PwC Innovation Challenge

If you didn’t attend one of our interest sessions, please watch a recording of the session at https://kaltura.uconn.edu/media/PwC+Innovation+Challenge+Interest+Session/1_7wt1siv8

Universitas21, the group that is managing the competition, has released the question for the competition slightly early:

We are living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work; automation and “thinking machines” are replacing human tasks, changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. But what will the future look like? PwC has developed four scenarios in their Workforce of the Future study: a Red World where innovation rules; a Blue World where corporate is king; a Green World where companies care, and a Yellow World where humans come first.

Assuming you find yourself on a journey that looks like it ends in a “Green and Yellow Worlds” scenario where Companies Care and Humans Come First, what are the pros and cons for you? what skills will be important for individuals to thrive in this world, and how do you plan on adapting to it?

Deadline for submission of your 3-minute video (as a flipgrid video) is Sunday 14th October (remember that you will only have to record a “professional” version of the same presentation if you are selected to move on to the global competition). The selection committee will review these videos and will select up to three competitors to continue on to the global competition (announced on Thursday 8th November). These competitors will receive a $500 award that can be used towards research and conference support.

For practicing your answer to the questions you can record as many flipgrid videos as you like at flipgrid code (f49811) or visit https://flipgrid.com/f49811

To submit your “official” video for consideration, use flipgrid code (1ea65a) or go to https://flipgrid.com/1ea65a

Remember to observe the following rules for the competition:
• Video presentations are strictly limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding this will be disqualified.
• Submissions are limited to one slide per presentation.
• The 3-minute audio must be continuous – no edits or breaks etc.
• Presentations are to be spoken word only (e.g. no poems, raps or songs). No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.

Robert W.Katzman, MD, Clinical Research Training Scholarship

Applicants need to apply directly with AAN, no applications will be accepted through the Alzheimer’s Association.

Funding Opportunity: Robert W.Katzman, MD, Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research

This award aims to recognize the importance of good clinical research and to encourage young investigators in clinical studies related to Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Funded by the Alzheimer’s Association and American Brain Foundation in collaboration with the American Academy of Neurology.
Please contact the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) for any questions in regards to this fellowship.
Applicants need to apply directly with AAN, no applications will be accepted through the Alzheimer’s Association.

How to apply
Visit: AAN.com/view/ResearchProgram
Select “2019 Robert W.Katzman, MD, Clinical Research Training Scholarship.”
Select “Apply now.”

Important dates
October 1, 2018: Application deadline – Note that this is the deadline for all documents, including those from the reference, mentor and chair. Applications will be declined if this information is not submitted by October 1, 2018.
January 2019: Notification of recipients
July 1, 2019: Funding begins

For the purpose of this scholarship, research is defined as “patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects, or translational research specifically designed to develop treatments or enhance diagnosis of neurologic disease. These areas of research include epidemiologic or behavioral studies, clinical trials, studies of disease mechanisms, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research. Disease-related studies not directly involving humans or human tissue are also encouraged if the primary goal is the development of therapies, diagnostic tests, or other tools to prevent or mitigate neurological diseases.

Recipient must be an AAN member interested in an academic career in neurological research who has completed residency or a PhD no more than 5 years prior to the beginning of this award (July 1, 2019). If you have completed both residency and a PhD, your eligibility is based on when you completed residency. If you completed a fellowship of any kind after residency, your eligibility is still based on the date you finished residency.

Contact Information:
Kristin Roehl, Grants Program Manager
Phone: (612) 928-6082
Email: kroehl@aan.com

CBER Graduate Student Symposium

The Center for Behavioral and Education Research (CBER) would like to invite graduate students from Department of Psychological Sciences to join us for our CBER Graduate Student Symposium. The event will include an early-career researcher panel and a poster session featuring student research. It will be an informative panel for students who consider academia after graduation as well as a great opportunity for networking with students across fields. There will also be free continental breakfast and a full lunch!

Event: CBER Graduate Student Symposium
Time: Thursday, May 10, 2018 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: UConn Storrs campus Gentry Building, Room 144/142

Please consider checking out this link here and registering for this event by May 3rd as we would need to place the ordering for catering.

ANTH 5341 Analysis of Rituals

WHEN: WED, 4.00AM – 6.30PM

WHERE: 446 Beach Hall

WHO: Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas e-mail: xygalatas@uconn.edu

This seminar examines various theoretical contributions to the anthropological study of ritual. We will explore the controversies and the ambiguities that surround the social and symbolic significance of the ritual act. We will go through a variety of examples and case studies of ritual practices from cultures around the world. We will discuss classical anthropological perspectives, and will relate them to recent empirical research, including ethnographic and experimental work from across the social sciences. Some of the main questions we will address include: Why do people perform rituals? What functions do rituals serve for individuals and for the societies they are part of? What messages do rituals transmit? How are rituals intelligible to their participants? How is participation in rituals used to assess and negotiate various forms of power and status? And what is ritual anyway? Examining such questions will help us increase our understanding of one the most puzzling aspects of human behavior.