Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center


Seminars in Hearing and Communications Sciences (SHACS)

23 March 2020

Dear Members of the SHACS Community,

First and foremost: we hope you, your loved ones and colleagues stay well and safe through the current crisis. Our hearts go out to all of you associated with the SHACS community at this time.

As you might expect, we regretfully must announce the cancellation of the lectures we had scheduled for the Spring Quarter. After the university administration’s decision that the next academic quarter will be taught remotely to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, it became impossible for our outside speakers to visit campus. In addition, the added stress of transitioning all coursework online will be very demanding for faculty and students alike, and so we decided to not bring our internal lectures online.

We share the disappointment that we imagine many of you feel at missing talks of interest by UW faculty, as well as the presentations and opportunities to meet, speak and network with our visiting lecturers. Think of this as more of a delay than a hard cancellation – SHACS will next resume in the Autumn Quarter of the next academic year. We’re working with the speakers who are unable to present now to reschedule to our 2020-2021 lecture season.

We will be in touch with you again near the start of the next academic year.


The 2019–2020 SHACS Committee

  • Amy E. Pace, PhD (Chair)
  • Andrew Brown, PhD
  • Andrés Barría, PhD
  • Ward R. Drennan, PhD
  • Adrian KC Lee, ScD



Seminars in Hearing and Communications Sciences is a lecture series designed to engage the multi-disciplinary hearing and balance, speech and language science community at the UW. A joint venture between the Department of Speech and Hearing and the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, SHACS provides rich continuing education experiences for students at all levels as well as faculty during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Lectures are generally held on Friday afternoons at least twice a month, though there are periods with more frequent lectures, some of which fall outside of the regularly scheduled time. Speakers may be recruited from universities across the country, internationally, or from our own UW campus.

When we host a lecturer from outside the university, we often schedule additional events as opportunities to professionally connect with the speaker. These may include one-on-one meetings, catered lunches with graduate students and postdocs on campus, faculty networking dinners, and post-lecture receptions.

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SHACS Lecture Series Speaker Archive for Past Seasons

Every year we do an open call for speaker nominations for the coming SHACS season from the community, but feel free to send suggestions at any time, and they’ll be added to the list for consideration when planning future lecture seasons. To make a recommendation or ask any questions, please email Llyne Foy or call her at 206.616.6655.