Upcoming Events

  • Feb
    21
    BioCON is hosting Dr. Liliana De La Paz, Associate Director of Drug Development at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, where she works on the discovery and development of life-changing medicines for people with serious diseases. Dr. De La Paz will discuss how she managed to get into the biotech field after completing her Ph.D. and her current line of work.
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  • Feb
    22

    Speaker: Leyla Isik (Johns Hopkins University)
    Title: The neural computations underlying human social interaction perception

    Abstract: Humans perceive the world in rich social detail. We effortlessly recognize not only objects and people in our environment, but also social interactions between people. The ability to perceive and understand social interactions is critical for functioning in our social world, but despite its importance, the underlying neural computations remain poorly understood. In this talk, I will start by outlining a framework for studying social interaction perception as a computational vision problem. Then I will discuss new research using a largescale, naturalistic video dataset and condition-rich fMRI experiment to show that social interaction information is extracted hierarchically by the visual system, along the recently proposed lateral visual pathway. In the final part of my talk, I will discuss the computational implications of visual social interaction processing, and present a novel graph neural network model, SocialGNN, that instantiates these insights. SocialGNN reproduces human social interaction judgements in both controlled and natural videos using only visual information, without any explicit model of agents’ minds or the physical world, but requires relational, graph structure and processing to do so. Together, this work suggests that social interaction recognition is a core human ability that relies on specialized, structured visual representations.

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  • Feb
    22
    3:00pm

    CCBS Seminar: Larry F. Abbott, Ph.D.

    164 Angell Street, Rm 402: Innovation Zone

    Please join us for a seminar with Larry F. Abbott, Ph.D.


    William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience and Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics (in Biological Sciences)

    Principal Investigator at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute

    Co-director of Columbia’s Kavli Institute for Brain Science

     

    Title: “Modeling the Navigational Circuitry of the Fly”

    Abstract: Navigation requires orienting oneself relative to landmarks in the environment, evaluating relevant sensory data, remembering goals, and convert all this information into motor commands that direct locomotion. I will present models, highly constrained by connectomic, physiological and behavioral data, for how these functions are accomplished in the fly brain.

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  • Feb
    22
    4:00pm

    NSGP Seminar Series Presents Dr. Anne West; Duke Medical School

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences, Rm Room 220/Marcuvitz

    Title: From chromatin regulation to synapse development in autism and intellectual disability

    Host:  Dr. Sofia Lizarraga 

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  • Feb
    23
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Social & Cognitive Science Brown Bag Seminar Series: Stefano Anzellotti

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Stefano Anzellotti, Boston College

    Title: What drives the organization of social perception?

    Abstract: The neural mechanisms that enable us to see faces, expressions, bodies and actions are organized into multiple distinct brain regions and subdivided into different processing streams. What drives this complex organization? Recent work has introduced unsupervised models driven by constraints at the level of the inputs, that successfully account for key aspects of the neural architecture of vision. However, other findings are difficult to reconcile with the view that the organization of social perception is exclusively driven by bottom-up constraints. As an alternative, constraints at the level of the outputs might play a central role. I will share the results from a series of studies that test predictions that derive from this alternative hypothesis, and discuss its potential to account for the architecture of social perception.

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  • Feb
    26
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag Seminar Series: Lena Luchkina

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Lena Luchkina, Harvard University
    Title: Learning to talk about the absent, the abstract, and the unobservable

    Abstract: How do we begin to learn about things we have never seen, such as people we have never met (‘Napoleon’), time that has not passed (‘tomorrow’), or ideas that have no stable perceptual form (’same’ vs. ‘different’ or ‘square root of negative one’)? To address this question, my research explores the development of a referential link between words and mental representations and the role of this link in shaping our ability to learn and reason about things we do not witness directly. I will first talk about my experimental investigations of young infants’ ability to create mental representations of something they have never seen and to connect such representations to words. I will then discuss learning mechanisms that enable this connection. Finally, I will talk about infants’ and young children’s ability to leverage this connection to make inferences about others’ knowledge based on language.

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  • Feb
    27
    4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Turning Your PhD into a Job Series: How to Choose A Postdoc That Is Right For Your Career

    167 Angell Street, Rm 1st Floor Conference Room

    Whether you want to work in academia or beyond, choosing a right postdoc could be a crucial step in shaping your future career. In this workshop, we will discuss some important factors that can easily be overlooked when you are planning to do a postdoc.

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  • Feb
    28
    4:00pm

    Providence Area Aging Research Forum (PAARF)

    70 Ship Street, Rm 107

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  • Mar
    6
    4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job Series: Exploring Your Career Options

    167 Angell Street, Rm 1st Floor Conference Room

     

    This program will teach you how to explore your career options.

    By the end of the workshop, you will learn:

    • How to start the process of Career Exploration
    • Where you can get the information/resources you need for career exploration
    • What you can do to increase your career readiness at Graduate School
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  • Mar
    7
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Perception & Action Seminar Series: Nora Newcombe

    Carney Innovation Zone (164 Angell Street 4th floor), Rm 305

    Speaker: Nora Newcombe (Temple)

    Title: TBA

    Abstract: TBA

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  • Mar
    7
    4:00pm

    NSGP Seminar Series Presents Dr. Laura Cocas; Santa Clara University

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences, Rm Rm. 220/Marcuvitz Auditorium

    Title:  The Role of Neuronal Activity in Glial Development, Circuitry, and Myelination 

    Host: Dr. Sonya Mayoral

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  • Mar
    11
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag Seminar Series: Maddie Pelgrim

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Maddie Pelgrim, Brown University

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  • Mar
    12
    4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Turning Your PhD into a Job Series: Converting CV to Resume

    167 Angell Street, Rm 1st Floor Conference Room

    This workshop is geared toward PhD students and Postdocs who are seeking non-faculty jobs.

    It will discuss:

    • The differences between CV and resume
    • How to target common terms that are used outside of academia
    • Tips on highlighting your PhD skills to position you as a competitive candidate

      This workshop is open to all Brown Ph.D. students and Postdocs.
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  • Mar
    14
    11:00am

    NSGP Thesis Defense: Kimberly Rose Madhwani

    Smith-Buonanno Hall, Rm Room 106

    Title: Neurodevelopmental role of a tRNA methyltransferase linked to intellectual disability

    Advisor:  Dr. Kate O’Connor-Giles

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  • Mar
    14
    4:00pm

    NSGP Seminar Series Presents Dr. Fan Wang; Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences, Rm Rm. 220/Marcuvitz Auditorium

    Title:  Touch, Pain, and Body Schema 

    Host:  Dr. Alexander Fleischmann

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  • Mar
    15
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Biomarker detection using the Ultra-sensitive Quanterix Simoa Technology

    Sidney E. Frank Hall for Life Sciences, Rm 220

    Brown University’s Fluid Biomarker Core & Quanterix invite you to join us for a lunch and learn to take a look at:

    Biomarker detection using the Ultra-sensitive Quanterix Simoa Technology

    • Sensitivity and precision well beyond a standard ELISA
    • Introduction to how the instrument works and what the workflow looks like
    • Application across the multiple diseases; Neurology, Oncology & Inflammation
    • Discover how this technology may be utilized for your research interests!

    Lab tour to follow

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  • Speaker: Konrad Kording, University of Pennsylvania
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  • Mar
    21

    Speaker: Wayne Mackey (Statespace/Aimlabs)

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  • Mar
    21
    5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Turning Your PhD into a Job Series: Marketing Yourself on LinkedIn

    167 Angell Street, Rm 1st Floor Conference Room

    The workshop will discuss how you can utilize LinkedIn to market yourself, make connection with professionals, and increase the chances of finding jobs.

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  • Mar
    22
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Social & Cognitive Science Brown Bag Seminar Series: Hannah Snyder

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Hannah Snyder, Brandeis University

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  • Mar
    25
    1:00pm - 6:00pm

    2024 Brown Postdoctoral Research Symposium

    Sayles Hall & Salomon Center for Teaching

    The Office of University Postdoctoral Affairs (OUPA) at Brown University is pleased to announce the second annual postdoctoral research symposium on Monday, March 25, 2024 in the Salomon Center and Sayles Hall. This symposium will feature the innovative research being conducted by postdoctoral scholars at Brown and include the following:

    • A keynote address from Randall Ribaudo, Co-founder of SciPhD.com, and research presentations from the recipients of the 2024 Postdoctoral Excellence Awards, followed by an awards ceremony in the Salomon Center from 1:30 pm to 3:45 pm. 
    • A poster session accompanied by a reception with appetizers as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in Sayles Hall from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

    Details, including information about the keynote address, instructions for how to participate in the poster session, and the event schedule, are available on the official symposium website.

    Please note, only individuals with a current appointment at Brown University as a postdoctoral research associate, postdoctoral fellow, or an equivalent postdoctoral appointment at a Brown-affiliated hospital may present their research during the poster session in Sayles Hall. However, all members of the Brown community are welcome to attend the programming in the Salomon Center and poster session in Sayles Hall to network and learn about the research being conducted by postdocs at Brown.

    Learn more about the symposium at the official website here.

    2024 Brown University Postdoctoral Research Symposium keynote speaker, Randall Ribaudo, Ph.D.2024 Brown University Postdoctoral Research Symposium keynote speaker, Randall Ribaudo, Ph.D.

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  • Mar
    28
    11:00am - 3:00pm

    Mind Brain Research Day

    Sayles Hall & MacMillan Hall Rm 117

    Get ready for a half-day of neural networking: The 26th Annual Mind Brain Research Day features a research poster session, bag lunch, and keynote address, “Deep Brain Stimulation for Intractable OCD,” by Wayne Goodman, M.D., of Baylor College of Medicine.

    Be sure to register by March 14!

    Schedule of events:

    Poster Session
    11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Sayles Hall

    Lunch
    11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    Sayles Hall
    *You must RSVP by March 14 to reserve a lunch.*

    Keynote Address & Poster Awards
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    MacMillan Hall Room 117

    Keynote Address: “Deep Brain Stimulation for Intractable OCD”
    Wayne Goodman, M.D.
    D.C and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chair
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Baylor College of Medicine

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  • Mar
    29
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Social & Cognitive Science Brown Bag Seminar Series: Semir Tatlidil

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Semir Tatlidil, Brown University
    Title: TBA
    Abstract: TBA

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  • Apr
    1
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag Seminar Series: Junyi Chu

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Junyi Chu, MIT

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  • Apr
    4
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Perception & Action Seminar Series: Jeffrey Taube

    Carney Innovation Zone (164 Angell Street 4th floor), Rm 305

    Speaker: Jeffrey Taube (Dartmouth)
    Title: TBA
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  • Apr
    5
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Social & Cognitive Science Brown Bag Seminar Series: Jae-Young Son

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Jae-Young Son, Brown University

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  • Apr
    11

    Speaker: Johannes Burge (University of Pennsylvania)

    Title: TBA

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  • Apr
    15
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag Seminar Series: Matthew Gingo

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Matthew Gingo, Wheaton College
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  • Apr
    16
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    DSCoV Workshop: JavaScript for JsPsych

    164 Angell Street, Rm 4th floor

    Due to Brown’s closing and cancelling of classes, this workshop is being rescheduled for April 16. 

    DSCoV (Data Science, Computation, and Visualization) workshops are lunchtime introductions to basic data science and programming skills and tools, offered by and for Brown staff, faculty, and students (with occasional presenters from outside Brown). The workshops are interactive, so bring a laptop. All are welcome, and pizza is usually served.

    JavaScript for JsPsych

    Presenter: Robert Gemma, Research Software Engineer (Graphics), OIT

    Learn JavaScript fundamentals with an emphasis on working with JsPsych. Familiarity with jsPsych and Honeycomb is useful but not necessary. 

    The workshops can also be attended on Zoom.

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  • Apr
    18
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Perception & Action Seminar Series: Stefan Uddenberg

    Carney Innovation Zone (164 Angell Street 4th floor), Rm 305

    Speaker: Stefan Uddenberg (University of Chicago)

    Title: TBA

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  • Apr
    19
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Social & Cognitive Science Brown Bag Seminar Series: Vivienne Chi

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Vivienne Chi, Brown University

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  • Apr
    23
    4:30pm - 5:30pm

    Turning Your PhD into a Job Series: Acing an Interview

    167 Angell Street, Rm 1st Floor Conference Room

    During this workshop, we will focus on how to prepare for your next interview.

    This includes:

    • General rules of an interview and how to prepare for it
    • Common interview questions and the frameworks to structure your thoughts and answers
    • Tips on how to answer the tough questions (with examples) 
    • Resources for preparation and practice

    This program is open to all Brown PhD students and Postdocs.

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  • Apr
    25

    Speaker: Mary Hegarty (UCSB)

    Title: TBA

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  • Apr
    26
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Social & Cognitive Science Brown Bag Seminar Series: Linda Zou

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Linda Zou, University of Maryland

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  • Apr
    29
    12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Developmental Brown Bag Seminar Series: Justin Parent

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Justin Parent, Brown/URI

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  • Speaker: Miranda Scolari (Texas Tech University)

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  • May
    4
    11:00am - 1:00pm

    PhD Career Beyond Academia Series: Career Journey as an International Student

    167 Angell Street, Rm 1st Floor Conference Room

     

    Join us to meet our exceptional Brown international PhD alumni who are currently excelling in various industries!

    At this in-person event, you will:

    •  Explore different career options that are available for international PhD students
    • Hear alumni’s stories of career transition from academia to industries and the challenges that international students may face during the process
    • Learn more about the skills you can gain at Brown for different types of careers

    Our Ph.D. alumni speakers are:

    • Jiuyang (Joey) Bai, PhD in Cognitive Science, Senior Machine Learning Engineer at CVS Health
    • Isabella Gama, PhD in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Associate at McKinsey & Company
    • Youngmin Lee, PhD in Chemistry, Patent Agent at Cantor Colburn LLP
    • Asli Sahin, PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Director of Search and Evaluation Neuroscience at Abbvie
    • Shubham Sharma, PhD in Chemical Engineering, Senior Scientist at Pfizer
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  • May
    9
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Perception & Action Seminar Series: Sabine Kastner

    Metcalf Research Building, Rm 305

    Speaker: Sabine Kastner (Princeton)

    Title: TBA

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  • Jun
    13
    1:00pm - 5:00pm

    Spring Retreat: Center for Translational Neuroscience

    70 Ship Street, Rm 107

    We hope that you will join us for our annual Spring Retreat on Thursday, June 13th, from 1PM-5PM in LMM 107 at 70 Ship Street. The full schedule will be posted as we get closer to the retreat. Social to follow in the Ship Street Courtyard. 

    Eric Morrow, MD/PhD, Director
    Judy Liu, MD/PhD, Associate Director
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