Dr. Shin Selected for 2017 Women in STEM Award

April 21, 2017

Please join us in congratulating Associate Professor Naomi Shin for her major accomplishment in being selected for the 2017 Women in STEM Awards! A group of ten UNM Professors has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Women in STEM Awards to honor their research in diverse areas of study. Our very own Dr. Shin will be working alongside Barbara Shaffer and Jill Morford of the Linguistics Department to research how children learn minority languages when exposure to the language is limited. This research examines children’s acquisition of two U.S. minority languages, Spanish and American Sign Language, and investigates whether acquisition of grammar is determined by amount of exposure to those languages or by cognitive maturation. The study is also designed to address parental concerns about whether and how often to speak to children in minority languages. The project name is titled “Minority language development: How do children acquire grammar when exposure to language is limited?” 

The Spanish and Portuguese Department salutes your excellence and dedication, Dr. Shin! 

"I hadn't been aware that there were doors closed to me until I started knocking on them." — Gertrude B. Elion, biochemist, pharmacologist, and winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine