Design via Dialogue & Innovation: Talking with Engineers about Usability @ Ford Labs
Apr 18 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Design via Dialogue & Innovation: Talking with Engineers about Usability @ Ford Labs  | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States

Join Michigan UXPA for “Design via Dialogue & Innovation” a panel and discussion on how to talk to engineers about usability. This event is hosted by Ford Labs & features guest speakers from Michigan State University.

Register for the event at Eventbrite!

Date & Time: April 18, 2019 12:30pm-3pm

Location: Ford Labs – 201 S. Division St. #210, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


  • Dawn Opel, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Digital Media and User Experience in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University.
  • Jeff Grabill, Ph.D. – Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and Director of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology at Michigan State University (MSU).

Summary: Designing artifacts for humans inherently means encountering communication challenges. As we play a central role in how technology impacts people’s lives — designers serve on the front lines, frequently finding ourselves in the role of end-user advocate. Dr. Dawn Opel & Dr. Jeff Grabill, from Michigan State University, will help us explore ways that designers can talk to engineers about usability.


  • 12:30pm Doors open
  • 1pm Talks Begin
  • 1:45 Group Q&A
Lift the Rock: Spartans for Accountable Investment @ Erickson Hall, Kiva 103
Apr 18 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lift the Rock: Spartans for Accountable Investment @ Erickson Hall, Kiva 103

The MSU Center for Community and Economic Development, the Roosevelt Institute, and the Global Expertise International is hosting a drop-in, learn-in event on April 18th, 2019 from 3 – 6 p.m. in the Erickson Kiva focusing primarily on socially responsible investing specifically as it relates to MSU’s endowment spending/practices. This is a great event for students who are planning to go into business/investments, non-profit, social work, higher education, and political science/public policy.

SOSLAP Movie Night: “Arrival” @ Wells Hall B210
Apr 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Come nerd out with us as we host another language-acquisition-themed movie night with the film “Arrival”

What: Movie night + free snacks and drinks

When: Thursday April 18th 4 – 6 pm

Where: Wells Hall B21

Who: all associated with the SLS and MA-TESOL program and their students, friends, and family!

C&C lecture by Dr. Nick Ellis @ Ernst Bessy Hall 307
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Coffee and Cognition will invite Dr. Nick Ellis as an invited guest speaker on April 19, 2019 from 1pm-2pm. He has also kindly agreed to meet and talk with students before and after the lecture. We are in awe of being able to invite a respected scholar such as Dr. Ellis. Everyone interested is welcomed and please mark your calendar!


Usage-based approaches to the acquisition of L2 morphosyntax

Usage-based approaches to language learning hold that we learn constructions (form-function mappings, conventionalized in a speech community) from language usage by means of general cognitive mechanisms (exemplar-based, rational, associative learning). The language system emerges from the conspiracy of these associations. Although frequency of usage drives learning, not all constructions are equally learnable by all learners. Even after years of exposure, adult second language learners focus more in their language processing upon open-class words than on grammatical cues. I present a usage-based analysis of this phenomenon in terms of fundamental principles of associative learning: Low salience, low contingency, and redundancy all lead to form-function mappings being less well learned. Compounding this, adult acquirers show effects of learned attention and blocking as a result of L1-tuned automatized processing of language. I review a series of experimental studies of learned attention and blocking in second language acquisition (L2A). I describe educational interventions targeted upon these phenomena. Form-focused instruction recruits learners’ explicit, conscious processing capacities and allows them to notice novel L2 constructions. Once a construction has been represented as a form-function mapping, its use in subsequent implicit processing can update the statistical tallying of its frequency of usage and probabilities of form-function mapping, consolidating it into the system.

Coffee with a Diplomat @ JMC Library, 332 South Case Hall
Apr 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Coffee with a Diplomat @ JMC Library, 332 South Case Hall

Curious about opportunities with the State Department? Want to use your language skills abroad? Join Diplomat in Residence and JMC/MSU alum Philip Beekman (IR, 2000) to learn more about student and career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State

Our Table: Reducing Your Foodprint @ Wells Hall, MSU Hub
Apr 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This semester, Sandra Logan, Associate Professor of English and Director of the College of Arts & Letters’ Citizen Scholars program, and Dana Kirk, Assistant Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and Director of Michigan State University’s Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center, teamed up to offer MSU’s first ISB/IAH combination course: “the food waste challenge.”

Throughout the semester, Kirk and Logan’s students have brainstormed ways to help the MSU and East Lansing communities learn more about our food waste problem. Join these students for an Our Table conversation on why we should pay attention to food waste and what we can do to waste less.

Irina Zaykovskaya’s Dissertation Defense @ B243 Wells
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dissertation Trailer:

Come and support Irina Zaykovskaya as she defends her SLS Ph.D. dissertation.

Title: Remarkable U.S. English LIKE on a university campus: Native and non-native usage, perceptions and attitudes

Date: April 25

Time: 11:00 am

Place: B-243, Wells Hall

Co-advisors: Suzanne Wagner & Sue Gass

Committee members: Patti Spinner, Peter De Costa

Khaled Barkaoui, Talk about analyzing test repeaters’ data @ B243, Wells Hall
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Dan Isbell’s Dissertation Defense @ B342 Wells
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come support Daniel Isbell as he defends his Ph.D. Dissertation on Diagnostic Language Assessment. Dan will be back from South Korea where he spent a year with a Dissertation Support Grant from the U.S. Fulbright Program. The committee membership includes Dan’s Fulbright/Korean-site mentor, SLS alumnus Dr. Junkyu Lee (MSU SLS 2009), who is now Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of TESOL at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, where Dan collected most of his data.


Textscape @ MSU Union Art Gallery
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm
Textscape @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States


Hongtao Zhou

Textscapes are 3D printed documents to reemphasis printing in modern technological world.

May 17 – July 12, 2019


Textscapes are 3D printed documents to reemphasis printing in modern technological world. Printing technology was first created in ancient China to reproduce text using woodblocks, however today’s definition had been widely adopted in 3D printing, an additive process more often to create objects instead of duplicate text. Textscape generates letter-sized 3D documents to visually profile the subject matters of the texts, such as cities, landscapes or figures. These documents make reading process interactive for general audience or blind people, as knowledge as well as art. This series of work has variations of braille, language characters, calligraphies and number systems to bridge the contents and its visuality in architecture, landscape, portraits and abstract matters.

Hongtao Zhou is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist, he researches, practices and teaches in the areas of Design, Architecture, Exhibition Design, Furniture Design & Fabrication and Contemporary Sculpture & Installation. Hongtao holds a PhD from Purdue University, a MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MS from Northeast Forest University of China. He is a professor at Tongji College of Design and Innovation (D&I) and a visiting professor at University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM). Hongtao had been serving as the Director of the UHM Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery. Currently he is Executive Member and Curator of the National Association of Chinese Artists in American Academia.

Hongtao has exhibited nationally & internationally including Centre Pompidou, Gwangju Design Biennale-South Korea, National Museum of China, Milan Design Week, Milwaukee Art Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, Haggerty Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Charles Allis Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing and Taiwan Design Center. He published his work and research in Interior Design, Interni, Design Bureau, Transmaterial, Metropolis, American Craft, Artdaily Zhuangshi Magazine, Modern Weekly and Huffington Post. Centre Pompidou and the University of Virginia collected his work. Hongtao’s work is currently on view in the 2019 Venice Biennale in collaboration with TONTSEN DESIGN in the European Cultural Centre Exhibition.

This exhibition made possible thanks to the MSU College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Special Thanks to Xia Gao, Associate Professor of Apparel and Textile Design. Work shown made possible by Jiabao Zhu, Project Assistant, Making Lab, Tongji University, College of Design and Innovation (D&I).