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Children’s Language Learning in Five Words

Cecile McKee, 2014-2015 Fellow. This piece was first published in Planet Word. "Language is a complex system that children learn early. Within hours of birth, bilingual babies prefer rhythms in their parents’ languages. Babies start babbling…
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Visit a Children’s Museum!

Cecile McKee, 2014-2015 Fellow. This piece was first published in The Huffington Post. "ummer is in sight. This matters to families following a traditional school calendar because children who take an educational break over the summer…
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Five things you can do to deal with water shortage in the American West

Cecile McKee-2014-2015 Fellow. This piece was first published in Quartz. “We live in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. It’s not a Mad Max landscape, but there’s a water shortage around here. With drought and warming summer temperatures, we…
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Spock’s Humanity Was Nimoy’s Gift

Cecile McKee—2014-2015 Fellow. This piece was first published in UA News. “What does it mean to be human? This question has inspired philosophers, artists and scientists for a long, long time. Leonard Nimoy's death reminds us…
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Lying is everyday occurrence — for famous, rest of us

Cecile McKee—2014-2015 Fellow. This piece was first published by the Arizona Daily Star. “It seems like famous people make headlines for lying almost every day. But we all lie. Lying may even distinguish human language from…
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Thanks to the Academy … Yawn

Cecile McKee—2014-2015 Fellow. This piece was first published by The Huffington Post. “This year's most interesting Oscar acceptance speeches ended with references to issues like suicide, wage equality and equal rights for women, racism and whistleblowers…
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Tweak the Americans With Disabilities Act Again

Cecile McKee—2014-2015 Fellow. This piece was first published by The Huffington Post. “Last month, an autistic girl in California waited for 30 minutes to see a mall Santa only to be rejected because of her service…
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