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NLC 2012 Is Finally Here!
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.
SNL 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.
Connect with Fellow
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
October 25-27, 2012
There's so much to see and do in San Sebastian. Need some
help planning your trip? Check out these helpful websites:
Postings & Announcements
If you have a job posting, general announcement,
conference or workshop posting that you would like to include in the SNL
newsletter, please send it to
Congratulations 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
Post Doctoral Abstract Merit Award
Karine Marcotte, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute,
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,
Jane Warren, University College London
Dave Warren, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Jason Yeatman, Stanford University
Caicai Zhang, The Chinese University of Hong
Camila Zugarramurdi, Universidad de la
Job Postings and Announcements
Position to Study Neurophysiology of Speech Perception, Production, and
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.
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 ***
preparation of abstracts differ substantially from those given in
previous years, so PLEASE READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY.
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
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
Abstracts will be
submitted electronically. The submission system is presently under
INFORMATION ON THE
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
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
Position: Age-Related Changes in Language
Imaging and Analysis Center Duke University
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.
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
Fall 2012 (but flexible).
To apply, please
send a statement of research interests, CV, sample publications, and a
list of references to Michele Diaz ([email protected]).
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.
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
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.
to cluster hires are encouraged and can be directed to the Department
Chair, Rahul Shrivastav (phone: 517-884-2258; email: [email protected]).
To apply for these
positions, please refer to posting # 6750 and complete an electronic
submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities
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:
[email protected]). 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 [email protected].
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for the Neurobiology of Language