Shari Speer, professor and chair, linguistics, along with Laura Wagner, associate professor, psychology, and Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, assistant professor, linguistics, were awarded a $60,000 Engagement Impact Grant from Ohio State's Office of University Outreach and Engagement for their project, The Science of Language: Using Language Sciences to Promote Science Education at COSI. Partners on this project include the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI).
The Science of Language project seeks to expand an existing research and science education project taking place in the "language pod" laboratory at COSI. The language pod is one of three working research laboratories created through a partnership between COSI and Ohio State and staffed by Ohio State researchers that enable museum visitors to witness and participate in actual scientific research.
“This is language science outreach in a highly innovative and successful informal science institution,” said Speer. “Because so many children and their parents visit COSI from all over Ohio and the country, we have unique possibilities for teaching and research."