Month: October 2017

Call for Abstracts: Emotions and Expressions

Dear all, please see the call for abstracts for an upcoming ECOM workshop here at UConn. We encourage submissions from interested UConn community members as well as external researchers.

The Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning (ECOM) Research Group is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its fifth interdisciplinary workshop this April, entitled “Emotions and Expressions”, to be held April 20-21, 2018 at the University of Connecticut.

This workshop brings together researchers who are currently working on the nature of emotions and their development, as well as their social and moral significance, and the varieties of emotion expressions – linguistic and nonlinguistic, in both humans and nonhuman animals.These topics lie at the intersection of several fields: philosophy, psychology, linguistics, communication studies, ethology, and neuroscience. Discussing these issues could benefit from productive interdisciplinary exchange – to which we hope to contribute with this workshop.


Invited Speakers:

We invite substantive abstracts (approx. 1 page) of short papers by junior researchers (25-30mins) on the topics of the conference. For the purposes of this event, “junior researchers” includes untenured faculty, postdocs and graduate students.

Please submit abstracts or papers in PDF format to Nathan Kellen by January 15, 2018.  (Authors of accepted papers will be notified within a few weeks.)

Gary Lupyan: From perception to symbolic thought: how language augments human cognition

The Psychological Sciences Colloquium Series presents:


Gary Lupyan, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

3:30pm in BOUS A106


Talk: From perception to symbolic thought: how language augments human cognition

It is a common refrain that language is one of the defining traits of our species. Yet for all its claimed importance, most cognitive scientists work under the assumption that language, while important for communicating pre-existing thoughts, plays a minor if any role in their construction. I will argue that this view is mistaken and that words play a much more central role in creating meaning than is generally acknowledged. Using a wide range of empirical evidence, I will show that even in linguistically savvy adults, the use of language actively modulates “nonverbal” mental processing from low-level perception to higher-level reasoning. On the presented view, some of the unique aspects of human cognition stem from the power of words to flexibly transform mental representations into more categorical states. This view has immediate consequences for understanding the cognitive consequences of learning and using language and for questions concerning linguistic relativity.


12/6: Science and Story – The Role of Narrative in Modern Research

Science and Story

The Role of Narrative in Modern Research

Tim Miller

Digital Media & Design, University of Connecticut

Wednesday, 6 December, 2017, 3:30pm

Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center

Reception to follow

Sponsored by the CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS)

and the training program in Science of Learning & the Art of Communication (SLAC)


In today’s crowded and increasingly competitive research environment, it is more important than ever for scientists to take an active role in communicating the importance of their work to as broad an audience as possible. The ability to recruit collaborators, attract funding, and effectively report results requires clear, concise communication. As emerging research challenges focus on fundamentally transdisciplinary questions, the ability to communicate among a diverse cohort is becoming an integral component of the conduct of research within laboratories, not just a supplementary activity that occurs outside of them. This talk addresses some of the fundamental principles that can guide effective communication, and introduces a conceptual framework that can serve as a scaffold for communication strategies of any scope.


Tim Miller has spent a career grappling with the question of how to best share scientific ideas. Following a graduate education in engineering, his work turned to journalism and the arts, and his resume includes appointments at the Boston Museum of Science, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the University of Southern California’s Entertainment Technology Center, and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Media at UConn’s School of Fine Arts, and a co-PI on the recently awarded NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) grant: “Science of Learning and Art of Communication”. He has lectured at museums, universities, and professional societies across the country, and is the author of “Muse of Fire: Storytelling and the Art of Science Communication.”



10/27: Social judgments, gaze patterns, and facial movements of adolescents with and without ASD

Dr. Ruth Grossman, Emerson College

Friday (10/27) from 12:20-1:10 in Bous 162

Title: First Impressions Matter: Social judgments, gaze patterns, and facial movements of adolescents with and without ASD

Abstract: We quickly form first impressions during social interactions. In the case of encounters with individuals on the autism spectrum (ASD), those first impressions are often negative. In this talk I will present data and research questions regarding the formation of those first impressions, the gaze patterns to individuals with and without ASD, and the facial expression movements that may underly that first impression formation.


Undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, and postdoc positions

See below for resources towards STEM opportunities,  presented by The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups, including underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, first-generation college students, and students from underserved communities. The Institute for Broadening Participation is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID #20-1891162.

30+ undergraduate scholarships

30+ graduate fellowships

170+ postdoc positions

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Fellowship Opportunities for Seniors and Recent Graduates

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering three fellowships. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2018 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2018, and they are 2 years in duration.


Students can find further details at: and


The Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience will involve cutting-edge social neuroscience research in infants, toddlers and adolescents. Fellows will work to further the understanding of autism through eye-tracking research, guiding a project from the point of data collection to publication of results.

The Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering will involve researching early vocal development, including speech production and speech perception, as part of a program to map out both typical and atypical development of spoken communication in early childhood.

The Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience will involve integrating computational strategies with clinical research goals. Fellows will develop methods for the analysis of visual scanning and eye-tracking data, computational models of visual salience, and data visualization techniques, all with the aim of advancing the understanding of autism and efforts at early diagnosis.

11/6: Thinking about thoughts: The role of language

Dr. Stephanie Durrleman, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Date: November 6, 2017
Location/Time of talk: BOUS 160, 5pm
Title of talk: Thinking about thoughts: The role of language

Dr. Durrleman is a linguist who currently co-directs a Swiss National Scientific Project entitled ‘The Acquisition of Jamaican Creole: A corpus-based study of early parameter-setting’ (with Professors Ur Shlonsky and Luigi Rizzi). Her monograph: ‘The Syntax of Jamaican Creole: A Cartographic Perspective’ (Benjamins 2008) is the first cartographic analysis of a Creole language. She is also more generally interested in contact languages and was co-editor of the book ‘Structure and Variation in Language Contact’ (Benjamins 2006). She has recently turned her attention to language pathology and more specifically to syntactic development in individuals with autism. This theme, on which she has collaboratively presented and published, is now the focus of her investigations, thanks to a 3-year Swiss National Scientific Research award for her project ‘Syntax in Autism’.

Neuroscience in Storrs: 11/29

You are invited to participate in the 21st annual Neuroscience at Storrs conference.

Date: Wednesday, November 29th from 2:00-8:30 pm

University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center Building
2-3:30pm: Graduate School Career Workshop
4-5:30pm: Keynote Lecture, Tony Zador, MD, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Title, “Sequencing the Connectome”

Atrium, Bousfield Building
5:30-8:30pm: Reception and Poster session

Conference Website (Search for Neuroscience at Storrs)

Paid language consultant for LING course (undergrad or grad student)

The Department of Linguistics may be seeking a native speaker of a lesser-studied language to serve as a language consultant for a course in Linguistic Field Methods in Spring 2018. The position will be paid. The manner and amount of pay may depend on the candidate’s status at the university.


– Native speaker of a less commonly studied language. Native speakers of indigenous and minority languages and dialects are especially encouraged to apply. At this time, we do not need speakers of major international languages including: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian or other European languages; Chinese, Japanese, Hindi or Urdu.

– Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

– Available to commit to 10 hours per week for the entire Spring 2018 semester.

– No background in Linguistics is required. No training or experience as a language teacher is expected.

– We do expect the applicants to be native speakers of the language, that is to have used it as their primary language during childhood.


For further information or to apply, please contact: Prof. Asia Pietraszko:

Please indicate the language that you speak natively.

Jon Sprouse
Associate Professor
Department of Linguistics

Annual Meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy at UConn


46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy


The 2018 meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy will be held on May 18-20 at University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.


Keynote Speakers:

Elaine Landry
(UC Davis)

Joan Rand Moschovakis

Craige Roberts
(NYU/Ohio State)


The Society for Exact Philosophy invites submissions of papers in all areas of analytic philosophy for its 2018 meeting.

Paper submission deadline: 21 January 2018.

More info located here.