Month: December 2016

Phil Rubin talk: Obama’s BRAIN: A View of Science Policy from Inside the White House

Obama’s BRAIN: A View of Science Policy
from Inside the White House

Philip Rubin, Ph.D.
Haskins Laboratories and Yale University

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 3:30 p.m., Bousfield A106
Dinner for registered attendees to follow in the Skip Lowe Atrium

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is one of the Obama Administration’s Grand Challenges. As part of a broader set of White House
neuroscience activities, it was launched to help revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. This presentation will provide a
glimpse of the inner workings of the complex federal scientific establishment that helps develop and nurture such initiatives and also encourages and coordinates their funding. Precursors and catalysts to this initiative will be discussed along with an update on its rapid growth and possible
future developments.

Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS)
Interdisciplinary Training Program in Neurobiology of Language (NBL)

For registration information contact

“Brain Plasticity” Kilgard talk Monday 12/19/16 Bousfield Rm 160, 3-4pm

This talk on learning and brain plasticity may be of interest to you:

Dear Colleagues:

We are most fortunate to have Mike Kilgard visiting next week to speak on Monday at 3pm. Mike Kilgard studied with Mike Merzenich who’s middle name is “brain plasticity” and who’s work fills many textbooks on the topic of use dependent changes in the brain and behavior. Mike has many studies demonstrating how cortical neurons change with learning and with brain stimulation. He has recently developed a method for stimulating the vagus nerve to facilitate learning and brain plasticity. He and his team are now beta testing this approach in humans. He will talk about his neural plasticity research and some of the applications they are developing. This is a rare and exciting opportunity! I hope you can come and pass it on!

-Heather Read, Dept. Psychological Sciences

Date: Monday Dec 19th, 2016
Place: Bousfield Building, Room 160
Time: 3-4pm,
Title of talk, “Directing Neural Plasticity to Understand and Treat Neurological Disease”.
Here is his lab webpage (
Michael P. Kilgard, University of Texas at Dallas. Cognition and Neuroscience Program School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Yates Student Travel Awards: Supporting diversity & inclusion in cognitive science

The Psychonomic Society announces the J. Frank Yates
Student Travel Awards: Supporting diversity & inclusion in
cognitive science

The Psychonomic Society is pleased to announce a new travel award supporting individuals from underrepresented populations travel to the Annual Meeting.
The “J. Frank Yates Student Travel Award: Supporting diversity & inclusion in cognitive science”, to be awarded annually at the Annual Meeting, will join the Society’s prestigious set of awards announced each fall.

Nominations for the inaugural 2017 round of the J. Frank Yates Student Travel Awards will open in early April, with more information on the selection criteria and nominations process to be provided nearer the time.
Speaking about the award, Janet Metcalfe, Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, said, “It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce the establishment of the new J. Frank Yates Student Travel Award. I would like to encourage everyone in the research community to look around their institutions and encourage graduate students from underrepresented populations to self-nominate for the Yates Travel Award. Applications must be submitted through the Society’s abstract submission process.”
Cathleen Moore, chair of the Psychonomic Society Governing Board, said “We’re so excited that Frank Yates has agreed to have this important award named after him. He is an outstanding researcher in our tradition, served as a respected associate editor of the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, and has worked to support diversity and equal opportunity for decades.”

Five recipients from underrepresented groups will receive a cash award of $1,000. Prizes will be handed out at the Psychonomic Society’s Annual Meeting each year in November.

The Psychonomic Society is committed to promoting and increasing diversity and inclusion in cognitive science. A diverse and inclusive scientific field draws from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences thereby maximizing innovation and creativity in science for the benefit of humanity.
For more about the Psychonomic Society’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit our website.
Psychonomic Society
2424 American Lane • Madison, WI 53704-3102 USA
P: +1-608-441-1070 • F: +1-608-443-2474• E: • W:


InCHIP is very excited to be hosting multiple seed grant competitions this year in a variety of interdisciplinary research areas, including brain and cognitive science and health. Please note that researchers must become an InCHIP Affiliate in order to submit a full proposal for these seed grants. The process to become an InCHIP Affiliate is relatively short, and the application form can be found here.

In order to be eligible to submit a full proposal, you must submit a Letter of Intent by the appropriate deadline. The Letter of Intent submission form can be found here, and the deadlines for each seed grant are:

Letter of Intent Due Friday, 12/16/16 at 11:59 PM EST
Full Proposals Due Monday, 2/13/17 at 11:59 PM EST

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