FAVORITE RESEARCH LABS

NYU Neuroscience and Education Lab

NEL is led by my doctoral research advisors, Drs. C. Cybele Raver and Clancy Blair. Here, we focus on the development of self-regulation throughout the lifespan, from infancy to adulthood. Using a multi-method approach, NEL aims to build a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which early environmental adversity associated with social and economic inequality shapes cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physiological aspects of development.

NYU Computation and Cognition Lab

Led by Dr. Todd Gureckis, the goal of the Computation and Cognition lab is to better understand the memory, learning, and decision processes which allow humans to carry out intelligent and adaptive behaviors. This research team is particularly interested in how people learn from experience. Dr. Gureckis is a key advisor and mentor for my active learning research here at NYU.

Stanford Language Learning Lab

Before I joined NYU, I worked for four years as a lab manager and research coordinator at Stanford University under the mentorship of Drs. Anne Fernald and Virginia Marchman. The Language Learning Lab studies how young children develop competence in understanding spoken language during their first years of life.

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FAVORITE FOUNDATIONS

BUILD

BUILD is an awesome educational entrepreneurship program for youth from under-resourced communities to propel them to high school, college & career success.  I served as a high school team mentor in the Bay Area chapter and now am a founding associate board member for the newest chapter in NYC.

The Long Now Foundation

Long Now is about as cool as a non-profit gets - and the ideas they foster are huge. They aim to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. From 02010-02011*, I was an intern on the Rosetta Project, and have continued as a volunteer and enthusiast ever since. 

*Long Now dates are in a 10,000 year format, of course

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital School at Stanford

The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital School Program, a unique collaboration between the Palo Alto Unified School District and Stanford hospital, is an innovator in the field of education. They provide quality instruction - and a sense of normalcy - to critically and chronically ill children and young adults. I have been a volunteer and supporter of the LPCH school since I was once enrolled there as a teen. My favorite project was founding, and subsequently volunteering at, the annual LPCH school prom, a night for students to forget about being sick in the hospital and celebrate life.

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FAVORITE PASTIMES

OpenExplorer

Make way for citizen science! You may have seen a drone in the sky, but have you seen one underwater? OpenROV and OpenExplorer are fantastic innovators to get folks out to explore. Using an underwater drone, my partner Jason and I are planning to explore the depths of Flathead Lake in Montana this summer - see our expedition here!

The Moth

Well, I've never tried telling my own story at the Moth - a storytelling podcast and live series to connect us as humans and foster mutual understanding. Maybe someday. But for now, it's just about my favorite night out in NYC.
 

Strumming

Playing guitar and singing - my venue is a blanket and a patch of grass in Washington Square Park, in hopes of being like a true Greenwich Villager.

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