In the Language Pod we have a tradition of celebrating our students who are graduating and moving on to exciting new endeavors. Cake is central to that tradition. Congratulations to Hannah and Taylor, 2 of my fabulous 5700 students from Spring 2017 who went to to work as Research Assistants in the Pod and who head next to graduate work in Speech and Hearing Sciences!
The Graduate Student Working Group for Foreign Language Research and Teaching (FLRT) will be hosting a workshop on IRB with an emphasis on classroom-based research on Monday, October 2nd, 4 – 5:30 pm at Research Commons, 18th Avenue Library (3rd floor). The workshop will be lead by Joni Barnard (ORRP) and me and it will address such topics as teacher/school involvement in recruitment, parental permission, classroom video, BuckIRB, and answering questions in BuckIRB to help IRB reviewers understand and approve the application. The workshop will be helpful for students who are new to IRB and for students who would like to learn more about the IRB process and system.
A great resource for students interested in video-based research on social interaction is now available at Learning How to Look & Listen. This website brings together resources from a conference supported by the Spencer Foundation at Arizona State University where an interdisciplinary group of older and younger scholars gathered to document and illustrate the basic patterns of visual and auditory attention that are employed by researchers who use video to study social interaction. Two scholars who trained me, Chuck Goodwin and Barbara Rogoff, are part this fabulous group.
With my co-author Mandy McCormick Smith, I will present the experiential session ‘Preparing early childhood educators to make science learning meaningful for dual language learners in preschool contexts’ at the 2017 Meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education. Our session focuses on preparing early childhood educators to make science learning meaningful for preschool children who speak many languages. Participants will interact with preschool science concepts through the pre-k learning cycle for science with emphasis on incorporating linguistically responsive approaches through thematic learning.
Lindsay Bankole, the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) intern who joined the Expanding Repertoires team in Summer 2016, has been selected to participate in the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium, 23-24 October 2016. Lindsay will present her interview-based research with families of dual language learners who were visiting COSI. Brian Seilstad, graduate research assistant on the Expanding Repertoires project and Lindsay’s direct supervisor-mentor during the summer internship, will also attend the symposium.
Marie Quisumbing (Manager of Early Childhood Initiatives at COSI) and I are attending the bi-annual NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) PI Meeting, February 29 through March 2, in Bethesda, MD. We will present a poster about the Expanding Repertoires project. The meeting is hosted by Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE). Posters and other materials from the meeting are available on informalscience.org, including our poster and notes from the Open Space Session on STEM and Early Childhood Education (which I nominated and facilitated)
The Department of Linguistics is offering two sessions of the Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars, a week-long event designed for high school students interested in the study of language, on the Columbus campus Sunday (7/10)-Friday (7/15) and Sunday (7/17)-Friday (7/22). The cost is $725, which covers instruction, materials, housing and meals. Commuter option is available. A second session of the camp (7/24-7/29) is offered for those wanting to continue learning more. Apply by Monday (5/30).
The Language Pod course EDUTL/LING/PSYC 5700 Training in Informal Science Outreach is featured in the College of Arts & Sciences News. Check out the article Teaching the Science of Language. The Pod Course is now in its 4th year. I am teaching it this semester, and I am very excited to be teaching at COSI and in one of OSU’s Innovative Spaces on campus.
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.
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.