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I am an Associate Program Officer with the Health and Medicine Division, formerly the Institute of Medicine, at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Previously, I had the privilege of serving as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow and, subsequently, a research associate for the Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education’s Board on Children, Youth, and Families. I am now an expert manager of acronyms. Additionally, I am a science advocate working through ESEP, the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, and ScIU: Conversations in Science, a science writer and managing editor through the popular science blog ScIU: Conversations in Science.

In 2012 I received my M.A. in linguistics from Florida International University where my work focused on cross-linguistic phonetic influence and code-switching under the mentorship of Dr. Mehmet Yavas. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University. My current research focuses on the phonetic factors that predict perception of mixed-language (or “code-switched”) speech. My career interests focus on science policy, science writing and communication, and non-profit management, with particular emphasis on giving voices to how science-related policies affect marginalized communities.