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Avila grad student to blog bilingually from national convention

May 25, 2011
For more information, contact Bob Luder at 816.501.2434.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Avila University psychology graduate assistant Yoshitaro Oba has been asked by the Association of Psychological Science not only to present at the organization's national convention later this week, but also to tape a video blog about the event in two languages.

Oba will present a poster on the topic of public speaking anxiety during a one-hour session of the APS Convention from 9-10 a.m. CDT Saturday, May 28 in Washington D.C. Click here for more information.

During the hour-long poster session, convention officials also will record two 1-2-minute videos with Oba, one in English and one in his native Japanese. The videos will be posted on YouTube and downloaded to a blog site, Daily Observations, on the APS Web site (http://www.psychologicalscience.org/).

"I am very excited about sharing our research project at the convention of the Association of Psychological Science, which is the most notable psychology convention in the world," Oba said. "Additionally, it is a great opportunity to demonstrate public speaking anxiety in both English and Japanese. I deeply appreciate faculty members' support and encouragement, which allowed me to represent Avila University."

Marcia Pasqualini, chair of the Department of Psychology at Avila, who will accompany Oba to the convention, said that while it's not unusual for Avila psychology students to present posters at the event, to be asked to film a video blog, especially in two languages, is a rare honor.

"This should be really good for Yoshi," Pasqualini said. "He'll be able to draw interest to his work, and he's applying to a doctorate program.

"It's a unique opportunity, that's for sure. To have Avila highlighted there will be good."



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.