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Contact: Tammy Ursini, Office Manager
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For Immediate Release
November 16, 2010

Haskins Laboratories hosts ScienceWriters2010 tour

NEW HAVEN — The annual ScienceWriters2010 meeting (www.sciencewriters2010.org) took place from November 5-9, 2010 on the campus of Yale University. On Monday, November 8, Haskins Laboratories hosted a tour of its research and facilities for a group of approximately 60 science writers. ScienceWriters2010 combines the National Association of Science Writers Annual Workshops and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing’s New Horizons in Science Briefings®.

The tour, led by Philip Rubin, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and a senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories and adjunct professor in the Department of Surgery, Otolaryngology, at the Yale University School of Medicine, featured the work of many Haskins researchers. Examples include:

Heather Bortfeld and Martijn Baart: NIRS (near-infrared spectroscopy) and neuroimaging
Dave Braze and Donald Shankweiler: eye movement laboratory for speech and reading research
• Beth Eaton, Michael D’Angelo, Anne Stutzman: Yale Reading Center and the “mock” fMRI scanner
Steve Frost and Philip Rubin: sinewave speech synthesis
Julia Irwin: Haskins Child Language Studies overview
Takayuki Ito, David Ostry: robotic articulator manipulator for studying sensory-auditory interactions
 Nicole Landi and Pete Molfese: EEG and neuroimaging in children’s research on language
Einar Mencl, Steven Frost and Ken Pugh: neuroimaging research at Haskins Laboratories
Tine Mooshammer: EMA (Electromagnetic Articulograph) for imaging speech production
Gordon Ramsay: the fluid dynamics of speech production, and the anechoic chamber
• Philip Rubin: Pattern Playback demonstration and “Talking Heads” presentation
Christine Shadle: the aeroacoustics of frication and speech production
Mark Tiede, Khalil Iskarous, Doug Whalen: the Haskins Optically-Corrected Ultrasound System
Martha Tyrone and Hosung Nam: Vicon motion tracking system used in sign language research

The tour also included a viewing of Mindsets, the current art show at the Gallery@Haskins.    Organized and curated by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, this show features work based on interpretations and collaborations between artists and the scientists at Haskins Laboratories.

Haskins Laboratories was founded in 1935 by the late Dr. Caryl P. Haskins. This independent research institute has been in New Haven, Connecticut since 1970 when it formalized affiliations with Yale University and the University of Connecticut. The Laboratories’ primary research focus is on the science of the spoken and written word.

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