Creating a parkrun USA event: 6-month update

Creating a parkrun USA event: 6-month update

Now that it’s 6 months since we launched College Park parkrun, it’s time for an update on our experience of creating a parkrun USA event. I wrote a blog piece about it shortly after our launch, but a lot has happened since then. We have made it through our first...
Creating a parkrun USA event

Creating a parkrun USA event

Helping to create a parkrun event in my hometown has been incredibly rewarding. parkrun makes amazing contributions to health and happiness, but it has struggled to gain traction in the US. These are some thoughts on what it takes. parkrun is the world’s largest...
Making stuff up as you go along. Selectively.

Making stuff up as you go along. Selectively.

When you talk do you just make stuff up as you go along, or do you plan ahead? And what does your grammar have to say about that? Three new findings about planning ahead while speaking tell a surprisingly consistent story. They take us from a long-standing worry about...
Pro-choice on the linguistics curriculum

Pro-choice on the linguistics curriculum

Linguistics as a field is different from how it was 20, 30, 40 years ago. There was a time when linguistics was dominated by a couple of sub-fields that relied overwhelmingly on similar analytical tools, working at roughly the same level of analysis. Things are...
Web presence for linguists

Web presence for linguists

These are notes initially written for a workshop on Web Presence at the 2015 Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, at the University of Chicago, July 29th 2015. They have been updated for a workshop on Building Your Profile in a Digital World at the 2015...
NSF success for Shota and Ming

NSF success for Shota and Ming

Congratulations to Shota Momma and Ming Xiang on winning grants from the National Science Foundation. Both awards will support research on key problems in language processing, highlighted by properties of East Asian languages. Shota, currently a 4th year PhD student, ...
Pay Very Close Attention

Pay Very Close Attention

I was pretty skeptical. The instructions were to show up at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute at the designated time, to prepare nothing in advance, and then to sit in front of a public audience with half a dozen strangers and make interesting conversation for 90...