Author: Sarah Redlich

HDFS online graduate course open to psychology students

Dear Students,

I’m writing to let you know of a HDFS graduate course that will be offered in the spring semester. The course is called “Bullying and Victimization in Childhood and Adolescence” (HDFS 5095.001). This course is open to graduate students in Psychological Sciences. As this course is only offered once every several years, I wanted to share this with you in case this is a topic that you’re interested in learning more about.

Here’s a brief description of the course:

This course provides graduate students with a comprehensive and critical understanding of bullying in childhood and adolescence. As bullying is a multi-faceted problem, the course will address the role that peers, families, schools, media, culture, and governmental policies play in both perpetuating youth bullying and helping to reduce bullying of youth. We will examine the impact of bullying on psychological functioning, social adjustment, and physical health of youth, and factors that increase risk versus resilience in youth who are bullied. Students will learn about research on school-based prevention and intervention programs, assessment of bullying in youth, and laws and policies that can help to reduce youth bullying. This course is relevant for diverse disciplines relevant to youth health and wellbeing, including Human Development & Family Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Social Work, Education, Nursing, Allied Health, and others.

This is an online course, so there are no in-person classes, which makes it easy for scheduling your other courses. The course format includes online video seminars, readings, and online weekly discussion forums where we discuss important questions related to each week’s topic.

*In the past, several senior honors students (undergraduates) in Psychological Sciences have taken this course, with permission from their department/advisor. Interested honors students can contact me for further information.

If you would like to learn more about the course, please feel free to be in touch with me (Rebecca.puhl@uconn.edu). I would be happy to send you the full syllabus, and/or meet with you if you have additional questions.

Best,

Dr. Puhl

 

Rebecca Puhl, PhD
Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Sciences

Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
University of Connecticut
www.uconnruddcenter.org

Spring 2020 Grad Course Offering: Advanced Programming with Data in R

Advanced Programming with Data in R

Instructor: Adam Sheya

Date/Time is TBD.

Description

The purpose of this course is to help graduate students acquire programming skills that make organizing, transforming, visualizing, and presenting data more efficient and reproducible as well as support data analysis workflows and model building. This is a lab based course and lectures are minimal. Class time will be spent practicing the art of programming with data under the instructor’s guidance. Students are encouraged to interject their own data and projects into the course. We will be using R and RStudio but the programming concepts and practices translate to other languages and environments like Python.  Students are expected to have a basic familiarity with R and have completed at least the introductory statistics courses. Ideally students will already have experience in analyzing their own data. Students will be evaluated on their performance in the weekly lab activities. The labs are designed to be completed within the class time. Students are encouraged to integrate what they learn in the class into their data analysis activities outside of class. Topics include Basic R Commands and Concepts , Data Objects, Subsetting, Control Flow, Functions, Environments, Conditions, Scripts, Functional Programming in R, Debugging, Performance, Interfacing with other languages, Visualization, and formatting articles and presentations. Topics and depth of coverage will be adjusted to student need and interest.

Fall 2019 Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing: 10/08 to 11/05

Fall 2019 Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing: 10/08 to 11/05 (5 weeks) – Tuesdays, 4pm to 6pm.

Each academic year, the UConn Writing Center offers 3 no-cost, five-week seminars in academic writing for UConn graduate students. These seminars do not carry UConn academic credit, nor are they graded. We simply aim to assist motivated graduate students in developing strategies for writing that will serve them well in their academic and professional careers.The goal is to help graduate writers develop a toolbox of composing, revising, and peer-review skills.

Participants must bring to the seminar a draft of a writing project (at least 5 double-spaced pages). Most seminar sessions involve working on this draft, and most of our time is dedicated to developing skills for revising and on cultivating productive writing habits.

Participants should expect to commit 5 hours per week: 2 in class and 3 outside of class to complete readings and assignments.

If you have questions about the seminar or are interested in seeing a syllabus, please contact the Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support at gradwriting@uconn.edu. The seminars are made possible through funding from the Graduate School and the University Writing Center.

MORE INFO & APPLICATION

 

Invitation to the 2nd UConn Brain Research Symposium-September 20

We are pleased to invite you to the Second UConn Brain Research Symposium, which will be held September 20th at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford.  This year’s focus will be on collaborative research across departments, campuses and institutions.  The format for the symposium will include talks related to basic neuroscience in the morning, a networking lunch including “lunch and learns” with key research and department/center/institute leaders, and clinical neuroscience and psychological science talks in the afternoon.  Presentations will be from colleagues at UConn Storrs, UConn Health, Connecticut Childrens Medical Center, the Jackson Laboratory and Hartford Hospital.

We hope that you can join us for the whole day, but if you can only join for half the day, please plan on coming for lunch, as it will give you a great opportunity to interact with individuals who you otherwise might not connect with in person.

So that we can get a head count for the facility, for coffee breaks and for lunch, we would really appreciate it if you could complete the following doodle poll, which will allow you to indicate whether you will attend the morning session, lunch and the afternoon session.  Key for us is getting a count of folks who will be at lunch.

SIGN-UP to attend UConn’s 2nd Brain Research Symposium

Attendance will be limited to the first 135 people who sign up for the Brain Symposium.

Thanks again, and we look forward to your participation.  Meeting materials will be sent out in the coming weeks.

 

David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S.

Samuel “Sy” Birnbaum/Ida, Louis and Richard Blum Chair in Psychiatry

Professor and Chair of Psychiatry

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

 

Professor Gerry T.M. Altmann

Department of Psychological Sciences

Director, CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences

University of Connecticut

InCHIP Graduate Student/Post-Doc Poster Competition and Showcase

InCHIP is holding a poster competition/showcase for graduate students and post-docs during its Annual Meeting on September 26th. The top 3 posters, as judged by InCHIP Leadership, will be announced at the InCHIP Annual Meeting. Winners will receive small monetary awards.

More information regarding the competition, its rules and expectations, as well as the submission portal can be found here.

Please note: Applicants must submit a PDF of their poster via the form below, no later than 11:59 pm on Monday, September 16, 2019. Prior to the Annual Meeting, they will be emailed written instructions on when and where to bring their printed posters.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Grace K. Morris (grace.morris@uconn.edu)

Social Division Talk: Dr. Mina Cikara

You are invited to a social division talk by Dr. Mina Cikara from Harvard University on Wed. Sept 25 and 2 pm in Room 162, BOUS. Her talk title and abstract follow.

Leveraging choice architecture to alter social preferences

Stereotypes and associated emotions drive discriminatory behavior across numerous consequential contexts. These biases against marginalized social groups have important implications for real-world social decisions, including hiring, voting, health, and housing decisions. Psychologists have traditionally studied how people evaluate different ethnic and cultural groups (and their members) in isolation, but in the real world people commonly make judgments and decisions over sets of people. For example, hiring decisions involve the assessment of multiple candidates at once. Across a series of experiments, we harness insights from computational models of decision-making to examine whether choice set construction—or choice architecture—can be used to influence decision-makers’ preferences in consequential social decisions. I will review several findings including a combination of field data and lab experiments to examine the effect of alternatives, or decoys, on social evaluations and decisions in hiring and election contexts.

Job searching outside of the academy; for grad students and postdocs

Science of Learning & Art of Communication (SLAC) in collaboration with the UConn Center for Career Development, the UConn Health Center, and the UConn Graduate School, is excited to bring a special event to UConn this fall.  Anne Krook, who began her career teaching at the University of Michigan, and transitioned into the private sector, will be coming to the UConn Storrs campus to share ‘Job searching outside of the academy; a program for graduate students and postdocs.’


Who:  Anne Krook will present to UConn graduate students and postdocs
When:  Friday September 27th, 2019, 1-3:30 PM

Where:  Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center, UConn, Storrs; this event will be two-way live streamed with Low learning Center at the UConn Health Center

Why:  To provide graduate students and post docs with the tools, and knowledge required to conduct a job search outside of the academy

How:      Register here   to attend at Storrs or in the Low Learning Center, UCHC, Farmington

CogSci Colloquium: Dr. Marjorie Solomon

The Cognitive Science Colloquium Series is proud to present Marjorie Solomon, Professor and the Oates Family Endowed Chair in Lifespan Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the MIND Institute at UC Davis

Friday, September 20th, 4pm, Oak 117

Dr. Solomon will provide a talk entitled “Executive Control in Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavioral and Neural Mechanisms”

Abstract: Many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) exhibit executive control deficits, meaning that they fail to maintain appropriate task context representations so they can inhibit impulsive responding, behave flexibly, and thereby effectively pursue their goals. Although individuals with typical development are thought to experience significant maturation of executive control processes during adolescence, those with ASD are thought to exhibit executive control impairments that persist into adolescence and young adulthood and are associated with clinically significant difficulties in social and adaptive functioning, and attention deficit, internalizing, and ASD symptoms. Given the challenges inherent in the transition to adulthood, it is critical to better understand the precise nature and development of executive control deficits in those with ASD, and their associations with behavior. This talk will briefly review behavioral and neuroimaging studies of executive control in ASD, and present new neuropsychological and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) results from the first wave of a large longitudinal cohort sequential study of individuals with ASD and typical development ages 12-22 years. We seek to clarify the neural signatures of executive control deficits in those with ASD and to investigate how the development of executive control impacts the transition to adulthood in these individuals.

If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Solomon during the day, and/or coming to dinner Friday night, please contact Dr. Naigles: letitia.naigles@uconn.edu

2019 Graduate Assistant Orientation Day (GA Day) – Friday, August 23

Friday, August 23 *Graduate Assistant Orientation Day (GA Day).  This is a mandatory event for all of our Graduate students.  New incoming students must arrive at 9:00 AM. All other Graduate students must arrive by 1:00 PM.  The most-recent version (still subject to minor changes) of the GA Day agenda is located here: 2019_Fall_Grad_Student_Day_Agenda_Final_updated16Aug2019

All attendees will be given a schedule upon arrival.

*NOTE: Friday, August 23rd (GA Day) is also move-in day for the incoming freshman class. There will be increased traffic and possible parking issues. PLEASE plan accordingly and allow yourself extra time to get to campus that morning. This will be an extremely busy day on campus and arriving on time is required.

DiscoveryEngine Information Seminar with Dr. Christopher Moore

Dear UConn Neuroscience/PNB/Psch/BME/Cog Sci/IBACS Graduate Students and Postdocs,

Dr. Christopher Moore (Professor of Neuroscience and Associate Director of the Carney Institute of Brain Science at Brown University) will be visiting UConn to discuss his new initiative called DiscoveryEngine. DiscoveryEngine is a new platform for providing crowd-sourced, quantifiable metrics for scientific evaluation.  More information on DiscoveryEngine is found here:
https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thediscoveryengine.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cjohn.salamone%40uconn.edu%7Caeff1d1034844f25c5ff08d70bc1939e%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636990799679940762&sdata=WsQpnde1hqIoWYpVKptPD6jWQ5VJI4fwZkFFyF4Opfg%3D&reserved=0

Dr. Moore will hold a seminar/information session for any interested UConn neuroscience graduate students or postdoctoral fellows on Tues, July 30th in the Biology/Physics Building (information below). As outlined in the attached flyer, participants who rate 24 papers will be able to attend an Open Methods in Neuroscience symposium at Brown University in the Fall, 2019.

DiscoveryEngine Information Seminar:

Tues, July 30th
Biology/Physics Building
12:30-1pm – Pizza reception (outside BPB 130)
1-2pm – Seminar,followed by Q&A (in BPB 130)

See the flyer here: DiscoveryEngine Flyer

Please RSVP at: https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eventbrite.com%2Fo%2F25240506357&data=02%7C01%7Cjohn.salamone%40uconn.edu%7Caeff1d1034844f25c5ff08d70bc1939e%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C636990799679940762&sdata=hJCOoAmT%2FA1uvoWSBpeDXh3QbSPvTu6F%2BDh%2BeMiVeLs%3D&reserved=0