April 20, 2005
Contact: Renee Paul, (251) 460-6636
USA Research Council Hosts Annual Research Forum
Top graduate and doctoral degree graduates are recognized during the 12th Annual Research
Forum hosted by the USA Research Council. The awards presentation was part of a weeklong
event that showcased the research, scholarly and creative projects of faculty and students.
It featured more than 60 presentations from more than 20 academic departments. From left
are Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Judy Stout, Outstanding Master's
Thesis Award recipient Carol A. Ellis, Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award recipient
Elizabeth Meztista Adams and Research Forum Chair Dr. Susan McCready, associate professor of
foreign languages and literatures. Ellis, a longtime resident of Mobile, received both her
bachelor's and master's degree in history from USA. The title of her thesis is "The Tragedy
of the White Moderate: Father Albert Foley and Alabama Civil Rights, 1963-1967." Dr.
Michael Thomason, professor of history, served as chair of her thesis committee. Adams, a
native of Mobile, received her doctorate degree in communication sciences and disorders from
USA. The title of her dissertation is "Effect of Noise on Judgement of Speech Rate and
Performance on Speech Understanding Measures With and Without Simulated Hearing Loss." Her
dissertation committee co-chairs were Dr. Paul Dagenais, chair of speech pathology and
audiology, and Dr. Robert Moore, assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology.