CogSci Colloquium: Mark S. Seidenberg

The Cognitive Science Colloquium Series is proud to present Mark S. Seidenberg, Vilas Research Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, April 26th, 4pm, Oak 117

Dr. Seidenberg will provide a talk entitled “The Science and Politics of Learning to Read”

Abstract: A remarkably high percentage of children and adults acquire only basic reading skills, causing innumerable problems for individuals and society. Low literacy has multiple causes, some of which seem intractable (e.g., poverty). I nonetheless think we could be doing much better than we are. Part of the problem is a disconnection between the cultures of science and education. Scientists know a great deal about how reading works and children learn, little of which has had any impact on teacher education or classroom practices. I’ll look at these cross-cultural differences, how they developed, and what might be done to overcome them.

If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Seidenberg, please contact Dr. Altmann: gerry.altmann@uconn.edu

Meet & Speak Registration

The CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) invites you to their annual two-day Meet and Speak” event on May 14th and 15th where affiliated faculty (from the Storrs campus and UConn Health Center) will give up to 15-minute presentations describing, in accessible language, the research they have carried out, or propose carrying out, with seed funding previously awarded by IBACS. Graduate Students affiliated with the Institute will be performing short “datablitz” style presentations about their involvement in Seed Funded or related research, and posters. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held on the first floor of Oak Hall (101-107) from 9:00am-6:30pm. A program will be available shortly. 

In addition, the 2019 Meet-and-Speak will feature a film series on Tuesday evening and a Keynote speaker on Wednesday evening:

  • IBACS Film Series at 4pm, May 14 in Oak Hall 101 – Please join us as we premiere a series of short films produced by Tim Miller, from the Department of Digital Media and Design, profiling scientists affiliated with the Institute. Tim will speak about the challenges of translating science into film, and each of his protagonists will speak about how the film process influenced their own thinking about how to communicate science.
  • Richard Aslin, Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, CT at 5pm, May 15 in Oak Hall 101 – Title and abstract TBA. Dr. Aslin works on brain function and infant learning.

This event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the diverse research that IBACS affiliates are engaged in, and will provide a forum for cross-disciplinary networking. Lunch and other refreshments will be provided. More information about this event can be found here.

If you are interested in attending all or part of this 2-day event, please register by May 1st. Attendance at each session or each day is not required, and you will be able to specify on the registration form which sessions you can attend. 

Call for applications: IBRAiN Program

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CT IBACS), is inviting graduate students to apply to the IBACS-BIRC Research Assistantships in Neuroimaging (IBRAiN) Program. 


The CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) is offering graduate assistantships of 10 hours per week during the Fall (2019) and Spring (2020) semesters at the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC). During the first year, assistants will be trained in neuroimaging methods, data science, and reproducibility. Assistants will spend the remaining allocated hours at BIRC, supporting users of BIRC facilities. This could involve helping design and implement experimental procedures for fMRI, EEG, tDCS, TMS etc., recruitment and prepping of participants, data analysis, or overseeing use of equipment by others. Applicants will be expected to commit to the full duration of the assistantship (Fall & Spring). Funds may be available during Summer 2019 to enable IBRAiN students to pursue their own research at BIRC. IBRAiN students also receive an allocation of 20 hours of MRI time to be used at BIRC during the course of the fellowship.

We anticipate three 10-hour assistantships starting Fall 2019, joining the existing IBRAiN students who have already completed their first year at BIRC and are starting their second year on the program.


The deadline for receipt of applications will be midnight on February 28, 2019.


Priority may be given to applicants whose research will involve, or has involved, neuroimaging methods (fMRI, dEEG, tDCS, or TMS), and who will incorporate these methods into their master’s or dissertation research. Subject to funding and other constraints, these assistantships could be renewed for a further year.Please refer to the full details here.


Students can apply both to this program and to the IBACS Graduate Fellowship program (details here).

Meet and Speak Event

This year, IBACS’ annual two-day “Meet and Speak” event will be on May 14th and 15th, 2019. Affiliated faculty (from the Storrs campus and UConn Health Center) will give up to 15 minute presentations describing, in accessible language, the research they have carried out, or propose carrying out, with seed funding previously awarded by IBACS. Graduate Students affiliated with the Institute will be performing short “datablitz” style presentations about their involvement in Seed Funded or related research. The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the diverse research that IBACS affiliates are engaged in, and will provide a forum for cross-disciplinary networking.

Please save the dates! Details will be posted as the event gets closer.

Call for Applications: IBACS Summer Graduate Fellowships

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CT IBACS) is inviting applications to its Graduate Fellowship Program.

These 3-month fully funded summer fellowships are intended for graduate students working on topics with relevance (broadly construed) to the Brain and Cognitive Sciences. IBACS Graduate Fellows attend a short grant-writing workshop at the start of the summer period (tentatively the 2ndweek of May 2019), and will be expected to submit an application to the NSF GRFP, NRSA (pre- or post-doctoral fellowship), or equivalent, in the Fall.

Deadline for receipt of applications is December 7, 2018.

Graduate students who are not US citizens are eligible to apply, and are expected to work with their advisor to develop an external research proposal if they are not eligible for graduate fellowships. Students who were fellows in 2018 may apply if they submitted the external grant proposal they developed last year and it was not funded, with the expectation that they will revise their previous grant or develop a new one.

Please refer to the full details here.


Training offered for ResearchMatch tool

ResearchMatch is a tool that connects researchers with individuals interested in participating in research studies through an online matching tool.


There is no cost to UConn researchers to use ResearchMatch.


To learn more about using ResearchMatch for studies, register here for the free ResearchMatch Researcher Webinar Training/Live Demo on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on joining the training.


Post Doc – Computational modeling of language

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in computational modeling of language at the University of Maryland, co-advised by Naomi Feldman and Jan Edwards.

The postdoc will be part of an NIH-funded project, in collaboration with Pat Shafto at Rutgers University-Newark, that uses models of pedagogical reasoning to predict which language interventions will be most effective for helping children with Specific Language Impairment learn grammatical morphemes. Experience with probabilistic models of language acquisition and interests in morphological processing and/or language disorders would be helpful, but anyone who is interested in the position is encouraged to apply.

The appointment can be made through either the Department of Linguistics, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, or the Language Science Center.

The starting date is flexible, and can be August 1, 2018 or later. The initial appointment will be through summer 2019, with the possibility of extension.

The University of Maryland is home to an extensive interconnected network of over 200 language scientists that spans 22 different departments and centers . The person hired for this position will have opportunities to interact regularly with colleagues from linguistics, hearing and speech, computer science, and other units on campus, and will be a member of the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Lab. The PIs arecommitted to supporting the success of trainees who belong to groups that are underrepresented in academia and in computing.

To apply, please send a CV, research statement, writing sample, and contact information for three references to nhf@umd.edu (letters are not needed as part of the initial application). Review of applications will begin July 2 and will continue until the position is filled.

BIRC seeking speakers with MRI expertise

The UConn Brain Imaging Research Center is soliciting suggestions for external speakers for the upcoming year as part of the BIRC talk series, which hosted Ev Fedorenko and Stephen Wilson this spring. Please reach out to Roeland Hancock with any suggestions for speakers who can deliver an engaging presentation with broad appeal based on MRI techniques.

Roeland Hancock, PhD
Associate Director | Brain Imaging Research Center
Office: 860.486.4042

Autism Post-Doc Oppty at Boston University

The Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE) at Boston University is looking for a post-doctoral fellow

The CARE Fellow will work on a project investigating auditory processing in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder on a newly-funded interdisciplinary research program, which is a collaboration between Boston University (PI: Helen Tager-Flusberg; Barbara Shinn-Cunningham) and Carnegie Mellon University (PI: Lori Holt).

We are looking for an energetic scientist who is interested in exploring how purpose-built videogames can be used to probe and lead to changes in auditory processing in adolescents with ASD behavioral and neural measures in the context of a randomized controlled trial. The ideal applicant will have a strong research background, technical and programming expertise, as well as experience collecting and analyzing behavioral and electrophysiological (EEG/ERP) data. Some experience working with people with ASD is preferred.

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will have primary responsibilities in managing and carrying out all aspects the research program. Responsibilities include:
· Piloting the suite of videogames with adolescents with ASD providing iterative feedback to the developers at CMU
· Training and supervision of students and other project staff
· Data collection for the randomized controlled trial in the lab and home including both behavioral assessments and auditory ERP experimental measures
· Analyzing the gaming data
· EEG/ERP and behavioral data processing and analysis
· Write-up and dissemination of findings for reports, conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications

Required Qualifications:
· Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field
· Experience working with children/adolescents in research settings, preferably including individuals with ASD
· Training in two or more of the following areas: cognitive science/cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging/ electrophysiology , autism research
· Programming skills (e.g., MATLAB; Python) and proficiency with statistical programs and analyses (e.g., R, SPSS)
· Excellent interpersonal leadership skills, writing and organizational skills
· Strong record of scholarly accomplishments
The position will start summer/fall 2018 with a minimum of a two-year commitment.
Interested candidates should send a CV, cover letter, research statement and contact information for three professional references to Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D. (htagerf@bu.edu)<mailto:htagerf@bu.edu)> and Chloe Adams Agarwal (Center Administrator) – chloeaa@bu.edu<mailto:chloeaa@bu.edu>.

To learn more, please contact:

Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD.
Director, Center for Autism Research Excellence
Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Boston University
100 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215