Vol. 14, No. 4
We want to recognize Mary Ziegler for 25 years of service and Judi Fenson for 10 years of service to the Project in Cognitive and Neural Development. Both Mary and Judi started working for the project at Children's Hospital and transferred to UCSD in 1997 when the University provided facilities for the project to be based here.
We also wish to recognize Meiti Opie's 15 years of service to CRL. We are so lucky to have you!
Recent PhD !!!
Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Wicha on completing her graduate studies in the Cognitive Science Department! Nicole was advised by Marta Kutas and Elizabeth Bates and defended her dissertation in June... Fortunately Nicole is not leaving us immediately. She has been awarded an INC postdoctoral fellow traineeship for the next year.
The Linguistics department will be hosting West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), a prestigious annual conference in the field. Please visit the conference website for more information.
Elaine Lamb, Kate Pappas, and Judy Weir received career development funds from the Staff Equal Opportunity Education Program of UCSD for the 2002-03 year. Congratulations Elaine, Kate and Judy !
The Linguistics department welcomes a new member, professor Grant Goodall, who will be moving to UCSD from the University of Texas, El Paso. Grant holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCSD and he is one of the most prominent figures in the study of Spanish syntax and in methodology of second language acquisition. Grant will be taking over the directorship of the Linguistics Language program from professor Sanford Schane.
Congratulations to Maria Polinsky for receiving an NSF grant to study cross-linguistic variation in Control structures. This will be a joint project with Eric Potsdam (from the University of Florida), and a new graduate student, Shin Fukuda will be working on the project as well. The project also involves fieldwork on little described languages, Malagasy (Madagascar) and Rutul and Tsaxur (Dagestan, NE Caucasus). The project will contribute to an understanding of Control structures in natural language and provide a database of such constructions for other researchers.
Recent or upcoming conference presentations
Cognitive Neuroscience Society - The 10th Annual CNS meeting will be held in March in New York. CRL once again has several presentations accepted. First authors include Analia Arevalo, Fred Dick, Laura Kemmer, Ayse Pinar Saygin, Mieko Ueno, Nicole Wicha and Stephen Wilson. The abstracts will be published in a special supplement issue of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Congratulations everyone...
Linguistic Society of America - Mieko Ueno will present work done with Robert Kluender at the next meeting of the LSA in Atlanta in January. Congratulations!
Society for Neuroscience - This year's annual meeting was held in November in Orlando. Cognitive Science graduate students Fred Dick and Ayse Pinar Saygin attended the conference and presented posters.
Society for Psychophysiological Research - The 42nd Annual Meeting was held in October in Washington, DC. Cognitive Science graduate student Laura Kemmer presented work carried out with Seana Coulson, Esmeralda De Ochoa and Marta Kutas.
Academy of Aphasia - Several CRL affiliates attend the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia each year. Beverly Wulfeck and Nina Dronkers as well as graduate students Ayse Pinar Saygin, Suzanne Moineau, and Analia Arevalo were in New York for this year's meeting that took place this October. Presented abstracts are printed in the journal Brain and Language.
Rosmarie Ernst is visiting CRL currently. She is a professor at the Zurcher Hochschule Winterthur (University of Applied Sciences, Economics and Linguistics) in Switzerland. Rosmarie works on reading comprehension, readability and comprehesibility of nonfictional texts, reading and learning, communication, and rhetoric.
Holger Keibel from the University of Freiburg in Germany is here visiting us this November through January. Holger is working with Jeff Elman on language acquisition.