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NMSU alumna part of Distinguished Lectureship series

A prominent professor, researcher and New Mexico State University alumna will return to the university to present a lecture at 3 p.m. Oct. 30 in Corbett Center, Senate Chambers Room 300, as part of the Sigma Xi Research Society Distinguished Lectureship series.


Emily Tobey is a professor and Nelle C. Johnston Chair in early childhood communication disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her lecture will cover advancements in hearing research and auditory rehabilitation devices, and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

"The NMSU community is fortunate to have NMSU alumna and Sigma Xi Research Society Distinguished Lecturer Emily Tobey speak on the unprecedented advances in the use of cochlear implants. This event will allow NMSU and the surrounding community to learn of and experience the revolutionary changes in the areas of auditory rehabilitation and deafness," said Marlene Salas-Provance, associate professor of special education and communication disorders.

During her visit to Las Cruces, Tobey also will give a lecture to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the College of Education's Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, as well as holding a hearing lesson at a school in the community.

Tobey has numerous honors, including being named the Polykarp Kusch Lecturer at UT-Dallas and Summer Distinguished Lecturer-in-Residence at Texas Woman's University. She also has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles involving cochlear implants.

Originally from Deming, N.M., Tobey received her undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology from NMSU. She went on to obtain her master's degree from Louisiana State University and her doctorate in speech science at the City University of New York.

Tobey's current research interest is the development of speech in cochlear-implanted children and cortical responses to auditory signals through functional brain imaging techniques.

Sigma Xi is an international research society of science and engineering. Members are elected to join based on their research potential or achievements.

For more information about the event, contact Salas-Provance at (575) 646-2364.