AT THE FOREFRONT
Courtney C. Lane (l) and Joshua G.
The Helen Carr Peake Research
2003 May Issue 3
Courtney C. Lane is the winner of RLE's Helen Carr Peake Research
Prize for 2003, with Joshua G. Bernstein receiving Honorable Mention.
Lane is a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health
Sciences and Technology (HST). She pursues her research at the Eaton-Peabody
Laboratory (EPL) of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary under
the supervision of RLE Principal Research Scientist Bertrand Delgutte
in the RLE Auditory Physiology Group. Through a combination of neurophysiological,
psychophysical, and computational approaches, Lane's research has
shed considerable light on spatial release from masking, which allows
improved detectability of a target sound in noise with increased
spatial separation between the two sources.
Bernstein is also a graduate student in HST. His research, which
is being conducted at RLE under the supervision of RLE Principal
Research Scientist Andrew J. Oxenham in the Sensory Communication
Group, addresses the role of harmonic content in pitch perception.
The Helen Carr Peake Research Prize was established through a donation
of Sheldon Pang, an RLE and EPL alumnus. It consists of an annual
award of $2,000 to an MIT student for bioengineering research performed
in either RLE or EPL. This is the first year of the prize. The prize
presentation to Lane and the honorable mention presentation to Bernstein
will occur later this month at a gala award luncheon hosted by RLE.