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 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 on ScienceDirect. 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 Patrick Kanold and Shihab Shamma!
A paper by Patrick Kanold, Shihab Shamma, and two colleagues at the University of Maryland was published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The title of the publication 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 >
November 28, 2012 Yiannis Aloimonos gives interview on National Public Radio
Yiannis Aloimonos is interviewed on NPR at All things Considered. He talks about his co-authored paper titled, "Leadership in Orchestra Emerges from the Causal Relationships of Movement Kinematics." read more >
November 21, 2012 Congrats to Anna Schlappal!
Congratulations to NACS student Anna Schlappal for successfully defending her dissertation. The title of her dissertation is "Efficacy of estrogen treatment in a murine model of Alzheimer's disease."
September 15, 2012 Art Popper Interviews with Science on his life's research: Bioacoustics in Fish
NACS Professor Art Popper interviews with Science about his life research as he nears retirement. The article is titled,"The Sound in the Silence: Discovering a Fish's Soundscape." read more >
July 23, 2012 NACS Alum Beth Stevens receives Presidential Early Career Award
Beth Stevens (NACS Alum 2003) is among a group of researchers who received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Beth is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Children's Hospital Boston. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which neuron-glia communication helps control the formation, elimination, and plasticity of synapses in health and disease. read more >
July 10, 2012 New Publication by NACS Faculty Jonathan Simon and student Nai Ding
Jonathan Simon (ECE/Biology) and his Ph.D. student Nai Ding are co-authors of a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS): "Emergence of neural encoding of auditory objects while listening to competing speakers." The article was published online on July 2, 2012. read more >
June 04, 2012 Greetings from Beijing!
NACS alum, Huan Luo and NACS faculty, Cynthia Moss & Patrick Kanold, at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where they attended an International Auditory Neuroscience Workshop in May. Huan received her Ph.D. in 2007 under supervision of David Poeppel. She is now conducting auditory research in Beijing.
May 24, 2012 NACS student Erika Hussey's research featured in Frontiers
Erika Hussey's research, "The benefits of executive control training and the implications for language processing," was published online on May 21 in Frontiers. Erika is co-mentored by Jared Novick from the Center for Advanced Study of Language. read more >
March 14, 2012 Shihab Shamma's research featured in PLoS Biology article
Shihab Shamma is one of three authors of a new study on how the human auditory system processes speech. The article, "Reconstructing Speech from Human Auditory Cortex," is featured in the Jan. 31, 2012 edition of PLos Biology. read more >
February 22, 2012 Sarada Viswanathan's Research Featured in Journal of Neuroscience
Sarada Viswanathan's research,"Changing Microcircuits in the Subplate of the Developing Cortex," appears in the January 22 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Sarada is a student in Patrick Kanold's lab. read more >
January 23, 2012 NACS student Aminah Sheikh's research featured in Journal of Neuroscience
Aminah Sheikh's research,"Subplate Neurons Promote Spindle Bursts and Thalamocortical Patterning in the Neonatal Rat Somatosensory Cortex," appears in the January 11 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. read more >