Dean Freeman Appointed Chairperson of the NIH Auditory System Study Section

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Dean Denny FreemanDean Dennis Freeman was recently appointed a Chairperson of the Auditory System Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The Auditory System [AUD] Study Section reviews NIH applications on the structure and function of the auditory and vestibular systems.  The NIH uses a peer review system to ensure “grant applications receive fair, independent, expert and timely reviews…so NIH can fund the most promising research.”   Dean Freeman has been a member of the AUD since 2011.  Members are selected based on their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline.

Dean Freeman is a Principal Investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), where his Micromechanics Group studies cochlear mechanics.  His group was the first to directly measure sound-induced motions of cells and accessory structures in the inner ear. Recently, Dean Freeman's group discovered how the structure of a microscopic membrane in the inner ear is critical to separating sounds by frequency, which is of central importance to our ability to understand speech.