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WTAMU Graduate Student Finishes in Top Five Percent at Conference

Nov. 30, 2012

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Graduate Student Finishes in Top Five Percent at Conference

CANYON, Texas—A poster presentation on “Auditory-Based Intervention in Autistic Spectrum Disorder Using a Hand-Held Tablet Computer Program” earned a graduate student at West Texas A&M University a top five percent finish at the 10th annual TAMUS Pathways Student Research Symposium Nov. 9-10 at Texas A&M University—Galveston.

Martha Marie, a graduate student in communication disorders from San Antonio, was one of seven graduate students named to the top five percent in the master’s level poster competition. Research indicates there is a high rate of dual diagnosis of hearing loss and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in children. Marie’s study demonstrated that a tablet-based combined diagnosis/therapy program can define the hearing component present in ASD. 

“Ongoing studies are being carried out by my mentor Dr. Dalton and some of my fellow students here at WTAMU and the Mind Institute of the University of New Mexico,” Marie said. “Those studies will use magnetoencephalography to attempt to identify hearing biomarkers in autistic patients.”

Marie’s advisers are Dr. Larry Barnes, associate professor of communication disorders, Dr. Howard Wilson, associate professor of communication disorders, and Dr. Leslie Dalton, S.S.Stephens Professor of Communication Disorders.

More than 600 undergraduate, masters and doctoral students from universities within the Texas A&M University System presented their research in poster and oral presentations at the annual event. Entries were judged by representatives from each participating university on accuracy, presentation and knowledge of topic, explanation of research results and goals and overall work. Twenty-two students from WTAMU represented the University at the conference.
 

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Brianna Velasquez
on 1.3.2013

Congrats Martie! This does not surprise me. You are always on top of your class! Happy Holidays!!!



Gladdie Altura
on 12.17.2012

Amazing job Martie! I am not surprised! You are a great clinician, researcher and friend! Nothing but the best lies ahead for you.



Jancy Richards
on 12.6.2012

Kudos,Martie! I am so blessed that I just so happened to meet you last year and that we've become such good friends. Thank you for mentoring me. I heard Oprah once say that 'you should surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.' We definitely can all learn from each other and that's one reason we're all here. God bless you in all your future endeavors! Jancy



MS. CAROLYN HIGH
on 12.2.2012

HI MARTI MARIE I TOD YOU THAT YOU COULD DO IT I WAS WITH YOU IN SPRIT I CAN TELL BUT I NEED YOU TO BE WITH ME TO , IN THE SAME SPRIT GO GIRL. CALL ME . I LOVE YOU .