A new video series on the website of Science Friday—a Public Radio International show devoted to bringing science and tech information to the masses—covers exciting discoveries by female scientists. The inaugural installment in “Breakthrough: Portraits of Women in Science,” features audiologist Rene Gifford. As director of Vanderbilt University’s Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory, Gifford leads a team of researchers working on innovative ways to improve hearing through variations on the use of electrode implants.
The 17-minute video was created by documentary filmmaker Emily Driscoll, who shares the story of Gifford’s colleague Allyson Sisler-Dinwiddie. Also an audiologist, Sisler-Dinwiddie was in a car accident causing severe hearing damage. She now works with Gifford to test their theories and help improve hearing in others with profound hearing loss.
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