Monday, June 22, 2020

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta (GSAS ’19, ’20), Forbes’ “30 Under 30" Honoree

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta
Esti Blanco-Elorrieta (GSAS ’19, ’20) was a 2020 Forbes’ “30 Under 30" honoree in the area of science. According to Forbes: “Over half of the population on the planet speaks multiple languages, but little is known about the neuroscience behind that. Blanco-Elorrieta aims to change that. Her research is devoted to understanding the neurobiology of multilingualism, and has led to a critical reformulation of the theoretical framework of bilingual language organization.” She sat down with us to talk about her groundbreaking research and her time at NYU.

Can you talk about your NYU department?

I am a PhD student at NYU's Psychology department, enrolled in the Cognition and Perception program. This is a program that researches a wide range of topics within human cognition, from vision, to memory to language.

What was your favorite memory of your time at NYU?  

It's difficult to choose just one memory, so I will share two. One of the moments that I remember the most fondly is the first time I came to NYU. I came for the open house and there was a polar vortex affecting the North East, so New York City was covered in snow and literally frozen. When I walked past Washington Square Park though and arrived at the department I got a feeling that this is where I belonged.

The second memory is the lunch time discussions that I have shared with my lab mates (now dear friends), where we would take a pause in our busy days to talk about anything from life or science, which made me feel very stimulated and supported.

Esti Blanco-Elorrieta: her story continues