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of my former professors at NU, Tom Tillman, that changed colleagues, review manuscripts, and review grant applica-
my path. He convinced me to return to NU for a PhD and tions. Each and every day goes by incredibly fast.
I iumpeu at tue chance: I alriays thought I would obtain How do you feel when experiments or projects do not
a PhD, but this single dlSC1lSS10Il with Dr. Tillman was all Work out the Wayyau expected them to?
the encouragement I ueeueu to Pursue my further euuuiu The results of our experiments often do not yield the results
tion straightaway. On returning to NU, I chose to work with we expect I am no longer surprised or disappointed by an
Fred Wightmuu’ who taught me how to be an experuuem unpredictable outcome because it is inherent in conducting
must and an independent thinker‘ I became good friends empirical research. Our strategy is to design experiments in
with the other students working in Fred’s lab, especially Pete a way that the results tell us something important and new’
Fitzgibbons and Larry Humes. When I was ready to defend even if the Outcome is unexpected We often are prepared
my dissertation’ Pete informed me of a faculty Pusiuou at for the possibility of unanticipated findings as a result of col-
tue University ofMary1a'uu' I got the iob’ which has been my lecting and monitoring a considerable amount of pilot data,
one and Duly academic Posiuuu for my euure career‘ and we may alter the experimental protocol as a result of
urhat is a typical dayfm. you? these pilot data, such as adding measures to help us explain
This is not an easy question to answer because every day is dic data-
different and varies between the academic year versus s1im- Do you fgejljke you 1, avg solved the W01-](_[jfe [M1,-mce
mer or winter sessions. Nonetheless, many days have com- Pi-obj‘-my uf_-,5 it aways this Way?
ihonaiiri"3s- i start each daY checking ciriaii (Wi10 Cl0€SIl’ii) r0 Work-life balance is difficult to achieve, especially for wom-
ieam What caiamities ma)’ be awaiting me in the iai’ (i-isi13iiY en who are early in their academic careers while at the same
first thing Monday morning), what tasks someone wants me time raising young children when my children, Brian and
to do, etc. I often spend time in the lab to troubleshoot prob- Maida, were young, my strategy was to focus on work when
ierns and d5VcioP new cirpcrhhchiai Pr °ioc°is- TY'PicaiiY> i I was at work and focus on my family when I came home.
have advising aplioinhhcnrs with shidcnisw ranging rrorli I prioritized important events in my children's lives. I also
undergraduates considering gradiiaic schooi oPiions to Phi) had a lot of support from my husband, Steve, but as his own
students planning their dissertation research. It is a rare day Career as at-mi-hey’ magistrate, and judge became more de-
when I do not meet with at least one student. Much of my ma,-idmg, the time he could devote to family iife was cohsid-
time each daY is sPchr designing shidicsv rcVicWing Piioi erably reduced. But in looking back, I realize it was extreme-
daiar anaiYZing hnai daiasersr and Writing or r cvising mono" ly stressful to have a productive academic career while at the
scripts. These research-related activities are often in consul- same time enjoying a rich family life. There really aren’t easy
ration with students and coiicagiics and are the best Part or answers, but one approach is to say “no” to requests to serve
an?’ daY- i tacidc at icasi one adrninisiraiivc task cach daY- on committees or write manuscripts that are not valued in
As director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology, academia Now that my children are grown and hvmg m-
i monitor shidcni Progress» the ‘IiiaiirY or the instructors in dependently, I have a new work-life balance, namely, taking
the Prograrn> coiirsc schcdiiiingw and the graduate ci1rric“' advantages of opportunities to enjoy my personal life while
him and rcsPond to emerging issues as the)’ arisc- working on an increasing number of research activities. I
As codirector of a T-32 Institutional Training Grant Suu fife] guuty saying uo to Work requests’ but I am fiuuuy
(ccebh-umd.edu)) I may P1 an a workshop) Prepare an annual learning how to protect my time after decades in academia.
report, or monitor the budget. During the academic year, I What makes you a good acoustician?
prepare for teaching my class one or two days/week to keep I think a lot about the acoustic characteristics of the signals
the material current and engage the students through new we present to participants in our studies and how the in-
techniques. I also attend at least one meeting a day, which, dividual’s auditory capabilities will enable them to process
like for most of us, is the least favorite part of my day. These these signals. We prepare many new speech materials in
can range from department-wide faculty meetings to ad- my lab. I insist on equalizing the levels of the speech signals
ministrative meetings at the college or university level. I within a stimulus set and characterizing the temporal prop-
serve on promotion and tenure-review committees, curricu- erties of these signals. My students and I listen to the speech
lum committees, and award selection committees. At home materials we develop to ensure that they are free of distortion
in the evening, I often write reference letters for students or and accurately represent the intended signal. We also collect
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