Talk @ Reed: Preschoolers’ Curiosity about Novel Words

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 4:30pm
Psychology 136
https://events.reed.edu/event/preschoolers_curiosity_about_novel_words

Sofia Jimenez, Ph.D. in developmental science at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, will discuss how in the preschool years, children who become curious about words’ meanings may be making active, self-directed attempts at learning those words. Her current study’s aim is to create a measure of children’s curiosity about novel words, determine whether 3-to-5-year-olds seek information about novel words more systematically across development, and uncover the characteristics of children who are the most word-curious. Jimenez will address whether awareness of gaps in one’s lexicon, vocabulary size, verbal fluency, epistemic curiosity, and cognitive control influence the likelihood of seeking information about a novel word.

Sponsored by the psychology department and the office for institutional diversity’s Young Scholar program. Free and open to the public.

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Reed Institutional Review Board (IRB) Open Forum on Friday, September 14th

Dear Reed Community Members,
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) would like to invite you to our annual Open Forum on Friday, September 14th. This is an opportunity for Reed students, faculty, and staff to learn about the IRB Review Process. As a friendly reminder, the IRB reviews all research conducted on human subject by community members, including senior thesis projects. Topics covered during the open forum include the new categories of review, our online submission portal, and safety precautions for online data collection.
Date: Friday, September 14
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Location: Eliot 314
Applications for all categories of review except Full are accepted on a rolling basis, and the review process normally takes 1-3 weeks. Please build this time into your plans for research.
For thesis research: Please note that advisers must approve proposals before they are
submitted to IRB. Students and faculty should begin working together as soon as possible.
If you cannot attend the Open Forum, you can find useful information on our webpage:
http://reed.edu/irb/ . You can also contact us directly or reach out to Kayla Johnston
(johnstonk@reed.edu), the IRB’s administrative coordinator.
Best,
Kara Becker kbecker@reed.edu
Kathy Oleson koleson@reed.edu
Co-Chairs
Reed College Institutional Review Board
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Job @ interActive Language Processing Lab, Stanford

The interActive Language Processing Lab at Stanford (ALPS), based in the Linguistics Department at Stanford under the direction of Judith Degen, seeks candidates for the position of Lab Manager for a start date of Sep 1, 2018. Please apply here.

JOB PURPOSE:

The interActive Language Processing Lab at Stanford (ALPS) studies the inference processes involved in language production and comprehension. We study both sides of the communicative coin: how speakers choose an utterance to convey an intended meaning and how listeners arrive at interpretations that are often much richer and more detailed than the utterance’s literal meaning. To develop and test explicit theories of these processes, we employ linguistic analysis, behavioral experiments (both lab-based and web-based), corpus methods, and computational modeling.

The Lab Manager will help with various aspects of creating and maintaining the lab: keeping the lab homepage and lab wiki up to date, creating templates for running online experiments, submitting and renewing IRB protocols, purchasing and maintaining research equipment and supplies, recruiting, training, and supervising undergraduate research assistants, collecting, managing, and analyzing data, running eye-tracking experiments, preparing conference presentations and manuscripts, managing lab calendars and schedules, and reading relevant literature. The position will allow authorship on research presentations and articles. The position also includes a limited teaching assistantship for LINGUIST 245 (Methods in Psycholinguistics).

This position is fixed term for one year with possible extension. Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the position, background and goals. In addition, please provide 2-3 references. Applicant review and interview process will begin week of July 2, 2018.

CORE DUTIES*:
Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planned and coordinating experimental protocols.
Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing only general guidance and suggestions.
Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.
Solve problems, and make decisions which affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
Select and apply standard calculations and formulas independently to compile data or process documents; often serve as a resource for research methods and numerical analyses.
Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.
Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.
* – Other duties may also be assigned

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Experience:
Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field and two years applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science

Preferred Education & Experience:
Bachelors degree in cognitive science, linguistics, psychology, computer science, or a related field OR two year college degree and one year of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.
General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work with human study participants.
Developing supervisory skills.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Some background in statistical methods for analyzing experimental data.
Programming skills in R, Python, JavaScript/HTML/CSS.
Experience with open science best practices (e.g., version control and data sharing with git/github, study pre-registration on Open Science Framework).
Experience with or interest in running eye-tracking experiments, and analyzing eye-tracking data.
Excellent interpersonal skills required for working with human study participants.
Ability to get tasks done efficiently and independently, and to show initiative in doing so.
Some experience with academic writing.
Organized and detail-oriented.
Experience with or interest in corpus methods (e.g., searching syntactically parsed corpora) a plus.
Experience with or interest in cognitive modeling using probabilistic programming languages (e.g., WebPPL) a plus.

Certifications and Licenses:
None

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and sort/file paperwork or parts.
Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, rarely reach/work above shoulders, operate foot and/or hand controls.

* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.

WORK STANDARDS:
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu

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Arabic Language & Culture at Jordan Language Academy

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Reed Ling Softball Team!

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CWSL Conference

We had a successful CWSL conference! Thanks to our organizers and participants!  photo credit: Alexandra D’Arcy

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3 post-bac research positions at U of Maryland

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, is looking to fill up to 3 full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers.
Starting date for all positions is Summer/Fall 2018. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in a very active research group as preparation for a research career. Applicants must already have permission to work in the US, or be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and should have completed a BA or BS degree by the time of appointment. The ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of people (and machines) is a distinct advantage. Applicants may request to be considered for all four positions.
The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 13th, 2018. However, review of applications will begin immediately.
Positions #1–#2: Baggett Research Fellowships 
Baggett Fellowships are full-time positions. Fellows can pursue research in linguistics, cognitive (neuro-)science of language, language acquisition, or computational modeling. 1–2 positions are available for 2018-2019, subject to confirmation of funds. Positions are for one year and are not renewable. Information on the program and faculty mentors is at http://ling.umd.edu/baggett
Contact: Dr. Andrea Zukowski
Position #3: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience 
This person will be involved in all aspects of studies of language comprehension using behavioral and neuroscientific techniques, including electrophysiological brain recordings (training provided). The person will also contribute to Maryland’s Language Science program (http://languagescience.umd.edu/). Previous experience in (psycho)linguistics preferred. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension.
Contact: Dr. Colin Phillips
Application Requirements
Applicants may request to be considered for all three positions, or any subset. Applicants for any of the positions should submit a cover letter outlining relevant background and interests, including potential faculty mentors (having multiple mentors is both possible and fruitful for the Baggett Fellowships), a current CV, and names and contact information for 3 potential referees. Reference letters are not needed as part of the initial application. Applicants should also send a writing sample. All application materials should be submitted electronically to the following recipients:
Positions #1–#2 – Andrea Zukowski; zukowski@umd.edu. Put ‘Baggett Fellowship’ in the subject line.
Position #3 – Colin Phillips; colin@umd.edu. Put ‘Research Assistantship’ in the subject line.
The Department of Linguistics has shared facilities for testing of infants, children and adults, eye-tracking labs, an ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility, as part of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. The department is part of a vibrant language science community under the umbrella of the Maryland Language Science Center (http://languagescience.umd.edu) that numbers 200 faculty, researchers, and graduate students across 17 academic units. The Language Science Center coordinates many interdisciplinary projects, including a research field station in Guatemala, and partnerships with school districts and various (inter)national organizations.
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Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies seeking Research Assistant in Language Development

Job Description:
Professor Jesse Snedeker is seeking an energetic and intellectually-engaged research assistant for studies of language comprehension in typically-developing children and adults at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies.

This is a two-year, full-time, limited-term position with the possibility of renewal. Review of applications will begin immediately for a flexible start date between June 20th and July 6th 2018.

Responsibilities include: preparing stimuli, contacting families, testing children and adults, coding data, assisting with data analysis, training undergraduate assistants, managing a summer internship program, maintaining equipment, coordinating the use of space, organizing meetings, and assisting with grant management.

Necessary qualifications:
· An undergraduate degree in psychology, linguistics or cognitive science
· Availability for flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends, to facilitate data collection
· A strong interest in the psychology of language, language acquisition, and conceptual development
· Prior experience working with young children
· Comfortable with technical trouble shooting
· Well-organized, attentive to detail, calm under pressure, and comfortable juggling half a dozen things at once

Skills that would be put to good use include:
· Experience with eye tracking
· Experience with EEG
· Experience with R, Matlab and Eprime
· Experience with CHILDES and corpus analyses
· Coursework in semantics, pragmatics and syntax
· A sense of humor

Our lab is embedded in larger communities both within Harvard and in the wider Boston area, which offer rich resources for students interested in developmental psychology, psycholinguistics and linguistics. Research assistants are encouraged to make use of these resources. Folks who have held this position in the past have gone to graduate programs in psychology, linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, and clinical linguistics.

Potential applicants should email echalmers@fas.harvard.edu a letter of interest, a CV, and three references (email addresses and phone numbers are best). Please feel free to write with questions as well.

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The Institute for Linguistics, Image and Text

The Institute for Linguistics, Image and Text
June 4 – 29, 2018

Returning for its second summer, this four-week intensive summer program will explore central topics in semantics, psycholinguistics, and the philosophy of language and mind by applying influential theories to poetic and literary verse, graphic novels, comics, film, and other forms of visual art. The program will consist of class discussions, focused group work, and local field trips to museums, cinemas, and other cultural sites in the Five College consortium.

At the conclusion of the program, students will have the opportunity to present their work in a professional conference setting, in which they will create and analyze their own narrative art in terms of the theory taught in the class, while applying acquired skills of effective presentation.

This program is designed for students who are intrigued by the linguistic workings of the human mind and artistic expression. Students will learn to synthesize theories of linguistic narration with the practices of artistic creation.

Paid internships: Students will also have the opportunity to apply for paid internships. The internships will run July 2 – August 3, 2018, after the completion of LIT. On-campus housing will be provided. Students must apply to the four-week LIT program in order to be considered for an internship.

Apply by Friday, April 6th for discounted tuition!

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12th annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium (CULC 12)

My name is Kalen Chang, the current Secretary of Cornell’s Undergraduate Linguistics Club (Underlings). On behalf of all of us, I cordially invite you and Reed College Linguistics Program to participate in the 12th annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium (CULC 12), which will take place from April 27th-29th, 2018 at Cornell University’s Department of Linguistics in Morrill Hall.

The yearly conference has included student presenters from around the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. This year, our internal keynote speaker will be Prof. Abigail Cohn, and our external keynote speaker will be Prof. Lauren Clemens from SUNY Albany. We are very excited to hear back from departments such as yours and from your students’ latest research projects in a variety of subfields of linguistics, including but not limited to phonetics, phonology, syntax, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition.

We encourage students pursuing a B.A., B.S., or equivalent degree to submit an abstract for a talk of no more than twenty minutes in length or for a poster presentation at our poster session by February 28th. Abstracts must be at most two pages long, including data and references, on letter-size or A4 paper with 1 inch margins on all sides and at least 11 point font. Abstracts should have a clear title and should be anonymous. Abstracts must be submitted electronically to CULinguisticsColloquium@gmail.com in PDF format.

For more information, our page is conf.ling.cornell.edu/culc12, but feel free to email me or José Armando Fernández Guererro (jaf377@cornell.edu) if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Kalen Chang
Underlings Secretary
Linguistics and Mathematics Major
Arts & Sciences, Cornell University 2020

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