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Brianna Doherty, Cognitive Neuroscience Sc.B. Class of 2012, Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Brianna Doherty, Cognitive Neuroscience Sc.B. Concentrator, Class of 2012, has won a 2012 Rhodes Scholarship, and will be studying neurodevelopmental disorders at Oxford next year.

Much of her work focuses on understanding how autism spectrum disorders affect the ability of children to feel empathy toward others. Brianna is also a painter, a DJ, and a dancer; and studied art history in Florence. She is a peer advisor and a leader of the Brown outdoor leadership program and a certified wilderness first responder.

Read more details in the Brown University press release and in the Brown Daily Herald.

Geoffrey K. Pullum, Leader In Linguistics, To Be the Gerard Visiting Professor for 2012-2015

Geoffrey K. Pullum, Professor of General Linguistics at the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, will be the Gerard Visiting Professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences during the Academic Years 2012-2015. He will be teaching half time, and will in 2012 teach an undergraduate course on the structure of English based on Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and will in the future also teach graduate courses on issues in Cognitive Science and Linguistics.

In addition to Professor Pullum's vast research contributions, he is one of the founders of and a major contributor to Language Log.

Prof. Joachim Krueger Featured on CNN about China Bystander Incident

For CNN, Prof. Joachim Krueger has authored an explanation of the Bystander Effect as demonstrated in a recent headline-making incident in China where many people did not stop to help a toddler run over by a truck.

CLPS Moves Into Renovated Metcalf Complex

We have moved! We are just starting to settle in at our beautiful, newly-renovated home in Metcalf Hall. Brown has published an extended piece on the renovation of our space and other reclaimed spaces on campus.

Brain Researchers Study High-Tech Ways to Overcome Brain Injury

About a year after winning a major share of a nearly $15-million grant, a team of Brown professors, including Prof. Rebecca Burwell, is developing and using new technologies to study the brain. Their goal is to inform the development of therapies that could restore functions lost to injury and stroke. Read more and view the video.

Mary Bates, Ph.D. '11, Shows "How Bats Stay on Target Despite the Clutter" in the Current Issue of Science

The prestigious journal Science has published dissertation research of our 2011 PhD graduate Mary E. Bates. With James Simmons, Mary learned how bats can remain on target despite obstacles. The key lies in bats’ neural response to echoes from their sonar pulses. Learn more in the Brown University press release and from the Science article abstract