Author: Sarah Redlich

Spring 2020 Grad Course Offering: The literate brain and mind

The literate brain and mind

Spring Semester 2020

Instructor:  Ken Pugh

Tuesday 10am-1pm

Location: TBD

Email: Kenneth.pugh@UConn.edu

Description: The development of reading and writing skills are essential for achieving success in the modern world, yet significant numbers of people from all languages and cultures fail to obtain adequate literacy outcomes.  This seminar examines the neurobiological and cognitive foundations of reading and writing. The course is aimed at providing students an introduction to research on gene-brain-behavior analyses of typical and atypically developing readers. Topics covered include recent advances in our understanding of the relationship between speech perception/production and individual differences in literacy learning, systems level research on the distributed brain circuits that develop to support word reading, text comprehension, second language learning, and the neurobiology of acquired and developmental reading and writing disorders. We will draw heavily on ongoing developmental research from our team at Haskins focused on early neurocognitive studies of reading difficulties in contrastive languages (including English, Mandarin, Spanish, Finnish, and Dutch). Over the course of the semester students will be able to acquire basic familiarity with cognitive methods and new tools for human brain mapping, and we will critically examine both the promise and the limitations of the current approaches to understanding language and literacy.

Required readings:

The required readings consist of articles and chapters that will be made available on line.  Students will be able to download the readings from a website made for the course by Week number (or in special cases may be responsible for photocopying an article or chapter). Each week we will have critical discussions of at least two primary articles.  In addition, supplementary articles will be assigned as background for class discussions.

Evaluation of Student Performance

Each student will be responsible for leading class discussions of at least four of the primary articles over the course of the semester.  The student leading a given discussion will be asked to write (and distribute one day before the class) a brief evaluation of the article highlighting major findings, and key strengths and weaknesses (this will also help prepare for leading the discussion).  A final research proposal is required. This document, be 5-10 pages in length and written using standard grant writing format, will present the design of novel experiments related to one of the major topics covered in the course. Each student will present an oral overview of their written proposal (10 minutes each) at the end of the semester.  Evaluation will be based on: 1) the research proposal and presentation (60%) and 2) class assignments and participation (40%).

Call for Travel Award Applications Open

TRAVEL AWARD STIPENDS – Call for Applications, 22nd Annual Genes, Brain and BehaviorMeeting of IBANGS 12-17th May 2020, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA

With the generous support of a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health USA we are pleased to offer stipends in partial support of travel to attend the 22nd Genes, Brain and Behavior Meeting.

Travel Stipend Details:
A limited number of stipends are available for graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and junior
faculty members. Individuals are eligible if they have held their current rank for 5 years or less.
Individuals who progress from one rank to another are eligible for 5 years at each successive rank: 5 years as a graduate student, 5 years as a postdoc, and 5 years as first-appointment junior faculty.

Selection will be based on the abstract submitted with meeting registration; financial need will also be a consideration. It is required that travel awardees present either an oral presentation or a poster at the meeting. It is not necessary for the presentation to involve studies related to alcohol, but preference will be given to those engaged in alcohol research.

From the Travel Awardees, four will be selected based on their proposed presentation at the meeting as the Outstanding Young Investigator Awardees. Two students, one postdoctoral scholar, and one junior faculty member will be invited to present their work in a special oral presentation session at the meeting.

Application Details: If you are not a member of IBANGS, consider becoming a member and taking
advantage of reduced registration fees for the 2020 meeting. For a description of additional membership benefits and to become a member please visit https://ibangs.memberclicks.net/why-join-ibangs

Register at https://ibangs.memberclicks.net/why-join-ibangs for the meeting and pay the appropriate registration fee. The deadline for discounted early registration fees is 22 March 2020. Submit your abstract through the online abstract submission page at Submit Abstract.

Submit the following items, by 15 February 2020, to Mark Rutledge-Gorman, preferably by email
(rutledgm@ohsu.edu) in Word, or by FAX 503-721-1029 (voice 503-220-8262, extension 56653) or
courier to VA Portland Health Care System R&D 12, 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, Portland Oregon USA 97239-2964:

1) Abstract of 250 or fewer words; indicate your preference for a) oral or poster presentation, or b)
poster only

2) Letter that includes your contact information and describes your eligibility (e.g., in what year of what Ph.D. or M.D. program, or postdoctoral status, general thesis topic, adviser /supervisor’s name, year of holding faculty rank, etc.), how meeting attendance will further your career goals, why the work to be presented is deserving of recognition, a statement of financial need if relevant

3) Curriculum vitae

4) Letter from your advisor or Chair confirming eligibility and/or need

5) Estimate of the amount of stipend needed justified by a list of expenses (including amounts) such as transportation, lodging, etc.

You will receive confirmation of your application within three business days – if you do not receive confirmation, then contact Mark Rutledge-Gorman immediately.

The National Institutes of Health USA is committed to increasing the participation in science of underrepresented minorities and women, who are encouraged to apply.

Additional meeting program, venue, and lodging information is available at
https://ibangs.memberclicks.net/2020-genes-brain-and-behavior-meeting.

For More Information Contact: rutledgm@ohsu.edu Mark Rutledge-Gorman, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA The International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) meets annually to discuss the multidisciplinary fields of neuro behavioural genetics.

Join us for the 22nd Annual Genes, Brain and Behavior Meeting
Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, MA, USA. May 12th-17th, 2020

Graduate Certificate in College Instruction

The Graduate Certificate in College Instruction has an upcoming application deadline of 11/15.  The Graduate Certificate in College Instruction aims to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills useful in their current and future careers as teaching professionals in a variety of higher education settings. See more information on our website (gcci.uconn.edu).

Applications go through the graduate school. Required application materials:

  • CV/Resume
  • A personal statement addressing your interest in the Certificate in College Instruction and how your current or future goals will be served through completion of the Certificate.
  • One letter of recommendation that addresses why you are a good candidate for the Certificate in College Instruction. Your letter writer should send the letter electronically per the application instructions.
  • Transcripts (current UConn students only need to upload an unofficial transcript to the application portal).

There is a virtual information session for prospective students next Thursday, the 24th from 6:30-7pm. Students can email kristi.kaeppel@uconn.edu to sign up.

Winter 2019 Funding: Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. The scholarships are open to every discipline and the next round of funding will be awarded in December 2019:

Winter 2019

Application deadline: 25 November 2019

Results: 15 December 2019

All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment.

Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV through the application portal by the relevant deadline. Further details, previous winners, and the application portal can be found at:

https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fediting.press%2Fbassi&data=02%7C01%7Cpsychgrad%40uconn.edu%7C6583d59ed82048e5bb8008d75328a5a4%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637069306351679220&sdata=VBIr7dxINEPpjPlYf87%2BouHLRDL%2B1tVTln5xrj2LxyY%3D&reserved=0

Spring Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Applications

Pending budgetary approval, The Graduate School awards a limited number of Spring Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) awards to students in doctoral programs requiring a dissertation.   The fellowship is awarded in the amount of $ 2,000 to each eligible applicant.  Please note that fellowship funds are not guaranteed to any student who applies for the award.

To be eligible for the fellowship, an applicant must:

1. Be a doctoral student.

2. Be enrolled in the semester in which the fellowship is awarded.

3. Document satisfactory completion and approval of the General Exam prior to midnight on November 30, 2019.

4. Document satisfactory completion and submission of the Dissertation Proposal, including full and current IRB or IACUC approval if required, prior to midnight on November 30, 2019.

5. Never have previously received a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship award.

Applications will be accepted from Friday, November 1, 2019 through Friday, November 30, 2019. Applications received prior to November 1, 2019 or after November 30, 2019 will not be considered. To apply please fill out the online application form between November 1 and November 30 by going to https://grad.uconn.edu then click on Financing. In the drop down click on Fellowships and Awards.  Notifications will be e-mailed to each applicant by the end of December 2019.

This fellowship can only be awarded to an individual once. Doctoral students based at UConn Health and UConn Law School are not eligible to apply.

For more information, contact: The Graduate School at gradschool@uconn.edu