Posted onNovember 28, 2013
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I just participated in a double panel, ‘Language and the Immigrant Experience of Children and Youth’ at the 2013 Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Organized by Inmaculada M. García-Sánchez (Temple University) and sponsored by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, the panel brought together language ethnographers to examine the experiences of immigrant children and youth (Somali, North African, Vietnamese, indigenous Mayans, Romanians, Turkish, Iranian, Mexican) in an integrated fashion and in a number of cross-cultural settings. My paper “Making African storybooks culturally relevant and culturally marked in a Kindergarten classroom in a Somali-centric school” examines the use in read alouds of storybooks that depict Africa and Africans in Kindergarten in a charter school that serves primarily the children of Somali refugees who have resettled in a large US midwestern city.
Teachers College Columbia is hosting a conference On the Future of Anthropology in Schools of Education this coming weekend, October 18 and 19. With Patricia Baquedano-López (UC Berkeley), Inmaculada García Sanchez (Temple), Kathryn Howard (California State University, San Bernardino), and Laura Sterponi (UC Berkeley), I have co-authored a paper, “Exploring the intersection of language socialization research and the anthropology of education”. Our paper is part of the session ‘Open Roads: Renewed Possibilities‘ (beginning at 0:36:40).
The Buckeye Language Network is pleased to announce the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in the Language Sciences. The GIS in the Language Sciences (LS) draws from diverse fields of study, including Computer Science and Engineering, Communication, English, Education, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, Speech and Hearing Science, and all the foreign languages. The study of language and its use from a variety of viewpoints is a common thread among these departments. The GIS-LS offers great flexibility to students as it allows a choice among five different focus areas that will allow students to take courses that complement their major: Language and Cognition, Language and Brain Function, Language and Society, Language and Technology, Language Description and Fieldwork. I am on the GIS-LS Advisory Board.
This fall a team from the Hubei Science and Technology Museum (HSTM) will come to OSU for the HSTM Core Talent Training Program. The program is part of OSU’s Global Gateway and is directed by Kathy Trundle (lead), Donna Farland-Smith and me. In addition to taking courses with OSU faculty, HSTM scholars will be matched with science museum professionals at COSI for mentoring and hands-on experiences in the science center.
Posted onJune 23, 2013
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My promotion and award of tenure were approved by the Board of Trustees on June 7, 2013. I haven’t gotten my letter yet, but the approval was posted on the website of OSU’s Office of Academic Affairs, so it’s official: effective September 1, 2013 I will be Associate Professor with tenure.
The Humanities Institute at OSU has funded a pilot working group on Multimodality and Second Language Acquisition, proposed by Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm and me. We will examine recent studies conducted within different paradigms, including experimental psycholinguistic work and socio-interactionist studies, that examine the deployment and processing of multiple semiotic/interactional resources (gestures; gaze; prosodic features; and facial, spatial and postural configurations). The goal is to generate a series of conversations on multimodality and/in SLA among faculty and students from different disciplines (education, foreign languages, linguistics, psychology, speech and hearing) and to formulate collaboratively a specific line of inquiry for a long-term working group. The pilot working group will run in Spring 2014.
‘The Science of Language: Using Language Sciences to Promote Science Education at COSI‘ (PI Shari Speer) has been awarded a 2013 Engagement Impact Grant in the amount of $60,000. The College of Arts and Sciences will contribute an additional $30,000. The project has four goals: (1) to conduct research in the language sciences, (2) to educate the public about how human language works and about the scientific process more generally, (3) to encourage OSU students to participate in research programs and consider careers in science education, and (4) to inspire future scientists –perhaps even future scientists of language.
Locating Language: A Symposium on the Linguistics of Place is being hosted by OSU’s Department of Linguistics (with support from the BLN), April 20-21, in the Round Meeting Room, Ohio Union. The symposium explores the relationship between language, place, and identity. While region or geography is sometimes taken for granted in linguistic work, recent research has highlighted the complexity of the ways in which speakers use language to orient towards place, demonstrating that linguistic practice does not merely reflect place, but also constructs it. The plenary speakers are Barbara Johnstone (Carnegie Mellon University), Galey Modan (OSU), and Lauren Hall-Lew (University of Edinburg).
On Saturday, April 13, 2013, The Ohio State University at Mansfield and the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts its one-day conference “Empowering and Engaging Diverse Perspectives: A P-16 Approach” to encourage discussion and critical thinking on issues of diversity and inclusion in the P-16 educational pipeline. The morning keynote speaker is Dr. Bob Moses, founder of the Algebra Project. I am the afternoon keynote speaker, and my talk is ‘Expanding repertoires of practice: Educational experiences of children in the Somali Diaspora’.