LAB PUTS STUDENTS IN HYBRID DRIVER’S SEAT An assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering is on his way to plugging students into the future of car-building. Alireza Khaligh is developing one of the nation’s first educational labs focused on hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles. Courses on the principles and technology powering these vehicles will prepare undergraduates for careers in design and research. The lab will open this fall, supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the university’s Sustainability Fund.–LB
Free Speeches CROWDSOURCED VIDEO-LIBRARY WEBSITE PUTS ACCENT ON AUTHENTIC DIALECTS NO ACTOR WANTS TO BE REMEMBERED for mangling an accent (à la Dick Van Dyke in “Mary Poppins”) or refusing to attempt one (Tom Cruise in “Valkyrie”). A new crowdsourcing project launched by Leigh Smiley, director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and a dialect and accent researcher, seeks to help actors produce authentic-sounding dialects. The Visual Accent & Dialect Archive (VADA) is a video library of English-language accents and dialects from around the globe that serves performers and linguists studying language sound pronunciation. The hundreds of contributors to VADA include a 50-something native Farsi speaker telling a story, a South Philadelphia butcher discussing growing up in the Italian market, and a Mexican student reading Dr. Seuss.–LB
Visit the archive at visualaccentdialectarchive.com.
16 TERP SPRING 2013
LEFT ILLUSTRATION BY ASHLEY STEARNS; RIGHT ILLUSTRATION BY SABRENA SESAY