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Tal Linzen Joins the Department!

Please welcome Dr. Tal Linzen. He joins our faculty as an assistant professor of psycholinguistics. Previously, Dr. Linzen was a postdoctoral researcher in the Cognitive Science Department of Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris working with Emmanuel Dupoux and Benjamin Spector.

Farewell, Soojin

Professor Soojin Park has served as an assistant professor in our department for 6 years. It is with bittersweet sentiment that we bid her farewell as she moves on to the next chapter in her professional career. Click the link above to see a few pictures from her farewell dinner.

Congratulations to our recent PhD!

Kudos are in order for Eleanor Chodroff, who successfully defended her dissertation on “Structured Variation in Obstruent Production and Perception” in May 2017. Her degree will be conferred at the end of August. In July, Dr. Chodroff will start a postdoctoral fellowship working with Dr. Jennifer Cole in the Prosody & Speech Dynamics Lab at Northwestern University.

Carli Heiman & Alana Disabatino Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

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Carli Heiman A&S ’16 and Alana DiSabatino A&S ’17 were invited to join Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. As members, they will be among the company of some the nation’s most influential figures. We congratulate Carli and Alana for this incredible honor.

Video for STEM-for-All Video Showcase

Follow the link above to watch the Minds that Build video that our Language & Cognition Lab made for this showcase. 150+ teams submitted their cutting-edge research projects on innovative work aimed at improving teaching and learning of STEM. The event runs May 15 – 22. Tune in and vote for your favorite videos!

Our Summer STARs

Congratulations to cognitive science majors Delaney Ubellacker and Kim Wong for receiving STAR awards! These rising juniors will receive summer stipends to stay in Baltimore to conduct research. Delaney will work in the CogNeuro Lab with Prof. Rapp and grad student Bob Wiley. Kim will work in the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab with Prof. McCloskey.

Flipped Learning

Profs. Rapp and Park flipped their classroom and redesigned it with an active learning approach. Professors across the university are dramatically reinventing the way they teach in an effort to improve instruction and adapt to a generation raised in a wired world. For the full article, click the link above. (JHU Arts & Sciences Magazine, Spring 2017 cover story)

Prof. Wilson Receives Undergraduate Faculty Advising Award

Prof. Colin Wilson, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Cognitive Science, was conferred the 2017 Undergraduate Faculty Advising Award. This honor is given annually to a faculty member in the Krieger School who has demonstrated a dedication to undergraduates and their education through excellence in advising. Click the link above for more details.

Ioana Grosu Receives Excellence in Cognitive Science Award

Each spring, our faculty members choose a graduating cognitive science major with the strongest combination of academic excellence and outstanding accomplishments in research. This year, Ioana Grosu will receive the 2017 Excellence in Cognitive Science Award. Ioana is an exceptional student and tremendous undergraduate research assistant. Congratulations, Ioana! Click the link above for more details.

What makes a good speller (or a bad one)?

In the context of the National Spelling Bee, Brenda Rapp, lead author of the Brain study on the ‘Neural bases of orthographic long-term memory and working memory in dysgraphia’ explains how some people’s brains retrieve words (or don’t) and how we manage to get them out (or not). So what is it that separates the spelling stars from the dictionary-deficient?