NSF REU grant for Language Pod summer program

The Language Pod at COSI will be an NSF Research Exerience for Undergraduates (REU) site. PI Laura Wagner and Co-PI Kathryn Campbell-Kibler have been awarded a 3-year (2015-2017) NSF grant of $353,750 to make the Language Pod an REU site devoted to “The Science of Language and the Language of Science”. I will be one of the mentors in the summer program at the Pod in which undergraduates are trained simultaneously in research skills and science communication skills. We will recruit students from all the OSU campuses and from Columbus State Community College.

Talk for VU’s Anthropology of Children & Youth Network

On Friday, November 14th I will give a talk, ‘Moving across languages and learning traditions’ in the monthly seminar of the Anthropology of Children and Youth Network at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I present an overview of my research on the social and cultural patterning of children’s language learning in communities whose members use multiple languages and participate in multiple learning traditions. The seminar is in room Z-007, the Metropolitan Gebouw.

Linguistics outreach at BUCLD 39

My Language Pod colleagues and I will present ‘Language Outreach within a Science Museum’ at the upcoming Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 39) as part of a special poster symposium about linguistics outreach. We – Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, Cynthia G. Clopper, Kiwako Ito, Leslie C. Moore, Shari Speer and Laura Wagner – will discuss how we use our language sciences research lab at COSI and train students to promote understanding of research as a process and language as a domain that can be studied scientifically.

Language Pod featured by O&E

OSU’s Office of Outreach and Engagement has featured the Language Pod , describing how we combine the interest many people have in language with engaging hands-on experiments in the Labs in Life exhibit, a partnership between Ohio State and COSI that provides the public with a chance to watch and participate in real research as it happens.

ScienceWriters2014 at COSI

October 17-21, Columbus, Ohio

OSU will welcome ScienceWriters2014 this fall, October 17-21, 2014. The event is a meeting for science writers, by science writers. It includes professional development workshops, briefings on scientific research presented by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, and lab tours and science field trips organized by OSU. On Saturday, October 18th, 5:45 to 9:30 pm, there will be an awards gala at COSI, and the Language Pod will be in full effect for the occasion.

Sirad Shirdon joins AERA Div G Grad Student Exec Committee

My advisee Sirad Shirdon has been selected to serve on the AERA Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee. Division G promotes cross-disciplinary studies and research on relationships between educational processes and the social, political, and economic contexts in which they occur. Sirad will work with the mentorship subcommittee, which connects graduate students with faculty members across the nation.

Student internship program in language science outreach

The BLN Language Sciences Research Lab at COSI (aka the Language Pod) is launching a student internship program that expands on the core instruction provided in LING/PSYC/EDUTL 5700 Training in Science Education Outreach course and gives students a more intensive hands-on learning experience that involves close one-on-one instruction with a faculty mentor. All students who have completed the 5700 course will be eligible to participate. Students with alternative relevant experiences may be invited to participate on a case by case basis. The program is funded by a Special Grant from Social and Behavior Sciences and matching funds from the departments of Linguistics, Psychology, Speech & Hearing Science, and Teaching & Learning, as well as the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Applied Developmental Sciences in Education.

Discourse Analysis Conference at OSU

OSU hosted the 2014 Discourse Analysis in Educational Research Conference this weekend. Four of the previous conferences have been held at The Ohio State University, four have been held at Indiana University, and University of Wisconsin. CVEDA reception small sharpThe heart of the conference are small group sessions devoted to sharing and discussing work-in-progress. To the right is a photo of friends+colleagues at the wine and cheese reception on Saturday evening, hosted by my new colleague Mileidis Gort (in black, standing behind me).

Sirad Shirdon awarded Hancock scholarship

My advisee Sirad Shirdon has been awarded a scholarship from the Dr. Charles R. Hancock Graduate Scholarship Fund in Urban Education. She will use the scholarship for her research on Kindergarten readiness among Somali children in Central Ohio. Sirad plans to take an ethnographically informed approach to the study of parent, school, and community understandings of Kindergarten readiness and how these understandings are enacted in practice. This study will build on Sirad’s work on my longitudinal study of language and literacy socialization and development among Somali immigrant-refugee children in the early elementary grades.

Marianne Gullberg visits SLA/Multimodality working group

The pilot working group on Multimodality and/in Second Language Acquisition is bringing Marianne Gullberg (Lund University) to OSU to talk about her psycholinguistic research on gesture and language development. In her talk, ‘Why gestures are not (only) a compensatory device – evidence from language learners’, Prof Gullberg challenges the assumption that gestures are compensatory in nature and help speakers convey information they have difficulties expressing, facilitate lexical retrieval, and help speakers to solve cognitive problems. By looking at disfluencies and bimodal information structure in child and adult learner data, she shows that gestures are co-ordinated with fluent speech, not with disfluencies; that when gestures are recruited to compensate, different problems have different gestural solutions; and that children and adults generally express similar information bimodally. The working group is funded by the Humanities Institute and led by Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm and me. Prof Gullberg’s talk is Wednesday, April 2 from 4-6 at the Humanities Institute, 104 East 15th.