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Ask an Acaustician

pilot data from naive listeners to verify speech intelligibil- nel your energy into that research focus. Excitement about
ity, list equivalence, and perceived degree of accent. Finally, your research program is evident in talks, manuscripts, and
we calibrate our si nals dail in the lab before resentin rants and will motivate ou to think dee 1 about our re-

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them to listeners. Knowing the acoustic attributes of signals, search questions.

’ al resentation levels and auditor ca acit of listeners . . . . . . .
Slgn P ’ _ Y  Y My second piece of advice is to aim high. Budding acousti-
enables me to have confidence in the experimental results. dam Should Submit manuscripts to the premiere journals in
How do you handle rejection? the discipline such as The Iournul of the Acoustical Society of
I say a few expletives and set aside the rejection letter/re- Ame“r“- Galnlng aeeePtanee ln theselnnrnals retllhres more
view for at least a few days. Then I start to consider the rea- Wnrk than aeeePtanee ln nther lnnrnals hut 15 Well ‘North the
sons specified for the rejection and whether they can be ad- errdrt ln hnlsterlng Ynnr rePntatl°n- You Shnnld Start earlY
dressed in a revision either as a manuscript sent to another and nrten tn Snhrnlt grant aPPheatl°nS tn federal agenele5-
journal or as a resubmitted grant application. Inevitably, the EXPeet releetlnn and grow a thlek 5ldn> rneanlngs dnnt take
comments stated in the rejection letter are quite helpful in the releetlnn Per 5°nallY hnt learn rrnrn lt and Snhrnlt a better
revamping the submission, and, as a result, I have often been aPPheatl°n next tnne- MY °hSerVatl°n 15 that Ynnng lnVeStl'
Successful in overhauling the Submission gators who consistently write grant applications ultimately

get funded. You just need to persevere! Third, volunteer to
“Ihat ar e 79" Pr nndest of In 70"’ Career? serve as a reviewer for top peer-review journals and federal
l arn Prdndest nr three aSPeet5 nr rnY Career: the lrnPaCt °t grant agencies. These are invaluable learning experiences for
rnY researeh °n nnPr°Vlng nnr nnderstandlng nr age‘related writing a better manuscript or preparing a better grant. Fi-
hearlng l°55s nlY lntlnenee °n St“dentS> and rnY Sneeess ln nally, say “no” to requests of your time that don’t advance
Ohtalnlng external rnndlng t° 5nPP°rt nlY W°rk- MY entlre your career or that interfere with your work-life balance.
research career has been focused on elucidating the mecha- How do you Say no; My advice is to reply that you will think
nl5rn5 nnderlYln8 a8e'related hearlng lnas (as rnentlnned about the request and will give a response within a week.
in Tell us about your work), and I believe that our theories This provides an Opportunity to Ponder whether You really
ahnnt aEe‘related deellne ln andlt°rY ternP°ral Prneesslng want to do what is asked of you and whether it is a task that
have n°W heeorne hr°adlY aeeePted- lt la ‘lnlte remarkable will advance your career. It’s also easier to give a definitive
to see my work referenced in articles that advance the sci- «ho» after some time has Passed.
entific premise I espoused, and I am also gratified to learn “mat do you Want to accamp HS 11 Within the next 10 years
that some of my work has impacted audiology practice. My b I, t_ t?
students are a great source of pride for me. I have watched or e are re Item?” ' _ _
. Most of us think in terms of a 5-year plan; mine includes
some of them develop from eager but uninformed under- _ _ _ _
. . . several objectives. I hope to accomplish continued success
graduates to knowledgeable and insightful PhD candidates _ _ _ _
. . . . . in carrying out the work outlined in my grants and contracts
with publications of their own. I am quite honored to have _ _ _ _ _
k d .th d d h h 1 d 1 h and in submitting one grant renewal. As part of this objec-
wor e wi so many stu ents an to ave e pe aunc . h h _
. . . . tive, I would like to see a number of manuscripts published
their research careers. My success in obtaining external _ _ _
. . . . describing work that has been conducted in my lab over the
grant support is frankly beyond my imagination. Persever- , _ _ _
d ai .d 1 d . h it .ai h years but hasnt yet been published. I aim to work with my
ance an unusu i eas, coup e wit co egi support, ave t f PhD t d t t d 1 t_ f th .
helped me achieve continuous funding for nearly my entire curren group 0 _ S 11 en S (_)war comp é Ion 0 elr
. . degrees. I am committed to helping them begin successful
academic career. I am humbled and proud of this record. _ _ _ _ _ _ _
careers in research. Finally, I would like to inspire junior col-
I47I1at advice do you have for budding acousticians? leagues toward a successful career in academia by advising
My first piece of advice is to follow your passion. If you them on grant applications and consulting with them on ca-
are excited about a particular area of research, then chan- reer choices.
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