CDC and ergonomic considerations for remote work (attachments)

The CDC has prepared a current list of web links (as of 5-27) on persona protection and on guidance for operations of various entities (“Guide to COVID-19 Information….”)

Guide to COVID-19 Information_Guidelines_27May2020_


Various ergonomic considerations for working remotely (“HFES…” and “ILO think piece….”)

HFES Adult Home Office Ergonomic Guidelines

ILO think piece working remotely world Safety Day 2020

Online Behavior Mini Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

Our mini-conference “Behavioural neuroscience for the next decade: Why behaviour matters to brain science” (11th July 2020) co-organised with EBBS, EBPS, and EMCCS has been moved to a virtual format. Participation is without cost but prior registration is necessary.

You can register for the meeting here: Online Behavior Mini Meeting. The registration deadline is 12th, June 2020.

Program details are included below. Speaker abstracts will soon be made available.

With kind regards,


Program Overview

09:00-09:50 Topic 1 (EBBS): Progress In Complex Behavioural Analysis 
Speaker 1: Stoyo Karamihalev (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany)
Speaker 2: Ewelina Knapska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
Speaker 3: Alexander Mathis (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)

09:50-10:40 Topic 2 (EMCCS): Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms Of Learning And Memory 
Speaker 1: Angel Barco (Neuroscience Institute UMH-CSIC, Spain)
Speaker 2: Haneen Kayyal (University of Haifa, Israel)
Speaker 3: Isabelle Mansuy (University of Zürich, Switzerland)

10:40-11:30 Topic 3 (IBANGS): Connecting Genes To Behaviour 
Speaker 1: Caroline Brennan (Queen Mary University of London, U.K.)
Speaker 2: Susanna Pietropaolo (CNRS, University of Bordeaux, France)
Speaker 3: Annette Schenck (Radboud University, The Netherlands)

11:30-12:20 Topic 4 (EBPS): How Pharmacology & Neuroscience
                                Help Us To Understand Behaviour 
Speaker 1: Amy Milton (University of Cambridge, U.K.)
Speaker 2: Shelly Flagel (University of Michigan, U.S.A.)
Speaker 3: Marco Venniro (National Institute on Drug Abuse, U.S.A.)

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.

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.


          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 sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu or (734) 763-7400.

          Submit Papers for The 7th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference

          The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the 2019 conference themed “Fostering Change through Scholarship”. This year’s conference addresses the role of change, i. e., social justice and/or activism through scholarship. “Fostering Change through Scholarship” encourages attendees to consider how we can create change across social domains (individual, family, peers, school and neighborhood/community levels) in society via scholarship and to assess the variations of academic knowledge. The theme of the annual meeting asks: How does our work in public and private spaces impact scholarship and the lives of vulnerable populations? How are scholars of color flourishing in marginal spaces and fostering the flourishing of others through activism scholarship? We invite broad engagement between activists, scholar-practitioners and academics that address the conference theme.  Papers that will reflect on this theme are especially encouraged, but we accept submissions on any topic. The Conference will be an interdisciplinary event that brings together academics and professionals from the social sciences, STEM, and humanities to address how we can positively impact and inform each other’s work and engage with our communities. Submission of abstracts from graduate and doctoral students, recent Ph.D. graduates and academic professionals across disciplines are welcome.

          Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.

          To submit an abstract visit: blackphdnetwork.submittable.com/submit


          We accept abstracts from (1) individuals who wish to present on a panel and from (2) groups who want to create their own panel. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words typed, double spaced, using a 12pt font. Submissions should be anonymous – please do not include your name or the name of your institution on the document. Include the title of your abstract and note whether it is an individual or a group submission. All group submissions require at least three presenters.

          Submitting author will receive a confirmation message upon submitting the abstract. Acceptance announcements will be sent via email in late April to the submitting author. Accepted presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference and confirm their acceptance by June 9, 2019. Failure to register and confirm acceptance by June 1st will result in rescinding acceptance.


          Your presentation should describe the purpose, methods and conclusions of your research. You may not submit or take part in more than one panel presentation; presenters may give one and only one paper at the conference. Individual presenters will be assigned to a panel and will have 15 minutes to deliver their presentations. Group presentations will be given 45-60 minutes to deliver their presentations.


          In addition to interdisciplinary panel presentations, this conference will have interactive roundtables. Professors and corporate professionals from various fields will converse and give insight on the need for interconnectedness throughout the academy and community. Workshops on handling job talks, grant writing and proposals, balancing relationships, and stress and time management will also be addressed.

          For questions regarding the Call for Papers please contact:

          Deandra Taylor  at DTaylor@blackphdnetwork.com

          Announcing HCP Course 2019, July 8-12 in Portland, OR!

          We are pleased to announce the 2019 HCP Course: “Exploring the Human Connectome”, to be held July 8 – 12, 2019 at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA. 
          This 5-day intensive course will provide training in acquisition, processing, analysis and visualization of whole brain imaging and behavioral data using methods and tools developed by the WU-Minn-Oxford Human Connectome Project (HCP) consortium.

          The course is designed for those interested in:

          • using HCP-style data currently available from the young adult HCP and HCP Lifespan (Development and Aging) projects
          • acquiring and analyzing HCP-style imaging and behavioral data at your own institution
          • processing your own non-HCP data (including legacy data) using HCP pipelines and methods
          • using Connectome Workbench tools and sharing data using the BALSA imaging database
          • learning HCP multi-modal neuroimaging analysis methods, including those that combine MEG and MRI data
          • positioning yourself to capitalize on HCP-style data forthcoming from large-scale projects currently collecting data (e.g., Lifespan HCP development and aging longitudinal
          • data and Connectomes Related to Human Disease projects)
          • learning how to obtain data from the NIMH Data Archive (NDA) and setup processing in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment

          Participants will learn how to acquire, analyze, visualize, and interpret data from four major MR modalities (structural MR, resting-state fMRI, diffusion imaging, task-evoked fMRI) plus magnetoencephalography (MEG) and extensive behavioral data.  Lectures and labs will provide grounding in neurobiological as well as methodological issues involved in interpreting multimodal data, and will span the range from single-voxel/vertex to brain network analysis approaches.  

          The course is open to students, postdocs, faculty, non-profit and industry participants.  The course is aimed at both new and current users of HCP data, methods, and tools, and will cover both basic and advanced topics. Prior experience in human neuroimaging or in computational analysis of brain networks is desirable, preferably including some familiarity with 
          FSL and Freesurfer software.

          For more info and to register visit the 
          HCP Course 2019 website. If you have any questions, please contact us at: hcpcourse@humanconnectome.org
          We look forward to seeing you in Portland!