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Hot off the Press: IBACS 2022/2023 Brain Digest

The Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences is excited to share the recently finalized IBACS 22/23 Brain Digest that features the Cognitive Science Program. Thank you to all of the faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students who have contributed- especially our graduate student editors, Cynthia Boo and Lee Drown! We hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it. Please email the IBACS Coordinator, Crystal Mills, at if you’d like physical copies mailed to you.



SLAC/NBL/COGS Talk: Dr. Cristiano Chesi on 3/27

Dr. Cristiano Chesi, University School for Advanced Studies (IUSS) in Pavia, Italy

Date: Monday, 3/27/2023

Time: 12:20 PM

Place: BOUS A-106


Talk Title: Testing grammaticality through minimal-pairs sensitivity in (deaf) children (and ChatGPT): The COnVERSA test Cristiano Chesi 


Bio: Cristiano Chesi is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University School for Advanced Studies (IUSS) in Pavia, Italy, where he serves as Director of NeTS, the IUSS Laboratory for Neurolinguistics, Computational Linguistics, and Theoretical Syntax. His research interests include computational linguistics, language acquisition, and linguistic disabilities. 

Presented by the UConn Programs in SLAC (the Science of Learning and the Art of Communication) and NBL (the Neurobiology of Language), with co-sponsorship by UConn’s Cognitive Science Program 


To request an appointment with Dr. Chesi, please contact William Snyder (

UConn Sophomore Launches Brand Focused on Mental Health

“’Small wins’ feature in a big way in Davenport’s first venture and in StarMind’s initial product, The Guide – an interactive journal that combines daily logs, “morning mindfulness” activities, and areas for reflection with key psychology concepts and curated online content accessible through QR codes imbedded into an American-made navy leather-bound tome.”

View the article Here

COGS Alum Pavitra Makarla ’21 and Undergraduate Research

“’I think a lot of students are worried about whether it’s too late or too early to get involved,’ she says. ‘I think that people shouldn’t be afraid to dive in if they’re really interested, because we’re a research university, and UConn has a lot of opportunities if you’re willing to seek them out.'”

For Undergraduates, Early Research Experience Pays Off

COGS Alum Emily Kaufman ’16 Stands Up to Online Hate

A proud Husky alumna, Kaufman works as an investigative researcher with the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism. A leading authority on hate, extremism, antisemitism and terrorism, the center’s researchers, including Kaufman, monitor the online presence of groups and organizations in order to expose and disrupt them, to educate law enforcement about the workings and actions of the groups, and to help the public identify and deal with extremist threats.”

The Extremist Watchdog: Meet the Husky Who Tracks Online Hate

COGS Major Irene Soteriou ’23 Named A Truman Scholar

Truman Scholars demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, a commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit sector, and academic excellence. Each Truman Scholar receives funding for graduate studies, leadership training, career counseling, and special internship and fellowship opportunities within the federal government.”

UConn Junior named A Truman Scholar 

COGS Major Connor Rickermann ’23 Partners with Bike Walk Bolton

“The positive experience also led to a second partnership with Bike Walk Bolton, UConn Service Learning, and Anthropology 3340 – rising senior Connor Rickermann ’23 (ENG/CLAS), a dual degree computer science engineering and cognitive sciences major, worked with the group on an economic impact project, helping to collect data on how people use the Hop River Trail, what users like and dislike about the trail, what amenities and commodities exist along the trail, and how awareness can be heightened to the benefit of both trail users and local businesses.”

For Popular Trail, There’s Light at the End- and the Beginning, and the Middle- of the Tunnel

COGS Major Rose Pacik-Nelson ’23 receives Gilman Scholarship

“The Gilman Scholarship is congressionally funded through the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at the State Department. The funding supports broadening student participation in study abroad programs and encourages travel to diverse locations around the globe, along with intensive language study and internship experiences.”

UConn Produces and All-Time High 17 Gilman Scholars