October 2012





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LeadArticleNLC 2012 Is Finally Here!

We are excited about NLC 2012. After much anticipation, SNL members will be gathering in Donostia-San Sebastián, the summer capital of Spain. San Sebastián is world-renowned for its beauty and culture, featuring old world charm, graceful architecture, and exceptional cuisine. Included in the price of registration, conference attendees will be treated to two sumptuous lunch buffets, catered by Nineu, the celebrated restaurant that recently catered to the stars at the 60th San Sebastián Film Festival. 

In this exquisite setting, Society members will enjoy an outstanding scientific program, featuring two prestigious keynote speakers, Barbara K. Finlay, Professor of Psychology at Cornell University, and Nikos K. Logothetis, Director of the Department of Cognitive Processes at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics.  In addition to the keynotes, NLC 2012 will host two panel discussions, four slide sessions, and over 250 posters presentations

Be sure to join your colleagues on Friday evening for our Welcome Reception.  The reception will take place at the Kursaal Congress Centre, overlooking the beautiful Bay of Biscay. While enjoying a spectacular sunset, guests will indulge in local pinxtos--traditional tapas from the Basque country.

Playa de la Concha

Donostia-San Sebastián



SNLElectionsSNL 2012 Elections Are Underway

Society members have until October 16th to cast their votes for the SNL Board of Directors.  All current members should have received an email from election buddy, our online election system. Your email contains a personal voting key with a link to your online ballot. Candidate profiles are available on the SNL website.



DiscussionForumConnect with Fellow Society Members

SNL has created a new discussion forum especially for its conference attendees! Whether you are seeking a roommate, travel companion, ride share, or simply have questions about Spain, you can log onto our Google group and connect with other Society members. The new group is an ideal way to prepare for your trip to NLC 2012 in San Sebastian.  Join the Group

Upcoming Dates 


Online Registration Closes

October 10, 2012


 October 16, 2012


 Election Results


October 25, 2012 


NLC 2012  

San Sebastian, Spain

  October  25-27, 2012 



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NLC 2012 Is Finally Here


Planning Your Trip  


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 Job Postings & Announcements 

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AwardWinnersCongratulations to the 2012 Merit and Travel Award Winners


The SNL Abstract Merit Awards recognize scientific excellence and are bestowed upon the two graduate students and two post-docs who submit the highest ranked abstracts. The Society is proud to announce the following Abstract Merit Award winners: 


Graduate Student Abstract Merit Award

Adeen Flinker, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley
Dale Maddox,  University of California, Irvine, Dept. of Cognitive Sciences


Post Doctoral Abstract Merit Award

Karine Marcotte, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, Canada
Corey McMillan, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Neurology



Thanks to the generous support of the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD), as well as special funding from the Basque Government, SNL was able to grant a record number of Travel Awards this year. The Society would like to congratulate the following twenty Travel Award recipients:


2012 Travel Award Winners 

Wing Yee Chow, University of Maryland

Emily Connally, University of Oxford

Samantha Cooper, University College London

Larissa Cuénoud, University College London

Elisabeth Fonteneau, University of Cambridge

Anna Holt, University of California, Irvine

Robert Hurley, Northwestern University

Saloni Krishnan, University of London

Juliane Mühlhaus, RWTH Aachen University

Oiwi Parker Jones, University of Oxford

Jack Rogers, University of Oxford

Lesley Sand, University of Maryland

Hernando Santamaría, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Laura Skipper, Temple University

Kenneth Vaden, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

Jane Warren, University College London

Dave Warren, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Jason Yeatman, Stanford University

Caicai Zhang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Camila Zugarramurdi, Universidad de la República, Uruguay



Job Postings and Announcements Jobs


Postdoctoral Position to Study Neurophysiology of Speech Perception, Production, and Sensorimotor Control

The Speech Neuroscience Research Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is seeking a postdoctoral-fellow interested in understanding the organization of human speech processing and the neural basis of speech motor control. 


UCSF is a world-class research institution with a wide array of scanner facilities that includes MRI (both 3Tand 7T systems) as well as a 275-channel whole-head MEG/EEG scanner.  There is also a large and rapidly expanding program of research using high-density invasive electrocorticography (ECoG) recordings from neurosurgical patients. The postdoctoral position is in the lab of Professor John Houde. Professor Houde's lab investigates the neural basis of speech motor control. The research focus of the lab is investigating the neural basis of feedback processing in speech production, but other ongoing projects in the lab include studies of sequential speech production, spasmodic dysphonia and stuttering. Major experimental methods include invasive electrocorticography (ECoG), MEG source analysis, time-frequency analysis and simultaneous EEG-fMRI. 


The position is for two years and offers a competitive salary funded by the NIH and NSF. Ideal applicants will have experience with programming (especially in the Matlab environment), and have strong backgrounds in time series analysis, signal processing, control theory, phonetics, and cognitive neuroscience. 


To apply, please submit a curriculum vita, cover letter, two references, and representative publications to Professor John Houde (houde@phy.ucsf.edu<mailto:houde@phy.ucsf.edu>).


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.


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.


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.



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 Pylkkänen, and Mark Seidenberg.


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


Post-doctoral Position:  Age-Related Changes in Language

Brain Imaging and Analysis Center Duke University

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position studying age-related changes in language with Dr. Michele Diaz and Dr. David Madden. The research project investigates age-related changes in the neural and behavioral bases of semantic and phonological processes. Our primary goals are to further our understanding of the neural factors that contribute to age-related retention and decline seen in language; and to investigate the relationships between structural factors, functional activations, and behavior. State-of-the-art scanning and data analysis facilities are available and proximally located.


The ideal candidate would have a background in language and cognitive neuroscience. Experience with fMRI data analysis and programming would be beneficial, but is not required. Salary will be determined by the current NIH postdoctoral scale. 


Starting date: Fall 2012 (but flexible). 


To apply, please send a statement of research interests, CV, sample publications, and a list of references to Michele Diaz (mtd3@duke.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Duke is an Equal-Opportunity/Affirmative-Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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 at the 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.



San Sebastian, Spain

October 25 - 27, 2012

San Sabastian, Spain


Society for the Neurobiology of Language