The Ohio Department of Education has funded Advancing Ohio’s English Learners (AOEL), a project for which I am a co-PI. The purpose of AOEL is to create a comprehensive system of supports for English learners and their families whose school learning and engagement have been negatively impacted during the coronavirus pandemic. Belinda Gimbert (Education Studies) and Melissa Ross (Center on Training and Education) lead the four-part project. Peter Sayer and I will lead Activity 3, the development and dissemination of digital resources for K12 educators who work with English learners.
I am a member of the dissertation committee of Saida Mohamed, a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University. Saida has just been awarded an Association of American University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2022-23 award year. Her dissertation examines the multilingual literacies (Somali, English, Kiswahili, Classical Arabic) of three families and their five to fourteen-year-old children of Somali and refugee background living in Nairobi, Kenya. Through the lenses of literacy as a social practice and funds of knowledge, Saida explores the connections between the children’s dugsi, school, and home language and literacy learning experiences and analyze how children and parents live and understand these experiences.
Grace Kim has been awarded the T&L Graduate Student Travel Grant and the ORIC Graduate Student Travel Award for the trip to present our co-authored paper, ‘Bilingual, multimodal, and collaborative sense-making in a science museum” at the American Association for Applied Linguistic Conference in March 2022.
Min-Seok Choi’s dissertation project Disciplinary language and literacy practices for international students in architecture: Collaborative imagining through studio desk crits has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Grant by The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), in the area of Plurilingualism in Business, Industry, the Professions, and Educational Contexts. Congratulations, Minseok!
I am part of a session ‘Multilingualism in early childhood STEM: Developing accessible programming for children learning English’ at ASTC 2021, the annual meeting of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. I am joined by Hardin Englehardt (Marbles Kids Museum), D’nae Hearn (Detroit Zoo), and Grace Sanchez (GrowingGreat). We will share our varied experiences developing STEM programming to engage English language learners and their families and session participants with tools and resources to do so in their own communities.
The ¡Aquí se habla español!: Public Outreach at COSI in Spanish team is featured on the Society for Linguistic Anthropology Blog. ‘Language science, pandemic edition‘ tells the story of how we – in particular, graduate research associates Luana Lamberti and Shawntel Barreiro – adapted our science center-based project to conditions created by COVID19.
Check out the new videos from ¡Aquí se habla español!: Public Outreach at COSI in Spanish on the COSI Connects website. The videos are products of the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Community Engagement Grant I have with Anna Babel (Spanish & Portuguese), Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (Linguistics), and Laura Wagner (Psychology). The videos were created by our amazing graduate research associates, Luana Lamberti and Shawntel Barreiro. COSI Connects is COSI’s Digital Doorway for fun at-home science discovery and learning. COSI is providing exciting and engaging science through COSI videos and hands-on science you can try with your family at home.
Xin Feng (PI, Human Development & Family Science), Ping Zhang (Co-PI, Computer Science & Engineering), and I (Co-PI) have been awarded a Big Idea Seed Grant. Dean Don Pope-Davis started this grant program to support faculty engaged in research to address a well-defined social, educational or health problem or disparity with the goal of identifying solutions by fostering innovation. Our project ‘Children’s Biobehavioral Regulation of Emotion in Naturalistic Environment and the Effect of Maternal Depression’ will examine children’s biobehavioral regulation in naturalistic home settings and explore the use of new AI-based speech recognition programs to analyze child speech samples.
Anna Babel (Spanish & Portuguese), Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (Linguistics), Laura Wagner (Psychology) and I have been awarded a Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Community Engagement Grant ($58,000). We have 3 project goals for ¡Aquí se habla español!: Public Outreach at COSI in Spanish: (1) develop a set of language science activities that both feature the Spanish language as their subject matter and also can be conducted in Spanish, (2) integrate these activities into the public outreach efforts of the Language Sciences Research Lab at COSI, and (3) create the infrastructure to ensure that the activities continue to be used past the end of the project.
My advisee Min-Seok has received the Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship for his presentation at the 2020 American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference. The Ray Award committee examines how applicants contribute to the three-part mission of the University: research, teaching, and service. Congratulations, Min-Seok, for being selected for this award!