Emily Byers, M.A. I am a 4th year Ph. D. student 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." I also investigate the cross-linguistic effects of using multiple languages on the phonologies of bilingual and multilingual speakers. At Indiana University I teach combined graduate/undergraduate courses in both Phonetics and Communication Disorders. Recent research experiences include an internship at the National Institute of Health's Language Section helping to investigate discourse-level deficits in aphasic patients. I am passionate about science policy and promoting scientific research through outreach at the federal and state levels. I currently serve as associate editor for the Journal of Science Policy & Governance and recently represented Indiana University as our student representative for AAAS' Catalyzing Advocacy in Science & Engineering workshop in Washington, D.C. My career aim is to work in the Office of Science Policy (OSP) at the NIH to help develop sound policies that promote scientific research for the benefit of underrepresented communities.

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 »