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  • November 13, 2012

    Richard Aslin Elected Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society

    Richard Aslin, Ph.D.

    Richard Aslin, Ph.D. the William R. Kenan Professor of brain and cognitive sciences and director of the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging at the University of Rochester, has been elected a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society.

    Aslin, whose theory of statistical learning has helped to revolutionize the field of cognitive science, was recognized for the sustained excellence and . . . sustained impact of his work. He is one of only nine scholars elected to the position in 2012.

    Dick is one of a handful of world leaders in the area of developmental cognitive science, said Gregory DeAngelis, Ph.D., chair of brain and cognitive sciences at Rochester. He has been at the forefront of understanding the development of cognitive abilities in babies, particularly in two key domains. He initially focused on visual perception and, after joining the Rochester faculty, a second major thrust has been in language.

  • September 11, 2012

    Dr. Jong-Hoon Nam Awarded NSF Grant

    Jong-Hoon Nam, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a three year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The objective of the project, entitled Multi-Scale Analysis of Mechanotransduction in the Organ of Corti, is to establish a coherent theory of how the organ of Corti (cochlear sensory epithelium) optimizes the force from the outer hair cells in order to magnify tiny vibrations of the basilar membrane.

    With ME and BME professor, Sheryl Gracewski, Ph.D. as Co-PI, the research will take two innovative approaches. First, it will integrate cellular physiology and macro/micro mechanics of the cochlea. Second, computational and experimental models will be investigated in parallel to reduce the animal use while maximizing the research outcome. This will make a direct impact on understanding various hearing disorders. Besides hearing sensation, mechano-transduction plays a crucial role in other tissues such as muscle, bone and articular cartilage. Therefore, the findings of this research will advance the general understanding of mechano-sensation.

    For more information please visit the Nam Lab.

  • August 21, 2012

    NGP Student Adam Pallus Awarded a Competitive Graduate Fellowship From CVS

    Adam Pallus, a Neuroscience graduate student in Dr. Ed Freedman's lab, was awarded a competitive graduate fellowship from the University of Rochester Center for Visual Science from 7/1/12 to 12/31/13. CVS offers competitive graduate fellowships for graduate students working in the lab of a CVS faculty member. Applications are made by a student's advisor to the vision training committee in CVS. Fellows receive full stipend support as well as funds to cover one academic conference per year.

  • August 21, 2012

    NGP Student Revathi Balasubramanian Appointed to the Predoctoral NYSTEM Training Grant

    Revathi Balasubramanian, a Neuroscience graduate student in Dr. Lin Gan's lab, was appointed to the predoctoral NYSTEM Training Grant from 7/1/12 to 6/30/2013. NYSTEM training grant funds are utilized to provide up to two years of support to four graduate students and two postdoctoral fellows. The second year of support will be contingent on satisfactory progress in the first year. Graduate students will be supported at $23,000 per year, the maximum permitted in this application. Additional support in order to provide the standard University of Rochester graduate student stipends must be provided by the host laboratory, which will have to confirm the availability of funding to support the student through the completion of his/her degree.

  • June 15, 2012

    Funding Awarded to Senior Design Project

    The UR Technology Development fund has decided to invest approximately $50,000 toward the development of a product designed by a Senior Design Team in Biomedical Engineering. Benjamin Horowitz, Megan Makarski, William Sipprell, and Robert Handzel (Biomedical Engineering, '09), working with Strong Neonatologists Timothy Stevens, M.D., and Patricia Chess, M.D., designed and prototyped a respiration monitor for use on very low birth weight newborns. With this funding, which was awarded to Scott Seidman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology & Anantomy, a second-generation prototype ready for introduction into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be constructed and tested, with the clear aim of getting this life-saving technology onto the market.

  • May 24, 2012

    'Goldilocks Effect': Babies Learn When Things Aren't Too Complex, Too Simple

    Not too simple and not too complicated: Babies focus their attention on situations that are just right, according to a new study published in the journal PLoS ONE.

    Researchers from the University of Rochester coined this type of engagement the "Goldilocks effect." They proposed babies take in information that is not too predictable, but not too complicated by focusing on sights, sounds and movements.

    The study showed that infants are active seekers of information rather than passive recipients, and they, therefore, adjust how they attend to visual information by avoiding overly simple and overly complex events in their world, said Richard Aslin, professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center and co-author of the study. They seek information that is of intermediate complexity, presumably because that is the best way to learn from the environment.

  • April 16, 2012

    A Pillar of Modern Neurology, Robert J. Joynt, Dies

    Robert J. Joynt, M.D., Ph.D.

    Robert J. Joynt, M.D., Ph.D., one of the most influential neurologists of the last half century and the founder of the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, died April 13 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was 86.

    Dr. Joynt was a towering figure in international circles of neurology and headed both leading societies in neurology, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association. He also served as president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Beyond that, he was a beloved member of the Medical Center's community, which he had served through several top-level posts, including dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry.