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Phonetics Lab Alumnus Becky Butler helps secure $900,000 grant for UNC Chapel Hill's Southeast Asian studies

Phonetics Lab alumnus Dr. Becky Butler (PhD 2014) and an interdisciplinary team of UNC researchers have won a $900,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for “Bringing Southeast Asia Home,” an initiative that will expand the study of Southeast Asia and its languages at UNC-Chapel Hill and the UNC System. The grant proposal was led by principal investigator Christian Lentz (Department of Geography), Becky Butler (Department of Linguistics, Carolina Asia Center), Angel Hsu (Department of Public Policy), and Noah Kittner (Gillings School of Global Public Health).

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13th January 2023

Phonetics Lab Alumnus Becky Butler promoted to Assistant Director at UNC Southeast Asia Initiative

Phonetics lab alumnus Becky Butler (PhD 2014) was recently appointed Assistant Director for Southeast Asia Initiatives at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.    

As such, she supports the study of Southeast Asia at UNC by writing grants, coordinating Southeast Asia events, making connections among folks with an interest in the region, and facilitating opportunities for UNC’s Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian American students.

In particular, Becky  is supporting the Carolina Asia Center (CAC) current grant, “Bringing Southeast Asia Home,” and she is also working with the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Vietnamese language program.

13th January 2023

Linda Heimisdottir is the new COO for Miðeind ehf!

Phonetics Lab alumnus Dr. Linda Heimisdottir (PhD 2015) is now the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Miðeind ehf,  which develops NLP and AI technology for the Icelandic language.   

Prior to joining Miðeind ehf, Linda served as Linguistic Program Manager at Appen - a company focused on applying AI/Natural Language Processing to Data Labeling and Model Evaluation. 

13th January 2023

Seung-Eun Kim Accepts Postdoctoral Fellow Position at Northwestern University

Seung-Eun Kim has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University.


She will be working with Professors Matt Goldrick and Ann Bradlow on the NSF project titled “Enhancing research on speech and deep learning through holistic acoustic analysis”. 


She will be joining the department from January 2023, after completing her Ph.D. Congratulations Seung-Eun!

6th December 2022