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Sue Bessel Hume, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, will be discussing “Care and Use of the Professional and Occupational Voice” at noon on November 30 in the final Science Forum for the semester.

The Science Forum is a weekly brown-bag lunch series that allows professors and area scientists to discuss their research and the general public to learn about science through a conversational presentation.

Hume’s presentation will be in room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena. Attendees can bring lunch or purchase it at the arena. The presentation will be forty minutes long followed by a question-and-answer session. It is free and open to the public.

Hume, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of voice and speech sound disorders, will talk about the anatomical structures that create the sound and tone of the voice and ways to maintain vocal health.

“Our voices are vulnerable to environmental effects, occupational demands, and aging,” she said. “The good news is that many voice problems are preventable through education and modification of behaviors.”

She defines professional voice users as “anyone who relies on his or her voice to meet occupational demands, such as teachers, lawyers, coaches, and ministers.”

The Science Forum is sponsored by the Office of Research. For more information about the Science Forum, visit the Office of Research website.

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