After over two years of online conferences, I attended the Acoustical Society of America in Denver. It was great to catch up with old friends and see posters in person. The posters were very spread out, which was great for the acoustics -- we could hear each other without yelling, and we weren't bumping into each other. It would be nice if we could do it that way forever!
My second master's student, Molly Landers, completed her thesis and graduated today! Her thesis examined rootedness, or attachment to hometown, as an explanatory factor for variation in back pre-lateral vowel mergers. She is one of two in her class -- a first in departmental memory -- to be going on for a PhD. She'll be headed to Michigan State to study fluency this fall.