Researchers spend much of their lives unearthing fascinating facts about how the world works, but that knowledge is typically slow to make it into policies that have a positive impact on society. I spend a lot of time working to narrow that gap.

  • In the summer of 2017, I spent two months as an intern in the International Affairs division of the Helmholtz Association in Berlin, Germany. Among other valuable experiences, I co-authored the Helmholtz Association’s new Internationalisation Strategy. I also developed an eye for the concerns politicians bring to discussions about basic research policy, and how scientists can respond effectively.
  • I’m the chair of the newly formed Maryland Language Science Policy Committee. Our strategic priorities are to:
    • Increase awareness of linguistic diversity,
    • Promote access to language resources in healthcare,
    • Support diverse language education,
    • Increase awareness of language issues affecting technology.
  • I organised the Language Science Day of Action (20 January 2017), which brought together members of the local research community to discuss effective science communication with non-specialists. Workshop attendees developed engaging, shareable web articles (e.g. a quiz illustrating facts about the structure of language) and put together pitches to highlight the importance of insights from language science to decision-makers like Members of Congress or local school boards.