June  2015





First_StoryHi SNL Members,


We hope you are all enjoying your summer, and are looking forward to the upcoming SNL 2015 Meeting in Chicago, October 15-17, 2015. Rooms are still available in the SNL block of rooms at the Drake Hotel at the reduced rate of $269 per night. Early Registration rates are available through August 6, 2015; so register soon to receive the discounts.


This venue is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and a wonderful place to visit. Most of Chicago was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, resulting in today's modern architectural showcase. And, you can walk through most of it. For a short visit, The Loop is recommended, which is an area loaded with interesting architecture and sculpture and contains the principal fine arts entities of Chicago. When you're not busy at the SNL Meeting, hopefully, you will find time to see some of this unique city.


This year's meeting follows a different pattern than previous meetings. The 2 1/2 days begin on Thursday, October 15 at 8:00 am, with full meeting days on Thursday and Friday, and ending with a 1/2 day on Saturday morning. The complete SNL schedule will be available within the next few weeks.



Upcoming Dates for SNL 2015


Travel Awards Applications Due:

July 15, 2015


Notification of Accepted Abstracts:
July 28, 2015

Deadline for Early Registration:
August 6, 2015





SNL 2015

 October 15 - 17, 2015

Chicago, Illinois



In This Issue    



June Job Postings and Announcements





The Drake Hoel


 Job Postings & Announcements 

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JobPostingsJob Postings and Announcements


PhD Traineeship


PhD Traineeship in the Dutch Research Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1 FTE)

Maximum salary: € 2,717 gross/month
Closing date: 05 July 2015, 23:59 CET
More information: http://www.ru.nl/newstaff/vacaturebeschrijving?tk=uk&recid=556519


The Dutch research consortium 'Language in Interaction' invites applications for a 4-year PhD traineeship on the topic of computational cognitive models of psycholinguistic processes. You will carry out research as a member of one of the PI-groups of the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University under supervision of Dr. Stefan Frank.


The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The research consortium 'Language in Interaction', sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO), brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. The consortium has representatives from seven universities and one research institute in the Netherlands. These are Radboud University (RU), University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Maastricht (UM), Leiden University (LU), Utrecht University (UU), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Tilburg University (TiU), and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI). Excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition is combined with state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in complex research methods and utilization. Together, this consortium realizes both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else in the world. 

The Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University conducts research in an international setting. English is the lingua franca. Your graduate training will take place in the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences.


Click here for more information on this PhD position and how to apply. http://www.ru.nl/newstaff/vacaturebeschrijving?tk=uk&recid=556519




Faculty Positions


Associate Professor in Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland, Australia


UQ Jobs - http://jobs.uq.edu.au/caw/en/job/497454/associate-professor       

Seek - http://www.seek.com.au/job/28760455?pos=1&type=standard 


Rutgers University-Newark

The Department of Psychology at Rutgers University-Newark anticipates hiring at the assistant professor (tenure track) level. We seek applications from individuals with specializations in areas of Psychology and Neuroscience that primarily use fMRI as a methodology.   Examples of research areas of special interest include social, developmental and cognitive neuroscience.

Applicants that incorporate brain connectivity concepts in their research are encouraged to apply. Applicants will have access to the new Rutgers University Brain Imaging Center (RUBIC; Siemens 3T Trio). This position requires a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related field. Highest priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate excellence in teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, provide research mentorship to students, and have research programs that can be supported by external funding.

Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research and teaching interests, 3 top pre/re-prints and 3 letters of recommendation to: facultysearch@psychology.rutgers.edu.

We will give priority to applications received by October 15th but will continue the search until the position is filled. Diversity Mission: Rutgers/Newark is the most ethnically diverse research-oriented campus in America (16 consecutive years, US News & World Report).

Applicants may include a brief statement in their cover letter explaining how their membership in our department will advance the University commitment to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other classification protected by law. Rutgers-Newark is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, and other underrepresented groups.



Conferences and Workshops 


Psycho- and neurolinguistic approaches to the grammar-lexicon distinction


Will be held 1 October - 3 October 2015


At the University of Copenhagen, in Copenhagen, Denmark


The distinction between lexical and grammatical expressions can be traced all the way back to Aristotle. Nowadays it can be explored from many different perspectives. The aim of this workshop is to bring together psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, linguistics and other disciplines to discuss the distinction between grammar and lexicon. The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Various experimental methods of studying grammar and lexicon distinction (e.g. behavioural, EEG, fMRI, etc.)
  • Language perception as well as production in all modalities (writing, speaking, reading, listening)

We invite abstracts for 20 minute presentations (+ 10 minutes for discussion) on the grammar-lexicon distinction from the perspective of either:

·          Healthy language perception or production,

·          Impaired language perception or production

In addition, there will be several keynote speaks:

·         F.-Xavier Alario, Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive, CNRS & Aix-Marseille Université.

·         Roelien Bastiaanse, University Groningen.

·         David Caplan, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital.

·         Gesa Hartwigsen, Kiel University.

·         Yury Shtyrov, Aarhus University.

·         Michael Ullman, Georgetown University.

Submission guidelines

·         500 words limit to abstract (exclusive of references and figures)

·         Extended deadline for sending abstracts: June, 1st 2015

·         Notification of acceptance: June, 22nd 2015

·         Submission and contact address: Violaine Michel Lange, msd879@hum.ku.dk 

·         Abstracts must be submitted in .doc format and not anonymized.

More information can be found on the workshop website: http://inss.ku.dk/english/calendar/grammar-vs-lexicon/ 



Violaine Michel Lange
Byurakn Ishkhanyan
Kasper Boye

Contact: msd879@hum.ku.dk 


29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing 


The 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing will be hosted by the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. The conference will be held March 3-5, 2016 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville. The topic of the special session is "Language Variation Within and Across Speakers". Keynote speakers are:


Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University

Hélène Blondeau,  University of Florida

Cynthia Clopper,  The Ohio State University

Paola Dussias, The Pennsylvania State University

Maria Polinsky, Harvard University

Guillaume Thierry,  Bangor University


Abstract submission will open October 1, 2015; abstract submission deadline is November 8, 2015.

For more information, see http://cuny2016.lin.ufl.edu/ 


Hope to see you all in Gainesville!


Edith Kaan, Jorge Valdés Kroff, Ratree Wayland, and Steffi Wulff

CUNY 2016 organizing committee


Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language- Second edition of IWORDD: International Workshop On Reading and Developmental Dyslexia.


As part of its scientific activities, the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (www.bcbl.eu) with the UPV-EHU are pleased to announce the second edition of IWORDD: International Workshop On Reading and Developmental Dyslexia.


Our aim with this workshop is to promote exchange of ideas between world-class dyslexia experts through talks and round tables, and facilitate transfer of knowledge between practitioners and scientists.


The ultimate goal is to understand the causes of dyslexia and improve detection protocols and remediation techniques.


IWORDD will take place from Thursday May 5th to Saturday May 7th 2016 in Bilbao, Spain.

The workshop is split into two parts, each of which should be registered for separately.


In order to secure your place for this event, please REGISTER as soon as possible as the NUMBER OF PLACES IS LIMITED.


CONFERENCE PROGRAM. Part One: IWORDD -- Theoretical Perspectives (May 5 and 6)

For each of the two first days, the invited experts will discuss their perspectives on one hot theoretical issue of great interest for the current state of the field. More particularly, this edition of IWORDD will focus on featuring research investigating reading and its disorders using cutting-edge neuroimaging approaches. The invited speakers will address the issue of the neurogenetic bases of developmental dyslexia (May 5) and of the remediation of developmental dyslexia and the related brain changes (May 6). The following renowned speakers in the field will contribute to the high quality of IWORDD via a dynamic format centered around keynote lectures and round tables. This will be complemented by talks and poster presentations selected from abstract submissions. Note that the language for these two days will be English.



* Fumiko Hoeft - LENS, Psychiatry & Dyslexia Center, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Haskins Laboratories & Faculty of Psychiatry, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan.

* Frank Ramus - CNRS, Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, Institute of Cognitive Studies & Ecole Normale Supérieure, France.

* Sylviane Valdois - CNRS, Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neurocognition & Université Pierre Mendès-France, France.

* Ken Pugh - Haskins Laboratories, University of Connecticut, Dept. of Linguistics, Yale University & Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, USA.

* Nina Kraus - Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Communication Sciences, Neurobiology & Physiology, Otolaryngology, Northwestern University, USA.


CONFERENCE PROGRAM. Part Two: IWORDD -- From Theory to Practice (May 7).

The second part will promote the transfer of knowledge and interaction among researchers, parents, teachers and practitioners. IWORDD - From Theory to Practice will be centered around six keynotes by international experts tailored to a broad audience, followed by a round-table discussion. For this part, simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, English and Basque will be provided.



* Fumiko Hoeft - LENS, Psychiatry & Dyslexia Center, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Haskins Laboratories & Faculty of Psychiatry, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan.

* Frank Ramus - CNRS, Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, Institute of Cognitive Studies & Ecole Normale Supérieure, France.

* Sylviane Valdois - CNRS, Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neurocognition & Université Pierre Mendès-France, France.

* Ken Pugh - Haskins Laboratories, University of Connecticut, Dept. of Linguistics, Yale University & Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, USA.

* Nina Kraus - Auditory Neuroscience Lab, Communication Sciences, Neurobiology & Physiology, Otolaryngology, Northwestern University, USA.

* Usha Goswami - Centre for Neuroscience in Education & St John's College, Cambridge University, UK.


For further information please visit www.bcbl.eu 


We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

Yours sincerely,

Manuel Carreiras

Director BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language www.bcbl.eu 


Abstract deadline: January 20th, 2016
Early registration deadline: March 1st, 2016
Conference dates: May 5 - 6, 2016

Early registration deadline: March 1st, 2016
Conference date: May 7, 2016



Research Positions


Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute


Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, internationally known for its research in neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, seeks a scientist to join its expanding program in movement science and motor disability. Applicants should have a background in movement science and interest in translational research, particularly as applied to aspects of mobility in neurologic populations. Early career investigators with postdoctoral research training, as well as mid-career scientists, are welcome to apply.


The institute scientist position at MRRI is a full-time independent research position that is comparable to a university faculty position. The primary expectation is that applicants would develop and direct an independent program of research in the mobility domain of rehabilitation. The research program may fall anywhere along the translational continuum from understanding basic mechanisms of motor performance and recovery to theory-based treatment advancement in rehabilitation. This position offers numerous opportunities for collaboration with other MRRI investigators and skilled MossRehab clinicians, and with colleagues in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, including those involved in structural and functional neuroimaging, TMS, and tDCS. Office and laboratory space are available in a newly renovated research building, with ready access to relevant patient populations and gait and motion laboratory facilities.


Albert Einstein Healthcare Network is proud to offer our employees unparalleled career opportunities including competitive compensation, attractive benefits plan including medical/dental/vision coverage, generous vacation time, and tuition reimbursement. EOE


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and 3 letters of reference to:

Kevin Whelihan, Administrator

MRRI, MossRehab @ Elkins Park

50 Township Line Road

Elkins Park, PA 19027 or whelihak@einstein.edu.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Full-time Research Assistant Position, Neuroscience of Language Lab


The Neuroscience of Language Lab at GWU investigates the neural basis of language using a variety of techniques, including fMRI studies with healthy adults, behavioral studies with children, and studies of language breakdown after brain damage. The full-time research assistant will perform both scientific and administrative duties. Scientific duties include experimental design, stimulus creation, data collection and analysis. Administrative duties include subject recruitment, maintaining and modifying IRB protocols, helping with grant applications, training part-time research assistants and maintaining lab equipment. This position requires a Bachelor's degree in psychology, neuroscience or cognitive science. Prior experience with conducting fMRI and behavioral studies, managing IRB protocols and working with or supervising undergraduate research assistants would be preferable. Additionally, the ideal applicant will have exceptional organization skills, good communication and interpersonal skills, intellectual curiosity about cognition and the brain, and a willingness to work with variety of participants including children and patients. This position is for 1 year beginning August 1 or earlier. It can be extended to a second year contingent upon mutual interest and funding. 


Please apply here: https://www.gwu.jobs/hr/postings/27386. For questions, please email malathi@gwu.edu



Summer School


Language Science: Current methods and interdisciplinary perspectives


The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Centre for Language Studies will organize a one-week summer school: "Language Science: Current methods and interdisciplinary perspectives".


Dates: August 3-7 2015


Location: Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Teachers: 14 Nijmegen researchers covering multiple perspectives on language science: Antal van den Bosch, Dan Dediu, Ton Dijkstra, Mirjam Ernestus, Paula Fikkert, Simon Fisher, Falk Huettig, Anne Kösem, Shiri Lev-Ari, James McQueen, Antje Meyer, Karl Magnus Petersson, Lila San Roque, and Sonja Vernes

Target group: PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and advanced Master's students

Application deadline: June 15th 2015

For further information (e.g. course brochure, preliminary programme) please see: www.ru.nl/radboudsummerschool 



The Neurolinguistics Laboratory at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) invites you to join us at our second annual Summer School, "Language and Brain Pathology". The purpose of the school is to continue an annual scientific and educational program in the experimental studies of language and to create an academic environment for discussion of scientific ideas and the latest achievements in the field. This year the school will be devoted to various brain pathologies leading to language disorders. The event will take place in Moscow, Russia, August 24th - 26th, 2015.


The school program will include three days of invited talks and two poster sessions.  An introductory day will be devoted to the presentation of general information on language and its structure, brain substrates supporting language processing and neuroimaging of language pathologies.  The second day of the school will be dedicated to aphasia and its clinical presentations.  The third day will be focused on language pathology in neurosurgery. Over the course of three days, attendees will gain knowledge about different brain pathologies and become more familiar with associated linguistic deficits and methods of diagnosis. The expertise of the invited Russian and foreign experts guarantees the high quality of the training.


Invited speakers include:

  •        Nina Dronkers, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
  •        Roelien Bastiaanse, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  •        Peter Marien, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

The program will be of interest to students and professionals in the fields of Linguistics, Psychology, Speech Pathology, Neuroscience, and Medicine as well as to all interested in the neural bases of language, neurogenic language disorders, speech-language therapy for people with aphasia and neurosurgery. 


Poster sessions

In addition to the invited talks, two poster sessions will be held during the school.  The purpose of the poster session is to provide an informal platform for scientists and students to network and exchange ideas, share information and expertise on current research developments in the field of neurolinguistics, and take away new insights to implement in their own research. We invite all participants to submit abstracts to participate in the poster session.  Submissions are invited on all topics related to the neural aspects of language.

Abstracts must be written in English and limited to 500 words (excluding the references and the title). Abstracts will be selected on the basis of the clarity of research, the soundness of methodology and the contribution to the field. The authors of the 3 best submissions will be offered up to US $500 to cover travel expenses. Each abstract will be reviewed anonymously by the scientific committee, so please do not include any identifying information in the body of the abstract. There will be no printed proceedings. 

Abstracts can be submitted via the abstract submission  page. Submissions sent by e-mail will not be reviewed.


Important dates:  

15 June 2015 (23:59 GMT) - Abstract submission deadline.

1 July 2015 - Notification of acceptance of abstracts.

10 August 2015 -Registration deadline. Registration for the school is free but obligatory.
24-26 August 201 5 - Meeting dates.


Important information:

·         The working language of the Summer School is English.  No translation in Russian will be provided. Abstracts for the poster session must also be submitted in English.

·         Please use the provided submission page to upload your abstract.

·         Abstract submissions are encouraged but are not required to participate in the school.

·         The venue will be in Moscow with the exact address to be determined.

·         Participation in the School is free. Accommodations in Moscow and transportation (if necessary) are the responsibility of each participant.



All relevant information about the summer school can be found at our website: http://philology.hse.ru/en/neuroling/summer_school.  Should you have any questions about the school or the poster session, please contact us at neuroling.summer.school.2015@gmail.com.


We look forward to meeting you at the Summer School of Neurolinguistics in the heart of Russia's capital!


Organizing Committee of the Summer School
Maria Ivanova
Anna Laurinavichute
Nataliya Borisova
Zoya Cherkasova 


Scientific Committee of the Summer School
Nina Dronkers
Olga Dragoy
Maria Ivanova
Anna Laurinavichute
Anna Chrabaszcz
Anna Yurchenko