Michael Frank recognized with Troland Research Award for early language learning research

Michael Frank
Michael Frank

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has recognized MICHAEL FRANK, associate professor of psychology, with a 2020 Troland Research Award.

Frank is being honored for his pioneering studies into children’s early language learning, specifically his contributions to advancing the understanding of how children use social context to acquire language.

Two Troland Research Awards of $75,000 are given annually to recognize unusual achievement by early-career researchers and to further their research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology.

Frank, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Professor in Human Biology, studies children’s language learning and how it interacts with their developing understanding of the social world. He is the organizer of the ManyBabies Consortium, a collaborative replication network for infancy research, and has led such open-data projects as Wordbank and MetaLab. Frank also serves as the director of the Symbolic Systems Program.

An awards ceremony for the recipients will take place April 26 during the NAS annual meeting.