Dr. Emily Kubicek 💻🧠 Profile picture
Research. Sign language. Dogs. @GallaudetU alum. Cognitive neuroscientist data science-ing @WaltDisneyCo✨ (+ @NationalDeafCtr, @BU_tweets) #latinxinSTEM
Sep 27, 2020 48 tweets 7 min read
✨🧵✨ After that insane response to my job news - here’s a thread about how I ended up at my dream job w/Disney & an illustration of why an untraditional path to tech should never stop you (& is maybe better?): When I was little I loved computers/math/science/the brain/language. My mom was a school psychologist so she always called me her little speech therapist (which makes sense bc to her that was a job that she knew of that involved language).
Jun 21, 2020 12 tweets 5 min read
I went to the 50th Anniversary of The Walt Disney Archives exhibit @BowersMuseum today! Here is a thread of some of the cool Disney history straight from @TWDCArchives (including the first ticket ever purchased at Disneyland!😱) : Image Image
Jun 15, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
Twenty years ago I said ‘one day’ & today I said ‘day one.’ ImageImage First picture is me this past weekend right outside Disney’s Grand Central Creative Campus, where I would have worked if we were in non-covid times.
Mar 12, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
I can't believe I used to avoid using code from tutorials. Please do NOT think this is plagiarizing if you're first starting out in data science. Once I started pulling bits+pieces from different tutorials for my personal projects, it was unbelievable how quickly I started 1/4 understanding concepts. By pulling a few lines here and there from different tutorials doing 'the same thing' I start to see what is actually happening in the code and adjust it accordingly for my use. 2/4
Jan 4, 2020 14 tweets 8 min read
What do you think is the most commonly used word in @theofficenbc? What about by character?

Check out some word clouds I made of our fav characters from #TheOffice using the new #shRute package 👩🏻‍💻

Bonus: How many times do you think Michael actually said "That's what she said"? @theofficenbc Michael Scott's most commonly used words (the larger the word the more it was used) for all seasons of The Office: ImageImage
Jun 4, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
Literally getting my phd at the only university designed for deaf and hard of hearing students in the world, all of my classes, lectures, comps, defenses, and proposals are in sign language and, even with almost four years’ experience with this... I learn something new about this culture and language every. single. day. The depth and complexity is equivalent to that of any spoken language culture and, in my humble opinion, tends to be vastly more interesting.
Jun 1, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
I’m super interested in the arithmetic skills of cast members assigned to the queue line. Their speed/accuracy for simple math when assigning seats/positions in rides is so impressive and theres no way the processing is taking place the same way as someone who isn’t as practiced. I would also like to add in the variability of FP+, large groups, single rider, and guests who use wheelchairs. All while needing to keep the line constantly moving and communicating with fellow cast members and the mob of guests in standby.
Mar 24, 2019 5 tweets 3 min read
Time for “Imaging the Immediate and Long-Term Effects of Exercise in Humans” (Wendy Suzuki, Chair) #CNS2019 #CNSmtg “1,000 more steps a day is associated with a larger hippocampus, a brain region important to memory and dementia risk.” - Carlson, JHU #cnsmtg #cns2019
Mar 23, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
“The all nighter is NOT effective.” -Why Sleep?, Matthew Walker, University of California, Berkeley Image 212 point increase on SATs when going from a 7:30 to 8:30 school start time #CNSmtg
Feb 15, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
How People Learn: A New Look #AAASmtg Hosted by: Nora Newcombe, Zewelanji Serpell, Cora Marrett, Annemarie Palincsar Image "Different cultures place different value on learning by copying/creating, doing/observing, talking/listening, explaining/acting" which can all lead to differences in approaches during cognitive tasks. #AAASmtg
Feb 15, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Excited for the next talk, "A Feminist Agenda for Science Communication: Necessary and Timely" here the @aaas #AAAS2019 Annual Meeting! Image "[Science communication] has become a field for women which means that it is looked at subordinate to science in the same way that education, which is also primarily female, is seen as subordinate to gaining knowledge [research]."
Jan 28, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
I've been learning about the ASL-CT, an ASL comprehension test, these past couple weeks & I'm just more and more impressed with it every day. I participated in a study recently that used it and felt that the subtleties of visual language... ...that are typically lost in ASL test standardization were impressively addressed. As a late signer and sign language researcher I could feel the limitations of my signing knowledge as the test difficulty increased. This is the best ASL comprehension test I've come across!
Jan 24, 2019 5 tweets 1 min read
10+ years later and this is still a crucial finding for achieving diversity in STEM -
"...encouraging women and girls to gain spatial experiences, such as computer usage, might help to bridge the gap in spatial ability between the sexes." (Terlecki & Newcombe, 2008) #my1stthread Beginning of quote: "Path analyses showed that computer experience substantially mediates the gender difference in spatial ability observed on the MRT. These results collectively suggest that the “Digital Divide” is an important phenomenon and that.."
Aug 2, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Yesterday I heard a man share abt how he conversed with a woman re: the gender pay gap & how he was ‘trying to force her to understand the facts’ (yes, literally used the word ‘force’). Then explained that like a ‘typical radical feminist’ she started going ‘on a rant’ (1/4) about the paygap issues. There were so many things wrong with this scenario - beginning with 1) he felt he was so right that he felt the utmost confidence in bringing this up to 5 women unprovoked at lunch 2) he consistently brought up how she was ‘attacking men’ 2/4
Jul 30, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
✨The combination of Walt’s rush to have Disneyland ready by opening day (July 17th, 1955) & the 101°+ weather caused women’s heels to sink into the asphalt of Main Street, USA. 👠🔥☀️ ✨Bonus: Here’s a picture of Main Street on opening day! (Photo credit: University of Southern California) Image
Jul 28, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
🐭Today’s Disney tidbit: The Walt Disney Family has established a museum in Walt Disney’s honor in San Francisco🌉, California. It stands on what was once the Pacific coast’s strongest Army base & now a national park - The Presidio🌊. ✨Bonus: They have the Oscar Walt Disney won for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. It consists of the regular Oscar statue & 7 additional smaller awards made to resemble the dwarfs.