CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now
Erin Berry (LLC) and Kevin Omland (Biological Sciences)
This iteration of my project focuses on preliminary findings from my in-depth ethnographic interviews with Black female undergraduate students attending college in Maryland. Notably, these women discuss how social media is a complicated space in which Black women in particular frequently encounter sociolinguistic policing (Everett, 2009; Richardson, 2013). They also discuss how they resist narratives of marginalization in online and offline spaces through the formation, interrogation and facilitation of digital sociolinguistic cultural spaces.
The Influence of Gender on Research in Avian Behavior: Diversity of Researchers Speeds Progress
Kevin Omland, Professor, Biological Sciences
Historically, research on bird song has been dominated by white men in northern countries who have defined bird song as a characteristic of male birds. Recent research on female vocalizations led by prominent female researchers has helped redefine bird song and overturn the long held paradigm for thinking about the original evolution of avian song. An undergraduate in the Omland Lab has recently shown that research on female bird song has been significantly more likely to be conducted by female researchers.