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Crowbirds have accomplished a lot this past year. Now at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year, we are recognizing and celebrating the hard work of the Crow team around the world.

The Crow team is celebrating four new graduates! Ryan Day, Ji-young Shin, Ali Yaylali, and Larissa Goulart are all graduating from their respective institutions this academic year.

De-Identifying student texts is an essential part of Crow work, and allows us to continue growing our corpus of undergraduate writing. This task involves a number of different software tools, and the Crow undergraduate researchers at Purdue have been focusing on this task and finding ways to improve the process.

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We are pleased to announce Crow has added two longtime Crow researchers to our leadership team: Dr. Aleksandra Swatek, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, and Dr. Hadi Banat, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

The Crow lab at Purdue, made possible by the EVPRP grant, has allowed our five new Crow interns to interact in a physically productive and inviting space. We’ve been quite busy at Crow, especially considering the wide range of projects that all of us contribute to. Here’s an outline of what we’ve been working on, and how the lab helps us do so.

Aleksey Novikov is a talented linguist and long-time member of Crow’s team. Here at Crow, he has played an integral part in working on MACAWS and CIABATTA. Aleksey has also continued to study his lifelong passion for languages and involvement in academia with his most recent position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Oxford College of Emory University.

Welcome three new interns at three institutions! Meet our newest Crowbirds: Vivek Natarajan at Purdue University, Anuj Gupta at the University of Arizona, and Faisa Aden at North Carolina State University.

Crow researchers Michelle McMullin, Ola Swatek, and Hadi Banat are presenting “Constructive Distributed Work: How Crow builds ethics, equity and access in research teams” at NCSU on Tue Feb 8 at 3:00pm Eastern.

Emily Palese has been a Crow team member since 2019, and she also holds leadership positions at the University of Arizona where she earned her PhD in 2021. Collaborative work has been important to Emily for a long time, and she gains team experience from her work on the Crow repository, AZTESOL, the SLW collaborative, and WriPACA.

We launched CIABATTA, Corpus In A Box: Automated Tools, Tutorials, & Advising, on December 6th, 2021. Attendees from all over the world learned how they can build their own corpora to aid them in research and teaching, regardless of their previous coding experience.