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Canceled: Baby Talk in the NICU

Due to recent news from the UT administration, we have cancelled this event.

Kathy Newnam, assistant professor of nursing, and Jessica Hay, associate professor of psychology, will present “Baby Talk in the NICU” Friday, April 3.

Infants born preterm are at a critical stage of auditory development in a less-than-optimal environment. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a high-tech but low-touch environment where directed infant speech is sporadic and at times absent. Great disparities exist for those infants whose parents rarely visit. Previous research suggests that the quantity and quality of speech that infants hear is positively correlated with their future language proficiency. Newnam and Hay’s research centers around the hypothesis that parental engagement through directed language is a low-risk, readily available intervention that can be used to reduce stress in the preterm infant and lead to improved brain development.

The UT Science Forum takes place Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Room A. Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A.

The event is free and open to the public. We have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. To request a pass, please visit us online at

Friday, April 3, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, A
1600 Phillip Fulmer Way

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Social Sciences, Health & Wellness, Communication & Information


Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public


Science Forum


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Amanda Womac

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