Monday, July 30, 2012

Welcome to six undergraduate summer research fellows

Welcome to Anna Bonnett, Morgan Moyer, Ilanna Newman, Emma Nguyen, Alex Ralph, and Sandy Wan – six undergraduate Linguistics majors who have been awarded funded research positions to work on language science projects this summer. Three students – Anna, Emma and Sandy – were awarded a Baggett Summer Scholarship (now in its seventh year, and going strong!). Anna will be working with Naomi Feldman and Shannon Barrios. Emma Nguyen and Sandy Wan will be working with Jeff Lidz, as well as Alexander Williams, in the baby lab.

Three additional students – Alex, Morgan and Ilana – were awarded a brand new CASL-UMD Language Science Summer Scholarship (an award so new the name is still in flux). Alex Ralph will be working with Melinda Martin-Beltran (of the Education Dept., otherwise known as "Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership"). Ilanna Newman will be working with Jeff Lidz in the baby lab. And Morgan Moyer will be working with Valentine Hacquard and Jeff Lidz. Also new this year, the CASL-UMD program will be organizing a series of once-per-week lunchtime meetings where faculty mentors of the CASL-UMD program will each give a short presentation about their work. These meetings will be very useful, particularly for linguistics majors with an interest in getting involved in research fellowships next summer.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Chuchu Li and Candise Lin (HDQM) - Best Student Paper Award, Shanghai, China

Chuchu Li and Candise Lin, both from the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, UMD, attended the Speech Prosody International Conference, which was held in Shanghai, China, May 22-26, 2012. Both of them won the second prize of the “Best Student Paper Award” at this conference. From among 189 papers, 4 were awarded the 2nd prize and 1 was awarded the 1st prize. The title of Chuchu Li’s presentation was “The Activation of Segmental and Tonal information in Lexical Access among Chinese-English Bilingual Speakers”, and the title of Candise Lin’s presentation was “The Role of Lexical Knowledge and Stress Cues in Segmentation in Second Language Learners of English”.