Dr. Shobha Bhatia has taught civil and environmental engineering at Syracuse University for over 40 years and is currently a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor. She has received many prestigious honors and awards, such as being appointed to the National Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering of the National Academy of Science-Engineering-Medicine and being recognized as a GeoLegend at the Geo Institute. She is co-director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) initiative at Syracuse University and a Co PI of the National Science Foundation funded project SUADVANCE. Dr. Bhatia’s research efforts focus on the testing, development, design, and innovative use of sustainable natural and polymeric materials for the protection of water quality. Dr. Bhatia earned her doctorate in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver).
Podcasts / Webinars
The HDIAC Podcast » Constructing Forensic Linguistic ‘Finger Prints’ for Human/Criminal Identification
This podcast discusses forensic linguistics, a technology that offers a new frontier in forensic evidence gathering – particularly in those cases where no other evidence is available to investigators. An example case is that of Theodore J. Kaczynski, the Unabomber:… Read More
The aim of this podcast is to examine dimensions of accent in terms of the (bio-) linguistic mind/brain and the social mind. Drs. Tej and Shobha Bhatia discuss the silent accent trauma suffered by speakers who speak with “undesirable” foreign or regional accents and experience social exclusion and bullying from native speakers. They also present evidence from neurolinguistic (f-MRI) studies of social pain caused by social exclusion. The discussion is framed particularly in cross-cultural communication through world varieties of the English language and the wide-ranging negative reactions to people who speak English with a foreign or “undesirable” accent.