November 2012

 

 

 

 

LeadArticleNLC 2012 Comes To A Close

NLC 2012 was a huge success.  We had an amazing turnout for our first European conference.  The Society would like to acknowledge everyone who helped to make NLC 2012 so memorable!

 

Many thanks to BCBL who provided a warm welcome to beautiful Donostia-San SebastiŠn.  Also, thank you to the Basque Government and the NIH/NIDCD for providing important funding and support.  We would like to express our gratitude to Brain & Language (Elsevier) for their long-time sponsorship.

 

Finally, we would like to thank the SNL membership for attending the San Sebastian conference and supporting the Society with your participation. The Society belongs to all of us and will prosper only if we all get involved by attending the conferences, submitting abstracts, nominating and voting for officers, providing feedback, and encouraging other scientists to join our membership. It is your active participation that has brought about our growth as a Society.  Once again, thank you for making NLC 2012 such a success!

 

We look forward to convening again next November in sunny San Diego, California (USA).  With your support, NLC 2013 promises to be fantastic!

 

Future Conferences 

 

NLC 2013

 November 7-9, 2013

San Diego, California, USA

 

NLC 2014

 Amsterdam 

 

In This Issue 

 

NLC 2012 Acknowledgments

 

 Job Postings & Announcements 

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NLC 2012

 

Job Postings and Announcements Jobs

 

Postdoctoral Position--BCBL (Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language) 

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San SebastiŠn, Basque Country, Spain) is offering a postdoctoral position to work on a project financed by the European Research Council (Advanced grant; PI Prof. Manuel Carreiras) that will explore reading skills and neural correlates in bilingual children.

 

The aim of the research project is to identify the changes in neural activity that take place in the course of learning to read in a first (L1) and in a second (L2) language. The project will employ a longitudinal design. Children will be recruited before they learn to read in L1 and in L2, and reading development will be tracked with both cognitive and neuroimaging (MEG/EEG, fMRI, DTI) measures over 24 months. Cohorts will be recruited in several parts of Spain and France to test Basque/Spanish and Basque/French children as well as Spanish and French monolingual children.

 

The postdoctoral fellow will be in charge of coordinating part of the project, working directly with a PhD student and research assistants. We are looking for a cognitive neuroscientist or experimental psychologist with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas. Strong knowledge on reading acquisition and bilingualism and expertise in developmental investigation are required. Expertise in EEG, MEG and/or fMRI would be appreciated. Candidates should have a strong publication track record.

  

The Center promotes a rich research environment without teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs.  There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The position has a term of appointment of 2 years with possible renewal.  

 

Individuals interested in undertaking research in this field should send CV and two recommendation letters to Leire Arietaleanizbeascoa (email: l.arieta@bcbl.eu).


Deadline December 31st 

For information about the position, please contact Manuel Carreiras  (info@bcbl.eu).

  

Two PhD Positions--BCBL (Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language) 

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San SebastiŠn, Basque Country, Spain) is offering two PhD positions to work on a project financed by the European Research Council (Advanced grant; PI Prof. Manuel Carreiras) that will explore reading skills and neural correlates in bilingual children.

 

The aim of the research project is to identify the changes in neural activity that take place in the course of learning to read in a first (L1) and in a second (L2) language. The project will employ a longitudinal design. Children will be recruited before they learn to read in L1 and in L2, and reading development will be tracked with both cognitive and neuroimaging (MEG/EEG, fMRI, DTI) measures over 24 months. Cohorts will be recruited in several parts of Spain and France to test Basque/Spanish and Basque/French children as well as Spanish and French monolingual children.

 

The PhD fellows will be in charge of designing and running experimental series of the project, with direct supervision from a postdoctoral fellow and a staff scientist.  We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas. Knowledge on reading acquisition and bilingualism and expertise in developmental investigation are required. Familiarity with EEG, MEG and/or fMRI will be positively valued.

 

The Center promotes a rich research environment without teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs.  There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The positions have a term of appointment of 3 years.

 

Individuals interested in undertaking research in this field should send CV and two recommendation letters to Leire Arietaleanizbeascoa (email: l.arieta@bcbl.eu).

  

Deadline December 31st 

For information about the position, please contact Manuel Carreiras  (info@bcbl.eu).

  

Call For Papers--Frontiers in Psychology, Research Topic "Mind what you say - general and specific mechanisms for monitoring in speech production"

In collaboration with Frontiers in Psychology, we are currently organizing a Research Topic, "Mind what you say - general and specific mechanisms for monitoring in speech production." We welcome contributions from SNL members. 

 

The proposed structure of this Research Topic is provided below:

Host Specialty: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 

Research Topic Title: Mind what you say - general and specific mechanisms for monitoring in speech production 

Topic Editor(s): Greig de Zubicaray, Daniel Acheson, Robert Hartsuiker 

Description: Psycholinguistic research has typically portrayed speech production as a relatively automatic process. This is because when errors are made, they occur as seldom as one in every thousand words we utter. However, it has long been recognised that we need some form of control over what we are currently saying and what we plan to say. This capacity to both monitor our inner speech and self-correct our speech output has often been assumed to be a property of the language comprehension system. More recently, it has been demonstrated that speech production benefits from interfacing with more general cognitive processes such as selective attention, short-term memory (STM) and online response monitoring to resolve potential conflict and successfully produce the output of a verbal plan. <br /> <br />The conditions and levels of representation according to which these more general planning, monitoring and control processes are engaged during speech production remain poorly understood. Moreover, there remains a paucity of information about their neural substrates, despite some of the first evidence of more general monitoring having come from electrophysiological studies of error related negativities (ERNs). While aphasic speech errors continue to be a rich source of information, there has been comparatively little research focus on instances of speech repair. The purpose of this Frontiers Research Topic is to provide a forum for researchers to contribute investigations employing behavioural, neuropsychological, electrophysiological, neuroimaging and virtual lesioning techniques. In addition, while the focus of the research topic is on novel findings, we welcome submission of computational simulations, review articles and methods papers.


Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb 02, 2013
Article Submission Deadline: Jun 01, 2013

Frontiers Research Topics are designed to be an organized, encyclopedic coverage of a particular research area, and a forum for discussion and debate. Contributions can be of different article types (Original Research, Methods, Hypothesis & Theory, and others). Our Research Topic has a dedicated homepage on the Frontiers website, where contributing articles are accumulated and discussions can be easily held. Once all articles are published, the topic will be compiled into an e-book, which can be sent to foundations that fund your research, to journalists and press agencies, and to any number of other organizations. As the ultimate reference source from leading scientists, Frontiers Research Topic articles become highly cited.


Frontiers is a Swiss-based, open access publisher. As such an article accepted for publication incurs a publishing fee, which varies depending on the article type. The publishing fee for accepted articles is below average compared to most other open access journals - and lower than subscription-based journals that apply page and color figure charges. Moreover, for Research Topic articles, the publishing fee is discounted quite steeply thanks to the support of the Frontiers Research Foundation. Details on Frontiers' fees can be found at http://www.frontiersin.org/about/PublishingFees

When published, your article will be freely available to visitors to the Frontiers site, and will be indexed in PubMed and other academic archives. As an author in Frontiers, you will retain the copyright to your own paper and all figures.

For more information about this topic and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, please visit: 
http://www.frontiersin.org/Human_Neuroscience/researchtopics/Mind_what_you_say_-_general_an/1197

Should you choose to participate, please confirm by sending us a quick email via the link above and then your abstract no later than Feb 02, 2013.
Guest Associate Editors, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (www.frontiersin.org)  

  

Call For Papers--26th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing

The 26th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing will be held March 21-23, 2013 at the Columbia Convention Center, Columbia, SC (note that we have returned to the Thursday/Friday/Saturday schedule). The website for the conference is http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/cuny2013/.


Abstracts are solicited for papers and posters presenting theoretical, experimental, and/or computational research on any aspect of human sentence processing.  Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously, and will be considered both for the general conference sessions and for a special session titled "Theories of Sentence Processing and the Neuroscience of Language."


Accepted presentations will form a program made up of three days of spoken papers presented in plenary sessions plus three poster sessions, one on each of the three days of the conference. Time constraints entail that a small percentage of accepted presentations can be given as talks. Therefore, reviewers will be asked to identify submissions that seem most likely to generate broad interest, on grounds of originality of ideas or significance to the field.


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012


This deadline applies to all submissions, whether for paper or poster. Notifications concerning acceptance or rejection will be made in mid-to-late January 2013.


*** NEW ABSTRACT GUIDELINES ***

Guidelines for preparation of abstracts differ substantially from those given in previous years, so PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY.  Abstracts should be submitted as a one-sided, single-spaced page (8.5"x11"- not A4), 1-inch margins all around, and in Arial 11 point font. Format must be PDF. The content can be whatever combination of text, figures, tables, charts, and graphics enables you to communicate your ideas effectively, but all content must conform to these specifications and be clearly legible.

  

All abstracts will be screened by our committee before they are sent out for review. Reviewers will also be asked to inform us of any abstracts they feel violate the guidelines. Obviously, our intention is not to be harsh or draconian; what we want to do is allow authors to include visual content in addition to text without making our job or that of the reviewers impossibly difficult.

  

Abstracts will be submitted electronically. The submission system is presently under construction.

  

INFORMATION ON THE SPECIAL SESSION

The special session will address fundamental questions about the architecture of the language system, based on new evidence from brain imaging, brain stimulation, and cognitive neuropsychology. We believe it is appropriate to ask whether the modules and processing systems that have been assumed up to now need to be profoundly reconsidered in light of what we know about language and the brain. The core of the Special Session is six invited talks by speakers with relevant expertise and diverse backgrounds who have been asked to consider this basic issue. We also encourage submissions of talks and posters that address the theme of the special session.

  

Invited speakers are Evelina Fedorenko, Julius Fridriksson, Peter Hagoort, Gina Kuperberg, Liina Pylkkšnen, and Mark Seidenberg.

  

CUNY 2013 Organizers: Amit Almor, Dirk den Ouden, Stanley Dubinsky, Fernanda Ferreira

 

Open Rank Faculty Search--Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks to fill two tenure-track faculty positions with individuals committed to developing an outstanding program of research and teaching. Both positions are open at the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor. Qualifications of preferred candidates include a Ph.D. in communicative sciences and disorders or a related discipline, and distinguished scholarship with emphasis on basic or clinical research in speech-language sciences and disorders. Candidates with expertise in neuroscience/cognitive science/computational neuroscience would also fit in within the framework of a larger "brain-initiative" at MSU, which intends to study, model, and implement several facets of the brain. Candidates must demonstrate success (or the promise of success) in obtaining external funding for their research and the potential for multidisciplinary collaboration.

 

The Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (comdis.msu.edu), located in East Lansing, MI, is rapidly growing and investing heavily in its research and graduate programs. It offers a doctoral degree, a nationally-accredited master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), and undergraduate preparatory coursework for students seeking careers in Audiology and SLP. Faculty research is funded by several external agencies including the NIH, NSF, and the Department of Defense. The department has several dedicated laboratories as well as easy access to research facilities across the large MSU campus. The Department is part of MSU's world-renowned College of Communication Arts and Sciences and offers several opportunities for highly productive research, faculty development, and teaching collaborations.The college combines a research-intensive faculty with a strong professional mission to prepare students for rewarding careers and emerging technologies.

 

Inquiries relating to cluster hires are encouraged and can be directed to the Department Chair, Rahul Shrivastav (phone: 517-884-2258; email: rahul@msu.edu).

 

To apply for these positions, please refer to posting # 6750 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website https://jobs.msu.edu. Applicants should submit electronically a cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position, a vita, and the names and addresses of three references. Please direct inquiries about these positions to Brad Rakerd, Professor and Search Committee Chair (phone: 517-432-8195; email: rakerd@msu.edu). The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants on October 31, 2012, and will continue until two exceptional candidates are selected.

 

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

  

fMRI Assistant/Associate/Senior Research Scientist--University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) 

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is seeking a research scientist with expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of language and cognition to join its Cognitive Neuroscience Team. The research scientist will be involved in basic and applied studies aimed at identifying the neural mechanisms underlying language learning, language use, problem solving or decision making in healthy adults. While the methodological focus for this position will be on the use of fMRI, other imaging modalities may be included as well. The results of the research will be applied to improve the selection, training, and job performance of government language and intelligence analysts.

  

Appointments to CASL are as members of the research faculty of the University of Maryland under renewable three-year contracts, with highly competitive salary (12-month) and benefits.

  

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience or a related field, a record of individual research achievement, a strong record of publication, and the ability to establish a research program that integrates the use of fMRI in interdisciplinary projects on language and intelligence analysis. Experience with advanced MRI data analysis, such as multivariate classification of brain states, structural and functional brain connectivity analysis, and volumetric analysis, is a plus. The center is seeking individuals who will play a leading role in the strategic direction of CASL. Candidates' research and publications should demonstrate the ability to conduct complex, interdisciplinary research and to work collaboratively with a range of institutions and/or researchers. Candidates must hold U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the appropriate security clearance.

  

CASL, established in 2003, is one of 14 university-affiliated research centers in the nation. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science research that results in improved performance on language and analysis tasks relevant to the work of government language professionals. Our research focuses on enhancing the acquisition and maintenance of foreign language capability by government professionals; advancing the capacity to use foreign language and analysis skills in government professions; and improving the quality of human language technology and knowledge of less commonly taught languages. CASL's multidisciplinary research staff has expertise in psychology, linguistics, second language acquisition, computer science, and cognitive neuroscience. Research facilities in cognitive neuroscience include a research-dedicated Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC), a high-density EEG/ERP and MEG lab, and an EEG neurofeedback lab. For more information on CASL, please go to www.casl.umd.edu.

  

Application: For best consideration, please apply online by November 30, 2012 at https://jobs.umd.edu and click on "Faculty" (or direct link: http://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56844). You will need to create an account and submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (CV), three writing samples and a list of references containing the contact information for at least three professional referees. References will later be requested from short-listed candidates. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Questions about this position should be sent by e-mail to jobquestions@casl.umd.edu.

  

Research Assistant/Lab Manager Position--Language Behavior and Brain Imaging Lab at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey

Much of the research in this newly formed lab is devoted to the cognitive neuroscience of reading, with potential application to reading disorders. Other aspects of brain and language studied in the lab include concept formation and speech production. Research is performed using a variety of techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), behavioral responses, gene-brain correlations, and magnetoencephalography (MEG).

 

Responsibilities will include data collection from human research participants in both a purely behavioral and functional brain imaging setting, contacting and scheduling research participants, managing institutional review board (IRB) protocols, and data analysis. 

 

Requirements for a successful applicant include spoken and written proficiency in English, a minimum of a bachelor-level degree (e.g., BA or BS), preferably in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, biology, or a related field, and willingness to make a 2-year commitment. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in cognitive neuroscience research with human participants, are proficient with the linux computing environment, have used experiment delivery and data acquisition software such as E-prime, and can program in a scripting language such as Matlab or python. 

 

Rutgers is the state university of New Jersey, and its Newark campus is in the state's largest city. Newark is undergoing a renaissance of its own and is only minutes from Manhattan by train.

 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with a deadline of December 15th. Please email a resume or CV and contact information for 3 references to:  william.graves@rutgers.edu.

 

NLC2012SAVE THE DATE for NLC 2013

San Diego, California, USA 

November 7 - 9, 2013

 

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