Alumna Dr. Nina Feygl Semushina (Ph.D. 2021, currently a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Chicago) and Prof. Rachel Mayberry received the Peter Jusczyk Best Paper Award from the journal Language Learning and Development and the Society for Language Development for their paper “Number Stroop Effects in Arabic Digits and ASL Number Signs.”
Graduate student Michael Obiri-Yeboah successfully defended his dissertation “Phonetics and Phonology of Gua” on July 15. His dissertation is a description of Gua, his native language, based on fieldwork in Boso, Ghana. Michael will start a 3-year Assistant Teaching Professor position at Georgetown University in August. Congratulations, Michael!
Adam McCollum (PhD 2019, now at Rutgers) will be one of three invited speakers for the main session of the 2021 Annual Meeting on Phonology, to be hosted by the University of Toronto and York University (though held virtually) in October. Congrats, Adam!
Alumnus Ryan Lepic (Ph.D. 2015), currently an assistant professor at Gallaudet University, was a keynote speaker at the 14th conference of the High Desert Linguistics Society (HDLS 14) on November 20-22 with a presentation on “Sign Schemas”.
Congratulations to Hope Morgan (PhD 2017) who has been awarded a post-doctoral fellow position by the Marie Curie COFUND LEaDing Fellows Programme. Hope will be working with Dr. Victoria Nyst at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Hope’s dissertation on Kenyan Sign Language has also been accepted for publication in the de Gruyter Sign Language Typology book series, and will appear in 2020.
Our alumna Naja Ferjan Ramírez, (Ph.D. 2013), currently a research scientist at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington, has just accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Linguistics Department at the University of Washington. Congratulations, Naja!
Our alumna Kathryn Davidson has just accepted a tenure track position in semantics in the linguistics department at Harvard University. She accepted this position after declining a tenure track position in (ASL) child language acquisition in the linguistics department at the University of Washington as well as a 5-year postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive science at Yale University. Please join us in sending Kate our warmest congratulations on her outstanding achievements. – Ivano & Rachel
Boyoung Kim has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Iowa.