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Get Ready for SNL 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland!

November 8-10, 2017

 

 

SNL 2017

 November 8-10, 2017  

Baltimore, Maryland  

 

 

In This Issue 

 

 

   

 

 Job Postings & Announcements

  

 If you have a job posting, general announcement, conference or workshop posting that you would like to include in the SNL Newsletter, 

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submissions

Don't Forget to Submit Your Abstract by June 12th!  

 

To submit an abstract, please Log In to your SNL Account or Create a New Account. The submission fee is $40.00. You must be a 2017 SNL member to submit.

 

 

Hotels

Book Your Hotel for SNL 2017 

 

For the convenience of our conference attendees, SNL has arranged special room rates at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel for $209 per night. The following room types are available:

Standard "Run of House" room
Single or double: $209
Triple: $229
Quad: $249


Rates are available 3 days prior and 3 days after the SNL meeting dates, subject to availability. Book your reservation today at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel.


Deadline to reserve a room is October 7, 2017, based on availability.

 

JobPostingJob Postings and Announcements

 

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)   

Neuroscience of Language Postdoctoral Position 

 

The Hoeft Neuroscience Lab (http://brainLENS.org PI: Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD) at the UCSF Dept of Psychiatry and Weill Institute for Neurosciences is looking for a full-time postdoctoral fellow for the 'Intergenerational Neuroimaging of Language and Reading Networks'  project, which uses a 'natural' cross-fostering family design to partially dissociate the effects of genetics, prenatal, and postnatal environment on the human neural systems that underlie language processing. Related articles on this approach in different domains can be found here: Yamagata et al. J Neurosci 2016 (http://goo.gl/vMK8iy), Ho et al. Trends in Neurosci 2016 (http://goo.gl/SyXLcK), and Scientific American (http://goo.gl/YTiH6D). 

 

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Linguistics or a closely related field, experience in neuroimaging, excellent foundational skills in computation, programming and mathematics/statistics, and exceptional organizational skills. Candidates with experience in neurolinguistics or behavioral genetics are particularly encouraged to apply. Compensation is in accordance with the NIH pay scale for postdoctoral fellows. Appointments are made for 1 year terms with the possibility of renewal. Postdoctoral fellows are represented by UC Postdoc Union and enjoy competitive benefit packages.

 

The Hoeft Neuroscience Lab is an interdisciplinary research environment that applies cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques, genetic analysis, and computational approaches to examine language development processes, the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders and the impact of diverse linguistic environments (e.g. bilingual education) on development. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in other research projects in the Laboratory, outreach and community engagement projects, and access to a wealth of archival developmental and longitudinal neuroimaging data on language and literacy. 

 

The position can begin immediately.

Applications should be emailed to [email protected]  with "[Postdoc job]" and the applicant's full name in the subject of the email. Applications must include:

1. A current CV

2. A one page statement of research interests related to the proposed project

3. A one page cover letter describing qualifications for the position with specific examples, career goals and why you feel you are a good fit for the lab. 

4. The names of three references. Qualified candidates will be asked to have letters of reference forwarded. Do not submit reference letters with the application.

 

The University of California, San Francisco is a premier biomedical research institution, ranked second in the world for Neuroscience and Behavior by US News. UCSF has outstanding resources for cognitive neuroscience research, including a research-dedicated Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner in addition to shared 3T and 7T GE scanners, MEG and TMS equipment. The laboratory enjoys close collaborations with other research groups in the Bay Area, and national and international collaborations. 

 

The San Francisco Bay Area is a vibrant, multi-cultural city, ranked one of the most walkable cities in the US. In addition to the area's outstanding cultural attractions and cuisine, the unique beauty of redwood forests, coastal cliffs, wine country and natural preserves is less than an hour from the city.

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The University of Western Ontario   

The Faculty of Education, Western University, invites applications for the following positions:

  •         Tier 2 SSHRC Canada Research Chair in The Science of Learning
  •         Tier 2 CIHR Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience and Learning Disorde

The successful candidates will be appointed to a full-time tenure-track (probationary) faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

For more details, please review the attached advertisements or visit our website or Western's  website.  These will also appear in CAUT, University Affairs and other venues.

 

Western University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.  Kindly forward these advertisements to members of these designated groups and to those who might be helpful in terms of recruitment and/or personally interested in applying for these positions.

 

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.  Review of applications will begin after August 1, 2017.

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Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute Elkins Park, PA

Director

The Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) invites inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Director. MRRI is an internationally recognized research institute dedicated to three focus areas: Cognitive neuroscience and cognitive rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury treatments and outcomes, and movement sciences and mobility rehabilitation. MRRI shares the health campus with MossRehab and Einstein Medical Center at Elkins Park, PA. MRRI and MossRehab are part of the larger Einstein Healthcare Network. This is an outstanding leadership opportunity to substantially build upon a world-class, highly collaborative research institute devoted to improving the lives of individuals with neurological disabilities, as well as the opportunity to impact neurorehabilitation science.

 

After stable and productive leadership under the two co-founders, MRRI now seeks a dynamic leader with a national research reputation to guide MRRI's growth and development as a regional, national and international leader in cognitive neuroscience and rehabilitation research. The next Director will partner with the Associate Director, the MRRI Advisory Board, current institute scientists and MossRehab leadership and will ideally continue to enhance clinical integration through multidisciplinary collaborations. Important goals for the new Director will be to raise the national and international profile, build and enhance local university partnerships and stengthen and diversify funding opportunities.

 

Candidates must possess a M.D., M.D./Ph.D. or Ph.D. or equivalent degree with a deep appreciation of research and a broad knowledge of cognitive neuroscience, neurorehabilitation or a closely related field. The successful candidate must also demonstrate recognized productivity and achievement in research, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. As the administrative leader for the Institute, candidates should have a strong business sense and an understanding of what it takes to help enhance research funding in a competitive environment. Exceptional communication skills, financial acumen and the potential to fundraise are essential, as is a clear vision for advancing the research mission in the midst of a changing funding landscape.

 

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and cover letter and be sent via email to [email protected]. Inquiries may be addressed to Joyce DeLeo, Ph.D. at 630-575-6177 or Elizabeth Frye, M.D. at 630-575-6949, the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search.

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Pennsylvania State University

Postdoctoral Scholar Cognitive Neuroscience, Creativity, and Language

 

Qualified individuals are invited to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in the area of cognitive neuroscience, creativity, and language processing. The fellowship is supported by a collaborative NSF-grant, awarded to Dr. Janet van Hell (The Pennsylvania State University) and Dr. Zahed Siddique (University of Oklahoma). The postdoctoral scholar will be stationed at the Pennsylvania State University.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral candidate with a strong neuroscience background (in particular electroencephalography, EEG) who will play a key role in this NSF-funded project that examines creativity and language processing in engineering students. Specifically, the project combines EEG techniques (including Event-Related Potentials and EEG power changes) to study individual differences in divergent thinking and language processing (such as comprehension of metaphors) in engineering students.   

Candidates must have a Ph.D in Neuroscience, Psychology, Linguistics, or a related field, or have completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D by the time of appointment. Experience with EEG techniques is strongly preferred. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to design and coordinate EEG experiments, present data at national and international conferences, and write manuscripts. Extensive mentorship is available for these activities to help prepare for an independent research career. The postdoctoral scholar will have ample opportunities to interact with several vibrant research communities at Penn State University (including the Center for Language Science, http://cls.psu.edu; the Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition, http://cbbc.psu.edu; and the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center, http://www.imaging.psu.edu). The initial appointment will be for one year, with the strong possibility of renewal for a second year. Salary and benefits are based on NSF guidelines, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates should upload a CV, a cover letter with a statement of research experience and interests, 2-3 recent publications, and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date of the appointment is flexible but no later than September 2017. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Janet van Hell at 814-867-2337 or [email protected]. Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/71224

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International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) in Trento (Italy)  

Post-doctoral Position

 

Applications for a post-doctoral position are invited in the context of a joint research project between the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) in Trento (Italy). The project is funded by a PRIN grant from the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR). The project is dedicated to investigate the neural circuits involved in semantic processes and their plasticity, comparing sighted and blind individuals using MEG and/or fMRI methodologies.

The project is coordinated by Prof. Davide Crepaldi and Prof. Olivier Collignon.

Two kinds of profiles are eligible for this position. The candidate may have experience with EEG/MEG and/or fMRI research, with strong skills and interest in methodological development (brain connectivity, pattern recognition, machine learning, multivariate analysis). The candidate may also/either have experience in the field of computational linguistics, distributional semantics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Experience in research with special populations is a plus but not a necessity. We are seeking for candidates with clear potential for publication in high-impact neuroscience/experimental psychology journals, attention to details, and good attitude towards teamwork.  Knowledge of Italian language is a bonus but not required.

SISSA and the CIMeC are ranked among the top research universities in Italy, and they both offer a friendly international environment with state-of-the-art research tools, including MRI, EEG, MEG, TMS, eye tracking, motion tracking, and access to neuropsychological patients. English is the official language at both institutions, where a large portion of the faculty, post-docs and students come from a wide range of countries. Moreover, both Trieste and the Trentino region are consistently at the top levels for quality of life, with fantastic nature (the Dolomite, lake Garda, the Triestinian Karst) and a vibrant cultural environment (Trento film festival, Christmas markets, la Barcolana, Trieste jazz festival).

The commitment is for two years, with a competitive European-level salary, depending upon qualifications and experience.

Ideal starting date would be around September 2017.

The deadline for the application will be around end of June. More specific information on the application process (and the official call) will be available soon at this website: https://www.sissa.it/grants-collaborations-research-activities

Informal inquiries are most welcome with [email protected], and/or [email protected].


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The AphasiaLab at the University of South Carolina  

Post-doctoral Position

 

The AphasiaLab at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a post-doctoral position funded by grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH). This position will be supervised by Drs. Julius Fridriksson (University of South Carolina), Leonardo Bonilha (Medical University of South Carolina), and Roozbeh Behroozmand (University of South Carolina). The primary research focus of this position is to study behavioral and neurophysiological aspects of speech and language disorders in patients with post-stroke aphasia. This research relies on a range of methodologies such as Elecro-Encephalography (EEG), functional neuroimaging (fMRI), transcranial brain stimulation (tDCS), Voxel-based Lesion Symptom Mapping (VLSM), and brain connectivity analysis. Individuals with a background in clinical research related to speech and language processing, especially in the area of aphasia, are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

The responsibilities of a successful applicant will include: working on ongoing studies in the area of aphasiology, writing manuscripts, supervising undergraduate and graduate students, and proposing and conducting new studies. In-depth guidance will be provided in the scientific areas covered by the AphasiaLab as well as grant writing.

 

The applicant will have the opportunity to work with research in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR) at the University of South Carolina and Stroke Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and with other investigators such as Chris Rorden (University of South Carolina), Gregory Hickok (University of California, Irvine), and Argye Hillis (Johns Hopkins University). The AphasiaLab is located at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) and at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC). Columbia is centrally located in South Carolina, within a two-hour drive to the beach and the mountains. Charleston is a coastal city in South Carolina and home to many major cultural events (e.g. the Spoleto Festival; https://spoletousa.org/). The weather in South Carolina is marked by "Southern" summers, and a mild autumn, winter, and spring. The salary for this position is very competitive but will be commensurate with experience and previous scholarship. If interested, please contact Dr. Julius Fridriksson ([email protected]),  Leonardo Bonilha ([email protected]), or Roozbeh Behroozmand ([email protected]).

 

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University of Cambridge   

Postdoc position in the Neurobiology of Language

 

Applications are invited for an experienced and enthusiastic computer scientist / cognitive neuroscientist to work on an ERC Advanced Investigator grant on the neurobiology of language comprehension using MEG neuroimaging and statistical language modelling techniques.


The applicant will join the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain (
http://cslb.psychol.cam.ac.uk), an inter-disciplinary team led by Professor L.K. Tyler. The Centre has access to a research-dedicated 3T Siemens MR scanner, and EEG and MEG facilities. We currently use a variety of analysis methods on MEG data-sets, and in particular multivariate analysis methods such as Representational Similarity Analyses.

Applicants must have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, computer science, computational neuroscience, or a related discipline. Candidates are expected to have excellent computer programming (especially MATLAB and/or Python) skills, advanced statistical skills, and expertise in statistical language modelling and/or machine learning. Experience of MEG analyses, particularly in using multivariate neuroimaging methods for MEG data and MEG source localization methods, and knowledge of the neurobiology of language processing are highly desirable. Relevant post-doctoral experience is also desirable. Given the nature of the research, candidates should be fully fluent in English.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Tyler ([email protected]) or telephone 01223 766457.

Further information may be downloaded from http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/13468/

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years until September 30 2020. Please quote reference PJ11959 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The closing date for applications is 8th June 2017.

 

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University of East Anglia   

Postdoctoral Position - Crossmodal plasticity and cognition

 

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate in the School of Psychology, University of East Anglia, to work with Dr. Velia Cardin (deafbrainplasticity.wordpress.com). The aim of the project is to understand the influence of early sensory experience on the organisation of cognitive processes in the human brain. To this aim, the project will investigate cortical plasticity as a consequence of early or congenital deafness using functional neuroimaging techniques.

 

The successful applicant will be involved in the design and implementation of fMRI studies, data acquisition and analysis, preparation of results for publication, and preparation of data for preservation and sharing. They will be supported at all times to further develop their career and skills, encouraging them to take the initiative in development of research projects, present results to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and acquire new research-related and transferable skills, such as the knowledge of British Sign Language.

 

Applicants should hold or expect shortly to hold a PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedicine, Computer Science or a related discipline or equivalent qualification and be able to satisfy all the essential criteria outlined in the person specification.

 

Desirable skills include:

* Previous experience working with deaf and hearing colleagues

* Conducting research with populations of deaf individuals

* Knowledge of British Sign Language or another sign language

* Previous research on deafness, crossmodal plasticity, working memory or executive function

* Experience setting up somatosensory and visual experiments in MRI environments

* Advanced knowledge of multi-voxel pattern analysis

 

The post is available from 2 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter on a full-time, fixed term contract to 30 September 2020.

 

The post is subject to a criminal records check at enhanced level from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

 

Closing Date: 12 noon on 23 June 2017.

 

For informal enquiries, please contact: Dr. Velia Cardin [email protected]

More information can be found in the following links:

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BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language   

PHD candidate position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)

Applications are invited for a 4-year full-time PhD Studentship in cognitive neuroscience of language at the Basque Center on Brain Cognition and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian (Spain) to investigate plasticity changes in brain language networks using MEG in patients that undergo brain surgery.

 

Applicants should have a Masters degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, Computer science, Neuroscience, Engineering, Psychology, or neighbor areas, with a strong interest in the key areas of cognitive neuroscience that are relevant for the research, coupled with strong computational skills (e.g., Python, Matlab). Experience with state-of-the art neuroscience techniques (e.g., MEG, EEG, MRI) is highly desirable but not mandatory.

 

The BCBL research facilities include a 3T Siemens Prisma MRI, a whole-head Elekta MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab, and several well-equipped behavioral labs including eye trackers and a computing cluster. There is also an excellent team of technical support and research staff. Details of BCBL faculty research interests and research facilities can be found at http://www.bcbl.eu/ 

 

Deadline July 30th

 

We encourage immediate applications as the selection process will be ongoing and the appointment may be made before the deadline.


To submit your application please follow this link:
http://www.bcbl.eu/jobs applying for PhD MEG 2017 and upload:

  1. Your curriculum vitae.
  2. A cover letter/statement describing your research interests (4000 characters maximum)
  3. The names of two referees who would be willing to write letters of recommendation

 

For more information, please contact the Director of BCBL, Manuel Carreiras ([email protected]).

 

 

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BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language    

Post-doctoral position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)

 

Applications are invited for a 2-year full-time post-doctoral position in cognitive neuroscience at the Basque Center on Brain Cognition and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian (Spain). Applicants should have strong interests in consciousness and cognitive neurosciences coupled with strong computational skills in Python. The main project will use functional MRI to assess the neural correlates of the encoding/maintenance of semantic representations and the learning of new categories and statistical regularities across distinct states of attention and conscious awareness. Experience with state of the art machine learning classification approaches and toolboxes (e.g. PyMVPA, Nilearn, Scikit-learn) is a requirement. Additional expertise in dynamic functional connectivity analyses would be a plus.

The BCBL Center (recently awarded the label of excellence Severo Ochoa) promotes a vibrant research environment without substantial teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla Siemens Prisma scanner, 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. The BCBL hosts  excellent support staff and research personnel. Details of BCBL faculty research interests and research facilities can be found at
http://ift.tt/21UUyx0.

 

Informal inquiries about the post can be directed to David Soto, [email protected].

Selection of candidates and interviews will be ongoing until August 15st, 2017. Please submit your application as soon as possible.

To submit your application please follow this link:
http://www.bcbl.eu/calls, applying for "Postdoc fMRI 2017 Consciousness" and upload:

1. Your curriculum vitae.

2. A covering letter outlining your research interests (4000 characters maximun)

3. The names of two referees who would be willing to write letters of recommendation

 

 

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BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language    

Pre-doctoral position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)

 

 

Applications are invited for a 4-year full-time PhD Studentship in cognitive neuroscience at the Basque Center on Brain Cognition and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian (Spain).

 

Applicants should have an honours and a Masters degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science or another other relevant area and have a strong interest in consciousness and cognitive science coupled with strong computational skills (preferably Python) and experience with state-of-the art neuroscience techniques, in particular fMRI. The student will receive a stipend of 16.000 € during the first 2 years and 18.000 € during the last 2 years. The BCBL research facilities include a 3T MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab, and several well-equipped behavioral labs including eye trackers and a computing cluster. There are also excellent technical support and research staff. Details of BCBL faculty research interests and research facilities can be found at http://www.bcbl.eu/groups.

For further information about the position please contact David Soto, [email protected].

Selection of candidates and interviews will be ongoing until the 31st of June. Please submit your application as soon as possible.

To submit your application please follow this link:
http://www.bcbl.eu/calls, applying for "Pre-doc fMRI 2017 Consciousness" and upload:

1. Your curriculum vitae.

2. A covering letter outlining your research interests (4000 characters maximun)

3. The names of two referees who would be willing to write letters of recommendation

 

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JobPostingSymposia, Conferences and Workshops

 

International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning

We are pleased to announce that the program for the the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning is available.

   

Conference dates:June 28-30, 2017.

   

The conference will take place in Bilbao, Spain June 28-30, 2017. It will cover statistical learning and its underlying mechanisms from behaviour to neuroscience, in various domains such as language, music, vision, and audition, with data from adult participants, development, individual differences, computational modeling, and non-human species.

The conference will include invited speakers, regular talks, panel discussions, and poster sessions.

INVITED SPEAKERS
Jenny Saffran, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sharon Thompson-Schill, University of Pennsylvania
Simon Kirby, University of Edinburgh- Michael C. Frank, Stanford University

For further information please visithttp://www.bcbl.eu/events/statistical-learning/en/ We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

 

The third biennial Workshop on Infant Language Development (WILD)

The Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language is pleased to announce that the program for the third biennial Workshop on Infant Language Development (WILD) is available. The overarching goal of WILD is to bring together scientists with different perspectives and methodological approaches to the study of early language and cognitive development. The meeting will be held between June 15th and 17th, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain.

WILD has been created to highlight recent research on a wide range of topics within monolingual and bilingual development, including speech perception and production; word learning; the development of syntax and morphology; brain mechanisms and first language acquisition; recent advances in infant brain imaging techniques (i.e., EEG, NIRS); atypical language development; language and cognition; early bilingualism; multilingual development; the role of culture in language development; gestures and non-verbal communication in infants and toddlers.

INVITED SPEAKERS

 

- Janet Werker,The University of British Columbia
- David Lewkowicz, Northeastern University
- Takao Hensch, Harvard University


For further information please visit
http://www.bcbl.eu/events/wild2017/en/   

 

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