Jun Yashima at Senshu U.

In some delayed news, Jun Yashima (Ph.D. 2015) recently took up a full-time lectureship (Assistant Prof.) at Senshu University in Tokyo. Jun commenced this position in April.

Congratulations Jun!


Pat Keating elected next president of the International Phonetic Association

Pat Keating has been elected the next president of the International Phonetic Association; she will take office in August at the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, and will serve until August 2019. The IPA was founded in 1886, and is the oldest professional organization for phonetics. Pat follows two previous IPA presidents from UCLA – Peter Ladefoged (UCLA professor 1962-2006) and John Ohala (Ph.D. 1969) – and is the first woman president.

Ale Garcia to be next undergraduate advisor

Department chair, Bruce Hayes, writes:

An intensive search has yielded a new Undergraduate Adviser (a.k.a. SAO, Student Affairs Officer) for our department.  This is none other than our own Alejandra Garcia, who has served us so well as Department Coordinator.  The job fits wells with Ale’s long-term career plans and she also has a surprising amount of experience already in student advising.  I believe Ale will do an outstanding job and hope you will join me in welcoming her to the position.

Between now and August 3 (her official start date), Ale will be ramping up to the task, working under the guidance of our senior SAO, Sara Hosegera.

Thanks to the faculty and staff members of the Search Committees for producing a great shortlist and this successful outcome.

The search for a successor to Ale as Department Coordinator is on. You might be able to help, if you can think of good people to apply.  We are looking for someone who has a warm personality, is very efficient, and can learn complex skills quickly. New graduates are eligible to apply.

Congratulations Ale!

Farewell to Anya Mancillas and Jessika Herrera! Welcome Hadley Stork!

We recently bid farewell to two of our department staff members, Jessika Herrera (undergraduate advisor) and Anya Mancillas (Lab Manager).

Jessika will be taking up a similar position in Comparative Literature.  Jessika has done an amazing job for us and will be greatly missed.  She wrote to me, “I’ve really valued my time in Linguistics, and will truly miss working with the faculty and students.” 

Anya will be doing a post-bac year, prepping for graduate school in Speech and Language Pathology.  She writes, “I have truly loved working with all the amazing staff, faculty and students in the department! Thank you to everyone who has made my experience here so enjoyable! I will miss working with you all.”

We extend a warm welcome to Hadley Stork, who will be taking over as Lab Manager. Here is a short introduction from Hadley:

Hello! My name is Hadley Stork (née Vogt). I worked in the lab as a Research Assistant for two years while I was an undergraduate at UCLA. I then worked at Google/Adecco for a bit before returning to Los Angeles to earn a Master’s in Linguistics at CSUN. My linguistic research focuses on how children learn languages, particularly how they acquire the sounds of a language. When I am not doing linguistic work, I am usually watching movies with my film scholar husband or trying out new cuisine.