Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Desmarais Building, Room 4101
This French-only lecture discusses how noise affects our lives, from the cradle to the grave. Noise permeates our lives, be it the whirl of air conditioners or the clink and clunk of toys. It can impede communication, cause hearing loss, trigger cardiovascular disease and compromise safety. All of these effects are well documented—and serious enough now that, as a society, we are finally…listening. This lecture exposes the impact of noise in our lives, from our first whimper to our final breath.
Watch this resounding lecture by Professeur Chantal Laroche.
Prof. Chantal Laroche is in the University of Ottawa’s Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Program. She earned a PhD in biomedical sciences from the Université de Montréal in 1989 and subsequently launched her own company, Sonométric Inc., which she co-directed from 1990 to 1993. She joined the uOttawa faculty in 1993.
Prof. Laroche received the Premier’s Research Excellence Award from 2000 to 2005 and has landed grants from several government agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, IRSST, NCE, CFI) together with colleagues in audiology, speech-language pathology, engineering and psychology. She also has a number of prestigious research contracts to her credit and has served as an expert witness in court cases involving the effects of noise.
She has published more than 90 scientific papers and over the past 10 years, has garnered more than $2.3 million in research grants and contracts. Her research interests cover a wide spectrum: the impact of noise on health and quality of life; noise and communication; the design of hearing-assessment tools; the perception and localization of warning sounds; and the prevention of noise-induced hearing problems.