Posts Tagged ‘science’

14 January 2015

Posted: January 22, 2015 in A photo a day
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2015-01-21 11.30.36

I gave a talk in my department’s weekly lab meeting. My work focusses on language processing and aging – recently I’ve started looking into how old people understand complex sentences. Fun stuff!


Day 159

Posted: March 16, 2014 in A photo a day
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PhD! Weeeeee!

Day 151

Posted: March 10, 2014 in A photo a day
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Two years ago, Radboud gifted its employees suitcases – best work Christmas gift ever! One of them is now on its way back home. I’m going to my parents’ place for a birthday and then to Nijmegen to prepare for my defense. Exciting times!

Day 142

Posted: March 2, 2014 in A photo a day
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Today’s participant asked me if I could come to Frankfurt (Oder) to run my experiment (the first part is all behavioral, I’m not going to bring an MRI scanner on the train with me). Interestingly enough, when I mentioned this to co-workers, almost everybody thought I was talking about “the other” Frankfurt (Main). You know, the one with all the banks and the big international airport. I remember growing up immediately assuming that when people talked about Frankfurt, they meant the one bordering Poland.

I hadn’t quite realized that most signs would be in Polish, too – but I guess it makes a lot of sense, seeing how you can literally just walk across the border. My participant told me that basically everybody in town speaks a little Polish. (This is very similar to when I went to Kranenburg for an experiment for my PhD and I was surprised to learn that people there know quite a lot of Dutch. I see an experiment comparing language learning through school vs. through real-life exposure in the future.)

Day 130

Posted: February 23, 2014 in A photo a day
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I spent my commute to Berlin folding flyers for our Alzheimer’s study. Highly proficient Russian/German bilinguals with memory problems are about as easy to find as… well, as easy as you would think they are, even in a city with 17000 Russians.

Day 122

Posted: February 9, 2014 in A photo a day
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2014-01-29 12.51.09 2014-01-29 15.58.22

My colleague Oliver defended his PhD thesis. One of the loveliest German academic traditions is that your colleagues make you a top hat in the theme of your thesis topic. Oliver talked about wh-islands, so he got an according hat. The little party afterwards featured Sekt (which immediately became a conversation topic – what do you Anglophones call it?) cooled in a snow-filled trash can. Classy!

Day 101

Posted: January 12, 2014 in A photo a day
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I finally sent my thesis off to the printer! Weeeee! :) There were some last-minute hiccups (What is my ISBN? Where is my cover? Why is Word so uncooperative?), but I finally hit send and can’t wait for the proof which I’ll receive next week. Yay!