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Tribute to Dr. John Pettit (1935 – 2010)

John Pettit was the Coordinator of Clinical Services and Training at the University of Maine in Orono from 1981 to 1995 and completed his career as Chair of the Communication Disorders program at Radford University in Virginia. John was an active and enthusiastic member of the ASHA’s Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, serving a variety of functions during his years with the Council. He was president of the Council from 1990-91, received the Distinguished Contribution Award in 1992 and received the Honors of the Council in 1996. John was also a fellow of ASHA and one of his proudest professional achievements involved his time as a Mayo Clinic Fellow. John is survived by his wonderful wife Betty. We invite you to read the reflections of John’s colleagues both past and present.

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Susan Lambrecht Smith’s Dyslexia Research in UMaine Today

Dr. Susan Lambrecht Smith has been researching early warning signs of reading disabilities in preschoolers’ language skills in a project called Sound Check. Her research examines the role of phonological awareness — the conscious sensitivity to the sound structure of language — in predicting reading disability in at-risk youngsters. Follow the above link for more details of Dr. Lambrecht Smith’s work.  

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Nancy Hall and Lorriann Mahan Receive Grant for Autism Project

The grant is titled Social Skill Development in Children with Autism: A Collaborative Research and Community Service Project.

The funding comes from the University of Maine’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy initiative. Working with the Green House Nursery School and their preschoolers with autism, the goals of the project are:

Nancy Hall is heading up the project and will serve as the primary research mentor. Lorriann Mahan will serve as the primary clinical mentor. Lynn Faerber (Director) and Karen Thibault (Head Classroom Teacher) at the Green House will be consultants and coordinate in-classroom and in-service activities.

There is funding for 4 undergraduate students (a small stipend), an honorarium for the Green House, thank you gifts for the kids in the project, and materials. It is a 1 year project.

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CSD Welcomes Incoming Graduate Students

Left to right: Meaghan Francis, Josh Randazza, Elzabeth Libby, Jeannie Lovesey, Kathryn Delong, Brittany Lundeen, Sarah Frost, Kelly Blackwell, Jessica Pellitier, Katie Gerrish, Sarah Snow, Tabby Varney, Kristen Fahey, Ashlee Lucas, Cassie Clement, Emily Checkoway.
Not pictured: Sarah Carter

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Allan Smith Presentation

Allan Smith gave a presentation of his research at the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading July 7-10, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.  The title of the presentation was Speech timing characteristics of young children’s longest utterances and later reading disability by Allan B. Smith; Susan Lambrecht Smith; Jenny Roberts (Hofstra University, NY); John L. Locke (Lehman College, NY); Katharine Farrell.

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The CSD department welcomes our new graduate students.

In photo (left to right): Sara Martin, Amy Reid, Leslie Stewart, Susanne Mallon, Kassie Levesque, Sherry Ingalls, Havah Gershman-Tewksbury, Gwendolyn Lewis, Jillian Mitchell, Kylee Holman, Leslie Matheson, Courtney Phillips, Katie Farrell. Not pictured are Heidi Choate, Kimberley Churchill, Dorothy Friel, Jessica Gushee, Thomas Myers, Kristina O’Donnell, Hannah Richards, and Kimberly Wironen.

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Stephen Calculator Visits UMaine

Stephen Calculator, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire was the invitied speaker for the CSD colloquium series Friday, Sept. 11. His presentation was titled “Parent’s Priorities for AAC and Related Instruction for Their Children with Angelman Syndrome.”

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Dr. Allan Smith inducted into Golden Key International Honour Society


Dr. Allan Smith was inducted as an honorary member of Golden Key International Honour Society and was invited to be the Keynote speaker. The title of his talk was “Being in Control of Your Academic Career.” Dr. Smith was nominated by a CSD undergraduate student for being an exemplary professor and advisor at UMaine.

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Interdisciplinary Colloquium

An interdisciplinary colloquium was held on Friday, February 19th. Lynda Marvin, Dept of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Ludlow Hallman, School of Performing Arts, Division of Music and Michael Towey, Voice and Swallowing Center, Waldo County Hospital gave a presentation entitled “Care and Feeding of the Voice: How to Maintain Your Most Precious Instrument”. This presentation included discussions centered around vocal anatomy and physiology, the aesthetically excellent singing voice and vocal pathologies.

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CSD Students Participate in Poster Presentations

CSD students participate in the annual CSD Senior Capstone Poster Presentations on April 12th.
These poster presentations are a cumulation of a year long senior capstone experience and well attended by the campus community.

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Contact Information

Communication Sciences & Disorders
5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-2006 | Fax: 207-581-2060E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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