Vol. 15, No. 1
Congratulations to Dr. Frederic Dick on completing his graduate studies in the Cognitive Science Department! Luckily, Fred is not leaving us until the end of the summer. He will then start a postdoctoral position in Chicago.
Congratulations also to Dr. Anna Szekely who defended her thesis in February. Anna will be coming to CRL for 5 months starting in May with a Fulbright fellowship!
Last, but not least, congratulations to Dr. Katherine Roe who has already left for a postdoctoral position in Baltimore. We hope she will visit us soon...
The Linguistics department hosted the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), a prestigious annual conference in the field. Visit the conference website for more information.
CRL's training grant from NIDCD in "Language, brain and communication disorders" has been renewed for another five years (2003 - 2008), providing both pre- and postdoctoral funding for students doing research in this area.
Recent or upcoming conference presentations
Cognitive Neuroscience Society - The 10th Annual CNS meeting was held in March in New York. CRL once again had several presentations there... including posters by Analia Arevalo, Fred Dick, Laura Kemmer, Suzanne Moineau, Cristina Saccuman, Ayse Pinar Saygin, Mieko Ueno, Nicole Wicha and Stephen Wilson. Gary Cottrell gave a talk as part of the symposium "Exploring Expertise: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Understanding Visual Object Recognition". All abstracts were published in a special supplement issue of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Congratulations everyone...
Corpus Linguistics - Cognitive science graduate students Rob Liebscher and David Groppe co-authored a paper titled Rethinking context availability for abstract and concrete words: A corpus study. Rob gave the talk based on the paper at the 2003 Corpus Linguistics conference which was held in Lancaster, UK in March. Congratulations!
Society for Research in Child Development - JDP student Alicia Cummings will attend this year's meeting in Tampa at the end of April, presenting a poster with Anne Fernald titled Does hearing a word in isolation facilitate word learning in 18-month-olds?
Human Brain Mapping - The Ninth Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) will be held in New York City in June. CRL affiliated graduate students Ayse Pinar Saygin and Stephen Wilson and faculty Marty Sereno will be presenting their work.
Awards, scholarships, honors, etc.
Cognitive Science graduate student Robert F. Williams received a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education for his doctoral research on material structure and conceptual integration in time-telling instruction. Congratulations!
JDP graduate student Gowri Iyer who has been continuing her research in India is back in San Diego until June. Welcome back Gowri...
Holger Keibel from the University of Freiburg in Germany is also back at CRL! He has been awarded a DAAD fellowship from the German government to return to UCSD in May and stay for a year. Holger will be working with Jeff Elman on a joint child language acquisition project involving CRL and the Max Planck Institute for Evoluationary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
On the other hand, some CRL people are visiting other international institutions: JDP graduate student Analia Arevalo will be doing research for a 4-5 month period as a visiting student at the San Raffaele Hospital and Scientific Institute in Milan.
Shannon Rodrigue gave birth to adorable Sydney Rae Rodrigue. She was born on December 18, 2002 and joins big brother Thomas (18 months) in the Rodrigue family.
Rose Nancy Williams, born November 16, 2002, to Bob & Jill Williams. She was 8 lbs 6 oz and 21 inches long, pink and healthy. Now she's five months old and has a couple of teeth!