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:

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:

Invitation to summer workshop on computational reproducibility

Interested in learning more about computational reproducibility but aren’t sure where to start? Register for our upcoming workshop, designed for anyone who has at least some experience in any programming language!

Biostatistician and data scientist Nelle Varoquaux (University of California, Berkeley; will be leading a hands-on lunchtime workshop series at UConn focusing on computational reproducibility. Essentially, computational reproducibility is ensuring that another person can run the same analyses that you did on your data and come to the same result.

This series will be held at 12-1pm on May 27-31. Topics will include: basic code and data management; best-practices on documentation, testing, and packaging; using git and GitHub; and automating your code.

We can only accommodate around 20 people, so we encourage you to register soon:

Again, this is specifically designed for beginners, so if you’re interested, don’t talk yourself out of applying!

Graduate Course Offerings for Upcoming Semesters

Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Grad Course Calendar (as of 4/7/20)- Fall 2020 Grad Course Calendar-updated 4.7.20


Spring 2020 

Spring 2020 Grad Course Calendar (as of 1/31/20)Spring 2020 Grad Course Calendar


Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Grad Course Calendar- Fall19 Grad Course Calendar-final


Misc. Course Descriptions

Spring 2020

Applications of Nonlinear Time Series Analyses

PSYC 5570-001 outline

Tools to Analyze Language with Nairán Ramírez-Esparza

Tools to Analyze Language

Programming with Data in R with Adam Sheya

Programming with Data in R Outline

Occupational Health and Safety with Rob Henning

Occupational Health and Safety Description

Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity with Maxim Volgushev



Fall 2019

Cross-cultural Psychology with Nairán Ramírez-Esparza

Tools to Analyze Language with Nairán Ramírez-Esparza

Performance Appraisal Seminar with Janet Barnes-Farrell

Neural Basis of Learning and Memory with Etan Markus

Neural Basis of LearningMemory_outline

Human Factors with Rob Henning

Human Factors Description

Current Topics in Psychology (SLAC Professional Development) with Jim Magnuson & Marie Coppola

Current Topics in Psychology (SLAC Professional Development) Description

Clinical Connections Seminar with Inge-Marie Eigsti & Emily Myers

Clinical Connections Seminar Description

Research Seminar in Language and Cognition with Rachel Theodore

Mondays 12:20-1:10 BOUS A 106 (‘Talk Shop’). For more information, please contact instructor.

Current Topics in Cognitive Science (SLAC Seminar – Foundations of Learning and Language) with Jim Magnuson

Fridays 9 AM-12:05 PM. For more information, please contact instructor.


Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing- April 2019

Greetings from the Writing Center,

The second iteration of our 5-week Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing for Spring 2019 is coming up and you can apply for it now if you are interested. The in-person sessions run on Tuesdays, 2pm-4pm, between April 2nd and April 30th. Here is the announcement with the details and the application link:

Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing

Hello from the Writing Center,

Each academic year, the UConn Writing Center offers 3 no-cost, five-week seminars in academic writing for UConn graduate students. We 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.

Our seminar has two dates this semester, and we are still looking for graduate student writers to participate in it. These are the dates:

Spring 2019 1st Seminar: 02/14 to 03/14 (5 weeks) – Thursdays, 2pm to 3.45pm.

Spring 2019 2nd Seminar: 04/02 to 04/30 (5 weeks) – Tuesdays, 2pm to 3.45pm.

For more information, and to sign-up, visit the Writing Center website:

BIRC Speaker Series 2018-2019

Please join us for a (semi-)monthly BIRC Speaker Series, which is intended to cover broad topics related to the mission of UCONN Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC).

The annual schedule can be found here: 2018-19_BIRC-Speaker-Series_AnnualSchedule

Upcoming: a talk by Professor Lihong Wang @ UCONN Health on 9/5 Weds 1:30-2:30 pm in room Arjona-307 on Storrs campus. She will kick off this year’s speaker series.

Most are on the first Weds of most months at 1:30-2:30p on Storrs campus in room Arjona 307 except for those by Distinguished Lecturers (Weds 3:30-5:00 in room A106 on Storrs campus on 1/30/2019 and 2/20/2019).

Please let us know if you would like to meet with any of the speakers.

Please take advantage of a free shuttle from UCONN Health (see flyer).

Please also take advantage of remote access option using ZOOM (see flyer).

For all inquiries including: (1) requests to meet with a speaker, (2) if you would like to give a talk in a future BIRC Speaker Series, (3) if you have suggestions for other speakers and (4) if you have suggestions for individuals/groups to circulate this information, please email us at

To receive reminders, please join our mail serve by sending an email to Please include in the body “SUB MRI_CENTER-L Firstname Lastname” (without the “ “)

Science Communication Workshop Tuesday

The Graduate Organization: Molecular and Cell Biology (GO:MCB) is hosting a science communication workshop with Dr. Christine O’Connell.

Dr. O’Connell is is an Associate Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, an Associate Professor of Science Communication at Stony Brook University, and a world-renowned leader in teaching science communication.

Join us for an interactive skill-building session where Dr. O’Connell will teach us how to engage non-scientific audiences with empathy and clarity.

When: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Where: Biology/Physics Building, Room 130

Open to all students and faculty. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact: Andrea Suria at

Applications for the Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy are Now Open!

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP), to be held at Duke University from May 27 to June 9, 2018. The SSNAP consist of two weeks of intensive training in philosophy and neuroscience with the aim of fostering collaboration between the two disciplines. A total of 20 positions are available: 10 for applicants from philosophy and 10 for applicants from neuroscience. Fellows will be encouraged to form interdisciplinary teams to develop a joint research project, with which they can apply for a sub-award of up to $30,000. Generous funding from the Templeton Foundation enables us to offer each fellow funding for travel expenses, room, and board during the SSNAP, in addition to an honorarium of $1,500.


Applications should include:

• a cover letter (up to 2 pages) describing the applicant’s background in neuroscience and philosophy and why he or she would be a good addition to SSNAP
• an up-to-date CV
• a recent writing sample (preferably published)
• a brief proposal (up to 2 pages) describing a novel research project that spans the fields of neuroscience and philosophy. The topic addressed in this brief proposal may or may not be the topic the applicant choose to address in his or her SSNAP-funded project.
• 3 letters of recommendation (to be sent separately by the recommenders) – for graduate students and post-docs only.

The deadline for applications is December 10, 2017. Fellows will be notified early in 2018 of their acceptance into SSNAP. Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and encourages applications from qualified female and minority candidates. We also encourage neuroscientists and philosophers to apply as interdisciplinary teams from the same or nearby institutions. Applications can be completed at


For more information on SSNAP, as well as testimonials from previous fellows and guest speakers, please visit

Any further questions regarding applications can be directed to the SSNAP Project Manager, Jackie DeRosa, at