Saturday, March 10, 2018

New side bar quote

Periodically, I come across a quotation about the role of authority in science that strikes my fancy so strongly that I put it in on the sidebar of this blog's homepage ( Here is the latest, thanks to Anu Garg ( 
What has occurred over the course of the last few centuries is a growing (but by no means universal or certain) recognition that science gets the job done, while religion makes excuses. Sometimes they are very pretty excuses that capture the imagination of the public, but ultimately, when you want to win a war or heal a dying child or get rich from a discovery or explore Antarctica, you turn to science and reason, or you fail. - PZ Myers, biology professor (b. 9 Mar 1957) 
- Ben

Amanda Kennedy to give Keynote Address at national conference

Amanda G. Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Quality Scholar and Director of the Vermont Academic Detailing Program will be the Keynote Speaker at the National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD) 6th International Conference on Academic Detailing this November in Boston. The theme of the conference is "Expanding Our Vision & Enhancing Care with Clinical Outreach Education".

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Chittenden County 2018 ECOS: Environment. Community. Opportunity. Sustainability. Report Card

This is a very interesting collection of statistics and trends on a large number of indicators about the health and well-being of our community along a number of dimensions: health, education, employment, environment, and more.

The link is here. My favorite part is the scorecard.

- Ben Littenberg

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

New paper by Kairn Kelley

Congratulations to CTS alumna Kairn Kelley, PhD for publishing a major piece of her dissertation:

Structured Review of Dichotic Tests of Binaural Integration: Clinical Performance in Children.
Kelley KS, Littenberg B.
Am J Audiol. 2018 Feb 26:1-11.
doi: 10.1044/2017_AJA-17-0032. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 29482200 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Purpose The aim of the study was to evaluate the evidence of clinical utility for dichotic speech tests of binaural integration used to assess auditory processing in English-speaking children 6–14 years old.
Method Dichotic speech test recordings and pertinent research studies were identified from iterative searches of the Internet and bibliographic databases, as well as communication with colleagues and test publishers. Test documentation and peer-reviewed literature were evaluated for evidence of reliability, accuracy, usefulness, and value.
Results Eleven dichotic tests of binaural integration were identified for children. Evidence of test–retest reliability was found for 5 tests and demonstrated moderate to good correlation between results on repeated administration (r = .59–.92). Evidence of accuracy was identified for 5 tests but was either inconsistent with accurate performance or was not generalizable due to significant limitations in study design. No evidence was found to either support or dispute claims of usefulness or value.
Conclusions A medical diagnostic framework is useful for evaluating dichotic tests. Although dichotic procedures show moderate reliability, the absence of a widely accepted gold standard reference test limits our ability to assess their value. Overall, the data available at the time of this review do not support the routine use of dichotic tests of binaural integration for clinical evaluation of children.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Katherine Cheung, MD, PhD

Many congratulations to Assistant Professor of Medicine Katherine Lana Cheung, MD, PhD who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation and has earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Translational Science.  She did a great job in her defense (naturally!) and earned praise from all who witnessed it.  Way to go, Kat!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Fwd: 2018 NAPCRG Annual Meeting | Call for Papers Now Open

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You are invited to submit a proposal to present a paper, poster, workshop or forum at the 46th NAPCRG Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on November 9-13, 2018.


Proposals on any topic relating to primary care research are welcome from researchers throughout North America and the rest of the world. Regarding poster submissions, we give considerable time to poster sessions, have more space than is typical at meetings, and as such you are likely to receive more direct feedback and potential collaborators from a poster presentation than from an oral presentation in a parallel session.


The deadline for submissions is April 16, 2018.


There are six (6) categories of submissions for the 2018 NAPCRG Annual Meeting.


Submissions Categories

  • Oral Presentation on Completed Research
  • Poster on Completed Research
  • Poster on Research in Progress
  • Workshops
  • Forums
  • Preconference Workshop


View the Call for Papers and Submission Instructions.

Submissions must be completed and submitted online by clicking the button above or visiting All submissions must be received no later than April 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm eastern.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Fwd: Grant writing videos

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I am pleased to announce a great new resource to assist you in your grant writing efforts.

Were you interested, but unable to attend the 2017 Grant Writing brown bag seminar series? Did you just not have the time to attend regularly?

Videos of each session are now available for viewing at your convenience.

This series, presented by Jeralyn Haraldsen, PhD, Grant Proposal Manager in the Office of the Vice President for Research, covers topics ranging from the procedural aspects of submitting a grant at UVM, to tips for finding funding, and practical approaches for improving the clarity of your writing. It will be most helpful for faculty, particularly those who are new to grant writing, but may also be of interest to postdocs, or administrators who support the grant proposal development and submission process.

To access the videos:


You will need to enter your UVM netid and password to access this resource.