Author: Brook Perrigo

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in Science (PROS),

 Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in Science (PROS) is an event for students to explore postdoctoral opportunities, meet faculty with aligned interests, and learn about the resources at Baylor College of Medicine.

Selected candidates will be invited for a fully-funded three-day trip to Houston from April 22-24, 2020 to meet with faculty and current postdocs.

The application is due by January 15, 2020.


·         Collaborative basic, clinical and translational research

·         Access to state-of-the-art resources throughout the Texas Medical Center

·         Extensive career development services

·         Dedicated Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and active Postdoctoral Association

All of this while living in Houston – an affordable and highly diverse city.

Special Events – Science and Imagination, November 5th

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Science of Learning & Art of Communication program (SLAC) and the UConn Humanities Institute (UCHI) invite you to three special events. Please register for any you are interested in so that we can provide appropriate refreshments.


·  3-6pm, UConn Humanities Institute Conference Room, 4th Floor, Babbidge Library

·  Featuring Michael Lynch, Tim Miller, and Susan Schneider from UConn, and Julie Sedivy (U. Calgary) and Mike Tanenhaus (U. Rochester)

·  Flyer attached; see details and register here

·  Dinner with the speakers will follow for a limited number of guests; if you would like to join for dinner, please register here, and we will send you details


·  10-11:30am, UConn Humanities Institute Conference Room, 4th Floor, Babbidge Library

·  Light breakfast from 9:30

·  Led by Julie Sedivy (U. Calgary)

·  This is an interactive session for scientists who are interested in writing for general audiences, whether in the form of blogs, articles, books, or other media. We will discuss some of the practical aspects of learning to write for a nonacademic audience and of accessing channels for disseminating your writing more broadly. We will also address some of the obstacles experienced by scientists who would like to invest time and energy into science communication. We’ll explore the supports that scientists need from inside and outside their institutions and the potential payoffs of such investments for individual scientists and their institutions.

·  Please register for this writing workshop here


·  12-2PM, UConn Humanities Institute Conference Room, 4th Floor, Babbidge Library

·  Led by Mike Tanenhaus (U. Rochester, 2018 winner of the Rumelhart Prize)

·  Participants should read the report ‘Science — the Endless Frontier‘ (which led to the founding of the National Science Foundation), in advance of the meeting. Mike’s talk at the Science and Imagination afternoon event focuses on this report (see his abstract here). Our working lunch will give you an opportunity to do a “deep dive” into this report with Mike. If time permits, we will talk about ways we can impact public support for science locally, nationally, and globally. 

·  Click here to register for this discussion and lunch with Mike Tanenhaus

Call for applications: Duke Summer Seminars in Neuroscience&Philosophy

Applications are now being accepted for the next Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP). SSNAP 2020 will occur at Duke University from May 24th to June 7th. These two weeks of intensive training in philosophy and neuroscience aim to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and professors in these fields.

A total of twenty fellowships are available:

  • 10 for applicants primarily from philosophy
  • 10 for applicants primarily from neuroscience

Accepted SSNAP fellows will form interdisciplinary teams to develop a joint research project involving aspects of both neuroscience and philosophy. Teams with promising projects can receive a sub-award of up to $30,000 to fund their projects. If you already have an interdisciplinary team, each member should apply separately to SSNAP. In the application, please let us know that you have already formed a team, and supply the names of your teammates.

Generous funding from the Templeton World Charity Foundation provides each fellow with:

  • Funding for travel expenses
  • Room and board during SSNAP
  • $1,000 honorarium

We encourage neuroscience and philosophy faculty, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students to apply for this unique opportunity.

The following materials are required to apply to SSNAP 2020:

  1. A cover letter describing your experiences in neuroscience and philosophy research, and why you would be a good addition to SSNAP.
  1. CV
  1. Writing sample (preferably published)
  1. A one page (single spaced, no smaller than 11 pt font) response to the following prompt: If you could team up with a fellow neuroscientist and a fellow philosopher to conduct joint research for a year, what would you study and why?
  1. Two letters of recommendation (for graduate students and post-docs only).

All application materials must be submitted by December 11th. Visit to learn more. 

Present at the 23rd Annual Neuroscience @ Storrs Symposium

You are cordially invited to the 23rd ANNUAL NEUROSCIENCE AT STORRS SYMPOSIUM on Tues, October 29th, 2019 from 3:30 pm-8:30 pm in Dodd / Bousfield on the Storrs campus.

Please note that this event is OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED UNDERGRADUATES, GRAD STUDENTS, POSTDOCS, STAFF AND FACULTY from across UConn departments and schools.

The following website has all relevant information and will be updated frequently.  At this time, we request the following information (submission on the website):

1) If you plan on attending the symposium, please RSVP as an attendee.  Again, all UConn undergrads, grad students, postdocs, staff and faculty pursuing neuroscience research or interested in neuroscience are welcome and encouraged to attend.

2) If you are a UConn graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or undergraduate engaged in neuroscience research and would like to present a POSTER, please sign up with your poster title and abstract as soon as possible. There are PRIZES for best poster!  Poster format is the same as you might present at ex. Society for Neuroscience. Please note that we have a limited number of spots for posters.

3) If you are a UConn graduate student or postdoctoral fellow engaged in neuroscience research and would like to present at the DATABLITZ, please sign up with your presentation title. The DataBlitz is a 3 minute long presentation of your research endeavoring to be as clear and concise as possible in the communication of your work to a broad audience. Please note that we also have a limited number of spots for the DataBlitz but there are PRIZES for best talk!

Please share this invitation with faculty members, grad students, undergrads, postdoctoral fellows and scholars through your Department/Institute listservs. Faculty, please encourage your trainees to attend and participate in the poster session and DataBlitz. Thank you!

For general inquiries about the event, please contact Dr. Alex Jackson ( in the Dept. of Physiology and Neurobiology.

Reminder: GA Healthcare Enrollment

Healthcare Enrollment for New Graduate Assistants, Fellows, and Interns

New Appointments:

Beginning August 23, 2019, newly appointed Graduate Assistants and eligible Graduate Interns/Fellows have 31 days from their start date to enroll in or waive healthcare coverage through the Connecticut Partnership Plan. For those who enroll, coverage is effective September 1, 2019. Proof of documentation (e.g., marriage certificate and/or long-form birth certificate) is necessary for any enrollment including a spouse or dependent child.

Late Enrollees:

Late enrollees are eligible participants who do not make an election within 31 days of their start date. Late enrollees may enroll in coverage, effective September 1st, during the GA Open Enrollment Period (April 15 – May 15), or after experiencing a qualifying Life Event that allows for mid-year enrollment, such as loss of coverage through another source.

Continuing Appointments:

Continuing Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns, and Graduate Fellows who are enrolled in the Connecticut Partnership Plan do not need to take action; coverage will continue with current elections. Plan changes may be made during the annual GA Open Enrollment Period (April 15 – May 15) or following a qualifying Life Event. 

Enroll/Waive Here

CORE-CT access for benefits enrollment will be available beginning on Saturday, August 24th, 2019.

For assistance in online enrollment, review the GA New Hire CORE Job Aid (See “New Employee – GAs” under eBenefits).

For more information, including frequently asked questions, please visit:

For questions regarding enrollment, please contact Benefits & HR Services within the Department of Human Resources at or 860-486-3034.

Workshop: Science & Imagination, 5 Nov. 2019


Inspiring public interest in inquiry and discovery

An academic and public-facing workshop at the University of Connecticut (UConn)

5 November, 2019

Tentative time for public session: 3-5pm

We are living in what has been called a “post-truth” era [1], with an accompanying “post-trust” [2] crisis, where public confidence and interest in science and expertise is declining among significant segments of the public [3]. A tremendous challenge for proponents of scientific and academic inquiry — including scientists themselves, other scholars, educators, and journalists — is communicating not just the “what” of their work, but “why”, “how”, and “who”.

Scientists find the what of their work — the intricate details of research and analyses — fascinating, but communicating passion for details requires explaining why (not just costs and benefits, but intellectual curiosity and the quest for knowledge), how (why scientific progress can be so slow, technically difficult, and expensive), and who (demystifying how one becomes a scientist and opening the gates to underrepresented groups). Inspiring public imagination and interest in science is essential for earning public support for basic and applied research, and reinvigorating interest in scientific careers.  

Our aim with this workshop is to share ideas and brainstorm about ways to effect change. We hope to attract not just the academic community, but teachers, policy makers, students, and any other interested community members. We hope to share our ideas and excitement, and to listen to ideas from the public about how to connect scientists and community members through shared interest in inquiry and discovery. 

Confirmed invited participants so far include:

  • Michael Lynch, University of Connecticut, Philosophy
  • Tim Miller, writer, and science communication specialist, University of Connecticut 
  • Susan Schneider, University of Connecticut, Philosophy
  •  Michael Tanenhaus, University of Rochester, Brain and Cognitive Science
  • Julie Sedivy, writer and language scientist, University of Calgary, Psychology

        This workshop will be sponsored by the UConn interdisciplinary PhD training program in Science of Learning & Art of Communication and the UConn Humanities Institute. It will receive financial support from U.S. National Science Foundation grant 1747486, “Real-world communication: Future directions in the science of communication and the communication of science“, originally awarded to support a 2018 conference honoring Michael Tanenhaus on the occasion of him receiving the Cognitive Science Society Rumelhart Prize.

          [1] For example: (a) Lynch, M. P. (2016, 28 November).Fake News and the Internet Shell Game. New York Times. (b) Keyes, R. (2004). The Post-Truth Era: Dishonest and Deception in Contemporary Life. St. Martin’s Press. (c) Tesich, S. (1992, 13 January). Government of Lies. The Nation.

          [2] A term used by Åsa Wikforss in her public address, “Resisting the Facts”, contributed to a symposium on Presenting Science to the Public in a Post-Truth Era at the University of Connecticut, 24 May, 2019. 

          [3] A recent Pew Research Center survey (Funk, C., Hefferon, M., Kennedy, B., & Johnson, C. [2019, August]. Trust and mistrust in American’s views of scientific experts. Pew Research Center.) found overall trust in scientists to be quite high in the U.S.A. (with 84% of respondents indicating ‘a great deal’ or ‘fair’ amount of confidence in scientists), but support varies with political affiliation and education, and declines dramatically when linked to specific scientific issues that have become topics of political rancor, such as vaccines or climate change.


          Clinical Psychology Research Talk Series

          Clinical Research Seminar 2019-20
          Wednesdays, 12:30-1:25, Bousfield 160


          Kristin Arapuano, Yale University
          Contextualizing brain signatures of vulnerability to health-risk behaviors in the real world


          Diane Quinn, Social Division
          Current research


          Brandi Simonsen, Neag School of Education
          Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS): Building State, District, and School Systems to Support Students


          Nathaniel M. Rickles, School of Pharmacy
          Integrating New & Old Approaches to Changing Patient and Provider Medication Use Behaviors: Applications to Mental Healthcare and Beyond


          Christine Yantz, Clinical Division
          Third party observer effects in neuropsychological assessment


          Valori Ann Banfi, Science Librarian
          Systematic Reviews and Scoping Reviews


          Devin Kearn, Neag School of Education
          Research on brain processes in dyslexia


          Valori Ann Banfi, Science Librarian
          Finding the Big Bucks: Funding Databases

          2019-2020 Psychological Sciences Colloquium Schedule (Updated)

          The remaining colloquium scheduled is listed below. All talks will take place in BOUS A106 at 3:30 pm on Wednesday’s unless otherwise noted.


          October 23, 2019

          Suggestions are welcome!


          October 30, 2019

          Dr. David Kenny, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

          Title: TBA


          February 5, 2020

          Suggestions are welcome!


          February 12, 2020

          Suggestions are welcome!


          February 26, 2020

          Dr. Dan Swingley, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

          Title: TBA


          March 4, 2020

          Dr. Vic Ferreira, Department of Psychology, UC San Diego.

          Title: TBA


          March 11, 2020

          Dr. Robin Vallacher, Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University.

          Title: TBA


          March 25, 2020

          Dr. Robert Astur, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

          Tenure Talk

          Title: TBA


          April 1, 2020

          Dr. Inge-Marie Eigsti, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

          Tenure Talk

          Title: TBA


          April 15, 2020

          Dr. Ian Stevenson, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut

          Tenure Talk

          Title: TBA



          Graduate Assistants, ELIGIBLE Graduate Interns, AND ELIGIBLE Graduate Fellows who are currently enrolled in the Connecticut Partnership Plan 


          Open Enrollment (April 15- May 15) allows continuing Graduate Assistants, eligible Graduate Interns, and eligible Graduate Fellows to make changes to their existing medical and dental plan elections, including making changes for their eligible dependents, without providing proof of a qualifying life event. Elections or changes made during Open Enrollment are effective September 1, 2019. Any member adding a dependent to their insurance is required to provide proof of the relationship, such as a marriage certificate for a spouse or a long-form birth certificate for a child


          Please note: After May 15, 2019, there will not be an opportunity to make changes to your insurance elections without a verified qualifying life event.


          Graduate Assistants, Graduate Interns, and Graduate Fellows who have not received confirmation of continuation for the 2019-2020 Academic Year and wish to make a change should do so now in the event they are continued.* If you have received confirmation of an appointment continuation from your employing department and do not wish to make any changes, you are not required to take any action to continue your existing coverage.


          Open Enrollment information, including FAQs and rates, is available on the Human Resources website.

          Participate in Open Enrollment


          Dates Available

          Open Enrollment Form

          April 15-May 15

          eBenefits Self-Service

          April 22-May 1

          For questions regarding Open Enrollment, please contact the Benefits and HR Services Unit of the Department of Human Resources at or by telephone at 860-486-3034.

          *Continuation of employment does NOT qualify for a status change to make elections/changes to your coverage. Examples of qualified status changes include birth/adoption of a child, marriage, divorce, and loss of coverage. If you have questions, contact Human Resources to verify if your life event

          Free workshop: The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH)

          Free Workshop: The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study Data User Workshop: Making Nationally Representative Inferences from the PATH Study Data

          Dates and Location: August 12 & 13, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan
          Instructors: Katy Edwards (Westat) and Jean Opsomer (Westat)

          The PATH Study is a household-based, nationally representative, longitudinal cohort study of approximately 46,000 adults and youth (ages 12 and up) in the United States. The study was launched in 2011 to inform the FDA’s regulatory activities under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This free workshop will consist of a brief overview of the PATH study and detailed discussion of sample design and weights for all types of PATH study data files (including youth, adult, biomarker, and state identifier data files). Participants will also gain hands-on experience working with the data and understanding the weighted results.

          The focus of this workshop will be on understanding and using the PATH study data files, not on a specific analytic approach. The workshop will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises.

          The course is designed for academic faculty and research professionals as well as for graduate students interested in tobacco regulatory science and/or tobacco biomarkers of exposure. Participants should be comfortable with data analysis software and quantitative research methods. All examples and exercises will utilize SAS statistical software, although participants may use the software of their choice. The workshop will include two full days of instruction and exercises. To get the most out of the workshop, participants should plan to attend both full days.

          Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of secondary data organization and manipulation, fundamental data analysis skills, working knowledge of a statistical software package (e.g., SAS, Stata, and R) and a substantive interest in tobacco regulatory research.

          Application: Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment is limited. Apply using the ICPSR Summer Program portal. Please upload the following documents with your application:

          • Current curriculum vita with a select list of publications. Please highlight your research interests and any experience and/or coursework relevant to the PATH study summer workshop, particularly prior experience with tobacco research and/or quantitative analytic methods.
          • Research project description. Priority will be given to applicants whose project description indicates interest in using the PATH Study data for tobacco regulatory research. The project description should include references to theory or historical context, how the project extends what is presently known, and why the PATH Study data are needed for the project.

          Application Deadline: May 10, 2019.

          Workshop sponsored by the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program.

          For more information, contact the ICPSR Summer Program at or (734) 763-7400.