Judith Gravel, PhD

The Phonak Hear the World Foundation, Warrenville, Ill, reports that Nicole Duncan, AuD student at the University of North Carolina, is the 2010 recipient of its first annual Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology.

As an AuD student at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, Duncan has demonstrated her passion for the field of pediatric audiology and amplification. After her initial interest was sparked as a YMCA volunteer working with at-risk children in Florida, she went on to pursue an AuD degree at UNC where she received specialized training in pediatric audiology through a Department of Education Pediatric Audiology Training Grant and LEND Fellowship. During her studies, Nicole was also a research assistant in the Human Auditory Development Laboratory at UNC.

Nicole Duncan, AuD student

”Nicole has demonstrated the abilities and commitment commensurate with the fellowship’s requirements, including compassionate clinical care, rigorous research, and adherence to evidence-based practice, exemplified by the late Dr Gravel,” said Professor Richard Seewald, PhD, distinguished professor emeritus at the National Centre for Audiology, University of Western Ontario, and Hear the World Foundation advisory board member.

In conjunction with the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the Hear the World Foundation awards The Gravel Fellowship annually to a fourth-year AuD student whose externship will be completed at UNC Hospitals with a focus on audiologic management of infants and young children with hearing loss. The Gravel fellow also completes a clinical research project under the mentorship of UNC faculty in collaboration with Dr Seewald.

The Foundation named the fellowship in recognition for the late Judith Gravel, internationally renowned for her expertise in pediatric audiology and for her many contributions to clinical research and professional service. Gravel conducted groundbreaking research in the areas of early hearing loss detection and intervention and the management and treatment of otitis media. Her academic career included faculty appointments at Columbia University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, City University of New York, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she was director of the Center for Childhood Communication at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and held the William P. Potsic chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology and Childhood Communication.

“Judy will always be remembered for her dedication to the advancement of educational opportunities for students and clinicians. This fellowship will honor her memory and maintain her mission.” said Dr Seewald.

For students interested in applying for the 2011 Gravel Fellowship, applications are being accepted through October 15. Refer to the Hear the World Web site for complete application details. The recipient will be announced by December 1.

Hear the World is a global initiative by leading hearing system manufacturer Phonak created to raise awareness about the importance of hearing. The initiative calls attention to the social and emotional impact of hearing loss and addresses prevention of and solutions to a problem that affects more than 16% of the world’s population. Bryan Adams, Annie Lennox, Sting, Plácido Domingo, and other renowned personalities support the Hear the World initiative as ambassadors.

In the context of the Hear the World initiative, Phonak has established the nonprofit Hear the World Foundation to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss through financial and technical assistance. The Foundation is committed to the prevention of hearing loss as well as the support of people with hearing loss and their families.

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[Source: Phonak]