media release

Winner of judith Gravel Fellowship


Staefa, Switzerland, January 15, 2014

The Hear the World Foundation is pleased to announce its annual Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology has been awarded to Johnna Tanji, a fourth-year AuD student at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She will complete the Judith Gravel Fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology at UNC Chapel Hill.

The fellowship was created by the Hear the World Foundation in 2010 and is named in honor of the late Judy Gravel who passed away in 2008. Johnna feels deeply humbled to be awarded the Gravel fellowship. “I admire Dr. Judith Gravel’s leadership and scholarship contributions to the field of pediatric audiology. It is an honor to continue my studies with the esteemed audiologists at UNC through the Foundation,” she said. “This externship opportunity will allow me to gain foundational skills in pediatric audiology so that I can better serve children with hearing loss and their families.”

Johnna, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, completed her undergraduate degree in physics and Asian studies at Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin. Prior to entering graduate school, Johnna spent two years in Japan teaching English. Currently, she is a fellow in the Arizona Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (AZLEND) Program. According to the review committee, there were many outstanding applicants this year but Johnna stood out because of her international service, her background in basic science, and her passion for pediatric audiology.

About the Fellowship

The Gravel Fellowship is awarded each year to a fourth-year Doctor of Audiology (AuD) student whose externship is completed at UNC Hospitals with a focus on audiological management of infants and young children with hearing loss. The fellowship is named in honor of the late Judy Gravel who passed away in 2008.

“Dr. Gravel was internationally renowned for her expertise in pediatric audiology and for her many contributions to clinical research and professional service. She is also remembered for her dedication to the advancement of educational opportunities for students and clinicians,” said Professor Richard Seewald, a member of the Advisory Board for the Hear the World Foundation; “the Foundation carries on her mission with this fellowship.”