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The local community of I-LABS members gather on special occasions to celebrate milestones and accomplishments, as seen in these recent examples.
On August 14th, Priyanka Jain and Orren Arad-Neeman, I-LABS’ high school summer interns, presented their capstone project, “The Role of Social Interaction in Infants' Language Acquisition”, to the I-LABS’ faculty, staff, teachers, and parents. Their participation on this project is based on work they did in connection with a scientific experiment conducted by Dr. Sarah Roseberry and Patricia Kuhl. It examines attention/arousal as the driving force of social interactions and also systematically tests whether infant language acquisition is facilitated by interactions with peers.
Infants were exposed to Mandarin Chinese via touchscreen video and were assigned to either individual exposure sessions or peer exposure sessions. The interns were involved in coding these exposure sessions (i.e., how often infants touched the screen, whether touches were intentional, etc.). The results will inform our understanding of the components of social interactions and will speak to the utility of playgroups and other opportunities for young children to interact with peers.
A recent graduate of University Prep, Orren Arad-Neeman has an interest in linguistics and will be attending Pomona College in the fall. Priyanka Jain, another recent University Prep alum plans to pursue neuroscience at Stanford University.
On May 25, 2011 I-LABS held a farewell gathering for research assistant Aaron Norr, who has played an integral role in studies for Dr. Rechele Brooks and Dr. Dario Cvencek over the past 4 years. Aaron will attend graduate school in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University with the goal of obtaining his Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Alexis Bosseler recently defended her dissertation on the study of baby and adult brains using MEG, entitled “Cortical Rhythms to Native and NonNative Phonetic Contrasts in Infants and Adults”. She will shortly take a postdoctoral research position in Helsinki, Finland using MEG.
Gina Lebedeva completed her graduate career in 2010, which included completing both clinical and research requirements in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences. Gina’s dissertation was entitled “Predicting the predictors: Individual differences in longitudinal relationships between infant phonetic perception, toddler vocabulary, and preschool language and phonological awareness”. Gina currently serves as the I-LABS Director of Translation, Outreach, and Education (TOE).
I-LABS members enjoy celebrating special occasions including end-of-year parties, Fourth of July and Seattle’s Opening Day of boating season that takes place just outside the Institute.
The I-LABS staff and their families get together throughout the year to celebrate special occasions.
The annual Windermere Cup crew races mark the beginning of boating season in the region. This "Opening Day" event draws thousands of locals to the vicinity.
4th of July
Institute members, along with family and friends, gathered to discuss science and take in Seattle's annual fireworks show over Lake Union. Many thanks to Pat and Andy for hosting this wonderful party!
The Institute occupies a unique and beautiful setting on UW's Seattle campus. Situated near the UW Medical Center on a waterway connecting Puget Sound to an inland lake, scientists enjoy all the natural beauty found in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
The Institute occupies a unique and beautiful setting on UW's Seattle campus. Situated on a waterway connecting Puget Sound to an inland lake, scientists here can enjoy all the natural beauty found in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.