Talk to Explore Art and Science of Hearing Research

Dr. Emily Tobey to Explore Links Between Technology of Past and Present

Oct. 16, 2008

Dr. Emily Tobey, Professor and Nelle C. Johnston Chair in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, will present a lecture on how science – and more specifically, the development of bionic ears – has been influenced by art and literature.

Public Lecture

“Frankenstein: How Physics, Literature and Theatre Led to a Scientific Success”

Presented by Dr. Emily Tobey
2008-2009 Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer

Monday, Oct. 20, 7:15 p.m.
Kusch Auditorium (FN 2.102)

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The lecture is at 7:15 p.m. on Monday evening, Oct. 20, in the Kusch Auditorium on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson.

The lecture, titled “Frankenstein: How Physics, Literature and Theatre Led to a Scientific Success,” will explore the link between the work of Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the electric battery, and recent technological advances designed to help people with hearing loss.

The event is sponsored by the UT Dallas chapter of Sigma Xi international scientific research society, for which Dr. Tobey has been named a Distinguished Lecturer.

People who are deaf experience society and culture in different ways relative to hearing people. Researchers - including Dr. Tobey and her colleagues at the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders and the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program – explore these different experiences in their efforts to help people with hearing loss communicate with those around them.

During her lecture, Dr. Tobey will review the bionic ear technology and how it impacts a person’s communication. In an effort to introduce the audience to how speech and music sound through a bionic ear, Dr. Tobey will play several audio clips that simulate the sounds a cochlear implant patient would hear.

Research and technology associated with bionic ears continue to evolve; Dr. Tobey will look ahead and address issues that researchers will tackle in the future.

The lecture is open to the general public and will conclude with a question and answer session.


Media Contacts: Debra Brown, UT Dallas, (214) 905-3049, debra@utdallas.edu
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Dr. Emily Tobey Dr. Emily Tobey

Dr. Tobey is the 2008-2009 Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer.

She was also named the Polykarp Kusch Lecturer for UT Dallas, which is the highest honor granted by the university to an individual faculty member.

In addition to her research at the Callier Center, she serves as the executive chair of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program – a joint enterprise between UT Dallas, UT Southwestern, and Children’s Medical Center.

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