Research and Training Opportunities

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R Package

Open source software package for  analyzing water maze data with a wide range of functions including advanced search strategy analysis. Easy to use for non-programmers, but fast and powerful and allows archiving of experiments for data sharing. Step-by-step tutorials are provided. Please visit the project website:  https://rupertoverall.net/Rtrack/ for more details. 

 

Research & Training

Summer School

 

Summer school on “Systems Genetics of Neural Ageing” 21st – 28th August 2020. Aimed at PhD students and postdocs in the fields of neuroscience and medicine. Join leaders in the field for an intense week exploring how to incorporate genetics ‘big data’ into your research. All costs are covered, but places are limited. For more information and to apply, visit the summer school website: https://sysgenschool.org/sgn2020/.

 

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IBANGS

 

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

Doctoral Student Scholarship

The New Hampshire Psychological Association Educational Foundation is pleased to invite applications for our Student Achievement Award recognizing graduate students who have made significant contributions to the field of psychology, through work on research, teaching, mentorship, clinical work, civic engagement and/or other areas of community engagement. Award is $1,000.00.

More information available on the website https://www.nheducationalfoundation.org/  and on the attached PDF.

Graduate Seminar in Academic Writing (5 Weeks, starts February 10)

SPRING SEMINAR DATES:

Seminar #1 (Mondays, 6pm-8pm): February 10 – March 9

Seminar #2 (Thursdays, 6pm-8pm): April 2 – April 30

MORE INFO and APPLICATIONS: https://writingcenter.uconn.edu/graduate-seminar/ 

Each academic year, the UConn Writing Center offers 3 no-cost, five-week seminars in academic writing for UConn graduate students. These seminars do not carry UConn academic credit, nor are they graded. We simply 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. 

The seminar aligns with our tutoring philosophy at the Writing Center: we begin by focusing on developing and clarifying main ideas, then work towards sentence-level writing concerns. Expect an interactive, collaborative space where writers to apply practical strategies at each phase of the revision process. Participants work mostly with peers but also get one-on-one feedback from the seminar leader. This is a writing workshop, not a traditional lecture or skills-and-drills grammar course. 

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.

Participants should expect to commit 5 hours per week: 2 in class and 3 outside of class to complete readings and assignments.

If you have questions about the seminar or are interested in seeing a syllabus, please contact the Coordinator for Graduate Writing Support at gradwriting@uconn.edu. The seminars are made possible through funding from the Graduate School and the University Writing Center.

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

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.

Provided:

·         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.