September 2012

 

 

 

 

membershipUpcoming Events!

 

There is only ONE day left to take advantage of the Early Discounted Registration Rate.  Online registration is quick, and the early registration rate is a substantial savings.  The deadline for early discounted registration is September 5th.  Starting September 6th, regular registration rates will apply. The Scientific Program this year is outstanding, and San Sebastian is world-renowned for its beauty and culture. If you're planning on attending NLC 2012, don't miss out on the lowest conference registration rates!

Register Now  

 

Maria Christina Bridge

Maria Cristina Bridge, San Sebastian

 

 Call for Nominations

SNL members are invited to nominate candidates for the incoming Board of Directors. The nomination period is open through September 5th. Click here to view the current Board.

 

Travel Award Applications Are Still Being Accepted

Applications for the SNL 2012 Graduate and Post Doctoral Travel Awards will be accepted through September 10th. Each year, the Society grants twelve awards to its junior scientists to help cover travel and registration costs for the Neurobiology of Language Conference. It's not too late to apply. Click here for more information on the travel awards.

 

DiscussionForumNeed A San Sebastian Roommate or Travel Buddy?     

 

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.

 

 

 

Article2Book Your Hotel Today!

 

For the convenience of our conference attendees, SNL has negotiated discounted rates at several area hotels. Because of these excellent deals, we expect our hotel blocks to fill up quickly. Not only is San Sebastian an incredibly popular tourist destination, but there will be several other conferences taking place in the area. Accommodations are limited, so regardless of where you decide to stay, book your reservations early!

 

Upcoming Date

  

Early Discounted Registration Closes

September 5, 2012

 

September 5, 2012

  

Travel Award

Applications Due

September 10, 2012

  

NLC 2012  

San Sebastian, Spain

  October  25-27, 2012 

 

 

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Job Postings and Announcements Jobs

 

fMRI Assistant/Associate/Senior Research Scientist at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) 

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is seeking a research scientist with expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of language and cognition to join its Cognitive Neuroscience Team. The research scientist will be involved in basic and applied studies aimed at identifying the neural mechanisms underlying language learning, language use, problem solving or decision making in healthy adults. While the methodological focus for this position will be on the use of fMRI, other imaging modalities may be included as well. The results of the research will be applied to improve the selection, training, and job performance of government language and intelligence analysts.

 

Appointments to CASL are as members of the research faculty of the University of Maryland under renewable three-year contracts, with highly competitive salary (12-month) and benefits.

 

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience or a related field, a record of individual research achievement, a strong record of publication, and the ability to establish a research program that integrates the use of fMRI in interdisciplinary projects on language and intelligence analysis. Experience with advanced MRI data analysis, such as multivariate classification of brain states, structural and functional brain connectivity analysis, and volumetric analysis, is a plus. The center is seeking individuals who will play a leading role in the strategic direction of CASL. Candidates' research and publications should demonstrate the ability to conduct complex, interdisciplinary research and to work collaboratively with a range of institutions and/or researchers. Candidates must hold U.S. citizenship and be willing to obtain the appropriate security clearance.

 

CASL, established in 2003, is one of 14 university-affiliated research centers in the nation. Its mission is to conduct state-of-the-science research that results in improved performance on language and analysis tasks relevant to the work of government language professionals. Our research focuses on enhancing the acquisition and maintenance of foreign language capability by government professionals; advancing the capacity to use foreign language and analysis skills in government professions; and improving the quality of human language technology and knowledge of less commonly taught languages. CASL's multidisciplinary research staff has expertise in psychology, linguistics, second language acquisition, computer science, and cognitive neuroscience. Research facilities in cognitive neuroscience include a research-dedicated Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC), a high-density EEG/ERP and MEG lab, and an EEG neurofeedback lab. For more information on CASL, please go to www.casl.umd.edu.

 

Application: For best consideration, please apply online by November 30, 2012 at https://jobs.umd.edu and click on "Faculty" (or direct link: http://jobs.umd.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56844). You will need to create an account and submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (CV), three writing samples and a list of references containing the contact information for at least three professional referees. References will later be requested from short-listed candidates. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected. The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Questions about this position should be sent by e-mail to [email protected].

 

Postdoctoral Position in Cognitive Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology at Harvard University

The Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow.  Our current research focuses on mechanisms of object and action recognition and their relation to lexical processes, and uses a variety of experimental methods (investigation of the performance of brain-damaged subjects, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and fMRI).  Candidates must have a doctoral degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related area. Strong candidates will have extensive research experience in designing and implementing neuropsychological experiments and in analyzing neuropsychological data.  Strong writing skills are required.  Experience with functional neuroimaging is a clear plus.  Initial funding is available for two years. 

Please send inquiries, including curriculum vitae and contact information for three references, to:   

Dr. Alfonso Caramazza

Psychology

Harvard University

William James Hall 930

33 Kirkland Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

               

The position will remain open until filled. Contact Information:  

Dr. Alfonso Caramazza  [email protected]              

      

Research Senior Faculty Positions at the Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL) 

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers SENIOR research staff positions in several areas: language acquisition, production, multilingualism, neurodegeneration of language, language and learning disorders, neurocognition of language and advanced methods for cognitive neuroscience.

 

The Center promotes a rich research environment without teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs. There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The senior positions are permanent appointments.  


We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI expertise. Individuals interested in undertaking research in the fields described in www.bcbl.eu (research), should apply through the Ikerbasque web page www.ikerbasque.net.

 

Application Deadline: September 30, 2012


Candidates should have a strong publication track record.

For more information, please contact Manuel Carreiras, Director of BCBL at [email protected]

 

Research Faculty Positions at the Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL)

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers research staff positions in several areas: language acquisition, production, multilingualism, neurodegeneration of language, language and learning disorders, neurocognition of language and advanced methods for cognitive neuroscience.

 

The Center promotes a rich research environment without teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, 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.  There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The positions have a term of appointment between 3 and 5 years with the possibility of a tenure track.

 

We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI expertise. Individuals interested in undertaking research in the fields described in www.bcbl.eu (research), should apply through the BCBL web page http://www.bcbl.eu/jobs.

 

Application Deadline: September 30, 2012

 

Candidates should have a strong publication track record and postdoctoral experience.  

For information about the positions, please contact Manuel Carreiras, Director of BCBL at [email protected]

  

Postdoctoral Positions at the Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL) 

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers postdoctoral positions in several areas: language acquisition, production, multilingualism, neurodegeneration of language, language and learning disorders, neurocognition of language and advanced methods for cognitive neuroscience.

 

The Center promotes a rich research environment without teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, 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.  There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students). The positions have a term of appointment of 2 years with a possible renewal.

 

We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI expertise. Individuals interested in undertaking research in the fields described in www.bcbl.eu (research), should apply through the BCBL web page http://www.bcbl.eu/jobs.

 

Application Deadline: September 30, 2012

 

Candidates should have a strong publication track record.  

For information about the positions, please contact Manuel Carreiras, Director of BCBL at [email protected]

 

Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference (TISLR 11) - Call For Papers

 University College London, Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre

10th - 13th July 2013

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dcal/tislr/

 

TISLR 11 invites unpublished research from any theoretical perspective that addresses sign languages. Keynote presentations, organised sessions, and poster sessions will be included on such topics as:

 

- phonetics and phonology of sign languages

- prosody in sign languages

- morphology of sign languages

- syntax of sign languages

- semantics and pragmatics of sign languages

- the emergence of sign languages in a historical context

- sign language acquisition in L1/L2 environments

- sociolinguistic variation and change in sign languages

- neurolinguistics/psycholinguistics of sign languages

- sign language and artistic endeavours (including poetry and literature)

- computational modelling, recognition and synthesis, of sign languages

- sign language documentation/corpus linguistics of sign languages

- the relationship between sign language and gesture

 

The programme will be single-track (no parallel sessions); there will be 48 paper presentations and up to 120 posters.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Peter Hauser (Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf)

Lars Wallin (Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University)

 

SUBMISSION OF PAPERS

Prospective authors are invited to submit an abstract, up to 500 words (+ 1 optional page of references, examples, and/or figures if necessary) by 31st October 2012, 11:59pm, UK time. Notification will occur by 19th December 2012. All abstracts will be handled and reviewed electronically via Easy Chair (for link and further instructions for submission, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dcal/tislr/callforpapers). Note that you will need to set up an Easy Chair account (if you do not already have one) before you login for your submission. Make sure you allow time for this.

 

When completing the submission form on Easy Chair, you will see a space which asks for an abstract to be typed in. This is not the place for your full abstract! In this field, please enter a short statement (no more than 50 words) summarising your paper. Further down the page you will upload your full abstract as an attachment (as a .pdf, .doc or .docx). Make sure your attachment is fully anonymised, i.e. no names or affiliations or other identifying information about authors should be included in the document itself, in the filename, or in the document properties (properties are accessible via the File menu in MS Word). Before uploading, please ensure that all special characters display properly. You should receive confirmation of submission of your paper from Easy Chair immediately after submission by email; if you have not, please bear in mind that any emails received might be found in your spam folder.

NOTE: To facilitate interpreter planning, please indicate AFTER THE TITLE of your paper (in your pdf, doc, or docx attachment) which language you will present in if your abstract is accepted: BSL; ASL; English; other sign language.

 

The submission form in Easy Chair also asks you:

* whether you prefer a presentation/paper or a poster (note that the final decision will be taken by the programme committee)

* whether you want to be considered for best early career submission prize (you are eligible to be considered if you are a student or within 3 years of earning your PhD, and are first author on the submitted abstract)

* which of the conference topic(s) your paper relates to (NOTE: to faciliate the review process, make sure you select at least one topicthough you may select more than one)

* any keywords that do not appear in the topics list that may facilitate the review process

 

Abstracts should include a clear statement of the theoretical issue to be addressed, the research methodology to be presented, and a concise summary of the findings/conclusion. Work must be unpublished at time of presentation. Maximum of 3 submissions per author, either as single author or joint co-author.

 

VENUE AND LANGUAGE INFORMATION

UCL is located in central London, within easy reach of Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton and London City airports. This conference will provide interpreters working between English, British Sign Language (BSL), and American Sign Language (ASL). Access to spoken English will also be provided by speech-to-text reporting. Authors wishing interpretation to or from sign languages other than BSL or ASL are kindly encouraged to bring their interpreters and requested to contact the interpreter coordinator to make further arrangements. Authors are encouraged take advantage of the 'direct communication' policy, which promotes the use of a signed language in making presentations. A group of advisors will be available to assist presenters who would like help in preparing their talk in a sign language.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Registration opens: 1st October 2012

Abstract submission deadline: 31st October 2012

Notification of acceptance: 19th December 2012

Author confirmation deadline: 18th January 2013

Early bird registration deadline: 4th March 2013

Author registration deadline: 5th April 2013

 

For further information go to: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dcal/tislr/

 

 

 

NLC2012SAVE THE DATE for NLC 2012

San Sebastian, Spain

October 25 - 27, 2012

San Sabastian, Spain

 

Society for the Neurobiology of Language