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2016 SoCal Hearing Conference

This informal one-day conference is intended to enhance communication among Southern California scientists interested in hearing and vocal communication. All levels of researchers are welcome, students through PI’s, but we particularly encourage presentations from senior students and post-docs. The event will consist of talks, no more than one from each lab, as well as posters from anyone who would like to offer one. The talks will be 20 minutes in length with an additional 5 minutes for questions. We hope that each speaker will briefly introduce the overall scope of his or her lab followed by a brief presentation of his or her own research. If it happens that we receive more volunteers for talks than we can accommodate, we will be back in touch with you to try to trim things down to one or two talks per institution. The posters can be new, but repeats from recent ARO or other meetings also are welcome. Morning munchies, Lunch, coffee and snacks will be provided throughout the day. An optional dinner at a local restaurant, the cost of which will be covered by each diner, will also be arranged. Aside from the $10 cost of parking and the cost of the optional dinner, there will be no fee. We do, however, request that you register through the website below so that we know how many participants to expect. Further details and maps will be sent to all registrants in advance of the meeting.


September 3, 2016
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


SoCal Hearing Conference Herklotz Conference Center


9:00-9:30 Coffee and pastries
9:30-9:40 Welcome/Introduction
9:40-10:00 Alessandro Presacco, UCI Effect of informational content of noise on speech representation in the aging midbrain and cortex
10:05-10:25 Karolina Charaziak and Removing effects of ear-canal acoustics from Christopher Shera, USC measurements of otoacoustic emissions
10:30-11:00 Break/Poster Viewing (see reverse side)
11:00-11:20 Jonathan Venezia, UCI Auditory bubbles: A tool for measuring perceptual and neural representations of speech acoustics
11:25-11:45 Sarah Bottjer, USC Neural representations of current and goal behaviors in cortico-basal ganglia circuits during auditory-motor learning
11:50-12:10 Sze Chim Lee, LL VA TBA
12:15-1:40 Lunch and Poster Viewing
1:40-2:00 Jonathan Lovelace, UCR Auditory hypersensitivity in a mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome
2:05-2:25 Phillip Tran, UCI Computational modeling of electrical stimulation
2:30-2:50 Louise Menendez, USC Developing an in vitro model of sensory hair cells to study sensorineural hearing loss
2:55 -- Last chance for poster viewing
3:30 (ish) Snacks/beer at Gina’s Pizza for those interested

The 2016 SoCal Hearing Conference was hosted by the Center for Hearing Research and the School of Social Sciences at the University of California at Irvine


Lucas Baltzell, USI:  Scalp-recorded cortical entrainment shows an effect of task demand
Carolyn Mcclaskey, UCI: TBA
Gabriel Elias, UCI: TBA
Maury Lander-Portnoy, USC:  Regular glimpsing windows provide release from energetic masking
Alexander Markowitz, USC:  A simultaneous bioph ysical and morphological characterization of spiral ganglion
Anna Nguyen, UCR TBA
Bardon Stagner, Glen K Martin & Brenda L lonsbury-Martin, Loma Linda VA: In pursuit of the ideal human DP-gram: Isolating 12, reflection and basal components
Zlatka Stojanova, USC:  Discrimination of Mandarin tones by English-learning Infants
Christopher Ventura, USC:  TBA

Highlights from the Event

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