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IBACS: Call for Seed Grants

The Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CT IBACS) is pleased to announce a new call for applications to its seed grant fund. Full details (and forms for the required letter of intent) can be found on the Institute website.


The seed fund is intended to fund activities in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (broadly construed) that are likely to lead to applications for external funding, or which otherwise contribute to the mission of the Institute. Preference will be given to activities that involve collaboration and expertise across laboratories and/or traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Applications for small grants (<$10,000) can be submitted at any time; applications in excess of $10,000 should be submitted by May 1st.


The Institute also invites applications for affiliate memberships.

PostDoc position available at Wesleyan University

Postdoctoral Fellow Position in the Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University

The Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University, directed by Dr. Anna Shusterman, is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow to start on or before July 1, 2017. The Cognitive Development Lab at Wesleyan University, headed by Dr. Anna Shusterman, is seeking a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow for an NSF-funded project on early number acquisition exploring the role of language and syntax in number acquisition. The post-doc will be responsible for working closely with the PI, a dedicated project manager, and undergraduate research assistants to carry out the goals of the study, as well as other projects including preschool mathematics, socio-emotional development, and research-to-practice translation in early childhood settings.

Primary Responsibilities
The post-doc will be involved in research design, data collection and analysis, subject recruitment, and management of grant/IRB/human subjects protocols; supervision of research assistants; manuscript preparation and editing; conference presentations; coordinating with collaborators in the US and abroad; and disseminating findings to non-science audiences. Travel will most likely be required.

The post-doc will also have time, support, and resources to develop and work on an independent research program.

Required Qualifications
Doctoral in Psychology or a related field.
Research background in cognitive or language development.
Demonstrated ability to work with children.
Experience with experimental research design and statistical analysis.
Proficiency with basic computer platforms (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc).
Proficiency with statistical analysis software and research tools (e.g., R, SPSS, PRISM, etc.).
Highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented.
Able to take initiative and incorporate feedback.
Able & willing to travel.
Exceptional cultural sensitivity.
Excellent writing and communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.

Preferred qualifications include experience with preferential looking methodologies and past success in mentoring undergraduate research students. The ideal candidate will be self-directed and confident working both independently and with others in a busy and active research environment.

This is a one-year grant-funded position. Continuation of this position is dependent upon continued grant funding.

To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, names and contact information for three references to Maddy Barclay ( In addition, please submit your application to

Register now for the IBACS Meet and Speak event

Dear Research Community,

The CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) invites you to a two-day “Meet and Speak” event on March 23rd and 24th where affiliated faculty (from the Storrs campus and UConn Health Center) will give 15 minute presentations describing, in accessible language, the research they have carried out, or propose carrying out, with seed funding previously awarded by IBACS. Graduate Students affiliated with the Institute will be performing short “datablitz” style presentations about their involvement in Seed Funded or related research.

The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the diverse research that IBACS affiliates are engaged in, and will provide a forum for cross-disciplinary networking.

The event will be held in The Great Room at the Alumni Center. More information about this event can be found here.

Lunch and other refreshments will be provided. Each day will start at approximately 9:00 (with coffee/tea) and finish at 3:30, with lunch from 12:30-1:30 and discussion/poster session between 2:30-3:30.

If you are interested in attending all or part of this 2-day event, please register by March 17 (space and food will be limited). Attendance at each session or each day is not required, and you will be able to specify on the registration form which morning(s) or afternoon(s) you can attend.

Click here to register.

External Application Review (EAR) panel

Dear colleagues

IBACS is pleased to announce the formation of the External Application Review (EAR) panel. Our aim is to provide PIs with feedback on grant development in order to facilitate external funding efforts related to the Brain and Cognitive Sciences. We can also help organize more general grant mentoring for faculty with little grant writing experience — see the EAR page.

PIs may request EAR review at the link above. In brief, EAR will locate 2-3 appropriate reviewers for your application. By default, the EAR process has two stages. First, early on, you will meet with the reviewers and EAR representatives for an in-person presentation of the grant outline, allowing reviewers to help you identify strengths and weaknesses before the grant is fully developed. Second, reviewers and EAR representatives will review your written grant, providing you with mock reviews in time to strengthen your application prior to submission. Details about the process and deadlines can be found at the link above.

Please check out the details and consider letting EAR help you strengthen upcoming grants.


Joanne Conover, Physiology & Neurobiology
Monty Escabi, Biomedical Engineering
Eric Levine, Neuroscience (UCHC)
Eric Loken, Educational Psychology
Jim Magnuson, Psychological Sciences
Emily Myers, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
William Snyder, Linguistics

tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation) at the Brain Imaging Research Center

tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation) at the Brain Imaging Research Center

For those of you who are not aware, up at the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) we have a brand new, state-of-the-art tDCS/tACS GTEN system manufactured by EGI.
tDCS, or transcranial direct current stimulation, is a noninvasive neurostimulation technique similar to TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation). It can be used to modulate excitability of brain regions to improve or impair performance on various tasks.

tACS, or transcranial alternating current stimulation, is also a noninvasive neurostimulation technique used to manipulate cortical oscillations.
We are planning on running a tDCS study in the future, and we thought it would be useful to set up a tDCS group (e.g., using Slack or other sharing software) so we will be able to share resources such as IRBs, scripts, protocols, questionnaires, etc.

If you are planning on running a tDCS/tACS study or you’re interested in tDCS/tACS, please email us at and we will be in touch!
Feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested in tDCS/tACS!
Gitte Joergensen & Hannah Morrow

Date Change: LangFest 4/29

Due to a large number of our language scientists wishing to take part in the March for Science on April 22, we have moved Language Fest 2017 to the following Saturday, April 29. We hope that everyone who had previously registered or signed up to present a poster will still be able to attend, but if you cannot, please email Ashley Parker at

For those who have not yet registered, please do so by March 27th (no registration deadlines have changed). The details are repeated below.

Language Fest is a University-wide research conference that brings together the full community of language researchers at UConn, including undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, for a day of sharing results, ideas, methodologies and fostering future interdisciplinary collaborations.

This year’s Fest features talks from two speakers known for their research on language: Ellen Lau (University of Maryland) who studies the neurobiology of language using MEG and fMRI, and Casey Lew-Williams (Princeton University) who studies language development in mono- and bilingual infants. In addition to these talks,two poster sessions will showcase language-related research from the UConn community.

If you plan to attend LangFest, we ask that you please register using this Google Form (it is the same as the call for posters below). Registration is free. We would just like to get an accurate headcount for ordering lunch. (There are also options for reporting dietary restrictions.)

Call for Posters:
We invite poster presentations from the UConn community on the subject of language and language-related research. This is a great opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to share their research with the UConn language community. You can use a poster from a recent or upcoming conference, or design one for the fest. Completed work, published work, and works-in-progress are all welcome. Undergraduate Honors Projects, or SHARE or SURF-sponsored research are also welcome. Please keep in mind that you will have a diverse audience at the fest, and you should be prepared to explain the ‘big picture’ motivating your work for people from different disciplines. If you would like to present a poster, all you have to do is send us your poster title and author names and affiliations by March 27 using this link.

If you are interested in doing a video presentation or demoing a piece of software/equipment, please contact Ashley Parker (

We are excited to announce a new addition to this year’s Language Fest. We will be awarding at least four Best Poster Awards to undergraduate students. To qualify, the undergraduate student must (i) be the lead investigator on the project, (ii) be the presenting/first author on the poster, and (iii) submit a finalized version of the poster (in PDF format) to by April 15.

For questions relating to Language Fest, please contact Ashley Parker (

Northwestern Post Doc Opportunity

*Postdoctoral Fellowship in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at
Northwestern University*

The Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University invites
applications for a full-time, non-renewable, two year postdoctoral
fellowship in any area of linguistics. We are looking for candidates who
pursue an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to the scientific study of
language, utilizing experimental methods, corpus analysis, and/or
computational modeling to inform linguistic theory and its applications.
The fellowship period begins September 1, 2017. Each year, the fellow will
be expected to teach one undergraduate-level course in the Department of
Linguistics. The fellow will also serve as an undergraduate adviser for the
Cognitive Science Program, working with students pursuing the major and
minor on academic issues (e.g., course selection, research opportunities,
progress on degree requirements).

The fellow will join a vibrant interdisciplinary community of researchers
from across the cognitive sciences (including communication sciences,
computer science, learning sciences, music cognition, neuroscience,
philosophy, and psychology). The fellow’s research will be supported by the
facilities of the Department of Linguistics.

To receive fullest consideration, applications should arrive by *April 1,
2017*. 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 that includes contact information, brief statements of
research and teaching interests (1-3 pages each), up to 3 reprints or other
written work (including thesis chapters for ABD applicants), teaching
evaluations (if available), and the names and contact information for three
references. Please visit for
online application instructions.

E-mail inquiries should be directed to Matt Goldrick, Chair of the
Department of Linguistics ( 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.

Undergrad Opportunities in Cognitive Science

These would be excellent positions for undergrads interested in pursuing cognitive science.

1. Full-time Lab Manager / Research Assistant at the University
of Delaware – Language Acquisition and Brain Lab

2. Research Assistant Position at the Kuperberg Lab (Tufts University/Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Mass. General Hospital)


 Full-time Lab Manager / Research Assistant at the
University of Delaware – Language Acquisition and Brain Lab


The Language Acquisition & Brain Lab at the University of Delaware (QLAB),
directed by Dr. Zhenghan Qi, <> seeks a
highly capable and motivated individual to serve as a full time Limited
Term Researcher (LTR). LTR?s are appointed for a one-year term, with
reappointment possible based on performance and funding for two additional
years. The QLAB utilizes cutting-edge technology (eye-tracking, EEG, and
fMRI) to probe the cognitive and neural mechanisms of language development
in both the healthy population and children with developmental disorders
(e.g. autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, and language impairment). This
candidate will serve as a research assistant and laboratory manager.

*Job Description:*

The candidate will be responsible for design and implementation of
experiments; conducting behavioral and neuroimaging experiments; data
analysis; and performing basic administrative duties, including maintaining
compliance with the University IRB, purchasing materials, and managing
participant outreach and recruitment.

The candidate will work directly with the PI and will have opportunities to
participate in reading groups and research seminars; attend conferences;
collaborate on publications; and supervise undergraduate researchers. The
candidate may also participate in a number of ongoing collaborative
projects with faculty at other universities including MIT, Harvard Medical
School, Boston University, and the University of Sydney.

This position is ideally suited for individuals who are interested in
pursuing a doctorate degree in the fields of medicine, communication
sciences and disorders, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and education.
*Job Requirements:*

Bachelor?s degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, biology,
physics, math, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field
is required. Prior research experience in developmental psychology or
neuroimaging labs is desired. Proficiency in programming languages (e.g.
MATLAB, Python, or BASH) is strongly preferred. The candidate must be
self-motivated, mature, and able to interact with children and families.

The position offers excellent benefits (including dental and vision) and a
dynamic and exciting working environment. A review of applications will
begin on 15 March 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. The
expected start date for the position is Fall 2017 (August or September).
*Materials: Please submit a CV, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and
contact information of three references sent to Dr. Zhenghan Qi, at <>.*

Zhenghan Qi, MD/PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
Office: 46 – 4033D
Tel: 617-324-4959


Research Technician Position

START DATE: Summer 2017

JOB DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW: We are seeking a full time Research Technician to assist with all aspects of our cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistic research. Our lab is interested in where and when the brain is activated during language processing. For more information about what we do, see: The responsibilities of this position are very varied and involve the coordination of all aspects of research projects, including collecting and analyzing neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, ERP) data, statistical analysis, scientific manuscript writing, and maintaining the day-to-day operations of the lab.

In addition to the intellectual reward, the position would give the holder experience of research in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, psycholinguistics, clinical applications, as well as database and program management. This is an ideal research opportunity for someone bound for graduate school in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, psycholinguistics or cognitive psychology. Our lab has sites at both Tufts University (Medford, MA) and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Charlestown, MA), both of which are easily accessible from Boston, MA.

(1) B.A., B.Sc. degree in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, or a closely related field
(2) Strong interest in how language is processed in the brain.
(3) Very strong quantitative and analytic skills.
(4) Some research experience with statistics and familiarity with statistical analysis software such as SPSS or R.
(5) Strong computational skills and some programming experience (e.g. Python, R, MATLAB) and familiarity with Linux/Unix environments and bash/shell scripting.
(6) Very strong organizational skills: Must be self-motivated, resourceful, very organized, able to multi-task and prioritize.
(7) Ability to work well in teams, with strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
(8) A two-year time commitment is requested.

OTHER: Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Massachusetts General Hospital is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Full-time employees receive full benefits.

Please apply through, and search for job number 3033668 (Research Technician I).

Lena Warnke
Research Assistant, NeuroCognition Lab
Tufts University and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Administrative Assistant, Cognitive Science Program
Tufts University




We are happy to announce the first IBACS SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH grant program.

SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The application period for the summer research grant program is now open, and the deadline for applications will be 11:59 pm on Tuesday March 7th, 2017. The application process is being conducted in concert with the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). It is expected that applicants will be conducting research with IBACS faculty members, focusing on any research area associated with the IBACS mission. Faculty sponsors will need to supply a letter of recommendation. Applicants must fill out the online questionnaire (follow link below), and also submit on to the website a research plan (maximum of 8 pages, not including references; 12pt Times New Roman, 1” margins, double spaced) and a budget that explains in detail how the funds will be spent.

The budget should be constructed in the following manner: The total award will be for up to $5,000. $3,500 should go to providing the student with a summer stipend, and it is expected that the student will spend at least 10 weeks of the summer working on this project. Up to $1,500 can be allocated for any supplies or materials that contribute to the research, including software, participant costs and any animal expenses. It is recommended that the student first compose the research plan and budget using a word processing program, and then upload the final versions on to the website.

It is expected that there will be three awards of up to $5,000 this summer program. Students who received a Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 IBACS grant are eligible for the summer award. However, students cannot take the summer IBACS award in combination with any other major summer award (e.g. SURF). Thus, a student can apply for multiple awards, but can only accept one. The results of the grant review will be given to the student awardees in time for them to make a decision about which grant they will accept, in case they receive more than one.

In order to start the application process, please follow the links below (either click on the link or copy and paste it into your browser):

Student application:

Faculty recommendation form:

We look forward to receiving applications from highly qualified undergraduates.


Linguistics Colloquium – Friday, Feb 24: NYU’s Chris Collin’s


The Linguistics Colloquium Series is having a talk next Friday, 02/24, in Oak 408 (NOTICE DIFFERENT LOCATION), at 4:00pm.

We would like to invite you to join us and see Prof. Chris Collins’s (New York University) talk ‘On the Syntax and Semantics of Negated Quantifier Phrases’. The abstract is attached below.

Information about the speaker can be found here:

The Linguistics Colloquium Series is a student-organized event sponsored by the UConn Department of Linguistics and the UConn Graduate Student Senate.

We hope to see you there!

Gabriel & Paula


In this talk, I discuss negation in examples such as those in (1):

(1) a. Not every student attended class.
b. Not many people were at the party.

I discuss problems with Lasnik’s 1972/1976 Pre-S analysis of such
examples. In Lasnik’s analysis, negation is generated in a clause
initial position by the phrase structure rule in (2):

(2) S –> Pre-S NP VP

I present evidence based on scope freezing effects for the constituent
structure in (3):

(3) a. [not every student] attended class.
b. [not many people] were at the party.

Lastly, I discuss criteria for diagnosing inner versus outer negation,
illustrated in (4):

(4) a. [[not every] student] attended class. (inner negation)
b. [not [every student]] attended class. (outer negation)