Slow is good

Slow is good

The best things in life take time. That’s what we’ve been seeing again and again as we dig into the way that we pull information from memory during language processing. Three new papers show this in quite different ways. Back in the day, I was enamored of showing that...
Now for something completely different

Now for something completely different

A conversation in a subway station with a senior professor when I was a frustrated graduate student really stuck with me. I think I must have been lamenting my bad fortunes in the conference submission game. I figured that the star professor didn’t have to deal with...
My ideal workshop

My ideal workshop

I’ve been to many events called “workshops”. The name rarely fits, and looking back over the years, they generally don’t leave much of a mark. A couple of weeks ago I took part in a workshop that really deserved the name, and it was simply fantastic. It also had the...
A grading method from hell

A grading method from hell

Here’s a method for grading students’ work that seems ludicrous. But it’s essentially what we subject ourselves to as researchers all the time. Forget presidents’ salaries and predatory publishers; the most egregious waste in research...
Akira Omaki receives NSF grant

Akira Omaki receives NSF grant

Excellent news for Akira Omaki (2010 PhD) – the National Science Foundation is supporting his research on the development of language processing mechanisms in children, to the tune of $390,000. The project is on “Development and adaptation of active...
Extreme Makeover – Homepage Edition

Extreme Makeover – Homepage Edition

I spent a lot of time this summer working with colleagues on designing new websites for the LSC and Langscape (new versions go live in Sept). This made it clear that my own home on the internet had become painfully primitive. I was ahead of the curve when I built my...