Quota’s South Pacific Area Scholarships Support Expertise in Audiology

  • January 28, 2011

Quota’s South Pacific Area Scholarships Support Expertise in Audiology

Quota International’s South Pacific Area, including clubs in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, supports the field of hearing and speech through large cash awards for outstanding scholars.

Two recent recipients “were thrilled,” says SPA Scholarship Committee Chair Delwynn Jacklin, to hear about Quota’s support for their projects.
Katrina Agung (right) of Sefton, New South Wales, Australia, works as a research phonetician at the National Acoustic Laboratories in Sydney. She also works toward a master’s degree in clinical audiology at Macquarie University. She has used her scholarship award of Aus.$5,860 to attend the 37th International Audiology Congress in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A., in September 2004, where she presented findings of her recent research into hearing aid use in infants.

Leonie Walsh (pictured above and to the right) of Balmain, New South Wales, works as an auditory-verbal therapist and teacher at St. Gabriel’s School for Hearing-Impaired Children in Castle Hill. An award of Aus.$5,230 allowed her to attend an international conference on newborn hearing screening in Como, Italy, in May 2004, followed by an Alexander Graham Bell satellite event focused on spoken language options for families with hearing-impaired children. Before the conference, the funds allowed her to travel to the United Kingdom to visit the Speech, Language, and Hearing Centre in London and the Oxford Auditory-Verbal Program.

South Pacific Area Investment Pays Off for Hearing Impaired

A former Quota Scholar from Australia is at work in Canada on ways to improve the world for hearing-impaired people.
Dr. Ian Bruce (right) received a Quota South Pacific Area bursary to attend a conference after he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne, New South Wales, Australia. The conference in the United States allowed Ian to meet with other researchers and get feedback on his doctoral dissertation. “I subsequently wrote a journal article based on the paper that I presented at the conference,” he says. “This was a crucial experience early in my training as a hearing researcher, which has obviously borne fruit.”

In 1998, Ian began a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. In 2002, he began an assistant professorship of electrical and computer engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he also runs the Auditory Engineering Lab.

“I am continuing to do hearing research,” notes Ian, “into the normal and impaired ear, hearing aid design, and the neural mechanisms underlying tinnitus.”

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