Faculty member Naomi Nagy has just returned from New Zealand, where she took part in the Methods 'n' Models workshop at Victoria University of Wellington. Sociolinguists brainstormed with an evolutionary biologist, a physicist specializing in medical stats, a phylogeneticist, and a mathematician to explore innovative approaches to modeling variable linguistic data with complex models from other fields.
Naomi also paid tribute to the source – as in the founding location – of the statistical programming language R:
...and to the study of indigenous languages of New Zealand, in Auckland:
She then spent a few days backpacking above the clouds on the South Island: