Two of our V-BAL members were recognized for their research at the Michigan Speech Language and Hearing Association meeting in March. Their contributions, along with the great research of MSU’s CSD department in general, were highlighted on the College of Communication Arts & Sciences website.
Allison Woodberg’s MSHA poster, The Effect of Social Stress on Disfluency and Fundamental Frequency in Speech, was chosen by MSHA to receive its award, “Best Student Research Award.” Her research focused on how stressful social situations can affect the pitch of a person’s voice, the frequency of filler words like ‘um’ or ‘like,’ or the tendency to switch topics.
Ethan Hunter was also recognized during the MSHA Conference. At a breakfast, he was presented an award from Govornor Rick Snyder, along with a group of state lawmakers, for his continued research on how communication changes with age.