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Gabrielle (Elle) O’Brien is a researcher and doctoral student at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. She holds a BA in mathematics from Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA, and an MS in
neuroscience from the University of Washington. Her re- search investigates speech perception, cochlear implants, and mathematical models of the auditory system. She is keenly interested in the history of science.
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