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Dissertation Defense



New roles for attention and memory in the cocktail party problem
A dissertation presented by Kevin Jing Poh Woods to The Division of Medical Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the subject of Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology.



Thursday, December 14, 2017, 10 AM
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Room 46-3189
43 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139


See attached for details.


SHBT 25th Anniversary Celebration


We are pleased to announce the SHBT 25th Anniversary Celebration, to take place October 6-7 at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. There will be podium presentations and panel discussions by alumni, a student poster session, a welcome reception, and a banquet dinner. A scientific program and schedule for this event is available here. Please RSVP to Bertrand Delgutte by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.



SHBT End of Summer Talks 2017


The 2017 End-of-Summer Talks will take place Monday, September 25th from 4pm-8pm and will be held at MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences, room 46-3002.


The event will include brief talks from the G2s and G3s about the work they did over the summer, and will be followed by a catered dinner. The End-of-Summer Talks provide a great opportunity for students to present their research to the SHBT community and receive constructive feedback.


Attached is the preliminary program. Please note that all students supported by the SHBT training grant are required to attend. Faculty are strongly encouraged to attend.



2017-2018 Amelia Peabody Scholarship awarded to Kevin Sitek and Jessica Sagers


Kevin Sitek          Jessica Sagers


The 2017-2018 Amelia Peabody Scholarship has been awarded jointly to Kevin Sitek and Jessica Sagers, fourth- and third-year students in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT) Program, respectively.


Kevin is doing his doctoral research with Dr. Satrajit Ghosh at MIT. He plays a key role in a collaborative multi-center study involving Dr. Elliott Kozin, Dr. Aaron Remenschneider and Dr. Daniel Lee at Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE), as well as physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital and imaging experts at the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. A goal of this project is to create a high resolution atlas of human subcortical auditory structures and their interconnections using cutting edge MRI techniques. His project may lead to better diagnostic and treatments for patients with congenital forms of sensorineural hearing loss. Kevin is the author of two first-author publications in high-quality journals.


Jessica is doing her dissertation research with Dr. Konstantina Stankovic at MEE. She and Dr. Stankovic initiated a collaboration with Dr. Chirag Patel in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and used a novel computational tool to predict and validate the repurposing of an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of vestibular schwannomas using gene expression data. Jessica now plans to create the first patient-specific cellular models of neurofibromatosis type 2 using pluripotent stem cell lines taken from individual patients. She has authored papers accepted by Scientific Reports and the Journal of Visual Experiments.


The Amelia Peabody Scholarship was established in 2008 through a generous donation to support SHBT students working with MEE faculty. The selection was done by a committee consisting of Dr. Bradley Welling (MEE), Dr. Louis D. Braida (MIT), Dr, John Rosowski and Dr. Bertrand Delgutte (MEE).


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