- April 17th, 2023
Caroline Yuk (B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, UA’21) has been named a 2023 Luce Scholar. Established in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program offers early-career leaders year-long immersive, professional experiences in Asia, providing stipends, language training, and individualized professional placements. Mary Caroline Yuk recently graduated from The University of Alabama as the Catherine J. Randall awardee, which recognizes the single top scholar based on academic record and scholarly endeavor. She has established interests in hearing healthcare disparities and gerontology, as well as neurobiology and biochemistry. Her work with Dr. Marcia Hay-McCutcheon on a rural mobile audiology clinic, Hear Here Alabama, inspired the first children’s hearing education program in Alabama and secured grants for further accessibility efforts, including a $2.1 million grant to fund community health workers and a hearing aid delivery program. At University of Alabama, Caroline conducted research with Dr. Rebecca Allen into the effectiveness of art therapy on Alzheimer’s Disease and analyzed a hearing screen tool to assess mild cognitive impairment in a geriatric population, and rural and urban healthcare differences. She also conducted biochemistry research into antibiotic resistance in Dr. Jack Dunkle’s Lab. Afterwards, Caroline conducted neuroscience research at University of Michigan’s Kresge Hearing Research Institute in Dr. Gabriel Corfas‘ lab, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Dr. Yuri Agrawal’s lab, and Harvard Medical School in Dr. Lisa Goodrich’s Lab. As the first deaf Marshall Scholar and University of Alabama’s first in over 40 years, Caroline has received the MSc in Neuroscience from University of Oxford, where she worked on research relating functional connectivity and heart rate variability with Dr. Miriam Klein-Flugge, as well as corticofugal projections’ role in spatial hearing with Dr. Victoria Bajo, Dr. Fernando Nodal, and Dr. Andy King. She is currently working with Dr. Sarah Hogan to analyze and create a profile of deaf children’s sensory integration difficulties at Auditory Verbal UK, a charity that provides subsidized language training for deaf babies from low-income families. She is now pursuing a second MSc in Medical Anthropology at University of Oxford and plans to focus on deaf populations’ access and perspective on medicine.