Capstone Award

Each year, graduating psychology undergraduates are tasked with completing a  project to explore an area of interest. The Sharon Borine Top Capstone Award acknowledges students whose senior projects were of the highest quality. 

Tyler Schildt

This spring semester, Tyler Schildt was awarded the 1st place capstone award for the paper titled “Evaluating Effects of Limited Dynamic Range and Frequency-to-Place Mismatch in Simulations of Electric Hearing.” Schildt receives a $250 cash award. 

Tyler has always had an interest in the sensory systems of the human body and how these systems impact our lives. He grew up with an older sister with a profound sensorineural hearing loss, so was exposed to the tremendous impact that sensory input, or lack thereof, can have on a person's life. This experience, along with an interest in human physiology and sensory systems, was what drove him to pursue a position in the Auditory Perception and Cognition (APC) Laboratory under Dr. Andrew Oxenham as an undergraduate research assistant. Tyler is a Pre-Physical Therapy student and plans to attend a physical therapy program starting in the Fall of 2022. He believes a background in psychology will be a strong foundation for a healthcare career and will help him to understand and connect with patients.

Tyler’s work in the APC lab was primarily focused on a project involving the simulation of electric hearing (a cochlear implant, or CI) using a vocoder (digital simulation of CI), and then presenting this simulation to individuals with clinically normal hearing to assess their performance in comparison to CI users on several tasks. The end goal of this work is to improve the vocoder simulations that we use to assess and understand the experience of CI users, to hopefully improve the auditory experience of these individuals. He worked directly under Dr. Jordan Beim on this project. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Spring 2021 Recipients of the Sharon Borine Awards

Each year, graduating psychology undergraduates are tasked with completing a  project to explore an area of interest. The Sharon Borine Top Capstone Award and Sharon Borine Top Honors Thesis Award were created to acknowledge students whose senior projects were of the highest quality. The award process consists of nomination by section leaders or faculty mentors followed by a review and ranking by an ad hoc panel of faculty members. 

Congratulations to the Spring 2021 recipients: Abby Person (Top Honors Thesis), Tyler Schildt (Top Capstone), Areeb Kidwai (Top Capstone), and Madison Fredrick (Top Capstone)!