Marder to receive George A. Miller Prize at CNS 2012

Eve Marder, Professor of Biology and Head of the Division of Science, has been named the recipient of the 2012 George A. Miller Prize by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. The George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience was established in 1995 by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society to honor the innovative scholarship of George A. Miller whose many theoretical advances have so greatly influenced the discipline of cognitive neuroscience. The prize is awarded to the nominee whose career is characterized by distinguished and sustained scholarship and research at the cutting-edge of their discipline and that has in the past, or has the potential in the future to revolutionize cognitive neuroscience.

According to Leslie Griffith, Chair of Biology:

The awarding of this prize to Dr. Marder is a testament to the impact that her work has had on neuroscience at all levels. Over the years, her work on the stomatogastric ganglion, a small crustacean motor circuit, has provided insights into general principles of how all nervous systems function.  From the first descriptions of circuit plasticity and neuromodulation to her more recent work on the significance of biological variability, Marder has been a leader in establishing important principles of brain function.

Homarus pyloric rhythm (image by Dirk Bucher)

Wingfield Receives 2010 Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award

Update; BrandeisNOW has a in-depth profile on Prof. Wingfield.

Professor Arthur Wingfield is the 2010 recipient of the Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award. The $5000 award, given annually by the Margaret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation and Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association (APA), recognizes outstanding contributions to our understanding of adult development and aging. As part of the award, Wingfield will deliver a keynote address at the next annual meeting of the APA.

The number of adults age 65 or older in the US is expected to grow from 35 million in the year 2000, to 70.3 million in 2030.  Among this group, hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic medical condition, exceeded only by arthritis and hypertension.  The hearing loss associated with adult aging, or presbycusis (literally, “old hearing”) presents a more complex picture than many realize. Whether the loss is mild or more severe, the source is a thinning of hair cells located in the cochlea, a spiral-shaped structure about only the size of the nail on your little finger. There are also “higher level” effects that include the pathways from the cochea to the brain, and age-related changes in the auditory receiving areas of the brain itself. These biological changes result in the older listener expending attentional effort that is not only tiring, but can draw on resources that would ordinarily be available for encoding what has been heard in memory.

This recent award recognizes Wingfield and his Brandeis colleagues’ contributions to understanding this complex interaction between sensory and cognitive changes in adult aging.  Arthur Wingfield is the Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Neuroscience and director of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems at Brandeis.  His work has also been recognized by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association, and two successive MERIT Awards from the NIH’s National Institute on Aging.

Philosophy and Cognitive Science

DescartesOne of our neuroscience faculty (an experimentalist) has mentioned repeatedly what a shame it is that neuroscience students know so little about philosophy. Here’s your chance to hang out with some philosophers and rectify that.

Kevin Lande, an M.A. Philosophy student at Brandeis, writes;

Several members of the Philosophy department and graduate program are forming an interdisciplinary reading group of  professors and graduate students to discuss issues in the overlap of the philosophy of cognitive science with research in cognitive science and neuroscience. This would be an opportunity for people in different areas, with different interests and perspectives, to come together to discuss contemporary research or foundational issues. Meetings may be monthly (or, depending on how it goes, more frequently), and may revolve around a selected reading or, if possible, a guest presentation by a researcher in the Boston area.

There will be an organizational meeting March 11 at 2:00, in the Danielson Room in the Rabb building, rm. 338. Please contact Kevin Lande (kjlande at brandeis dot edu) with questions.

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