Congratulations to linguists Jessie Little Doe Baird and Tom McCoy, whose achievements have each been recognized by Yale University.

Jessie Little Doe Baird is well known for her work as a co-founder and director of the Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project, an effort to preserve and document the Algonquian language in SouthEastern New England. As a Mashpee Wampanoag tribal citizen and a MIT-trained linguist, Baird also received a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2010 for her language revitalization efforts. Among Baird's many accomplishments is the production of a dictionary for the language, as well as a series of children's books, and Wopanaak language classes in the community. Yale presented Baird with a honorary Doctor of Social Science degree at its 316th commencement ceremony. She also served on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Commission on Language Learning, dedicated to bridging language education and language policy. Read more about the award here.

LSA Member Tom McCoy received the most prestigious award for a Yale undergraduate, the Alpheus Henry Snow Prize. McCoy, an active member of the LSA, presented a poster at this year's Annual Meeting in Austin T.X. and attended the LSA Institute in Chicago in 2015. McCoy was particularly commended for his work as an an organizer and teacher for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, introducing linguistics to middle and high school students at New Haven Public Schools. Next year, McCoy plans to take his linguistics studies further by pursuing a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University. Read more about the prize here.

We congratulate these awardees for their efforts in championing linguistics research and outreach.