Biomedical Engineering (BME) Day / Yin Distinguished Lectureship: Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Carnegie Mellon University) – “Why hearing loss can sabotage communication in lively social settings”

May 1, 2023
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Whitaker Hall 100 (Danforth Campus)

“Why hearing loss can sabotage communication in lively social settings”

Hosted by the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Please join us to view posters from student design groups, and presentations on award-winning graduate student research, outreach and leadership that highlight the impact of WashU BME in 2022-2023. View BME 401 Senior Design Class project webpages here.

Schedule of Events:

Continental Breakfast
8:30-10 a.m. | Whitaker Hall Atrium

Senior Design Group Poster Presentations (odd numbered groups)

9-10:30 a.m. | Whitaker Hall Atrium

Senior Design Group Poster Presentations (even numbered groups)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Whitaker Hall Atrium

PhD Research, Leadership & Outreach Awards

10-11 a.m. | Whitaker 100

New Faculty Presentation: Alexandra Rutz, assistant professor of biomedical engineering
“Soft, Hydrated, and 3D Bioelectronic Interfaces”
11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. | Whitaker 100
For more information click here

12-1 p.m. | Whitaker Hall

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award & Senior Design Award Presentation
1-1:15 p.m. | Whitaker 100

Frank C. P. and Grace C. Yin Distinguished Lecture: Barbara Shinn-Cunningham
1:15-2 p.m. | Whitaker 100

Abstract: Communicating in a social setting relies upon the ability to focus on an important sound amidst competing sounds. In healthy, normal-hearing listeners, complex negotiations between volitional, top-down attention and involuntary, bottom-up attention allow listeners to focus on and understand whatever talker matters in a given moment. Yet, even a modest hearing impairment can hamstring a listener faced with such a task. This talk explores why sensory deficits can cripple everyday communication, especially when a listener is trying to follow a conversation in a social setting.

For inquiries contact Molly Olten.