James Jerger to Keynote AAA General Assembly
The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) will hold its annual convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center on April 5-8. The Academy announced that James Jerger, PhD, will provide the keynote address at the General Assembly. Jerger has sometimes been referred to as the “Father of Modern Audiology” and is, without question, one of the most prominent and prolific pioneers of audiology. Jerger has served as editor-in-chief for the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA) since it was established in 1989, has served as the author or co-author of over 300 publications, and is also an original founder of the American Academy of Audiology.

Jerger is currently the Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the UTD Callier Center for Communication Disorders. His current research interests focus on auditory processing disorders in both children and seniors (see interview with Jerger in the October 2002 HR). He recently established the Texas Auditory Processing Disorder Laboratory at UTD, and teaches audiology students at the Center.

Jerger has been affiliated with AAA from its inception, and has unique viewpoints on the development of AAA, its annual meetings, the education of audiologists, and the profession in general. He will share his insights on the changes that have taken place during his speech.

John Sweeney, comedian and author of the book Innovation at the Speed of Laughter: 8 Secrets to World Class Idea Generation, will also provide food-for-thought during the Opening Session. Sweeney has performed more than 1,500 live shows for the Brave New Workshop and Second City Communications in Chicago, and more than 500 corporate shows (including over 50 performances for Fortune 100 companies, including Microsoft, General Mills, and Target). He is the owner of the Brave New Workshop—the nation’s oldest satirical comedy theatre, has created a world-renown school for improvisation, and appeared in dozens of television commercials.

Attending AAA 2006
For more information on attending this year’s convention, visit www.audiology.org or contact (800) 222-2336.

Schedule of Events

All events/times subject to change; please consult AAA program.

Wednesday, April 5
8:00am–7:00pm      Registration
8:30am–5:30pm      Learning Labs
8:00am–9:30pm      Independent Satellite Events (Hilton Hotel)
12:30pm–5:00pm    Tours of Manufacturer Facilities
3:00pm–5:00pm      Focus Groups
5:30pm–7:00pm      AAA Foundation Happy Hour and a Half
7:00pm–9:00pm      CELEBRATE Audiology

Thursday, April 6
7:00am–5:00pm       Registration
8:00am–9:30am        Featured Sessions: NOW!Sessions & Symposia
10:00am–11:30am    General Assembly
Noon–6:00pm       Audiology Solutions (Expo)
Noon–1:30pm       Box Lunches distributed
Noon–2:00pm       ABA Mentor Student Drop In
1:00pm–6:00pm    Employment Service Center
3:00pm–4:00pm    Exhibitor Courses
4:30pm–5:30pm    Learning Modules, Exhibitor Courses & Research                                     Pods
6:00pm–7:30pm    Audiology Honors (Hilton Hotel)
7:30pm–8:30pm    International Reception (Hilton Hotel)

Friday, April 7
7:00am–5:00pm      Registration
7:00am–7:50am      Academy Business Meeting/Breakfast
8:00am–9:30am      Featured Sessions: NOW!Sessions, Symposia, &                                 WOW!Session
9:30am–5:00pm      Audiology Solutions (Expo)
10:00am–11:30am    Featured Sessions: NOW!Sessions, Symposia &                                    WOW!Session
11:30am–1:00pm     Box Lunches distributed
9:30am–5:00pm       Employment Service Center
Noon–1:30pm         Student Research Forum & Luncheon
2:00pm–4:00pm      Learning Modules – Advanced
4:30pm–5:30pm      Learning Modules, Exhibitor Courses & Research                                       Pods
5:00pm–6:30pm       Foundation Research Awards & Poster                                   Presentations

Saturday, April 8
7:30am–4:00pm       Registration
8:00am–9:30am       Featured Sessions: NOW!Sessions/Symposia
9:30am–2:00pm       Audiology Solutions (Expo)
10:00am–11:30am     Featured Sessions: NOW!Sessions/Symposia
11:30am–1:00pm      Box Lunches distributed
9:30am–2:00pm        Employment Service Center
Noon–1:00pm          Discussion Groups
2:00pm–4:00pm       Learning Modules – Advanced
4:30pm–6:30pm       Trivia Bowl
6:30pm–8:30pm       Open Houses

Sunday, April 9
9:00am–11:00am    ABA-Cochlear Implant Specialty Certification                                    Exam