Friday, 25 April 2014

Two years?!?!? TWO FR*CKIN' YEARS!?!?!?!?

Some symbols in this post have been changed in order to protect myself from spambots.

This rant is inspired by something I've learned over the last few hours. The instigator is that I needed to confirm my contact information for a new assignment (I've been asked to join the editorial board of a journal), and in so doing I thought I would take care of some outstanding business.

Two years ago (or so), they switched the University's email services from the old servers which were old and dying and not keeping up with demand anyway, to some kind of Exchange service that as I understand it runs out of Microsoft, or something, 'off the cloud' rather than on local hardware. In so doing, all our emails had to be changed to the new email domain.

The old email domain(s) were (at) cc.umanitoba ca or (even older) (at) ms.umanitoba.ca. The new domain is (at) ad.umanitoba.ca. For months ahead of the changeover, we were informed that the change was coming, that we'd have to adjust our server settings if we used a regular email client, that if we were accessing the email from a device (and not through the webmail site) we'd have to lock all our devices down, etc. etc. etc. There were gnashings of teeth, there were a whole new set of application-specific passwords, there were accounts to adjust and rename.

And there was the statement that to facilitate the changeover we would all receive new email addresses of the form Firstname.Lastname (at) ad.umanitoba.ca. So for TWO YEARS, I've been signing everything Robert.Hagiwara (at) ad.umanitoba.ca. I've changed my letterhead template. I've been fixing my business cards. I've changed all my sigs.

What I have never done is gotten an alias. For years, if you wanted a user-friendly email alias, it had to look like a name *and* contain an underscore. So if I wanted one, I could have Robert_Hagiwara, or R_Hagiwara, or Hagiwara_R or Rob_Hag or something like that. Then with the change we could have dots instead of underscores. Since none of those were shorter or more memorable that robh, I never got one.

With the change two years ago, I asked if I could go back to robh (at) ad.umanitoba.ca. or (at) umanitoba.ca. Both got rejected, because it didn't follow the requirements (which I presumed that it had to be a real name, and/or that it had to contain an underscore, or (as I've seen recently) a dot.

So with this new thing, I decided once and for all to at least go to robhagiwara (at) or something like that. So I tried the on-line system, which was disabled and directed me to a new system, which as also been disabled. So I emailed the support desk and asked if I could have robh (at). After all, I'd been robh (at) for the 12 years before the change, and with other domains before that (and it was just two bad there are other Roberts H out there who might have wanted it but didn't ask before I did. Failing that, could I have robhagiwara (at) or something useful, with no dots or underscores.

So I go off to my meeting this afternoon and come back to the reply. Which I quote:

Your actual email address is robh (at) umanitoba.ca.
Robert.Hagiwara (at) umanitoba.ca is the Alias.
People Search at the University of Manitoba webpage will only publish Aliases for Staff.

Huhwha?

Friday, 4 April 2014

Speech anatomy resources

A student asked me to put together a list of resources in support of anatomy/physiology study for speech/language/hearing, so I thought I'd make this public before I forgot about it.

Anatomy and physiology, in my opinion, is the sort of thing that only really starts to stick after the second or third go-round. In my classes, I'm more concerned with the typical adult case (as opposed to the atypical or developmental cases), and preparing the student to 'enter the litearture' rather than making sure they get it all in on the first try. I concentrate on big structures, connections, and functions, and throw in enough Latin and classic names (Eustace, Roland, Sylvus, and so on) so that the student can read 'real' stuff and get more.

So this list is sort of a mix of stuff that I think of as being 'this' level, and the next level up.

Perkins, William H and Raymond D Kent (1986). Functional Anatomy for Speech, Hearing, and Language: An Introduction. Taylor and Francis.
This may be out of print, but it's the textbook I use in my anat and phys classes.  It's oversized, but loaded with clear line drawings and concise descriptions.
Update:Not out of print. Yay, team.
 
Seikel, J Anthony, Douglas W King and David G Drumright (2010). Anatomy and Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing (4th ed). Delmar Cengage Learning.
Newer, the fourth edition is probably the most current intro textbook for this material, comes bound with a StudyWare CD with some great interactive quiz materials. Missing are the earlier 'click and exlplore' diagrams, but the old diagrams were of limited resolution and utility. I don't use it as a textbook because the earlier (I think second) edition I reviewed almost always chose names for things which were different than what I was used to (in anatomy there are always three different names for everything, and in the case of speech/hearing anatomy there are different traditions that add another layer). So I'm on the fence about the new edition as a primary textbook, but if I had to pick a new one tomorrow, I'd pick this.
 
Dickson, David Ross and Wilma Maue-Dickson (1982). Anatomical and Physiological Bases of Speech. Little Brown and Co.
Definitely out of print, but the book I learned a lot out of: this book. It's relatively concise, and is a very accessible read.
 
Zemlin, Willard R (1998). Speech and Hearing Science: Anatomy and Physiology (4th ed). Allyn & Bacon
This is “The Bible” of speech and hearing anatomy; The fourth edition seems to still be current, but there's a recent 'workbook and study guide', which I've only just looked at.
 
Fuller, Donald R, Jane T Pimentel and Barbara M Perogoy (2012). Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Wolters Kluwer Health (Lippincott Willams & Wilkins).
I haven't read this book thoroughly, but it seems to be the only textbook of this time with a definite focus on atypical structures and development. So for the burgeoning SLP type, this might be the way to go. As a linguist who only serves the SLP-bound peripherally, I think it's more important to get a good foundation in the typical case, but maybe that's just me.
 
Kapit, Wynn and Lawrence M Elson. The Anatomy Coloring Book.
and
Diamond, Marian C, Arnold B Scheibel and Lawrence M Elson. The Human Brain Coloring Book.
These are not speech/language/hearing specific, but you can't do better than without actually dissecting something. These books go through different editions with different publishers, but you want to look for these authors in particular (there are other coloring books with similar titles out there. These are the best.)
 
Netter, Frank H (2003). Atlas of Human Anatomy (4th ed). Saunders (Elsevier).
For my money, the best atlas of anatomy available. Netter was an MD and anatomical artist, and this book is just plate after plate of his paintings. Some in 'natural' color, some are colored consistently in plate to plate so you can focus on the same structure from different angles (e.g. the Sphenoid Bone is always yellow in plates of the skull/cranium from the front, side, above and below). Simply beautiful paintings of just about every structure in the body you'd ever want to look at.
 
McFarland, David H (2009). Netter’s Atlas of Anatomy for Speech, Swallowing, and Hearing. Mosby (Elsevier).
This one is new to me. McFarland has taken relevant plates from Netter, and added descriptive text, elaborating the structures, their blood supply and innervation, and function.