Upcoming Events

  • Aging Retreat
    Oct
    19
    8:30am

    Molecular Biology of Aging Grad Program Retreat

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences

    Schedule of Events
    8:30 AM Breakfast
    9:00 AM Introductory Comments
    9:15–10:15 AM Keynote Lecture: Saul Villeda
    Mechanisms of Brain Rejuvenation

    10:15–10:30 AM Coffee Break
    10:30–12:00 PM Morning Talks
    10:30–11:00 Rob Reenan

    Genetic Models of Disease- What they can tell us about cause
    and cure
    11:00–11:20 Jeremy Horrell

    A proposal: using Oligopaints and super-resolution microscopy to
    interrogate genomic loci in senescent cells

    11:20–11:50 Jill Kreiling

    Dysregulation of miRNA expression in aging

    11:50–12:10 Jackie Howells

    Innate immunity as a mechanism of tau-mediated
    neurodegeneration.
    12:10–1:10 PM Lunch and Posters
    1:10–2:20 PM Afternoon Talks
    1:10–1:40 Gerwald Jogl
    Biophysical and biochemical studies of LINE-1 proteins
    1:40–2:00 Sun Maybury-Lewis

    Chromatin dynamics in neural stem cell activation.

    2:00–2:30 Alvin Huang

    The Pluri-potential in Alzheimer’s Disease: iPS Modeling for Risk
    and Opportunity
    2:30 Posters continued

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Graduate School, Postgraduate Education, Research
  • Oct
    20
    8:00pm

    Brown University Social at SfN

    Fatpour Tapworks McCormick 2206 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

    The Brown University Neuroscience Graduate Program and the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science invite you to attend the Brown University SfN Social.

     

    Please join us for a night of food, beverage and fun with colleagues. Feel free to forward info to any Brown affiliated friends or colleagues and we will see you there!

  • Oct
    21
    12:00pm

    Developmental Brown Bag Seminar Series

    Metcalf Research Building

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.  Speaker: Julian Jara-Ettinger, Yale University. Title: The Computational Basis of Commonsense Psychology.  Abstract: By kindergarten, our knowledge of agents has unfolded into a powerful intuitive theory that enables us to thrive in our social world. In this talk I will propose that children build their commonsense psychology around a basic assumption that agents choose goals and actions by quantifying, comparing, and maximizing utilities. This naïve utility calculus captures much of the rich social reasoning we engage in from early childhood. I explore this theory in a series of experiments looking at children’s ability to infer costs and rewards given partial information, their reasoning about knowledgeable versus ignorant agents, their ability to interpret ambiguous utterances, and their reasoning about the moral status of agents. Moreover, a formal model of this theory, embedded in a Bayesian framework, predicts with quantitative accuracy how humans make cost and reward attributions. The theory also offers insights into a range of other phenomena in commonsense psychology that, on the surface, do not appear to involve utility maximization

    Academic Calendar, University Dates & Events, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
  • Oct
    21
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Workshop - Getting Started on Oscar

    180 George Street

    An introduction to Oscar, Brown’s research computing cluster, for new users. Participants will learn how to connect to Oscar (ssh, VNC), how to navigate Oscar’s filesystem, and how to use the module system to access software packages on Oscar. Register Online .

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • Oct
    22
    3:00pm - 4:00pm

    Neurocritical Care Conference- Ultrasound- Ali Mahta, MD

    Rhode Island Hospital
    neurology
  • Oct
    23
    8:00am - 9:30am

    Neurology Grand Rounds

    Rhode Island Hospital

     

    Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

     

    Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

     

    To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact The Rhode Island Hospital CME office at (401) 444-4260.

    neurology
  • Participants solve mentoring dilemmas and share strategies for success.
    Oct
    23
    12:00pm - 4:30pm

    Advance-CTR Mentoring Training

    121 South Main Street

    Join Advance-CTR for the next installment of our highly rated Mentoring Training Program on October 23 and 30 at the Brown University School of Public Health.

    This is part one of the two part sessions. Both sessions must be completed in order to receive the certification. 


    Faculty who mentor junior investigators are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to grow as a research mentor and connect with colleagues.Participants will learn how to improve their relationships with mentees and become more effective mentors to junior investigators.

    This training will be facilitated by Suzanne Colby, PhD, and Michael Mello, MD, MPH, who are trained by the National Research Mentoring Network to facilitate this nationally recognized mentoring curriculum.

    This peer-driven program expands mentors’ knowledge through exposure to the experiences of all participants. Attendees will engage with as many mentoring experiences as they would typically handle in a decade.

    Faculty who mentor junior investigators who conduct clinical and translational research are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to more senior mentors.

    Learn more about the program on AdvanceCTR.org , or click the link above to register. 

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Research, Training, Professional Development
  • Oct
    23
    1:00pm - 2:00pm

    CANCELED: Aging & Dementia Research Presentation

    Rhode Island Hospital
    neurology
  • Oct
    24
    12:00pm

    Perception & Action Seminar Series

    Metcalf Research Building

    Perception & Action Seminar Series. Speaker: Dr. Jon Matthis, Northeastern University.  Title: Retinal optic flow and the visual control of locomotion over real-world rough terrain.  Abstract: Human locomotion through natural environments requires the coordination of all levels of the sensorimotor hierarchy, from the cortical areas involved in processing of visual information and high level planning to the subcortical and spinal structures involved in the regulation of the gait and posture. In this talk, I will present some findings of an ongoing investigation into the way that the visual system interacts with the biomechanical aspects of gait in order to support stable locomotion over real world rough terrain. This research utilizes a novel apparatus to record 3D gaze and full body kinematics of walkers traversing different types of real-world rough terrain. The results that walkers tune their gaze behavior in each terrain to the specific information needed to tailor their energetically optimal preferred gait cycle to the upcoming path in order to balance between the competing demands of efficiency and stability. I will conclude with some recent research that utilizes methods from computer vision to quantify the information in the visual stimulus experienced during natural locomotion. Specifically, measuring the optic flow experienced during locomotion reveals patterns that are markedly different from descriptions in the literature on the neural processing of visual self-motion. Nevertheless, there are regularities to retina-centered optic flow that suggest a much richer source of information that may be used to enact fine grained control of locomotion through the natural world.

    Academic Calendar, University Dates & Events, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
  • Oct
    24
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    MMI Fall Seminar Series: Gregorio Valdez, Ph.D.

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences

    As part of the 2019 MMI Fall Seminar Series, Gregorio Valdez, Ph.D.Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry at Brown University, will be giving a lecture titled “Cellular and molecular changes that precipitate ALS pathogenesis”. Hosted by Jennifer Sanders, Ph. D., this lecture will meet in Marcuvitz Auditorium in Room 220 in Sidney Frank Life Sciences Building, 185 Meeting Street. Refreshments will be served at 11:45am.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health
  • Oct
    24
    4:00pm

    NSGP Seminar Series: Adam Aron, PhD; UC San Diego

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences

    Probing the mysteries of prefrontal beta oscillations in stopping action and thought

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
  • Oct
    25
    12:00pm

    DSCoV: Tensorflow on Low Power Devices

    164 Angell Street

    Data Science Computing and Visualization Workshop (DSCoV)

    Want to be a software master, start a tech company, or succeed in research? Ready to get your hands dirty and learn the data science and programming skills needed to solve real-world data science problems? Come to a DSCoV workshop! Open to all members of the Brown community, these lunch-hour workshops are led by Brown faculty, staff, and students.

    THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: Tensorflow on low power devices
    INSTRUCTOR: Lakshmi Govindarajan

    Registration is necessary; limited to 40 participants.

    Friday, October 25, 12:00 PM
    164 Angell Street, 4th
    Floor Innovation Space.
    Organized by Center for Computation and Visualization
    Sponsored by the Data
    ScienceInitiative
    Pizza and soda will be served.

  • Oct
    25
    2:00pm

    Social & Cognitive Science Seminar Series

    Metcalf Research Building

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series. Please note - there are 2 speakers for this event.  Speaker 1: Harrison Ritz, Brown University.  Title: Parametric control of distractor-oriented attention.  Speaker 2: Eunkyu Hwang, Brown University. Title: What does the retrosplenial cortex do? -Investigating the core function of the retrosplenial cortex.

    Academic Calendar, University Dates & Events, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
  • Oct
    26
    7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Providence Medical Ochestra- Halloween Concert

    Sayles Hall, Brown University

    Halloween Concert

    October 26, 2019

    7-9 PM

    Sayles Hall, Brown University Campus

    Our first ever spooky spectacular!

    ​Tickets are free for students and $10 for non-students.

    For tickets, go to: www.provmedorchestra.com/

    Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain

    Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre

    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, IV

    Humperdinck: Hexenritt from Hansel &

    Gretel

    Ives: The Unanswered Question

    Herrmann: Suite from Psycho

  • Oct
    29
    4:00pm

    C. Malik Boykin, Brown University

    Metcalf Research Building

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Colloquium Series.  Speaker: C. Malik Boykin, Brown University.  Title: Hierarchy preference and group status impact racial identities and intergroup attitudes.  Abstract: My research addresses dynamics between members of minority and majority groups. Historically, this conversation has focused on understanding attitudes of majority group members and their impact on minority group members. I incorporate this perspective, while seeking to expand our understanding of individual differences in the attitudes of minority group members. This talk highlights two interrelated aspects of my research program. First, I discuss individual differences in Black people’s preferences for group inequality and the impact of these preferences on racial identity attitudes. Next, I discuss how perceived threats to majority group members’ societal status can inform majority group member attitudes towards education institutions designed for the upward status mobility of Black people.

    Academic Calendar, University Dates & Events, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
  • Please join Brown Contemplative Studies for a lecture by Mark Deutsch entitled, Exploring Resonance, Harmonics and Vibrational Effects on Consciousness on October 30th, from noon - 1:30 pm in Orwig Music Building, Rm. 112. This event is free and open to the public. 

  • Participants solve mentoring dilemmas and share strategies for success.
    Oct
    30
    12:00pm - 4:30pm

    Advance-CTR Mentoring Training

    121 South Main Street

    Join Advance-CTR for the next installment of our highly rated Mentoring Training Program on October 23 and 30 at the Brown University School of Public Health.

    This is part two of the two part session. You must attend both session in order to received the completion certificate. 

    Faculty who mentor junior investigators are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to grow as a research mentor and connect with colleagues.Participants will learn how to improve their relationships with mentees and become more effective mentors to junior investigators.

    This training will be facilitated by Suzanne Colby, PhD, and Michael Mello, MD, MPH, who are trained by the National Research Mentoring Network to facilitate this nationally recognized mentoring curriculum.

    This peer-driven program expands mentors’ knowledge through exposure to the experiences of all participants. Attendees will engage with as many mentoring experiences as they would typically handle in a decade.

    Faculty who mentor junior investigators who conduct clinical and translational research are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to more senior mentors.

    Learn more about the program on AdvanceCTR.org , or click the link above to register.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Research, Training, Professional Development
  • Oct
    30
    1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Aging & Dementia Research Lecture Series- “Cell Senescence in Aging & Dementia”

    RI Hospital, APC Building, Leone Conference Room

    Title: “Cell Senescence in Aging & Dementia”

    Speaker: John M Sedivy, PhD

    Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry

    Brown University

    Time: 1:00 PM -2:00 PM

    Location: RI Hospital

    Ambulatory Patient Center

    Leone Conference Room, Suite 133

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, neurology, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
  • Oct
    30
    4:00pm

    EEG Core Initiative Seminar Series

    164 Angell Street

    We are happy to announce a new speaker series organized by Brown’s new EEG core Initiative. This series is aimed at bringing the EEG research community together to learn and discuss the latest and greatest EEG methods and findings from leading experts within and outside of the Brown community. Our inaugural speaker will be Professor Matti Hamalainen from Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Title: EEG and MEG - The Non-Identical Twins

    Speaker: Matti Hamalainen, Ph.D., Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

    Coffee and cookies will be served.

    Please RSVP using the link below, as seating is limited.

    https://forms.gle/aF152qnVGtucHprN6

    Please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Mathematics, Technology, Engineering, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Research
  • Oct
    30
    4:00pm - 5:00pm

    33rd Annual Katz Lecture

    121 South Main Street

    Our featured speaker is Thomas O. Obisesan, MD, MPH.  Dr. Obisesan is a Professor of Medicine and Board-Certified Clinician, the Associate Vice President for Regulatory Research Compliance, Research Integrity Officer, and Designated Institutional Official at Howard University.  Dr. Obisesan is currently a member of several NIH study sections, and previously served as an editor of two peer reviewed journals. In recognition of his national repute, Dr. Obisesan twice received research leadership awards from the Alzheimer’s Association, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, and St. Mary’s Court. Dr. Obisesan, is a member of the Steering Committee for the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI), Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Consortium (ACTC), the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiatives and the ASPREE study.  Dr. Obisesan has excelled as a leader, teacher, clinician, community advocacy, and recognized nationally and internationally for his research.

    Dr. Obisesan’s presentation is entitled, “Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia  -  Role of Cardiovascular Disease Risk.”

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Center for Q& I, Q& I
  • Oct
    31
    4:00pm

    NSGP Seminar Series: Byron Yu, PhD; Carnegie Mellon University

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences

    Brain-computer interfaces for basic science

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health
  • Nov
    1
    12:00pm

    DSCoV: Cloud Computing with Google

    164 Angell Street

    Data Science Computing and Visualization Workshop (DSCoV)

    Want to be a software master, start a tech company, or succeed in research? Ready to get your hands dirty and learn the data science and programming skills needed to solve real-world data science problems? Come to a DSCoV workshop! Open to all members of the Brown community, these lunch-hour workshops are led by Brown faculty, staff, and students.

    THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: Cloud computing with Google Cloud Platform, interacting with and using the Compute Engine
    INSTRUCTOR: Isabel Restrepo

    Registration is necessary; limited to 40 participants.

    Friday, November 1, 12:00 PM
    164 Angell Street, 4th
    Floor Innovation Space.
    Organized by Center for Computation and Visualization
    Sponsored by the Data
    ScienceInitiative
    Pizza and soda will be served.

  • Nov
    1
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    i-BSHS Seminar Series: Kathleen Carroll

    121 South Main Street

     

    Please join us for a lecture by:

    Kathleen Carroll
    Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry
    Director of Psychosocial Research Division of Addictions
    Principal Investigator, Psychotherapy Development Center for Drug Abuse
    Yale School of Medicine

    “Computer Based Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: From Design to Dissemination”

    Kathleen Carroll, PhD, focuses her work on implementation of evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder, and the development of technology-based interventions to improve engagement and adherence to buprenorphine treatment.
     
    Kathleen Carroll has had 35 years of continuous funding from NIH to support her research, including K05 (Senior Scientist) and MERIT (R37) awards. She is also Principal Investigator of the Center for Behavioral Therapies Development (NIDA P50 Center), now in its 25th year, and is co-PI, of the New England Consortium Node of NIDA’s Clinical Trial Network since 1999. The author of over 320 peer reviewed publications as well as numerous chapters and books. Her major contributions include (1) articulating the Stage Model of behavioral therapies development, (2) developing behavioral interventions to improve adherence and outcome for pharmacotherapies, and (3) establishing the efficacy, durability, and specificity of computer-assisted training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT4CBT).
     
     
    The i-BSHS (Innovations in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences) lecture series fosters collaborative discussion on innovative behavioral and social science-based approaches to improving population health.
     
    Light refreshments will be provided, please feel free to bring your lunch as well.
    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
  • Perception & Action Seminar Series. Dr. David Rosenbaum, University of California, Riverside. Title: TBA

    Academic Calendar, University Dates & Events, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
  • Nov
    8
    12:00pm

    DSCoV: Intro to GPU and CUDA

    164 Angell Street

    Data Science Computing and Visualization Workshop (DSCoV)

    Want to be a software master, start a tech company, or succeed in research? Ready to get your hands dirty and learn the data science and programming skills needed to solve real-world data science problems? Come to a DSCoV workshop! Open to all members of the Brown community, these lunch-hour workshops are led by Brown faculty, staff, and students.

    THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: Intro to GPU and CUDA
    INSTRUCTOR: Khemraj Shukla

    Registration is necessary; limited to 40 participants.

    Friday, November 8, 12:00 PM
    164 Angell Street, 4th
    Floor Innovation Space.
    Organized by Center for Computation and Visualization
    Sponsored by the Data
    ScienceInitiative
    Pizza and soda will be served.

  • Nov
    11
    12:00pm

    Developmental Brown Bag Seminar Series

    Metcalf Research Building

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Seminar Series.  Speaker: Sara Sanchez-Alonzo, Yale University.  Title: Comparing Naturalistic Viewing and Rest Reveals Brain-Wide Differences in Functional Connectivity Across Development.  Abstract: Cognitive states, such as rest and task engagement, are hypothesized to share an ‘intrinsic’ functional network organization that is subject to minimal variation over time and to yield stable signatures within and individual. However, there are transient state-specific functional connectivity (FC) patterns that vary across states. In this talk, I will examine functional brain organization differences that underlie distinct neural states and how they are shaped by neurodevelopment by comparing FC fMRI data acquired during naturalistic viewing (i.e. movie-watching) and resting-state paradigms in a large cohort of 157 children and young adults aged 6-20. Naturalistic paradigms are commonly implemented in pediatric research, often in place of (or in conjunction with) resting-state because they maintain the child’s attention and contribute to reduced head motion. However, it remains unknown to what extent the brain-wide functional network organization remains comparable during movie-watching and rest across developmental stages. I will show how we can identify a robust brain-wide FC pattern that predicts whether individuals are watching a movie or resting. Specifically, I will present a model for prediction of multilevel neural effects (termed PRIMENET) which can with high reliability distinguish between movie-watching and rest irrespective of age. In turn, the model characterizes FC patterns in the most predictive functional networks for movie-watching versus rest and show that these patterns can indeed vary as a function of development. Collectively, these effects highlight a ‘core’ FC pattern that is robustly associated with naturalistic viewing, which also exhibits change across development. Crucially, these results, focused here on naturalistic viewing, provide a roadmap for quantifying state-specific functional neural organization across development, which may reveal key variation in state-specific neuro-developmental trajectories.

    Academic Calendar, University Dates & Events, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
  • Nov
    11
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Workshop - Version Control with Git

    180 George Street

    A practical introduction to version control for software management using Git. Topics covered include: creating a repository, checking the status of a repository, committing changes, viewing changes, reverting to older versions of files, and setting up a remote repository. Register online .

    Computing, HPC, Research
  • Presentations:

    • Brandon Vorrius
    • Amanda Audesse

    PAARF is a forum allowing students, postdocs, and junior faculty to present data in a friendly atmosphere with a focus on discussing unpublished research in progress. The objective is to stimulate a grass-roots dialogue not only to troubleshoot data from a variety of perspectives, but also to stimulate collaborations. PAARF is usually held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Laboratories for Molecular Medicine at 70 Ship Street in room 107. Refreshments are served at 5:30pm and the presentations begin at 6:00pm.

    Biology, Medicine, Public Health, Mathematics, Technology, Engineering, Research
  • Nov
    13
    3:00pm

    Michael S. Goodman ’74 Memorial Colloquium Series

    Metcalf Research Building

    Speaker: John Wixted, UCSD.  Title: TBA

    Academic Calendar, University Dates & Events, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
  • Nov
    14
    12:00pm

    Perception & Action Seminar Series

    Metcalf Research Building

    Perception & Action Seminar Series. Speaker: Dr. Dagmar Sternad, Northeastern University.  Title: TBA

    Academic Calendar, University Dates & Events, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences