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Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) Fellow (Cairo, Egypt) -- American University in Cairo June 2019 - June 2020 Tufts University (Medford, MA) -- Class of 2018 Magna Cum Laude Major:Cognitive and Brain Sciences Minor: Computer Science Study Abroad: American University in Cairo Spring 2017 Senior Honors Thesis: Lexical Variation in Central Taurus Sign Language EXPERIENCE
Old Cairo Deaf Unit: Volunteer -- teaching English and computer application classes to elementary and middle school Deaf children, translating foreign Deaf Education materials into Arabic, and developing digital resources for language education. Cairo - Jan 2020-June 2020
BU LexLab: Research Staff -- building a phonological classifier for ASL video data using pose estimation, creating a web interface for ASL CDI data collection, and researching literacy development using tools from NLP. Boston - October 2018 - June 2019 QPID Health: NLP Developer Intern -- causal analysis of natural language processing classifiers used for automating clinical procedure adjudications, building full stack application: patient viewer and supervised learning for predicting high utilization patients. Boston - June 2018 - October 2018
Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital CHIP Natural Language Processing Lab: Research Intern – running experiments using syntactic embeddings of clinical data corpora to improve relation extraction, running experiments to improve temporal relation extraction using word embeddings from both clinical and non-clinical corpora. Boston - May - August 2016 & 2017 Tufts Center for Cognitive Studies: Research Assistant – researching an emergent village sign language, CTSL, exploring early language development of syntax, morphology, and phonology. Research on lexical variation and emergence of compound structure. Somerville - September 2015 – May 2018
Arabic Summer Academy: Teacher – responsible for daily lesson planning and teaching three beginner classes and one culture class six days a week. Activity planning, administrative work, alphabet teaching and curriculum planning. Boston - July 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 PUBLICATIONS:
(Accepted) Dobbs, C; Caselli N; Hartzell, E; "Understanding Middle Graders’ Language Borrowing: How Lexical and Demographic Characteristics Predict Similarity" American Educational Research Association 2020.
(In Review) Ergin, R; Kursat, L; Hartzell, E; Jackendoff, R; “Central Taurus Sign Language: On the edge of conventionalization”
(Abstract+Poster)Hartzell, E; Ergin, R; Kursat, L; Jackendoff, R; Lexical Variation in Central Taurus Sign Language. TISLR13 2019; Hamburg, Germany.
(Abstract+Poster)Kursat, L; Ergin, R; Hartzell, E; Jackendoff, R; Linear Order: a Minimal Syntactic Tool for Expressing the Modifier and the Modified. TISLR13 2019; Hamburg, Germany.
(In Progress) Hartzell, E; Caselli, N; The Sign Phonologizer: Automatic Phonological Annotation for Sign Languages Ongoing Research:
Investigating effects of definiteness and animacy on word order in Egyptian Arabic COMPUTER SKILLS AND LANGUAGES