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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April 16, 2015 Congratulations to NACS Assistant Director Pam Komarek!
Pam Komarek has received the 2015 Outstanding Staff Award from the College of Behavioral and Social Science (BSOS). This award recognizes employees whose efforts have been extraordinary and who provide invaluable daily support to students, faculty, and administrators.

April 07, 2015 Language Science Center receives NSF Training Grant!
The University of Maryland's Language Science Center (LSC) will receive a $3M grant, which is the first cohort of awards through the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program. read more >

April 01, 2015 NACS Students Awarded NSF Fellowship
NACS students Ruilong Hu and Srikanth Padmala have been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). In addition, NACS student Amritha Mallikarjun received an Honorable Mention for her proposal. read more >

March 25, 2015 Congratulations to Clare Sengupta!
NACS student Clare Sengupta was named a 2015-2016 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) scholar. The ARCS Foundation is a national organization that provides scholarships to U.S. graduates and undergraduates who study in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine. read more >

March 11, 2015 Jonathan Simon awarded NIH R01 grant!
NACS faculty Jonathan Simon was awarded an NIH R01 grant, "Auditory Scene Analysis and Temporal Cortical Computations." The research will further the understanding of how people are able to focus on an individual speaker in an environment with many sounds and voices. read more >

December 22, 2014 Catherine Carr and colleagues' paper top 5 most-read article in JEB in 2014
Catherine Carr and her colleagues' paper titled, "Biophysics of directional hearing in the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)," is ranked the top 5 most read research article of 2014 in the Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB). read more >

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 >



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