Showing posts with label conference. Show all posts
Showing posts with label conference. Show all posts

11 April 2014


Good news, boys and girls, two months from now I will be in Pisa!

25 January 2014

17 October 2013

Excuse Me!

So I was in a conference recently, and wow, sometimes, I wonder whether some people appear "bright" only because they have a lot of bells and whistles and do plenty of hand-waving that the audience is awed, but that's about it. If you ask for substance, well, there wasn't any.

14 August 2013

16 April 2013

DGfS 2013: Day 2-3

Thursday and Friday were the last two days of the Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society. I met my adviser before the sessions, and attended several talks in two different workshops. I was mainly interested in the narration and the salience workshops, so I was shuttling back and forth between those two rooms.

14 April 2013

DGfS 2013: Day 1

Last month, I attended the 4-day 35. Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, or in English, the 35th Annual Meeting of the German Linguistic Society. It was held in Potsdam, which is a short S-Bahn ride away from Berlin, so it felt unprofessional to be a linguist in Berlin and not attend the largest meeting of like-minded individuals in the country. It was held from March 12 to 15, but I didn't attend the first day, as there were only workshops that dealt with topics that I didn't have much interest on. After all, I am a psycholinguist, not a computational linguist. So for this entry, what I am considering Day 1 was my first day, March 13.

29 February 2012


So one day, I opened my email inbox and found out one more piece of good news. Another abstract in which I have my name on it was recently accepted to be included in a conference, as a talk! This one will be held in April, in Bloomington, Indiana.

30 July 2011

The Mounties and the Visa

Ah, finally, the three pieces of documentation that I need for this upcoming conference trip is set in place. I now have a new Canadian visa! Let me explain why that is needed.

21 July 2011

Bernardo and the Visa

The other day, I just got back from New York City. I was there to pick up a visa. I went to New York City and back within 24 hours. Crazy eh?

11 January 2011

Back from Pittsburgh

So I am finally back from Pittsburgh. I was in the Steel City for a few days since I was attending the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. And now I am back.

10 January 2011

On Linguists Leading and Lagging

This past week, I attended the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. This happens to be perhaps the most prestigious conference for linguists, at least here in the United States. And on Saturday night, I attended the Presidential Address, given by David Lightfoot, entitled "Linguists Leading and Lagging".

08 January 2011

The Academic Cabal

So I am currently attending the annual gathering of people from my field. This year, it happens to be in Pittsburgh, and I have been to this city quite a few times now, but still, this time is a rather interesting one.

It started Thursday and it will go on until tomorrow, Sunday. The very first day was the day in which the talk that bears my name went online, and so that was good. We got some very interesting questions, and my collaborator (who was the first author) provided some interesting answers. All in all, that event was a success.

21 March 2010

The Cabal Concluded

Ah, what a wonderful week.

It began when I headed to Rhode Island to take a break, and I enjoyed that very much. Then, I proceeded to New York City to attend a conference and tutorial session series, and that was very informative as well.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we attended the neurolinguistics tutorial sessions. These are four sessions that give the basics of how to do research on human brain and cognition using neurophysiological and hemodynamic methods. I learned about fMRI and MEG imaging techniques, which are techniques designed to make images of your brain depending on where the blood flows at the current moment. The main assumption here is that more cognitive effort in the brain requires more blood flow. Thus, if you can take pictures of where in your brain blood is concentrated at the current moment given a particular stimulus, then you would be able to localize certain brain functions.

I also learned about the basics of ERP/EEG research. This is basically measuring the electrical activity of the brain via recordings taken on the scalp. The brain emits a weak current whenever neural activity is present. The synapses between neurons emit an electrical current that can be measured. This is a week current in the magnitude of microvolts. Thus, one can measure these brain waves and see when things occur given a particular stimulus. This method is more used for timing issues.

Thursday to Saturday was the big three-day conference where the big boys and big girls of my field were gathered in one room. I was able to meet several people, including people from the Max Planck Institute of Brain and Cognitive Sciences in Leipzig; people from Northwestern University who does research similar to mine; a faculty member from UC San Diego; and various other interesting people. I suppose the goal is to bounce my ideas off people and get input, and also to portray myself as a promising young researcher so that these people might be interested in hiring me later on.

All in all, I am so glad that I went to this conference. Yes, I had to deal with my love-hate relationship issues with New York, but otherwise, it was all good. Where else would I be able to have authentic Japanese ramen, Moroccan lamb tagines, Vietnamese pho, and other awesome ethnic cuisine within walking distance of one another?

(Chandelier Glow, from my Capitol Hill Series)

18 February 2009

The Return

So I suppose every event has an end, and sometimes, the end seems to be so abrupt that there are times in which it seems that the brief period in which one was out of town seemed to be a mirage, and one doubts as to whether one actually has been out of town.

But anyway, I am back in Buffalo, safe and sound.

We left Berkeley after the last talk of the conference. It was raining for the whole weekend that we were there, and yesterday was pretty much the same. However, during the afternoon, the sun made its appearance, so I decided to skip the last parallel session (given the fact that I am not interested in either sociolinguistics or phonetics anyway) and did a walking tour of the very picturesque campus. Before leaving, I printed a Berkeley walking tour guide of the campus, and I basically followed that.

I started from the West Entrance, and for the next two hours, I made my way all around the campus. It was beautiful, and it reminded me of the campus of the University of the Philippines at Diliman. There were plenty of trees, and the buildings were little oases around the different mini-forests in the campus. There were plenty of buildings that were rather bizarre or peculiar. And one thing I noticed too was that there were several parking spots designated for Nobel Laureates. Wow. This is one heavy-duty university. I liked the campus layout. Unlike my current campus here in Buffalo, the buildings are single-unit structures, not linked altogether by overpasses or tunnels. But then, they don't get the cold winter weather that we get here in Buffalo, so why do that type of architecture?

Anyway, after the walking tour, I went back to Dwinelle Hall to attend the last keynote speaker of the conference. And after that, we immediately proceeded to the airport.

My flight would be taking me to New York City, and then to Buffalo. Of course, as is always the case when flying eastward, I didn't look forward to it, since I need to sleep, but then the aircraft conditions usually do not permit me to do so. I still remember that sleepless flight of mine from Chicago to London en-route to Copenhagen last summer. I was wide awake the whole time.

Anyway, for this one, it was better than I expected. It was shorter than the flight going to San Francisco, but then we were helped with tailwinds, so that was one of the reasons. By the time we landed in John F. Kennedy International Airport, I had a few hours of sleep. I boosted my waking hours with a venti coffee.

So there, now I am back here. Tomorrow will be like every other Wednesday. I have work to do in my office, and I am back in the cycle again.

(Πρεσβεία της Ελλάδος, from my Embassy Row Series)

01 February 2009

A Year's Worth of Backlog

This is the final post that will carry a picture coming from my Mount Vernon series. Whew! I cannot believe that it took me this long to finally post the photos from my trip to Mount Vernon, which, by the way, happened back in December 2007. And I wasn't even posting all of the photos I took! I was only posting the ones that I think were good, and the duplicate ones are simply stored in my back-up drive and not posted here.

So yeah, I have a backlog of about a year when posting photos. My photos from my trip to Washington DC aren't done yet, all I have posted are the ones from Arlington Cemetery, which was the previous photo series, and the Mount Vernon photos, which is ending today. My next post will have another series started, still in conjunction with my Washington DC photos.

Speaking of backlogs, I have quite a few of them at the moment. Well, it can or cannot be considered backlogs, but more like things to do. It is already February, and tomorrow begins the fourth week of the semester. There are plenty of things to do!

I am delivering a talk in about two weeks: my manuscript is already ready, but I still need to see whether I will go overtime with it or not. My slides are finalized by now, but I still need to print about 30 copies of my handouts. I also need to finalize the revision of my qualifying paper, and make it APA-compliant, so that the presentation of the experimental data is not all over the place. I also need to figure out the prospectus of my dissertation and see what I will be doing for this magnum opus.

I have just written a recommendation letter for a student, but I still need to print it in a paper with the official letterhead, so I will head to the department office and ask for some official-looking paper. I have a quiz to prepare for Tuesday, and I have a meeting with an unknown person tomorrow at 9:00.

The weird thing is, I like this state in which there are things to do. I remember hating semester breaks during high school and college, since there was no deadlines to beat, and so all I would do was read a book, stare at the wall, lie in bed, stare at the ceiling, wash, rinse, repeat. Boring. But, this deadline thing, it somehow makes my adrenaline go crazy, and it gives me a natural high of sorts.

I need to recharge my camera's batteries. I am bringing it with me to the other side of the country, and I am hoping to snap some shots of California. If I will base it on schedule, I will be making a photo series of those photos that I will be taking around March 2010.

(Path to Exit, from my Mount Vernon Series)

25 January 2009

Throwing Tomatoes

Isn't it a nice feeling to feel that one has accomplished something? Recently, I got that feeling again, since I was able to check off some things to do from my plate.

So yesterday, as I was doing my laundry, I was sitting down working on my laptop, trying to finish my slides for my upcoming talk. After all, my talk was exactly three weeks from yesterday. So I had to finish the slides and make the handouts. And around mid-afternoon yesterday, I finished it.


I think I have all of what I need. I will then type a manuscript of my talk, although I do not intend to deliver that talk using a manuscript, but having an example manuscript will be easier to time the whole thing. I have been allotted twenty minutes of talk time, and an additional ten minutes of questions. The usual time limits apply.

It shouldn't be hard delivering this talk; after all, I know my research like the back of my hand, but I am reminded by what my adviser told me the other day. He told me that our job as academics is to throw tomatoes at other people in a nice way. By that he means that we have the obligation to critique and shoot down other people's research in a diplomatic manner. That's how science works. The current view is held as true, until someone comes up and challenges the current view. People who think that the current view is correct will come up with challenges against the person who has a new idea, but if after every test and trial, the new idea is still the better idea, then the community adopts the new idea and holds it to be true. That's just how the scientific method works.

And now it is my turn to be thrown tomatoes at. We'll see, I think I will still be standing after the affair.

(Meandering Path, from my Mount Vernon Series)