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:

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:

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:

Health Promotion Graduate Assistantship Available

Student Health and Wellness has a new graduate assistantship available with the Health Promotion Team.  We are seeking someone passionate about student wellness, whose primary responsibilities will be facilitating educational interventions in individual and group settings.  This position will focus on addressing substance use, but also provide support for campus-wide health promotion strategies.  The full position description includes information about how to apply: Health Promotion GA Job Description

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!

The Wood/Raith Living Trust 2019 Call for Proposals

The Wood/Raith Living Trust

2019 Call for Proposals

The Wood/Raith Living Trust is named for Audrey Wood (UCONN class of ‘47) and Edeltraut Raith. Both Wood and Raith earned their Masters in Library Science from the University of Southern California and spent their careers as librarians with the San Francisco Public Library system. They generously gifted the University of Connecticut funds for the study of gender identity under the Wood/Raith Living Trust.

Various initiatives will be planned to support gender-related activities at UCONN, given these funds.  For a second year, we invite graduate students to apply for summer 2019 fellowships.  Graduate students across all fields of study at UCONN whose research has a primary focus on gender identity are eligible.  Priority will be given to students who have not yet received funding.  For 2019, the Wood/Raith Living Trust will award 12 graduate stipends at a maximum of $4,000 each.

Students interested in receiving Wood/Raith fellowship support must provide the following:

1)      Updated CV

2)      250-word summary of specific gender identity research goals outlined for the period (summer 2019).

3)      50-word summary of the importance of the stipend support in being able to accomplish the goals.

4)      Indication of commitment to the study of gender identity.

All application materials must be appended into one document and submitted via the Form tab at the Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust website.

The deadline for full consideration is May 29.

Please save the date – October 1, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. we will have our first Wood/Raith tea to celebrate fellowship recipients and build community through research on gender identity.


2019 Wood/Raith Living Trust Co-chairs:

Vicki Magley, Psychology

Micki McElya, History

Kim Price-Glynn, Sociology

Fall ’19 / Spring ’20 BIRC Speaker Series announced

Fall 2019

First Tuesday of each month @ 1:30-3:00p in Arjona 307 unless noted*


Vistors from UCHC are encouraged to use the UCHC-Storrs shuttle service. Please contact us if you are interested in meeting with a speaker.

Date Speaker Title
*Date Change*


Tor Wager, PhD

Dartmouth College (beginning July 2019)

TBA (MRI statistical analyses methods, pain processing)
*Date Change*


Uri Hasson, PhD

Princeton University

Face to Face, Brain to Brain: Exploring the Mechanisms of Dyadic Social
11/05 Stephanie Jones, PhD

Brown University

TBA (integrating human brain imaging and computational neuroscience methods to study brain dynamics using MEG/EEG and tDCS/DBS/TMS)
12/03 Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD

Columbia University

TBA (socioeconomic disparities in children’s cognitive and brain development)

Spring 2020

First Tuesday of each month @ 3:30-5pm (location TBA)

Date Speaker Title
02/04 Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD

Yale University

TBA (social and affective dimensions of autism in young children)
03/03 David Badre, PhD

Brown University

TBA (cognitive neuroscience of memory and cognitive control)
04/07 Alex Martin PhD


TBA (neural mechanisms of object recognition)
05/05 Michael Crowley, PhD

Yale University

TBA (brain basis of childhood anxiety disorders including avoidance, threat detection, and worry)

Funding Opportunity: Laura Bassi Scholarship 2019

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which will award 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 July:

Summer 2019

Application deadline: 25 July 2019

Results: 15 August 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 and application portal:

Requesting Input on Summer Workshop on Computational Reproducibility

Biostatistician and data scientist Nelle Varoquaux (University of California, Berkeley; will be giving a series of hands-on lunchtime workshops focusing on computational reproducibility during the month of May. 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 week-long course is designed for relative beginners. You should have some experience with the basics of programming in any language (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB), but you do not need experience with the languages described here. These are meant to be approachable introductions to these topics—specifically designed to invite new people to learn these often-daunting skills!

In preparation for this workshop, we are asking interested graduate students to complete a brief survey by Friday, May 10. We will be sending out registration forms shortly thereafter. Space will be limited, but we want to get as wide a view on what people would like to learn as possible.

If you have questions, please contact Alex Paxton <>.