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Staff Spotlight: Alan Kay

May 1, 2023

Written by: Stephany Daniel, Alan Kay

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This week, we interviewed Alan Kay, Research Assistant in the Speech Neurophysiology Lab, to learn more about his work and interests. Alan assists the lab with fMRI scans and completing preprocessing of data. Alan’s future plans include pursuing a master’s degree in bioinformatics. He's also an avid soccer player.

Read our full interview with Alan below!

What is your role in the lab? 

I serve as a study coordinator. I mainly work with participants to plan their visits and lead them through the necessary tasks on the day of their participation.

What excites you most about your work?

I enjoy collaboration that leads to an improved process or brainstorming on problems. Working as a team with others on complicated issues makes the success of figuring it out more enjoyable.

What do you like to do in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?

I like playing soccer and walking on trails when the weather permits. On a rainy day, you can find me playing games on the Nintendo Switch or watching YouTube.

Besides the unknowns around stuttering, what’s another scientific mystery that you find interesting?

The role of AI in the near future is an intriguing concern. As much as it is already helping us reach results for different problems in a more efficient manner, it will be important to lay out critical guidelines and boundaries so that we minimize AI’s damage to scientific and human progress as well. I am excited to see how AI contributes to the upcoming decades and whether it is an overall positive or negative change.