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Stuttering is More than "The King's Speech"

Carol Seery mentors graduate student Kathryn Perkins, who recently presented her proposal for a research project that would examine how to more effectively alter the way people who stutter are perceived.
Carol Seery (left) mentors graduate student Kathryn Perkins, who recently presented her proposal for a research project that would examine how to more effectively alter the way people who stutter are perceived.
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Reprinted in part from the UWM Website

The movie "The King's Speech" has brought a tremendous amount of attention to stuttering. Already the winner of several awards, the film will again be spotlighted at the 83rd Academy Awards show on Feb. 26, with 12 Oscar nominations.

The film tells the story of King George VI and his efforts to deal with his stuttering. His live broadcasts of hope and inspiration helped keep the spirits of the British people alive during the dark days of World War II. The film also has created awareness of other famous people with that communication disorder, including Vice President Joe Biden, James Earl Jones, Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, B.B. King, Samuel L. Jackson, Jack Welch and Winston Churchill.

College of Health Sciences Associate Professor Carol Hubbard Seery studies that communication disorder, conducts research and works with support groups as part of her advocacy efforts.

Stuttering is probably the most misunderstood of all communication disorders. It is mystifying because of its random occurrence. Some people have mild episodes of being blocked, while others struggle with severe speech disruption.

"Stuttering appears to involve almost all aspects of what we do when we try to communicate," said Seery. "Studying it requires a multi-dimensional approach, since stuttering appears to be impacted by a multitude of factors - a person's social interactions, psychological processes and physical capacity."

For example, Seery felt that "The King's Speech" over-simplified some of the issues involved in stuttering. She recently attended the film with a group of adult stutterers.

Read the full article on our website.

'A Hidden Journey of Stuttering' presented at UWM on
March 4

"Pamela Mertz: A Hidden Journey of Stuttering" will be held on Friday, March 4, from 2:00-4:00 pm in UWM's Enderis Hall, 2400 E. Hartford Ave., Room 107.

Mertz, who is a stutterer herself, has published widely on her personal journey with stuttering and used her story to address teasing and bullying prevention.

The presentation will include her experiences with stuttering and her views on teaching tolerance and respect. There also will be a panel of people who stutter and a parent of a child who stutters, along with an audience question and answer period.

The session is free and open to the public and is presented by the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association and UWM Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Sciences. RSVPs are requested at For more information, visit

New CHS Faculty and Staff Welcomed

Ryan Wilkinson and Ann Dietrich
Ryan Wilkinson and Ann Dietrich
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The New Faculty, Staff and Friends Reception was held on February 22. Introduced were: Dean's Office Sheila Anderson, Renea Drews, Joe Maddalena; Business Administration and Technology Operations (BATO) CC Adeyemo; Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) John Heilmann, Jae-Yung Song, Heather Zingler; Health Sciences (HS) Betsy Abroe, Rohit Kate, Feifan Liu, Carol Mitchell; Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) Cacy Odom-Williams; Human Movement Sciences (HMS) Karen Abu-Lughod, Carrie Truebenbach, Ryan Wilkinson; Occupational Science & Technology (OS &T) Brooke Slavens, Ying-Chih (Inga) Wang; and CHS Advisory Board Lynn Streeter (Columbia St. Mary's-Heritage Center). Stories about them and their work will be featured in future issues of the CHS Chronicle.

CHS Alumnus Featured in Local Newspaper

Rick Spenner joins Snopek and Frazier on a therapeutic walk to the mailbox at The Berkshire senior apartments.
Richard Spenner joins Gloria Snopek and clinical personal trainer Anne Frazier on a therapeutic walk to the mailbox at The Berkshire senior apartments.
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CHS Alumnus, Richard Spenner (HMS '03) and UWM 2006 Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award winner was recently covered in a story in the Ozaukee Press. A certified kinesiotherapist, Spenner has been a specialist in the field of clinical exercise for nearly 20 years. He has worked with many different clients, including Olympians, professional athletes, high school and college competitors, as well as clients struggling with physical challenges, such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, etc.

Read more about his long and varied professional career and learn what he is doing now.

Athletic Training Helps Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day

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Faculty, staff and students from CHS's Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) collaborated with the UWM Athletic Department and Images of Us Sports (IOU Sports) on February 5th to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

About 35 girls from the Milwaukee community attended a morning of workshops on sports career opportunities, along with tours of the Pavilion athletic training facilities. The sessions were capped off with a UWM Women's basketball game, complete with cheers, pompons, a half-time lunch and visit with Coach Sandy Botham. Participating were Associate Professor Jennifer Earl and AT students, Lian Horbinski, Natalia Bravo, and Kimberly Kelley.

Medical Informatics Students Receive Grant

CHS Medical Informatics Ph.D. students, Balaji Remesh, Koroush Ravvaz, Zubair Dhala and Rami Owais of the Medical Informatics Student Association at UWM, received a grant to support an outside speaker to come to UWM to give a seminar in medical informatics. Associate professor, Hong Yu said, "This is a significant achievement because the students themselves initiated the grant application. It is an outstanding step toward their successful careers!"

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Volume 2, Issue 5
February 25, 2011

Important Dates

Deadline for Nominations

2011 Joanne Lazirko Award for Innovative Use of Learning Technologies
Monday, February 28

CHS Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 1
5:30-7:30 pm
Wisconsin Club
Milwaukee, WI

CHS/SOIS Brown Bag Series Lunch with Interim Chancellor Lovell

Thursday, March 3
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Golda Meir Library- 4th Floor Conference Room

Co-hosted by CHS and the School of Information Studies (SOIS). This is an opportunity to meet with UWM Interim Chancellor Michael Lovell in an open forum to discuss campus issues, ask questions and share information.

Diversity Career Day

Thursday, March 3
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
UWM Union- Wisconsin Room

An opportunity for all students, including freshmen, to learn about various careers, explore internship and employment possibilities and network with prospective employers. Employers and graduate/professional school representatives will be present.

Deadline for Nominations

UWM Faculty- Distinguished University and Public Service Awards
Friday, March 11

Faculty and Staff Activities

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Timothy Patrick (HCI) has been appointed to the Technical Advisory Committee for the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN). WISHIN has assumed the governance and implementation responsibility for Wisconsin's health information technology (HIT) strategic and operational plan.

He also was invited to be on the Board of Directors of New Health Services, a nonprofit affiliate of the Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI) which provides quality, in-home care for older adults and individuals who are living with a disability.

CHS in the News

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Virginia Zerpa-Uriona
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Ron Cisler and Virginia Zerpa-Uriona from the Center for Urban Population Health (CUPH) were panelists on MPTV Channel 10's "Fourth Street Forum" which aired February 11 and 13. The topic was "Inequality: Threat to Your Health" and a tape can be viewed at

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