Episode 30 | NLP Researcher Gives the Best Answer to Combat Impostor Syndrome

Indy Gupta
Published 03/30/2022
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Logo with NLP researcher Regina BarzalayGuest: Regina Barzilay, Professor at MIT in the EECS Department, and a faculty at the MIT Jameel Clinic. Winner of MacArthur Fellowship or “Genius Grant” 2017, AAAI Fellow, and the first recipient of the $1M AAAI Squirrel Award 2020 for Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of Humanity. Learn more about Regina Barzilay or connect with her.

This is a rare episode! Host Indy Gupta speaks with double immigrant, breast cancer survivor, and highly decorated researcher in natural language processing (NLP) and later medicine (after battling cancer), Regina Barzilay.

Not only that, you’ll want to be sure to listen to one of the best answers anyone can give when it comes to dealing with impostor syndrome.

East Europe has been in the news recently, and recent events sadly harken back to the days of the Soviet Union. Some of the topics explored in this episode include:

  • What it was like growing up in the Soviet Republic in the 1970s and 80s.
  • What was the experience of being a double immigrant, first from Moldova to Israel and then to the United States.
  • How breast cancer was a catalyst to shifting directions in research.

This episode is full of stories of quirky experiences, motivation, and actionable advice.

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