Message from Dean Juli Wade: CLAS Research Conversations

Dear CLAS faculty:

 One of the priorities of CLAS is to facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship, and the diversity of disciplines within the college provides substantial and unique opportunities.   In an effort to stimulate connections that will lead to novel cross-cutting research (and potentially graduate training), CLAS will host CLAS Research Conversations this academic year based on faculty ideas for areas of synergy.

These events will be held 3:30-5pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  The first half of the event will involve 5-minute talks by several faculty members describing their work on the topic and related areas of interest – 3 slide maximum (and no cheating with animation)!  The second half will allow time to discuss opportunities and next steps as a group and in smaller conversations.  CLAS will provide beverages and appetizers.

 Proposed ideas for topics should be submitted to mackenzie.murphy@uconn.edu and should span at least 4 CLAS departments.  The document must include a paragraph of rationale, proposed speakers, and a list of up to 20 additional faculty members to invite.  The CLAS dean and associate deans will review the proposals and may add faculty members who work in related areas for events that go forward.   Our office will issue invitations and take care of the logistics related to hosting.   The proposer(s) is(are) expected to emcee.

 The first event will be on October 16th in the Heritage Room of the Library (4th floor), and they will continue throughout the year in the same location as long as solid ideas are proposed (11/20, 12/18, 1/22, 2/19, 3/18, 4/15, 5/20).   Please submit proposals at any time for dates that are good for you; they will be reviewed as they come in.  We are looking forward to seeing what develops!


Juli Wade


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

University of Connecticut

215 Glenbrook Rd., U-4098

Storrs, CT 06269

Postdoc vacancy in early child development/ neuroscience/ mHealth

We are looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher in developmental psychology/neuroscience and autism to work on an international project on early child development. The researcher will be joining a multi-institution project funded by the Medical Research Council UK, led by the University of Reading. Partner institutions on this project include the universities of Cambridge, Harvard, Liverpool, Birkbeck, Keele, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Sangath NGO, and Malawi College of Medicine.

The aim of this project is to develop, test, and refine a mobile platform (i.e. app) that incorporates measures of key domains of human behaviour (e.g. cognition, social-emotional behaviour) in 0-6-year-old children. This platform would be used in low-resource settings in India and Malawi to collect normative data from a large sample of children, to eventually help identify children who might have neurodevelopmental/mental health issues. The postholder is expected to contribute to the design and piloting of the mobile platform, as well as analyse data collected by the platform to be reported in conferences and peer-reviewed publications. The appointed individual will receive strong mentoring from well-established scholars as part of this project and be supported in developing new ideas. 

More details on the vacancy and the application process are available at https://jobs.reading.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=5316
Deadline for applications: 07 September, 2019

Bhismadev Chakrabarti, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience & Mental Health
Research Director, Centre for Autism
School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading

+44 (0)118 378 5551 | www.reading.ac.uk/autism | www.bhismalab.org

Call for IBACS Seed Grant Applications: Due 10/1

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. Successful applications will typically involve collaborations that require expertise across laboratories and traditional disciplinary boundaries. The Institute does not usually fund research that might normally be considered to fall within the scope of a single lab or discipline.

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

Please submit letters of intent as soon as possible, and at least 2 weeks prior to the seed grant application deadline, to allow time for review and feedback.

The Institute also invites applications for affiliate memberships.

Doctorate and Post-Doctorate Opportunities

 A two year postdoctoral research fellowship is available within the Super Linguistics research group, in the department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo:


Application deadline: September 20th 2019.

Of specific interest are interdisciplinary proposals that combine formal linguistic approaches with approaches from areas such as (but not limited to) musicology, psychology, philosophy, primatology, cognitive science, human movement science, robotics, or informatics.

Note that it is possible to apply for this position with a PhD from linguistics, philosophy, musicology, psychology, biology (ethology), cognitive science, human movement science, robotics, informatics, or other relevant field. 
    DOCTORAL POSITION – in English; German not required
    POSTDOCTORAL POSITION – in English; German not required

CogSci Colloquium: Marjorie Solomon

The Cognitive Science Colloquium Series is proud to present Marjorie Solomon, Professor and the Oates Family Endowed Chair in Lifespan Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the MIND Institute at UC Davis

Friday, September 20th, 4pm, Oak 117

Dr. Solomon will provide a talk entitled Executive Control in Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavioral and Neural Mechanisms”

Abstract: Many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) exhibit executive control deficits, meaning that they fail to maintain appropriate task context representations so they can inhibit impulsive responding, behave flexibly, and thereby effectively pursue their goals. Although individuals with typical development are thought to experience significant maturation of executive control processes during adolescence, those with ASD are thought to exhibit executive control impairments that persist into adolescence and young adulthood and are associated with clinically significant difficulties in social and adaptive functioning, and attention deficit, internalizing, and ASD symptoms. Given the challenges inherent in the transition to adulthood, it is critical to better understand the precise nature and development of executive control deficits in those with ASD, and their associations with behavior. This talk will briefly review behavioral and neuroimaging studies of executive control in ASD, and present new neuropsychological and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) results from the first wave of a large longitudinal cohort sequential study of individuals with ASD and typical development ages 12-22 years. We seek to clarify the neural signatures of executive control deficits in those with ASD and to investigate how the development of executive control impacts the transition to adulthood in these individuals.

If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Solomon during the day, and/or coming to dinner Friday night, please contact Dr. Naigles: letitia.naigles@uconn.edu

ECOM Announcements

The ECOM website migration to the UConn server is almost complete. Later this month we will be introducing some updates and changes to some of our pages.

Below please see 3 announcements.

(1) ECOM members updates. DEADLINE JAN 20

All members have been asked to update their blurbs (check for broken links, provide info about ECOM-related work to include in our News page and in reports to our sponsors, etc.). Graduate students have been asked to indicate whether they wish to remain or become ECOM members, and specify which ECOM activities they expect to be involved in during the coming year.

Please send requests and updates to Dorit Bar-On AND Aliyar Ozercan.

(2) Call for abstracts for ECOM’s Spring Workshop (“Communication, Context, Conversation”). DEADLINE: FEB 1.

A 2-page pdf with an abstract prepared for blind review should be sent to Aliyar Ozercan.  Please check the ECOM website for details about our invited speakers. Please email Aliyar Ozercan for full instructions about this Call.

(3) A new ECOM Summer Graduate Research Fellowship (open to ECOM members). DEADLINE: APRIL 1, with info session FEB 8:

Please see the attachment re ECOM’s new Summer Fellowship open to graduate students who are ECOM members. A Meet & Greet event (with refreshments) will be held on February 8, 2019
4-5:30 pm (at the UCHI seminar room, Babbidge Library, 4
th floor)
, during which we will have a discussion of this fellowship opportunity. Faculty interested in introducing graduate students to their research are invited to give a 5-minute presentation – please let us know in advance (by Feb 1st).

Please let Dorit Bar-On or Teresa Allen (cc’ed here) know if you have any q’s.


Training offered for ResearchMatch tool

ResearchMatch is a tool that connects researchers with individuals interested in participating in research studies through an online matching tool.


There is no cost to UConn researchers to use ResearchMatch.


To learn more about using ResearchMatch for studies, register here for the free ResearchMatch Researcher Webinar Training/Live Demo on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on joining the training.


Post Doc -computational modeling of language

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in computational modeling of language at the University of Maryland, co-advised by Naomi Feldman and Jan Edwards.

The postdoc will be part of an NIH-funded project, in collaboration with Pat Shafto at Rutgers University-Newark, that uses models of pedagogical reasoning to predict which language interventions will be most effective for helping children with Specific Language Impairment learn grammatical morphemes. Experience with probabilistic models of language acquisition and interests in morphological processing and/or language disorders would be helpful, but anyone who is interested in the position is encouraged to apply.

The appointment can be made through either the Department of Linguistics, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, or the Language Science Center.

The starting date is flexible, and can be August 1, 2018 or later. The initial appointment will be through summer 2019, with the possibility of extension.

The University of Maryland is home to an extensive interconnected network of over 200 language scientists that spans 22 different departments and centers . The person hired for this position will have opportunities to interact regularly with colleagues from linguistics, hearing and speech, computer science, and other units on campus, and will be a member of the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Lab. The PIs arecommitted to supporting the success of trainees who belong to groups that are underrepresented in academia and in computing.

To apply, please send a CV, research statement, writing sample, and contact information for three references to nhf@umd.edu (letters are not needed as part of the initial application). Review of applications will begin July 2 and will continue until the position is filled.