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May 14, 1999 - VOL. 26, NO. 15
Rick Cherwitz and Stefanie Sanford, Office of Graduate Studies
Editor's note: Arete is an ancient Greek word for virtue, describing the quest for individual excellence. In this regular feature of On Campus, the University salutes its graduate students--whose considerable contributions to the academy and larger community are truly virtuous. These features will be framed and posted in the lobby of the Office of Graduate Studies, Main 101.
Name: Deborah von Hapsburg
Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Advisor: Barbara Davis
Deborah von Hapsburg is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. For the last four years, she has been sponsored by a Leadership Grant whose purpose is to promote the training of doctoral students who are interested in doing multi-cultural research. She obtained her Masters Degree at the University of North Texas in 1991, and worked as an audiologist for four years before deciding to return to UT for her doctoral degree in 1995.
Her research investigates the effects of profound hearing loss on speech acquisition. Specifically, on the effect of cochlear implants, a treatment for profound hearing loss, on infant speech acquisition. She is also interested in investigating factors which may affect the intelligibility of other languages.
Since 1991 she has volunteered as an audiologist in several international humanitarian projects, making 10 trips to Nayarit, Mexico with a local volunteer organization, Oye Amigo, a group of otolaryngologists and audiologists who provide pro bono hearing healthcare.
In 1995, as president of Oye Amigo, she changed the focus of service delivery to include training of local care-givers in the communities being served. Since then, Deborah has traveled twice to Chiapas, Mexico to deliver equipment and inservice training to local teachers of the Deaf.
This year, Deborah and 6 other graduate students from her department will travel to El Salvador for three weeks to provide diagnostic and treatment training to speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
NOTE: Nominations (including self-nominations) for ARETE should be sent to Stefanie.Sanford@bus.utexas.edu (232-1613).
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