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Dr. Jennifer Cole named AAAS fellow

November 26, 2019

Five Northwestern University faculty members have been elected 2019 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. 

Jennifer Cole, Noshir Contractor, Vicky Kalogera, Michael Miksis and Farhad Yusef-Zadeh have been recognized for their distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. They will be honored on Feb. 15 at the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

ColeJennifer Cole is a professor of linguistics in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Cognitive Science Program. She is recognized for her distinguished contributions to the understanding of prosody and intonation, standing out for her theoretical and methodological innovation and for outstanding service to the field.

As a phonologist, Cole investigates the sound patterns of human languages. Her primary area of research is prosody — the intonation and temporal patterns of language — and its role in conveying information about word and sentence structure, pragmatic meaning, speaker’s emotion and the dynamics of social interaction. Cole lab uses experimental and observational approaches to examine prosody in English and other languages.


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