Education Sept 2011 – present: PhD Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences: City University of New York Graduate Center.
I have completed seven semesters of graduate level coursework, including classes in statistics, instrumentation, speech science, speech perception and phonology. I have also taken classes in linguistics at NYU and the cognitive neuroscience of aging at Columbia. My second level project focused on mathematical techniques for analyzing tongue shape data from ultrasound imaging. In addition, I have been involved in a number of lab projects, both in the speech lab and in other labs in the department.
During my four-year undergraduate degree I completed courses in neuroscience, genetics, virology, physiology, molecular biology and biomedical ethics, among others. My undergraduate final project focused on designing primers for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) experiment on yeast genetics.
Conference Presentations Whalen, D. H., Beller-Marino, Y., Kakadelis, S., Dawson, K. M., Best, C. T., & Irwin, J. R.
(2012, October). Lexical effects on the perception of /l/ allophones in English. Paper presented at the meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Kansas City, MO.
tongue shape analysis. Poster presented at Ultrafest VI: Ultrasound Imaging Technology for Linguistic Analysis, Edinburgh, UK. (Best poster prize)
Dawson, K. M., Iskarous, K., & Whalen, D. H. (2013, December). An analysis of tongue shape
Peer-Reviewed Publications Dawson, K.M., Whalen, D.H., & Tiede, M.K. (2015). Methods for quantifying tongue shape and
complexity using ultrasound imaging. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics (invited – submitted).
Scholarships and Awards
City University of New York Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship – 2015-2016 academic year
Raymond H. Stetson Scholarship in Phonetics and Speech Science – 2015 recipient
Employment August 2013 – September 2014: City University of New York Research Foundation: lab manager for speech production laboratory
Responsible for purchasing equipment, day-to-day maintenance and organization of the lab, recruiting and testing experimental subjects and assisting / instructing other students in the use of equipment.
August 2011 – August 2013: City University New York Graduate Center
Graduate B assistantship as part of CUNY five-year Science Fellowship – speech production lab assistant / lab manager.
May 2010 - August 2011
Various voluntary positions, including assisting at David’s House (Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center), the AVA art gallery (Lebanon, NH) and freelance writing for Dartmouth Medicine Magazine.
My main responsibilities involved organizing and administrating the yearly charity research grants round (including the peer-review process). I also managed the charity grants portfolio and communicated with the principle investigators regarding their progress. In addition, I wrote literature for publication, press releases and charity policy documents, and assisted in the organization of conferences.
August 2007 – September 2008: Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Bristol, UK: lab manager / research technician in neuroscience laboratory
As a research technician and lab manager, I had responsibility for the day-to-day running of a lab focusing on neuronal mechanisms in the regulation of energy homeostasis and its associated disorders.
August 2005 – August 2006: GeneSys Ltd. Innovation House, Albany park industrial estate, Camberley, Surrey: research assistant
My responsibilities on this industrial placement included assisting with kit production and packaging, general lab maintenance and a series of individual development projects, culminating in a project on the production of phi29 DNA polymerase.
City University of New York Graduate Center Doctoral Student’s Council: at-large representative, spring semester 2013
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Curriculum and Examinations committee student member: September 2012 – September 2013
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Admissions committee student member: spring semester 2014; spring semester 2015