SNL 2015 is Just
Around the Corner!
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago next week for
the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology
of Language. The meeting opens at 8:45 am on Thursday, October 15
with Opening Remarks from SNL President Nina Dronkers followed by the
first Keynote address given by Dr. Susan
Goldin-Meadow. Additional keynote lectures will be
delivered by Dr. Marsel Mesulam, Dr. Peter L. Strick,
and Dr. Marcus Raichle throughout
In addition to our four outstanding Keynote addresses,
we have scheduled three platform sessions, six poster sessions and a
new Invited Symposium on Language and the Aging
Brain. Dr. Naftali Raj will open the symposium with an
overview of the neurobiology of aging, followed by three of our own
members discussing whether speech and language changes occur with age.
Arriving on Wednesday? Join your colleagues for an SNL
Social Hour in the Venetian Room at The Drake Hotel beginning at 7:00
pm. We will hold another social hour on Friday evening, and, of
course, don't forget the SNL Evening Reception on Thursday night!
These social hours have been included by popular demand and have
proven to be a great way to facilitate ongoing conversations and
interactions among friends and colleagues.
Safe travels and we'll see you in Chicago!
Shauney Wilson, SNL
15 - 17, 2015
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Open Rank Tenure Line Position
in Linguistics at Northwestern University
The Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University seeks to fill a
tenure-line position (open rank) with a start date of September 1, 2016.
We are looking for candidates who pursue an integrated approach to the
scientific study of language, utilizing experimental methods, corpus
analysis, and/or computational modeling to inform linguistic theory
and its applications. The candidate will join a vibrant interdisciplinary
language sciences community including researchers from
cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, computer science,
philosophy, psychology, and speech science.
We seek exceptional candidates with
forward-looking research programs that hold the promise of future
external funding. Applicants that wish to be considered for appointment
at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor are expected to have a
record of excellence in research and teaching, success in obtaining
external funding, and to have held both internal and external leadership
To receive fullest consideration, applications should
arrive by December 1, 2015. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in
Linguistics or a related field
(e.g., Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive
Science, Computer Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Speech
and Hearing Sciences) by the start date. Please include a CV
(including contact information), statements of research and teaching
interests, reprints or other written work (including thesis chapters
for ABD applicants), teaching evaluations (if available), and the names
of three references (with their contact information). Please visit http://www.linguistics.northwestern.edu/ for
online application instructions.
E-mail inquiries should be directed to Matt Goldrick,
Chair ([email protected]).
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with
disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is
contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Postdoc Scholar/Neuroscience of
Language and Reading Department of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State
Qualified individuals are invited to apply for a
postdoctoral scholar position in the area of cognitive neuroscience and
language/reading comprehension. The fellowship is supported by the NSF's
Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems
Program as part of the White House BRAIN initiative (see https://goo.gl/vYqstc). For an abstract
of the research project, see http://goo.gl/IG2FJi.
The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of
renewal for second and third years. Salary and benefits are based on NSF
guidelines, commensurate with experience and qualifications. A qualified
candidate must hold a Ph.D. degree or have completed all of the
requirements for a Ph.D. by the time of appointment with a desired area
of study in cognitive neuroscience. Experience in functional MRI studies
of language and/or literacy and technical experiences with MatLab,
Unix/Linux, Python and MRI-related data processing skills are also
The successful candidate will join the PI`s research team to work on an
integrative project in the neurocognitive study of language representation
and processing, with particular reference to reading comprehension in
first and second languages by children and adults. The project will be
carried out in the Brain, Language, and Computation (BLC) Lab (http://blclab.org/) of the Department of
Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. The postdoc fellow will
have ample opportunities to interact with several vibrant research
communities at Penn State with which the BLC lab is closely associated,
including the Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition (http://cbbc.psu.edu/), the Center for
Language Science (http://cls.psu.edu),
the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (http://www.imaging.psu.edu/), the
Institute of the Neurosciences (https://goo.gl/kyw45O),
and the Institute for CyberScience (http://ics.psu.edu/)
Applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter with a brief statement of
research experience and interests, and 2-3 recent publications (in PDF).
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled. The start date of the position is flexible although
an early 2016 date is preferable. Apply online at https://psu.jobs/job/59675
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and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about
crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go
to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also
provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual
Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is
committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified
applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected
Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Seeking 1-3 individuals to fill faculty positions of
flexible rank, from junior (Research Associate) to senior (Professor)
levels. Appropriate candidates should have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in
Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a comparable
empirical discipline. The positions are potentially available
immediately. They will be within the Cognitive
Neurology/Neuropsychology Group of the Department of Neurology of The
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.
The Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology Group is committed
to targeted, long-term efforts to safely improve aspects of
communication, speech, language, and all related cognitive skills
(including aspects of cognitive control and self-awareness) in
individuals who have failed to develop language normally (in particular,
individuals with autism), lost speech and language functions, or who have
developed amnesia and other disorders of learning/memory (see http://web.jhu.edu/cognitiveneurology/index.html
for a more complete summary of current and planned efforts).
Assessment methods are heavily weighted towards behavioral measures, and
towards implicit measures (such as evoked potentials, eye movements,
pupillometry). The main interventional methods being studied are
behavioral, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and a
combination of the two.
We seek faculty capable of (a) managing, coordinating, and
expanding existing efforts, and/or (b) developing new efforts in keeping
with our general goals. As currently envisioned, applicants should
have expertise in theoretical and behavioral experimental methods related
to one or more of the following areas: (a) lexical retrieval
and word production, (b) motor speech control, (c) human learning
and memory, including amnesic conditions; and/or (d) executive
functions/cognitive control, particularly the processes involved in
'elementary' decisions and choices. However, other domains of
expertise that are relevant to the overall efforts will be
considered. Applicants are also expected to have demonstrated
expertise in oral and written communication, management skills, and an
independent publication record.
The specific positions being offered (in particular,
faculty rank and potential associated joint appointment(s)) will depend
both upon the candidate's qualifications, and upon decisions by the
appropriate committees within the Department and the University.
The positions and expected associated costs (e.g., research assistance)
are fully funded from private source(s), pledged through 2016 at a
minimum. In their current formulation, these are pure research
positions. There are no teaching responsibilities.
Independent funding will allow independent efforts. While
full-time arrangements are anticipated, there is the possibility of
part-time or other flexible arrangements.
Applicants are encouraged to contact Barry Gordon, M.D.,
Ph.D., Therapeutic Cognitive Neuroscience Professor, at 410-955-3407
(voice, 24/7), or via E-mail at [email protected], for any preliminary inquiries.
For a formal application, please send your CV and a letter
of interests to [email protected].
The Johns Hopkins University is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting,
supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty,
staff, and students. All applicants who share this goal are
encouraged to apply.
Tenure-track Faculty Position in
Neurolinguistics or Psycholinguistics Specialty Areas: Neurolinguistics,
The University of Delaware Department of Linguistics and
Cognitive Science invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track
position in Neurolinguistics or Psycholinguistics at the rank of
Professor. The position is expected to begin September 1,
2016. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in linguistics or a
related field, with a specialization in neurolinguistic or
psycholinguistic research on language disorders and/or first language acquisition.
The Ph.D. must be in hand prior to the start of the appointment.
We seek individuals who demonstrate the drive and vision
to develop an innovative, cutting-edge, and internationally recognized
research program in neurolinguistics or psycholinguistics with a focus on
language disorders and/or first language acquisition. Preference will be
given to scholars who can contribute to our undergraduate
pre-professional program in speech/language pathology. Applicants who can
conduct fundable research at the new UD Multi-Modal Imaging Center (http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2015/apr/functional-mri-042415.html),
scheduled to open in the spring of 2016, are also particularly encouraged
to apply. This 11,600 square foot research facility will house a Siemens
3T Magnetom Prisma scanner, and the suite will be equipped with
state-of-the-art MR-compatible visual and auditory stimulation equipment,
eye-tracking, response devices, and physiological measurement hardware.
The successful applicant will be expected to teach a
subset of the following undergraduate courses: First Language
Development, Introduction to Communication Disorders, Psycholinguistics,
Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism, and general courses in
linguistics and cognitive science. They will also be expected to offer
graduate courses in areas of their specialization. The teaching load is 2+2.
Other duties include supervision of graduate students, undergraduate
student advising, involvement in curricular development, and performance
of University and Department service.
The Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science ishoused in the
University of Delaware's College of Arts and Sciences. The department
runs an internationally-renowned PhD program in Linguistics, a Master's
degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, a Bachelor of Science degree
in Cognitive Science, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics. The
Department also offers, via a university-wide Cognitive Science
committee, an interdisciplinary Certificate in Cognitive Science as part
of graduate degrees across schools and departments. The department has
state-of-the-art laboratories in phonetics, phonology, and
psycholinguistics, including a 128-channel ERP lab. The department is
part of a university-wide cognitive science community, including a
diverse set of researchers from various departments and colleges. The Department
also has ties to a new Clinical Master's Program in Communication
Sciences and Disorders, anticipated to begin admitting students in
academic year 2016-2017. This program includes a new
Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (http://sites.udel.edu/cscd/clinic/ to open fall 2015.
The University of Delaware combines a rich historic legacy
with a commitment to education and the latest in advanced technology.
With external funding exceeding $200 million per year, the University
ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for
science and engineering. Enhanced by state-of-the-art facilities,
research is conducted across all seven colleges and numerous
interdisciplinary institutes and centers. Other relevant facilities on
campus include the new 103,000 square foot Health Sciences Complex, a
state-of-the-art facility that includes labs for human-based studies and
an active outpatient clinic; a 194,000 square foot Interdisciplinary
Science and Engineering Laboratory; and the Delaware Technology Park,
where entrepreneurial and academic research labs are co-located. The
Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA), a partnership among the University
of Delaware, Christiana Care Health System, Nemours / Al duPont Hospital
for Children, and Thomas Jefferson University, provides infrastructure
and opportunity for innovative clinical and translational collaborations.
Applicants should apply online at www.interfolio.com and submit a
cover letter, a statement of current and long-term research plans, a
statement of teaching experience and philosophy, a CV, three
representative research publications, and three letters of
recommendation. Inquiries, but not application materials, should be
emailed to Arild Hestvik, Chair of the Search Committee, [email protected]. Review of
applications will begin on October 18, 2015, and will continue until the
position is filled.
Application Deadline: 18-Oct-2015 (Open until filled)
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful
completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not
necessarily exclude you from employment.
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity
Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members,
Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's
Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html
The University of Delaware does not discriminate on the
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veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in
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required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable
statutes and University policies.
The University of Delaware prohibits sexual harassment,
including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to:
Susan L. Groff, Ed. D.,
Director, Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator
305 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716
For complaints related to Section 504of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973, please contact:
Anne L. Jannarone, M.Ed., Ed.S.
Director, Office of Disability Support Services Alison Hall, Suite 130
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-4643 OR contact the U.S. Department of Education - Office for
The Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act ("DDEA")
prohibits discrimination against an applicant or employee based on
pregnancy, childbirth, lactation or related conditions. If you believe
that you have been subject to pregnancy discrimination or retaliation,
please inform a manager as soon as reasonably possible. The University of
Delaware is committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination,
harassment and retaliation, and will take prompt action to investigate
and remedy the situation, as necessary.
The DDEA also provides for reasonable accommodations of
known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, and related
conditions, provided that the accommodation does not impose an undue
hardship on the university. An employee need not be disabled to request
such an accommodation. If you have a known limitation related to
pregnancy that impacts your ability to satisfactorily perform the
essential duties of your job, please inform your supervisor so that we can
promptly begin the process of identifying a reasonable accommodation.
Employees are encouraged to request a reasonable accommodation as soon as
the need arises and prior to any performance issues. Employees will not
be retaliated against for requesting or using a reasonable accommodation.
2 Open-Rank Tenure-Track or
Tenured Faculty Positions in Hearing Science and Cognitive Neuroscience
at Arizona State University
The Department of Speech
and Hearing Science at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus,
is expanding in the areas of hearing science and cognitive neuroscience
and invites applicants with expertise in those disciplines to apply for
two open-rank tenure-track or tenured faculty positions starting August,
For the first position,
we are seeking candidates whose areas of expertise will complement and
augment our current research strengths in psychoacoustics, cochlear
implants, auditory neurophysiology and pediatrics. Applicants whose
interests lie in the domain of auditory behavioral neuroscience in
healthy and clinical populations are encouraged to apply.
For the second position,
we are seeking candidates whose areas of expertise will complement and
augment our current research strengths in neuroimaging and
neuropsychology in healthy and clinical populations. Applicants whose
interests lie in the domain of cognitive or computational neuroscience
related to brain-based disorders of auditory perception, language, or
cognition are encouraged to apply.
Responsibilities for both positions include research,
teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, mentoring PhD students, and
participating in the service of the department, college, and University.
Interested applicants should submit the following: 1)
cover letter, 2) teaching statement, 3) research statement, 4) curriculum
vita, and 5) three letters of reference, along with the names and contact
information of the individuals writing the letters. These materials
should be sent via email to [email protected].
Please include "Faculty Hire" and expected rank in the subject
line (e.g., Faculty hire - associate). For complete qualifications and
application information, go to https://chs.asu.edu/faculty-employment/shs/tenure-track-faculty-open-rank.
The initial deadline for applications is November 15, 2015. Applications
will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the position is closed.
The Department of Speech and Hearing Science is housed in
the College of Health Solutions and offers undergraduate Major and Minor
degrees in Speech and Hearing Science, a Certificate for Speech-Language
Pathologist Assistants, a Master's degree in Communication Disorders for
SLPs, a clinical doctoral degree in Audiology (AuD), and a PhD degree in
Speech and Hearing Science. The department also administers a large
undergraduate program in American Sign Language. The Phoenix area has
numerous clinical and research facilities available for collaboration
including Barrow Neurological Institute, Mayo Clinic and other hospital
systems, and ASU research institutes. For more information please visit
our website at http://chs.asu.edu/shs.
Questions about these positions and/or the application
process may be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Dr. Michael
Dorman at [email protected] or to
his administrative assistant Callen Shutters ([email protected]).
Junior faculty position in Language Science - University
of CA, Irvine
Seeking candidates for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the
area of language science. The position is particularly aimed at
candidates who combine a strong background in theoretical linguistics
with computational, psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic or logical
Apply online at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF03107 with
a cover letter indicating primary research and teaching interests, CV,
three recent publications, three letters of recommendation, and a
statement on previous and/or past contributions to diversity, equity and
The Department of Psychology at McGill University (http://www.mcgill.ca/psychology/)
invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant
Professor level with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2016. We
seek a candidate who addresses topics in human cognition/cognitive
neuroscience by combining experimental approaches with quantitative,
computational, or neuroscience methods. The candidate will be expected to
teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and to
maintain an active program of research.
Review of applications will begin on October 28, 2015, and
will continue until suitable candidates have been identified. Applicants
should arrange for the following materials to be sent in electronic
format [email protected]:
(1) a curriculum vitae; (2) a brief statement of research interests; (3)
a teaching statement; (4) copies of at most three scholarly papers; and
(5) three confidential letters of recommendation.
McGill University is committed to equity in employment and
diversity. It welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, persons with
disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation
or gender identity, visible minorities, women, and others who may
contribute to diversification. All qualified candidates are encouraged to
apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Neurobiology of Language
and Memory, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
The Language, Cognition and
Brain Sciences (LCBS) laboratory at Queensland University of Technology
(QUT) is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research
Fellow to contribute to a range of research projects investigating the
neurobiology of language in both healthy and language-impaired
individuals. Applicants should have completed a PhD or have
submitted a PhD for qualification in psychology, linguistics, cognitive
neuroscience, speech pathology or an equivalent field, and have proven technical
ability with a demonstrated publication track record in diffusion tensor
imaging (DTI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging
(fMRI). Appointment may be made at Level A or B, depending
on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant.
Work conducted within the lab focuses on investigating the
neural and cognitive mechanisms responsible for language processing in
healthy individuals, how these mechanisms are affected by brain tumours
and stroke, and how language recovery can be facilitated by various
treatments. It is anticipated that the appointee will work across a range
of projects involving neuroimaging, brain stimulation, genetic and
psycholinguistic methods. There will also be opportunity for the
appointee to develop new projects and obtain competitive funding based on
their own research interests, in alignment with the goals and interests
of the lab.
The position will entail conducting research at the
Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF), a purpose built
state-of-the-art imaging centre. The HIRF is a joint initiative between
the Queensland University of Technology, Metro North Hospital and Health
Service, the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, the University of
Queensland, and industry partner Siemens. The primary focus of HIRF is on
research, with a 3 Tesla Siemens Prisma MRI equipped for cognitive
neuroscience research (including a 64-channel BrainProducts MR-compatible
EEG system), in addition to Siemens PET-MR and PET-CT systems.
Interested candidates should apply online via
the QUT website or Seek addressing the
The deadline for application is November 15, 2015.
Questions regarding this position may be addressed to the lab director,
Prof Greig de Zubicaray: [email protected]
University of South Carolina
The Institute for Mind and Brain at the University of
South Carolina is organizing a one-day conference on Neural Plasticity
and Learning,Friday, October 23, 2015, Columbia Convention Center,
Columbia, South Carolina.
This is the first in a series of annual forums for
highlighting current topics in neurocognition. Presentations will
address topics ranging from the basic science of neural plasticity to
plasticity within specific cognitive domains (language, memory, motor
learning), application of neuromodulatory tools to enhance plasticity and
the role of neural plasticity in cognitive rehabilitation.
The conference features four external invited speakers
(Paul Reber, Michal Ben-Shachar, Marcus Meinzer, and Gottfried Schlaug),
as well as invited contributions by local researchers. We are also
inviting submissions for a poster session.
Learning and Plasticity 2016 - first announcement
I wish to welcome you to the Learning and Plasticity (LaP)
meeting (http://congress.utu.fi/lap/) that will be organized
in April 2016 amongst the fells of the Finnish Lapland!
This is the second LaP meeting, inspired by the successful
inaugural LaP conference last spring. This cross-disciplinary meeting
connects psychological and neuroscience research on the mechanisms of
learning and brain plasticity. These research areas are particularly
active today and carry great importance both in terms of theoretical
advances and translational research. The congress is organized by the Åbo
Akademi University, the University of Turku, and the Turku Brain and Mind
The congress program runs from 3pm to evening, enabling
one to utilize the excellent possibilities for various winter sports and
other outdoor activities during the long days in mid-April. Due to
auditorium space, the number of participants is limited to 100. We hope
to see you amongst the hundred!
On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
Head of the Organizing Committee
Professor, Department of Psychology, Åbo Akademi
University, Turku, Finland
- Abstract submission by the end of Monday (Eastern
European Time) February 1st, 2016.
- Congress registration for an early-bird fee by the end
of Tuesday (Eastern European Time) March 1st, 2016 For further
information, please see the congress website:
The 29th Annual CUNY Conference
on Human Sentence Processing
Abstract submission is now open!
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 conference
focuses on the comprehension, production, and acquisition of language at
the sentence level, traditionally drawing researchers from linguistics,
cognitive science, computer science, education, neuroscience, and
The theme of the 2016 special session is "Language
Variation Within and Across Speakers". Language variation is a
challenge for language acquisition and processing models. How do
listeners/readers realize that different utterances are different ways of
saying the same thing, rather than different things? How do
speakers/listeners determine which option is more appropriate or relevant
given the context and whom they are talking to? The aim of the special
session of the 2016 CUNY conference is to increase awareness regarding
language variation in general, and its importance for psycholinguistic
research more specifically, by giving an overview of the state-of-the-art
research on language variation, particularly in bilinguals. Submissions
need not be related to the special session topic, but contributions that
relate to language variation are strongly encouraged.
Abstracts can be submitted through the website:
Deadline for abstracts (paper and poster presentations):
Sunday, November 8, 2015
We are pleased to announce the 22nd AMLaP conference,
Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, which will take
place in Bilbao, Spain, on September 1-3, 2016.
AMLaP 2016 aims to bring together psychological,
computational, and theoretical perspectives on the cognitive mechanisms
underlying any aspect of human language processing. Contributions to
AMLaP which explicitly relate empirical and experimental findings to
cognitive mechanisms of language processing are especially encouraged.
Topics relevant to the conference
include (but are not limited to):
- bilingual language processing
- computational models (symbolic and connectionist)
- corpus-based studies and statistical mechanisms
- cross-linguistic studies
- neurobiology of language processing
- parsing and interpretation
The conference will include keynote speakers,
regular talks, panel discussions, and poster sessions.
Anne-Lise Giraud - University of Geneva, Switzerland
N. Bonnie Nozari - Johns Hopkins University, USA
Robert T. Knight - UC Berkeley, USA
We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
Director BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
Abstract deadline: April 15th, 2016.
Notification of abstract acceptance: May 15th, 2016.
Early registration deadline: June 15th, 2016.
Online registration deadline: July 15th, 2016.
Conference dates: September 1 - 3, 2016