Tyler Kniess starts off our news from current grads, some of whom have been busy with joyful extra-curricular events. Read on.
"The past year or so has been surprisingly good. Over the summer I was happy to have the Institute of German Studies summer research fellowship so I could continue work on a project with the Speech Production laboratory, which I presented at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in December 2020. I had the pleasure of working with Susanne Even in the fall of 2020 to create an online version of her Grimm Fairy Tales course. I worked through the fall of that year on a dissertation prospectus on nasalization in German dialects. Tracy Hall, Kari Gade, and Stuart Davis oversaw my qualifying examinations, which I passed in March 2021. I was awarded a DAAD Grant for Doctoral Candidates in the same month. I thank Tracy Hall, Paul Fogleman, and Jürg Fleischer for their invaluable help with my application. In May, I gave a talk at GLAC on the historical development of nasal vowels in Swabian. I had the honor of teaching and learning from graduate students from all over the College in the summer semester of 2021 when I taught G492. This fall I am teaching online at IUPUI in addition to teaching the same Grimm course at IUB. After several years of excellent coursework in the department and College, I am now officially a candidate and am focused on writing most of the time."