NACS' Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC)

Made possible by a $2 million award from the NSF, the MNC will house a new fMRI scanner and the University's existing MEG, a combination that exists at only a couple of locations in the country. The center opens in Summer 2011.

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December 03, 2014 NACS faculty members named 2014 AAAS Fellows!
Congratulations to Dean Greg Ball (BSOS) and Dr. Nan Ratner (HESP) who were named as 2014 Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellows are elected based on their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts made on behalf of the advancement of science. read more >

October 31, 2014 Daphne Soares Receives Women of Discovery Award
Former NACS faculty member and alum Dr. Daphne Soares was the recent recipient of the Earth Award from WINGS WorldQuest, an organization that celebrates and supports extraordinary women explorers. read more >

October 09, 2014 NACS faculty receives grant from NIH
Lisa Taneyhill has been awarded a research grant from the NIH. Taneyhill and her colleagues use chick embryos to try to uncover how two different cell types migrate and adhere to each other to form the cranial ganglia, a cluster of nerve cells responsible for receiving sensory information. read more >

October 08, 2014 Students Represent UMD at Universitas 21 Conference
This summer Ph.D. students Alessandro Presacco (NACS), Christopher Heffner (NACS) and Theresa Smith (Kinesiology) represented the University of Maryland at Universitas 21 Graduate Research Conference 2014: Celebrating Ageing Research, in Auckland, New Zealand. read more >

October 01, 2014 UMD and NIH Researchers Receive BRAIN Grant
Patrick Kanold and his colleagues at UMD and NIH have been awarded a three year BRAIN initiative grant to develop new imaging technologies and data analysis techniques that will further our understanding of how large networks of neurons in the brain interact to process sensory information. read more >

September 23, 2014 Brain-behavior initiative workshop
More than 160 faculty from at least 50 disciplines at the University of Maryland met together in College Park on Sept. 19 for a full-day Brain-Behavior Initiative Workshop, organized by the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) program and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR). read more >

September 22, 2014 Dr. Dan Butts receives NSF Early Career Award!
Dr. Dan Butts has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Award ("Network Modulation of Cortical Neuron Computation"). read more >

September 21, 2014 New NACS Publication
NACS postdoc affiliate James McFarland is first author on a new paper: "High-resolution eye tracking using V1 neuron activity." In the paper, McFarland et al. present a method that accurately estimates eye position, allowing for detailed analyses of foveal and parafoveal stimulus processing. read more >

September 20, 2014 Level II Dean's Research Initiative Grant from BSOS
The grant is on understanding age-related changes in temporal processing and speech understanding in normal-hearing and cochlear-implant listeners. The grant supports collaborative work between Matthew Goupell, Sandra Gordon-Salant, Samira Anderson, Nicole Nguyen, Ronna Hertzano, and David Eisenman.

September 05, 2014 Congrats to Andrew Venezia!
NACS student Andrew Venezia was awarded a National Research Service Award (NRSA). Andrew is a 4th year student and his adviser is Steve Roth.

July 03, 2014 Jonathan Simon and Elliot Hong awarded UMCP-UMD seed grant!
Jonathan Simon (UMCP)and Elliot Hong (UMB) were awarded a UMCP-UMB seed grant. The grant is "Temporal Auditory Coding in Schizophrenia and Treatment-Resistant Auditory Hallucination." read more >

June 27, 2014 New paper from Kanold Lab!
Postdoctural fellow Dr. Xiangying Meng is first author on a new paper in the Journal of Neuroscience. The paper is entitled "Differential Signaling to Subplate Neurons by Spatially Specific Silent Synapses in Developing Auditory Cortex." read more >

June 09, 2014 Congratulations to Sara Therrien!
NACS student Sara Therrien successfully defended her dissertation, "Diving Bird Hearing." Sara is co-advised by Catherine Carr and Alicia Berlin.

June 06, 2014 Article by Leopold Lab selected for F1000 Prime
An article by NACS faculty David Leopold and colleagues, including NACS student Adam Jones, was selected for F1000 Prime: "Face-selective neurons maintain consistent visual responses across months." A nice commentary by Doris Tsao is available at . read more >

May 20, 2014 NACS faculty receives grant from BSOS!
Alex Shackman, Luiz Pessoa and Dave Seminowicz (University of Maryland, Baltimore) were awarded a Level II Dean's Research Initiative grant from the College of Behavioral and Social Science. The award will support collaborative research aimed at understanding the neural circuitry shared by anxiety, pain, and executive cognition.

April 30, 2014 Congrats to NACS Assistant Director Pam Komarek!
Pam Komarek has received the 2014 Outstanding Coordinator of Graduate Studies (CGS) Award from the UMD Graduate School. This highly competitive award is given to recognize the exceptional contributions made by a CGS to graduate education, a graduate program, and to the graduate students' experience.

April 24, 2014 NACS faculty receive NIH R01 grant!
NACS Faculty Elizabeth Redcay and Tracy Riggins were awarded a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the NIH. The grant will support their study "Hippocampal memory Network Development and Episodic Memory in Early Childhood."

April 10, 2014 NACS Research Day
NACS held its first annual Research Day on April 18 from 9am to 5pm in the Bioscience Research Building. read more >

April 04, 2014 Congrats to Katie Willis!
NACS student Katie Willis successfully defended her dissertation, "Anatomical and Physiological Characterization of the Turtle Brain Stem Auditory Circuit." Katie is advised by Catherine Carr.

April 02, 2014 Congrats to Susan Teubner-Rhodes!
NACS student Susan Teubner-Rhodes successfully defended her dissertation, "The neural bases of the bilingual advantage in cognitive control: An investigation of conflict adaptation phenomena." Susan is advised by Michael Dougherty.

February 28, 2014 Special Seminar by Dr. Arthur Popper
Dr. Arthur Popper's final talk before retirement will be held Friday, March 7 at 2pm in room 1103 in the Bioscience Research Bldg. The title of his talk is "Hearing, Soundscapes, and Noise." Dr. Popper is a former director of the NACS program and has contributed tremendously to NACS over the years.

February 26, 2014 Congrats to Krystyna Orzechowski!
NACS student Krystyna Orzechowski was awarded a National Research Service Award (NRSA). Krystyna is a 3rd year student and her adviser is Patrick Kanold.

February 10, 2014 Congratulations to Sarah Helfinstein!
NACS alum ('11) Sarah Helfinstein's paper was published in PNAS. The title of her paper is "Predicting risky choices from brain activity patterns." Sarah was advised by Dr. Nathan Fox. read more >

February 06, 2014 Paper in Neuron by Researchers at UMCP & JHU
Amal Isaiah and Adam Jones from Patrick Kanold's Lab at UMCP, and Hui Wang, Emily Petrus, and David Li from Hey Kyoung Lee's Lab at JHU are authors on the paper: "Crossmodal Induction of Thalamocortical Potentiation Leads to Enhanced Information Processing in the Auditory Cortex." read more >

January 17, 2014 Congrats to Alice Jackson!
NACS student Alice Jackson successfully defended her dissertation. The title of her dissertation is "Using a high-dimensional model of semantic space to predict neural activity." Alice is advised by Donald Bolger.

January 15, 2014 Congratulations to Alumni Greg Cogan!
NACS alum ('11) Greg Cogan's paper was published in Nature. The title of his paper is "Sensory-motor transformations for speech occur bilaterally." Greg was advised by Dr. William Idsardi. read more >

January 06, 2014 Derek Paley awarded the Willis H. Young Jr. Faculty Fellowship
Dr. Derek Paley was awarded The Willis H. Young Jr. Faculty Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to a tenured faculty member in aerospace engineering with outstanding contributions in aerospace engineering instruction and education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. read more >

January 02, 2014 Dr. Paley receives the Presidential Early Career Award!
Dr. Derek Paley received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Dr. Paley's research interests are in the area of dynamics and control, including cooperative control of autonomous vehicles, adaptive sampling with mobile networks, and spatial modeling of biological groups. read more >

December 19, 2013 Congratulations to Dr. Kanold!
Dr. Patrick Kanold and his colleague Bruce Krueger (UMB School of Medicine) were awarded a UMD and UMB Seed Grant for their research on the role of early brain circuits in autism. read more >

December 17, 2013 Dr. Shackman appointed to editorial board of CABN
Dr. Alex Shackman was appointed to the editorial board of Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience (CABN), which is a publication of the Psychonomic Society. CABN is the leading vehicle for strongly psychologically motivated studies of brainbehavior relationships.

December 09, 2013 Congratulations to Matt Goupell!
Dr. Matt Goupell was awarded the R. Bruce Lindsay Award from the Acoustical Society of America. This award is presented in the Spring to an eligible member who has contributed substantially, through published papers, to the advancement of theoretical and/or applied acoustics. read more >

December 02, 2013 New Paper by Alex Shackman!
Dr. Alex Shackman and his colleagues have a paper published in Biological Psychiatry. The paper is titled, "Neuropeptide Y Receptor Gene Expression in the Primate Amygdala Predicts Anxious Temperament and Brain Metabolism." read more >

November 21, 2013 Congrats to Mohit Chadha!
NACS student Mohit Chadha successfully defended his dissertation. The title of his dissertation is "Somatosensory Signaling for Flight Control in the Echolocating Bat Eptesicus fuscus." Mohit is advised by Cindy Moss.

November 19, 2013 Congrats to Nuria AbdulSabur!
NACS student Nuria AbdulSabur successfully defended her dissertation. The title of her dissertation is "The neural mechanisms supporting structure and inter-brain connectivity in natural conversation." Nuria is advised by Allen Braun and William Idsardi.

November 18, 2013 New Paper by Kanold Lab!
Patrick Kanold and his post docs Daniel Winkowski and Sharba Bandyopadhyay, along with colleague Shihab Shamma, have a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The title of the paper is "Frontal Cortex Activation Causes Rapid Plasticity of Auditory Cortical Processing." read more >

October 24, 2013 NACS student Yuwei Cui's Paper Published!
Yuwei is first author on a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The title of the paper is "Diverse Suppressive Influences in Area MT and Selectivity to Complex Motion Features." read more >

October 21, 2013 Congrats to Bart Russell!
NACS student Bart Russell successfully defended her dissertation. The title of her dissertation is "The effect of mental stress on brain dynamics and performance related to attention control during a vigilance task: An electroencephalographic investigation." Bart is advised by Brad Hatfield.

October 16, 2013 Welcome Katie Sacksteder!
Welcome to Katie Sacksteder, PhD, the new NACS Grants Development Specialist. Katie will identify funding opportunities for NACS students and faculty and work closely with them in developing individual and multi PI grant proposals. Please stop by to meet Katie in her office in 2123A in BPS.

October 09, 2013 Dr. Nathan Fox receives Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize
Dr. Nathan Fox was recognized as a recipient of the Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize at the 2013 Faculty and Staff Convocation. The event, which honored 17 faculty and staff who also received distinguished awards, was held in the Memorial Chapel yesterday at 3pm. read more >

September 24, 2013 NACS featured on BSOS website
NACS has gained widespread support and intrigue on the University of Maryland campus and more specifically in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS). Dr. Jens Herberholz, the current NACS director, explains what all of the buzz is about. read more >

August 01, 2013 NACS Student Yuwei Cui has Paper in PLOS!
Yuwei's co-authored paper with his advisor Dan Butts and post-doc James McFarland appears in PLOS Computational Biology. The title of the paper is "Inferring Nonlinear Neuronal Computation Based on Physiologically Plausible Inputs." read more >

July 30, 2013 Hyuk Oh is Awarded Best Paper
NACS student Hyuk Oh (co-advised by Dr. Gentili and Dr. Hatfield) won the Award for the best paper for the International Conference on Augmented Cognition 2013 - as well as the Golden Award for the entire conference - International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2013. read more >

July 01, 2013 Dr. Jens Herberholz new director of NACS!
Congratulations to Dr. Jens Herberholz on his appointment as director of NACS. Dr. Herberholz is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and has served at the University of Maryland since 2005. Dr. Herberholz succeeds Dr. Robert Dooling, who served as NACS director since 2007. read more >

June 03, 2013 Dr. Alex Shackman's new paper published!
A new study by Dr. Alex Shackman and colleagues shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate. The article titled, "Compassion Training Alters Altruism and Neural Responses to Suffering," is published in Psychological Science. read more >

June 03, 2013 Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Gordon-Salant!
Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Gordon-Salant for receiving the BSOS Excellence in Teaching Award! This award recognizes faculty members who have made distinctive contributions to classroom instruction within the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences.

April 17, 2013 Congrats to Erika Hussey!
Congratulations to NACS student Erika Hussey for successfully defending her dissertation. The title of her dissertation is "The Malleability of Cognitive Control and its Effects on Language Skills." Erika is advised by Michael Dougherty and Jared Novick.

April 15, 2013 Congrats to Hui Wang!
Congratulations to NACS alumni Hui Wang who received a 2013 University of Maryland Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Graduate School. The title of Hui's dissertation is "Circuit analysis of synaptic dysfunctions in the CA3 area of BACE1 knockout mice."

April 12, 2013 Congrats to Alexia Nunez-Parra
Congratulations to NACS student Alexia Nunez-Parra for successfully defending her dissertation. The title of her dissertation is "Regulation of the Inhibitory Drive in the Olfactory Bulb." Alexia is advised by Ricardo Araneda.

April 12, 2013 Congrats to Kim Drnec!
Congratulations to NACS student Kim Drnec for successfully defending her dissertation. The title of her dissertation is "Encephalography (EEG) and Measures of Nociception in Domestic Cattle (Bos taurus)." Kim is advised by Ray Strickland and Jonathan Simon.

April 10, 2013 Congrats to Erika Hussey!
Congratulations to Erika Hussey who was one of five finalists for the 2013 University of Maryland Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award. Erika was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the University community in the areas of scholarship, leadership, involvement and service.

April 09, 2013 Congrats to David Logan!
Congratulations to NACS student David Logan who was awarded a Wylie Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School. David is a fourth year student who is advised by John Jeka and Stephen Roth.

April 08, 2013 Congrats to Yuwei Cui!
Congratulations to NACS student Yuwei Cui who was awarded a Summer Research Fellowship from the Graduate School. Yuwei is a third year student who is advised by Dan Butts.

April 08, 2013 Congrats to Jeff Chrabaszcz!
Congratulations to NACS student Jeff Chrabaszcz who was awarded a Summer Research Fellowship from the Graduate School. Jeff is a third year student who is advised by Michael Dougherty.

April 07, 2013 New Paper by MacLeod and Moss in Science
A paper by Katrina MacLeod, Cynthia Moss, and two colleagues at Boston University appears in the April 19th, 2013 issue of Science. Their study reported significant differences between bats' and rats' brain rhythms when certain cells were active in a part of the brain used in memory and navigation. read more >

April 02, 2013 Dr. Alex Shackman's research featured in PNAS
New NACS faculty member Alex Shackman's research is featured in PNAS. The article's title is "Neural mechanisms underlying heterogeneity in the presentation of anxious temperament." read more >

March 13, 2013 Jonathan Simon's Paper Published!
Dr. Simon and his collaborators recently had an article published in the journal Neuron. It has received good press, including an interview on NPR's All Things Considered. The article's title is "Mechanisms Underlying Selective Neuronal Tracking of Attended Speech at a 'Cocktail Party'". read more >

March 01, 2013 Lea Dougherty Receives APS Early Career Award
NACS faculty Lea Dougherty has been selected as a 2013 recipient of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions, in recognition of the significant impact that her work is already having in the field of psychological science.

February 27, 2013 NACS Alum Lale Evsen's Paper Published!
Lale Evsen's paper titled "Progression of Neurogenesis in the Inner Ear Requires Inhibition of Sox2 Transcription by Neurogenin1 and Neurod1" is published in the Journal of Neuroscience. read more >

February 20, 2013 Patrick Kanold wins NOHR Burt Evans Award
NACS faculty member Patrick Kanold has won the 2013 Burt Evans Young Investigator Award of the National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation (NOHR). read more >

February 08, 2013 Dr. Jonathan Simon will present at ARO's Presidential Symposium
Dr. Jonathan Simon has been invited to speak at the Presidential Symposium of the 36th MidWinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), this month in Baltimore. The topic of the Presidential Symposium is "Ears and Brains at the Cocktail Party." read more >

January 25, 2013 NACS Student Katie Willis' Paper Published!
Katie Willis' paper titled "Middle Ear Cavity Morphology Is Consistent with an Aquatic Origin for Testudines" is published in Plosone. read more >

January 24, 2013 Dr. Patrick Kanold's new paper published!
Patrick Kanold's paper titled "Laminar Transformation of Frequency Organization in Auditory Cortex" is published in the Journal of Neuroscience. read more >

January 15, 2013 Dr. Beth Stevens keynote speaker for NACS-fest
Dr. Beth Stevens (NACS Alumni 2003) has been selected as the keynote speaker for NACS-fest. The title of her talk will be "Pruning CNS Synapses: An Active Role for Glia and Immune Molecules." read more >



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