Past Distinguished Lectures

Spring Series

Dr. Rick Wagner

Florida State University
Specific Reading Comprehension Disability: Myth, Misnomer, or Genuine Malady?
Thursday, February 9, 2017
1199 Urban Life Building
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Julie Masterson

Missouri State University
“Reading, Spelling, Speech: Exploring Complex Relationships”
Thursday, March 2, 2017
1199 Urban Life Building
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

L&L Day

RCALL Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Presentations
Friday, April 28, 2017
West Exhibit Area, Urban Life Building
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Lunch at Noon in 460/462 SCW
RSVP to [email protected]

Dr. Mabel Rice

University of Kansas
“What We Learn About Language by Studying Twins: New Findings From Age 2 to 16 Years”
Friday, April 28, 2017
468  Student Center West
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Fall Series

Dr. Fumiko Hoeft

Thursday, September 1, 2016
University of California – San  Francisco
“Intergenerational Imaging of Reading Networks”
1199 Urban Life Building
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Lourdes Ortega

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Georgetown University
“Carving Transformative Understandings of Multilingual Success”
230 Urban Life Building
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Elizabeth Kay Raining Bird

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Dalhousie University
“Bilingualism in Children and Adolescents with Down syndrome”
1199 Urban Life Building
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Katherine Hustad

Thursday, December 1, 2016
University of Wisconsin
Longitudinal Development of Speech and Language in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Growth Curves and Outcomes”
1199 Urban Life Building
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Thursday, January 21, 2016: Dr. Erik Willcutt, University of Colorado
“Etiology and Neuropsychology of Learning Disabilities and ADHD: Understanding the 'Whirling Ball of Comorbidity”

Thursday, February 11, 2016: Dr. Krista Wilkinson, Pennsylvania State University
"Improving the Design of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Interventions"

Thursday, March 24, 2016: Dr. R. Malatesha Joshi, Texas A&M University
"The Role of Orthography in Literacy Acquisition in Monolinguals and Bilinguals"

Thursday, April 29, 2016:Dr. Susan Ellis Weismer, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"Investigating the Interplay Between Cognitive Mechanisms and Language Abilities in Children on the Autism Spectrum"

Thursday, September 1, 2016: Dr. Fumiko Hoeft,University of California - San Francisco
“Intergenerational Imaging of Reading Networks”

Thursday, October 20, 2016: Dr. Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University
"Carving Transformative Understandings of Multilingual Success"

Thursday, November 10, 2016: Dr. Elizabeth Kay Raining Bird, Dalhousie University
"Bilingualism in Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome"

Thursday, December 1, 2016: Dr. Katherine Hustad, University of Wisconsin
"Longitudinal Development of Speech and Language in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Growth Curves and Outcomes"

Tuesday, May 5, 2015: Dr. Esther Dromi, Tel Aviv University
"A Developmental Model for the Evaluation of Communication, Language and Speech Disorders in Toddlers"

Friday, April 25, 2015: Dr. Steven F. Warren, University of Kansas
“Sensors, Apps, and The Cloud: The Promise and Peril of Automatic Language Measurement and Analysis Technologies.”

Wednesday, March 25, 2015: Dr. Julius Fredriksson, University of South Carolina Speech Entrainment in Aphasia

Thursday, February 19, 2015: Dr. Stephanie Al Otaiba, Southern Methodist University
"RTI: A Decade After IDEA Recognition"

Thursday, January 15, 2015:  Dr. Chris Schatschneider, Florida State University
"The Role of Methodologists in Education Science"

Thursday, September 11, 2014: Dr. Ken Pugh, Haskins Laboratories
"The Literate Brain: Insights from Neuroimaging"

Thursday, October 9, 2014: Dr. Nancy Brady,University of Kansas
"New Developments in Assessing and Treating Severe Communication Disorders"

Thursday, November 6, 2014: Dr. Jeffrey Gruen, Yale Child Health Research Center
"Genetic Screening for Reading and Language: In the Loop with READ1"

Thursday, December 11, 2014: Dr. Susan Murphy, University of Michigan
"Micro-Randomized Trials of Developing Just-In-Time Adaptive Interventions In Health"

Friday, April 18, 2014: Dr. Howard Goldstein, University of South Florida
"Teaching Vocabulary in Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms: Iterative Development and Evaluation of a Tier 2 Curriculum"

Monday, March 10, 2014: Dr. Laurie Cutting, Vanderbilt University
"Cognitive and Neurobiological Correlates of Reading Comprehension: A Not So Simple Story"

Friday, February 28, 2014: Dr. Leslie Gonzolaz Rothi, University of Florida
"The New Optimism of Neurorehabilitation Applied to Aphasia"

Wednesday, December 11, 2013: Dr. Judy DeLoache, University of Virginia
"Becoming Symbol Minded"

Monday, November 11, 2013: Dr. Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University
"Language or Literacy: Preparing Children for Third Grade Reading"

Thursday, October 10, 2013: Dr. Barbara Foorman, Florida State University
"The Structure of Oral Language and Its Relation to Reading at Various Levels
of Comprehension in Kindergarten Through Grade 2"

Thursday, September 26, 2013: Dr. Marc Fey, The University of Kansas Medical Center
"Grammatical Input as the Source of Grammatical Error in Specific Language Impairment"

Thursday, April 25, 2013: Dr. Keiko Koda, Carnegie Mellon University
"Cross-Linguistic Resource Sharing in Biliteracy Development"

Friday, April 5, 2013: Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago
"Gesture's Role in Creating and Learning Language"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013: Dr. Kenn Apel, University of South Carolina
"Initial Acquisition of Mental Graphemic Representations"

Monday, December 3, 2012: Dr. Amy Wetherby, Florida State University
"Evidence-based Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: What are the Active Ingredients?"

Wednesday, November 14, 2012: Dr. Hugh Catts, University of Kansas
"Early Identification of Reading Disabilities"

Wednesday, October 17, 2012: Dr. Jon F. Miller, University of Wisconsin - Waisman Center
"Advances in Language Sample Analysis Using SALT Software"

Thursday, September 27, 2012: Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, University of California - Davis School of Medicine
"Languge Development in Fragile X Syndrome: Phenotype, Variation, Mechanisms and Treatment

Tuesday, August 30, 2012: Dr. Connie Kasari, University of California, Los Angeles
"Engaging Autism: Development Implications for Interventions"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012: Dr. Jerry Mahoney, Case Western Reserve University
"The Parenting Model of Development; The Role of Parents in Early Intervention"

Friday, March 30, 2012: Dr. Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University
"Neurolinguistic Models and Language Disorders"
Language & Literacy Day, West Exhibit Area, 2nd Floor UL, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Wednesday, February 22, 2012: Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg, Boston University
"Exploring Predictors of Spoken Language Development in Children with Autisim Spectrum Disorder"

Thursday, January 26, 2012: Dr. Janna Oetting, Louisiana State University
"Child Language Impairment in the Context of English Dialect Diversity"

Thursday, November 10, 2011: Dr. Paul Bloom, Yale University
“The Pleasure of Stories”

Thursday, November 3, 2011: Dr. Bruce Crosson, University of Florida
“The Right Frontal Lobe in Language: Aging and Aphasia”

Thursday, October 27, 2011: Dr. Elizabeth Peña, University of Texas at Austin
“Profiles of Language Impairment in Bilingual Children”

Thursday, September 29, 2011: Dr. Steve Graham, Vanderbilt University
“Skills, Will, Strategies, and Knowledge: Catalysts for Writing Development”

April 15, 2011: Dr. Laurence Leonard, Purdue University
"Can Errors in Language Production be Traced to Weakness in Languge?"

March 22, 2011: Dr. Elaine Tarone, University of Minnesota
"Alphabetic Literacy Affects Oral Second-Language Processing."

February 25, 2011: Dr. Jason Anthony, University of Texas
"Development of Language and Early Literacy Skills in at Risk Populations."

January 25, 2011: Dr. Ann Kaiser, Vanderbilt University
"Parent-Implemented Early Communication Interventions: Methods, Outcomes and Challenges."

December 9, 2010: Dr. Rebecca Marcon, University of North Florida
"Help the Teacher, Help the Child: Supporting Young Children's Language and Early Literacy Development in High-Need Communities"

November 9, 2010: Dr. Maryanne Wolf, Tufts University
“Implications of the Evolving Reading Brain for Education and Intervention”

October 14, 2010: Dr. Patricia Greenfield, University of California, Los Angeles
“A Cross-Species Comparative Approach to the Development of Language and Representation”

September 16, 2010: Dr. Charles Perfetti, University of Pittsburgh
“Words in Comprehension, Comprehension in Words: Using and Building Lexical Knowledge in Reading”

April 20, 2010: Dr. Sonja Lanehart, University of Texas at San Antonio
"African American Language Research in the 21st Century"

March 4, 2010: Dr. Frances Conners, University of Alabama
"What We Know and Don't Know About Reading and Intellectual Disability"

February 11, 2010: Dr. Dennis Molfese, University of Louisville
"The use of ERPs to Track and Predict Intervention Success in SLI Children"

January 21, 2010: Dr. David Uttal, Northwestern University
"Rethinking the Concrete-Abstract Distinction: Implications for Symbolic Development"

December 10, 2009: Dr. Erika Hoff, Florida Atlantic University
"Input Matters: Evidence from Studies of Early Monolingual and Bilingual Development"

November 17, 2009: Dr. Mabel Rice, University of Kansas
"Identifying Shared Genetics of Disorders of Language, Speech, and Reading: Multiple Gene Effects and Methodological Challenges"

October 22, 2009: Dr. Margaret Harris, Oxford-Brookes University
"The Development of Literacy Skills in Children Who are Deaf"

Lectures are free and open to the public.