Emily Byers, M.A. I currently work in Washington, D.C. as a research associate in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, having just completed their Christine Mirzayan Fellowship in Science and Technology Policy. I work on a variety of issues related to physical and mental health issues in children, language policy, and improving access to social services. At Indiana University, I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences investigating the acoustic-phonetic factors that predict how accurately a listener perceives mixed-language speech, or "code-switching." Anything accent-related is right up my alley! I am also particularly interested in language policy and how the decisions we make regarding bilingual education affect dual language learners. My passions include science policy and promoting scientific research through outreach at the federal and state levels. To this end, I serve as associate editor for the Journal of Science Policy & Governance and enthusiastic member of the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) group that seeks to build collaborative networks for public engagement. Travels with pug. Follow me at: Byers_Language #AnythingAccents #TravelsWithPug

Entries by Emily Byers

“Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds”[1]: Topic modeling Darwin’s reading at Indiana University.

In our December 27th post  “On On the Origin of Species: An ode to science writers”, Clara Boothby explored how clear, compelling science writing can increase circulation of scientists’ ideas among the general public. While our previous post saw the Origin of Species as a model for scientific writing, here we explore how researchers at IU… Read more »

A moving target: How reliable are dementia assessments?

“We’re going to do a few tests to see whether your mother is showing typical signs of dementia.” The word conjures chilling images of loved ones’ lives reduced to confusion and fear as memories and independence slip away. While loss of physical independence is unfortunate, it can be more devastating to lose a loved one’s… Read more »