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SISC in the News

  • Ross Westemeyer, a doctoral student in the SISC lab, is the first author of a presentation on pediatric swallowing disorders at the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Annual Convention (October 2021). This is the third consecutive year in which Westemeyer has presented as part of the Medical SLP Track at the NSLHA convention, with previous topics emphasizing the role of motor learning in management of motor speech disorders and dysphagia.
  • Senior undergraduates Abbie Rehurek and Sam Galligan presented their UCARE-supported research derived from a database created in the SISC lab regarding severity of and recovery from dysphagia in persons with CVA and TBI at the UNL Research Fair in April 2021.
  • The SISC team presented new findings regarding the effects of taste stimulation on neurological activity at the international Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting held virtually in March 2021.
  • Bekah Hutchinson successfully defended a masters thesis titled The Alignment Between Self-Identity and Observable Communication Characteristics of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals in March 2021. This project was completed through the SISC lab in collaboration with colleagues in UNL's Psychology department.
  • The SISC team published groundbreaking new findings regarding genetic influences on sensory and motor aspects of swallowing and presented the findings at the international Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting held virtually in Spring 2020.
  • The SISC lab was featured in a series titled Food as Medicine in Nebraska Today. View the full story HERE.
  • Swallowing disorders can have devastating effects on quality of life in addition to health-related consequences. Work from the SISC team was featured in an international popular science magazine  https://mosaicscience.com and in the local newspaper  http://journalstar.com
  • The SISC lab provides opportunities for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students to engage in research activities. Some receive support through graduate assistantships or the Undergraduate Creative Activity and Research (UCARE) program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Others complete research experiences as part of their coursework, and some even volunteer their time to be part of this work. Findings have been presented at the university's research fair each spring and summer, as well as regional, national, and international conferences.