On August 31, Catherine E. Kerr, Director of Translational Neuroscience, Contemplative Studies Initiative, and AssistantCatherine Kerr Professor of Family Medicine, gave a plenary address to the North American Esther Thelan Research Symposium on "Embodying Neuroscience" held in San Mateo, CA. The lecture was titled, "Keeping Body Awareness in Mind: Top-Down Modulation of Sensorimotor Brain Rhythms as a Therapeutic Mechanism." Other plenary speakers included Dr.
Takeo WatanabeRenowned cognitive scientist, Takeo Watanabe, has moved his Visual Cognition Laboratory from Boston University to the Brown Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences. The new lab will be called the "Watanabe Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Learning," and includes Associate Professor Yuka Sasaki and a team of 20 post-doctoral and graduate students.
Erik Ehn's unique and critically acclaimed Soulographi, a "durational performance event" looking at 20th centuryErik Ehn America's relationships to genocides in the U.S., East Africa, and Central America and consisting of 17 individual plays independently produced in over a half dozen venues in the U.S., Poland, and several in East Africa, will be performed in one week at the La Mama Theatre in New York.
On October 5, Professor Harold D. Roth, Director of the Contemplative Harold RothStudies Initiative and Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University, gave the 2012 Kathryn Fraser Mackay Memorial Lecture at St. Lawrence University. The lecture was titled "Contemplative Studies and the Liberal Arts."
The Gold Humanism Honor Society, which is dedicated to recognize, support and promte the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine, has named Dr. Willoughby Britton of the Brown University Contemplative Studies Initiatve and the Department of Psychiatry of the Alpert Medical School, as the GHHS Visiting Professor this year. Dr. Britton was recognized for her work at the Decof Cancer Center at Miriam Hospital where she has begun a mindfulness, meditation and yoga program for caregivers at all levels.