Elizabeth Blair

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We present an overview of the first shared task on language identification on codeswitched data. The shared task included code-switched data from four language pairs: Modern Standard ArabicDialectal Arabic (MSA-DA), MandarinEnglish (MAN-EN), Nepali-English (NEPEN), and Spanish-English (SPA-EN). A total of seven teams participated in the task and submitted(More)
PURPOSE The genetic differences between human papilloma virus (HPV)-positive and -negative head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) remain largely unknown. To identify differential biology and novel therapeutic targets for both entities, we determined mutations and copy-number aberrations in a large cohort of locoregionally advanced HNSCC. (More)
BACKGROUND Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is a validated target in squamous-cell carcinoma of the head and neck, but in patients with recurrent or metastatic disease, EGFR targeting agents have displayed modest efficacy. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-mediated angiogenesis has been implicated as a mechanism of resistance to anti-EGFR(More)
Code-switching, where a speaker switches between languages mid-utterance, is frequently used by multilingual populations worldwide. Despite its prevalence, limited effort has been devoted to develop computational approaches or even basic linguistic resources to support research into the processing of such mixedlanguage data. We present a user-centric(More)
Increased storage of basic proline-rich secretory proteins induced in rat parotid acinar cells by isoproterenol is accompanied by increased storage of a chondroitin sulfate-containing proteoglycan. Amino acid analysis of the purified proteoglycan and the chondroitinase digestion products reveals that the polypeptide backbone is a proline-rich protein. Most(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine the prognostic value of lymph node density in head and neck cancer. METHODS We utilized a prospective, multicenter database of 223 patients with head and neck cancer to identify patients who underwent lymph node dissection before chemoradiation to assess the prognostic significance of lymph node(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS Patients with advanced oral cavity cancer (OCC) typically have not been enrolled in clinical trials utilizing contemporary multimodality strategies. There exist dogmatic expectations of inferior outcome in OCC patients secondary to ineffectiveness of treatment and unacceptable toxicity. The purpose of this study was to analyze(More)
OBJECTIVE Systemic antibiotics given during the first week after tonsillectomy appear to be effective in reducing postoperative morbidity. We assessed the effectiveness of perioperative topical antibiotic rinses in reducing posttonsillectomy morbidity. METHODS A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled pilot study of 36 patients undergoing(More)
Patches of submerged vegetation can be important sites of primary production and habitat for organisms in many aquatic ecosystems. In the tidal freshwater Hudson River they make up about 6% of the river bottom area. Direct sampling of water masses passing through patches of vegetation and week-long continuous monitoring of water characteristics were used to(More)
OBJECTIVES To report outcomes of oral cavity cancer patients treated with concurrent chemotherapy and intensity-modulated radiotherapy (chemoIMRT). METHODS Between 2001 and 2004, 21 patients with oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma underwent definitive chemoIMRT. Sites included were oral tongue (n = 9), floor of mouth (n = 6), buccal mucosa (n = 3),(More)