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Spring 2013 Cognitive Science Forum Schedule

The Cognitive Forum is held every Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Psychology 230 (unless otherwise noted).

January 11

Dr. Mark Becker
The Application of Attention Research to the Design of More Effective Product Labels

January 18

Dr. Kim Fenn
Lending a hand to learning: The impact of hand and acoustic gesture on learning

January 25

No Forum

February 1

DSS post-talk discussion for Dr. Wolfe
Host: Tom Carr

February 8

Dr. Tom Carr
If you really want to learn, should you stop studying and take a test?
Host: Devin McAuley

February 15

Dr. Stephen Hsu
Genetic Architecture of Intelligence
Host: Kim Fenn

February 22

Dr. Zach Hambrick
Deliberate practice: is that all it takes to become an expert?
Host: Tim Pleskac

March 1

No Forum - Multicultural Talk

March 8

No Forum - Spring Break

March 15

Faculty Presentations
Host: Zach Hambrick

March 22

Graduate student talks - 4th years
Host: Erik Altmann

March 29

Graduate student talks - 2nd and 3rd years
Host: Taosheng Liu

April 5

Graduate student talks - 2nd and 3rd years
Host: Mark Becker

April 12

Graduate student talks - 1st years
Host: Jeremy Gray

April 19

Dr. David Freedman, University of Chicago
Neuronal Mechanisms of Visual Categorization and Decision Making
Host: Devin McAuley

April 26

Dr. Greg Francis, Purdue University
Host: Zach Hambrick

Past Cognitive Forum Schedules: Fall 2012 - Spring 2012 - Fall 2011 - Spring 2010 - Fall 2010 - Spring 2011

MSU CogSci in the News and Announcements

4.11.2017
Prof. Arun Ross and his colleague from NYU have had their research on the security of mobile fingerprint scanning featured in The New York Times, MSU Today, Popular Science, Homeland Security News Wire, and Science 360 News.

3.23.2017
Professors Arun Ross, Xiaoming Liu, and Anil Jain received a 4-year grant from IARPA to conduct research on Presentation Attack Detection for fingerprint, face and iris biometric systems. [link]

2.28.2017
CSE student Thomas Swearingen and his adviser Prof. Arun Ross won the runner up award for best paper at ISBA 2017. [link]

1.23.2017
Research on laptop use and classroom learning by Prof. Susan Ravizza, Mitchell Uitvlugt, and Prof. Kim Fenn was featured in US News, BYU Radio, The Conversation, and numerous higher education journals [1, 2, 3, 4].

1.17.2017
Prof. Cristina Schmitt received an NSF Grant, Effects of Variation and Variability in the Acquisition of Two Dialects of Spanish, to study first language acquisition of Spanish in the context of variability caused by contact between two very different varieties of Spanish: Paraguayan Spanish, which is heavily influenced by Guaraní (an indigenous language), and Rioplatense Spanish (spoken in Buenos Aires). [link]

1.1.2017
Prof. Aline Godfroid received a Language Learning Early Career Research Grant for her validation project on "Measuring implicit and explicit L2 knowledge: Synthesizing 12 years of research."

11.1.2016
Prof. Mark Becker has published five papers so far this year in Perception,Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance,Packaging Technology and Science,Visual Cognition, and Applied Ergonomics.

10.3.2016
Sunpreet Arora and Anil Jain were part of a team that won Best Paper at BioSig 2016 for their paper titled "3D Whole Hand Targets: Evaluating Slap and Contactless Fingerprint Readers".

10.3.2016
Dr. Anil Jain was part of a team that won Best Poster at BioSig 2016 for a poster titled "Advances in Capturing Child Fingerprints: A High Resolution CMOS Image Sensor with SLDR Method".

9.27.2016
Dr. Anil Jain and Dr. Arun Ross were awarded a three-year NSF grant under the Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program for their proposal entitled "Imparting Privacy to Biometric Data in Cyberspace".

9.25.2016
Dr. Arun Ross (with Dr. Nasir Memon, NYU) was awarded a three-year NSF grant for their project entitled "The Master Print: Investigating and Addressing Vulnerabilities in Fingerprint-based Authentication Systems".

8.8.16
Science writer Carl Sherman's story on stuttering for the Dana Foundation website, titled Seeking Clues to Stuttering Deep Within the Brain, featured research by Prof. Devin McAuley.

Summer 2016
Dr. Mark Becker was invited by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to present his work investigating individual differences in cognition and personality that predict rare target detection at their Workshop on Developing Personnel Selection Tools for Forensic Scientists.

Summer 2016
Prof. Mark Reimers and colleague Bruce McNaughton received an NSF grant to study the dynamics of hippocampal-cortical communication during memory formation and recall.

Summer 2016
Prof. Susan Ravizza became a senior editor for the journal Brain Research.

Summer 2016
Prof. Mark Reimers received a Templeton Foundation grant to study the molecular coherence of genetic variants related to behavioral traits, including IQ.

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