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Professor Olaf Sporns named American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow
IU's Professor Olaf Sporns has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read more about his appointment here. Congratulations Prof. Sporns!
The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think
Distinguished Professor Douglas Hofstadter is featured an Atlantic Monthly article "The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think" which describes how "we've lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means." Read about his "stubborn quest to replicate the human mind."
Professor Colin Allen awarded American Philosophical Association 2013 Barwise Prize
Professor Colin Allen, director of the Cognitive Science Program, has been awarded the American Philosophical Association 2013 Barwise Prize. The Barwise Prize, presented by the American Philosophical Association, in conjunction with the committee on philosophy and computers, is awarded for significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing. The Barwise Prize will be awarded to Professor Allen at the APA Eastern Division meeting in Baltimore in December. Congratulations Professor Allen!
IU Psychology Lecturer Ben Motz featured in Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Ben Motz, Senior Lecturer of Psychology at IU, has been featured in Trends in Cognitive Sciences. His paper on Cognitive Science movies can be found here. See also the Cognitive Science movie index, hosted at here at IU.
Now Accepting Applications for 2014 Matriculation
We are now accepting applications for 2014 fall matriculation. Deadline for domestic applicants is January 3, 2014; deadline for international applicants is December 1, 2013. Electronic application is required for both domestic and international applicants. You can apply online here.
We accept applications for fall admissions only. We do not admit students in the spring.
To get more information about Cognitive Science Program, please click to download an informational brochure.
Gary McGraw's "How I Got Here" Podcast
Gary McGraw received a dual Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at IU and is now CTO of Cigital, the world’s largest consulting firm specializing in software security. He was recently interviewed for the How I Got Here" podcast, where he discusses his childhood as a violin prodigy, his early introduction to personal computers with the Apple II, his first degree in philosophy, his decision to come to IU to study cognitive science with Douglas Hofstadter, and his start in software security.
Cognitive Science 2013 Annual Award Recipients
Outstanding Dissertation Award – Joseph Houpt
Outstanding Teaching Award – Ben Motz
Outstanding Research Award – Jennifer Trueblood
Daniel Smedema – Outstanding Contribution
Samuel Zorowitz and Lindsey Kitchell – Outstanding Research
Robert Hawkins – Outstanding achievement
Summer 2013 Research Scholarship Recipients
Cotie Long, working with Prof. Mike Jones and Melody DyeCongratulations to all our winners!
Katherine Samson, working with Prof. Shiffrin
Fred Diego, working at Learn Lab Summer Research Institute
Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarships
The Cognitive Science Program invites all undergraduate IU cognitive science majors to apply for a Cognitive Science Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship. Further information is available at http://www.cogs.indiana.edu/undergraduate/opportunities/undergraduate-summer-research-scholarships.php.
Testimonial from a recent Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellowhip recipient
From Sam Zorowitz, Johns Hopkins University and 2012-13 IU Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellow:
"I can honestly say that the IU VURF has been the most rewarding experience of my undergraduate career. Some highlights include being taught by some of the most distinguished minds in cognitive science; attending innumerable presentations on cutting-edge research both here at IU and internationally; and acquiring many new and invaluable skills, including Bayesian data analysis, programming for experimental design, and large-scale information visualization. Most importantly though, I have spent the year working closely under two incredible, supportive advisors on a number of exciting research projects. In fact, under their guidance, I am now conducting my very own experiments!
"Of course, it's not all just about work. Bloomington is a lively and gorgeous city with a serious penchant for fine arts and international cuisine. By bike or bus, it is easy to get out and enjoy great music at any of the many venues on- or off-campus; the best in film at IU's own cinema (tickets are often free!); and then go grab a bite to eat at one of the literally hundreds of fantastic restaurants around town. As excited as I am to head back home, I'll never forget the experiences I've had this year as a Hoosier!"
Resources for K12 Science Teachers
|Welcome K12 science teachers! Please visit the webpage http://cogs.indiana.edu/k12, a new and evolving project by the IU Cognitive Science Program to provide information and resources about cognitive science to K12 teachers and their students.|| |
Izabela Kenney, Undergraduate Advisor at HASTI Conference
IU to offer free Information Visualization massive open online course designed to illustrate data
Indiana University's Katy Börner, the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science and an international leader in information visualization, will offer a free massive open online course on the topic beginning Jan. 22. Read more here!
Assistant Professor Michael Jones receives FABBS Early Career Investigator Award.
Mike Jones recently received the 2012 Early Career Investigator Award from the Federation of Associations of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) for his work in computational models of cognition. FABBS is the overarching federation that represents the major societies of behavioral and brain sciences. The award is presented to early career scientists of FABBS member societies during the first 10 years post-PhD and recognizes scientists who have made outstanding research contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.
IU Scientists Win Best Paper at International Conference on Development and Learning
Indiana University Profs. George Kachergis, Richard Shiffrin and Chen Yu won Best Paper in the category of Experiment Combined with Computational Model at the International Conference on Development and Learning for their paper "Cross-situational Word Learning is Better Modeled by Associations than Hypotheses."! Check out the ICDL site for more info!
Professor Linda Smith to Receive 2013 APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions
Linda Smith has been selected to receive the 2013 APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions. The award "honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology.
'Google of the brain' neuroimaging project receives $2.5 million NIH grant
Indiana University Bloomington cognitive scientist Michael Jones, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Colorado, University of Texas at Austin and Washington University in St. Louis, was awarded $2.5 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop an automated system for large-scale synthesis of human neuroimaging data... More at IU's News Page
Ph.D. Program Application for Fall 2013
The Cognitive Science Program is currently accepting applications for the Ph.D. program for 2013 fall matriculation. Information about the application procedure is available at Admission to the Cognitive Science Ph.D. Program. Deadline for international applicants is 12/01/12. Deadline for domestic applications is 01/15/13. Deadline to apply for the IGERT Traineeship is 12/31/2012.
"What Can We Do With 500 Billion Words?" Workshop Coming to IU
This workshop, chaired by Colin Allen and Melody Dye, will bring together a diverse group of pioneering scholars who are united both by their interest in learning and communication, and in developing new applications for these groundbreaking methods. The aim will be to forge connections between disparate strands of knowledge and expertise, and to engender cross-disciplinary collaborations that will establish points of contact between traditionally demarcated areas of language study.
More at What Can We Do With 500 Billion Words?
Professor Linda Smith Awarded 2013 Rumelhart Prize
Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Linda B. Smith who received the prestigious Rumelhart Prize during the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Sapporo, Japan. Read the IU News Release.
Graduate Student Orientation Guide
Welcome new graduate students! The Graduate Student Orientation Guide is now available.
The Cognitive Science Program is currently accepting applications for the Ph.D. program for 2012 fall matriculation.
The Cognitive Science Program is currently accepting applications for the Ph.D. program for 2012 fall matriculation. Information about the application procedure is available at Admission to the Cognitive Science Ph.D. Program.
George Kachergis Wins Marr Prize
Congratulations to George Kachergis who won this year's Marr prize for the best student paper at the annual Cognitive Science meeting in Japan.
Ronak Shah Receives an Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Award
Congratulations to graduating senior Ronak Shah, who was awarded an Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Award. These awards, established by Elvis J. Stahr, 12th president of Indiana University, are based on scholarship, leadership, personality and service.
Dr. Robert Nosofsky wins the 2012 Howard Crosby Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Nosofsky, winner of the 2012 Howard Crosby Warren Medal from the Society of Experimental Psychologists for "his singular achievement in developing and testing exemplar models of cognition, with particular focus on the critical importance of psychological similarity and attention."
Dr. Jerome Busemeyer Named a Provost Professor
Congratulations to Dr. Jerome Busemeyer who has been named a Provost Professor.
Kate Sanders Wins Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
Kate Sanders, with support from Professor Peter Todd, was selected as a recipient of a 2012 Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Congratulations, Kate!
Professor Michael Jones Wins Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
Congratulations to Professor Michael Jones, winner of a prestigious Outstanding Junior Faculty Award!
Professors Colin Allen and Katy Börner Win Grant to Explore 'Big Data'
A team of researchers, including principal investigators Professors Colin Allen and Katy Börner, have won a grant to "demonstrate how large-scale data repositories with millions of books can change the nature of research for the humanities and social sciences. Their 'Digging by Debating' project combines the power of 'scientometrics' with the interpretative strategies of the humanities to tackle the particularly challenging issue of understanding the boundary between science and philosophy." Read more in the IU press release.
Visiting Undergraduate Research Applications Available
The IU Cognitive Science Program invites upper-level undergraduate students not enrolled at IU Bloomington and students who are graduating from colleges other than IU Bloomington to apply to the Cognitive Science Visiting Undergraduate Program.
Professor Katy Börner Receives Fellow Distinction from AAAS
Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science, School of Library and Information Science, Professor Katy Börner, has been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science "[f]or pioneering work on network science infrastructure development, the scientific analysis, modeling, and visualization of science itself, and curatorship of the international 'Places & Spaces: Mapping Science' exhibit." See the IU news release. Congratulations Professor Börner!
Ph.D. Program Application for Fall 2012
The Cognitive Science Program is currently accepting applications for the Ph.D. program for 2012 fall matriculation. Information about the application procedure is available at Admission to the Cognitive Science Ph.D. Program. Deadline for international applicants is 12/01/11. Deadline for domestic applications is 01/15/12. Deadline to apply for the IGERT Traineeship is 12/31/2011.
Professor Katy Börner Wins ASIS&T Best Information Science Book Award
Congratulations to Professor Katy Börner, winner of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) best Information Science book published in 2010 for her work Atlas of Science: Visualizing What We Know (MIT). This annual award, is given to the author of an outstanding book relevant to the information sciences, including all communication activities and information science and technology fields defined in the purpose of ASIS&T. Books are judged on their importance to information science and technology, readability, validity, originality, research significance and scholarship.
In announcing Börner's achievement, the jury praises her book:
"In the Atlas of Science, Katy Börner has generalized a key component of information science, drawing on all the relevant work in many fields, and brought it into the broader world of science in a particularly thorough and beautiful way. Börner's fundamental interest is in informetrics, one of the three basic branches of information science, and the “atlas” is a series of representations of science through bibliometric means. She ranges across efforts made in many fields, but all from a scientometric perspective, and she gives full recognition to major scholars in information science who have contributed to that development. Börner has brought scientometrics fully into the spotlight of the 21st-century world of multimedia visualization. This is the sort of representation of informetrics that will get the attention of the wider world for information science. The author’s own agenda for visualization in the introduction and in the overall organization of the book makes it unique and distinct among comparable efforts. The Atlas is impressively designed and produced - a triumph of scholarship and a reader’s delight."
Professor Peter Todd Receives Grant to Fund Seminar on Policy, Food
Peter Todd, professor of Cognitive Science, Informatics and Psychology, and Richard Wilk, professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, were awarded a $172,000 grant to support their upcoming seminar on food, “Food Choice, Freedom and Politics”. The grant was awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through its Sawyer Seminars program where only a few universities are asked to even compete for the funding. See the Indiana University Press Release for details.
Brendan Johns Wins Marr Prize
Brendan Johns is the winner of the Marr Prize at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. This award is given to the conference paper submitted by a graduate student and judged to be most outstanding. Congratulations, Brendan!
Cognitive Science Kick-Off Picnic
Date: Sunday, September 4, 2011
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 p.m
Location: The Woodlawn Shelter house located at the northeast corner of Bryan Park
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with cognitive science faculty, staff and students. Please email Susan Towle for RSVP.
Ronak Shah Wins Jeanice Bartling Lewis Memorial Scholarship
Ronak Shah, an undergraduate student in the Cognitive Science Program, won the 2011-2012 Jeanice Bartling Lewis Memorial Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences through the Senior Scholarship Competition. Congratulations, Ronak!
Jaimie Murdock Wins Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
Jaimie Murdock, with support from Professors Larry Yeager and Colin Allen, was selected as a recipient of a 2011 Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Congratulations, Jaimie!
PhD. Program Application for fall 2011
The Cognitive Science Program is currently accepting applications for the Ph.D. program for 2011 fall matriculation. Information about the application procedure is available at Admission to the Cognitive Science Ph.D. Program.
Welcome New Graduate Students
Welcome new graduate students. The Graduate Student Orientation Guide is now available.
Chris Honey Wins Dissertation Award
Chris Honey, 2009 Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, was chosen as one of the recipients of the 2009-2010 James McKeen Cattell Dissertation competition sponsored by the Psychology Section of the New York Academy of Sciences, for his dissertation "Fluctuation and Flows in Large-Scale Brain Networks."
Congratulations to the 11 Cognitive Science Program undergraduate students made the College of Arts and Science Dean’s list, with their spring semester 2010 GPA at or above 3.7. Click here to see the full list.
IU's David Pisoni honored by Acoustical Society of America
David B. Pisoni, Chancellor's Professor of psychology and cognitive science at Indiana University Bloomington and adjunct professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the IU School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the Silver Medal in Speech Communication, awarded by the Acoustical Society of America. (See http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/14472.html for more information.)
Ronak Shah gets Wells Scholarship
Ronak Shah has been named a recipient of the prestigious Wells Scholarship. The Wells Scholarship, based solely on merit, provides full tuition and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. Shah has been heavily involved in the Student Organization for Cognitive Science (SOCS), the Indiana Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science, and the Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference.
When asked about receiving the Wells Scholarship, Shah replied, "I'm honored. I've had the opportunity to meet a number of the Wells Scholars over the years, and it's a really brilliant set of students, creative and thoughtful and refreshingly passionate. As much as I'm grateful for the opportunities offered by the program, I'm also really looking forward to getting to know the community better."
Colin Allen receives Humboldt Research Award
Colin Allen, professor of History and Philosophy of Science and Cognitive Science, has been chosen by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to receive a Humboldt Research Award. See the Indiana University Press Release for details.
Professor Michael Dunn Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Professor Michael Dunn was elected as a 2010 fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Michael Dunn is an Oscar R. Ewing Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Professor Emeritus of Informatics, Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Science, and Founding Dean of the School of Informatics at Indiana University.
Nicole Beckage Wins Provost Award
Congratulations to graduating senior Nicole Beckage and Professors Linda Smith and Peter Todd on their research collaboration that resulted in Nicole getting a 2010 Provost Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity in Social and Applied Sciences. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in five categories: Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Social and Applied Sciences, Professional Inquiry, Performing and Creative Arts,and Humanities.
Nicole and Professor Todd collaborated on a paper titled: “Testing sequential patterns in human mate choice using speed-dating”. Nicole and Prof Linda Smith co-wrote a paper titled: “Semantic Network Connectivity is Related to Vocabulary Growth Rate in Children”.
Cognitive Science Newsletter: Mind Reader
The Spring 2010 edition of the IU Cognitive Science Program newsletter, Mind Reader, is now available. The Mind Reader newsletter is published by the Indiana University Alumni Association, in cooperation with the Cognitive Science Program and the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association, to encourage alumni interest in and support for Indiana University. For activities and membership information, call (800) 824-3044 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Registration - Undergraduate Course Information
Attention undergraduates! Course descriptions (and some syllabi) for courses offered Fall 2010 are available at http://www.cogs.indiana.edu/academic/undercourses.html. Please contact the Cognitive Science Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Izabela Ziolkowska-Kenney, at firstname.lastname@example.org for answers to your questions and for more information about courses and progression to your degree.
2010 Cognitive Science Robotics Open House
The robotics groups led by Professors Randall Beer, Kris Hauser, Selma Sabanovic, and Matthias Scheutz invite you to a Robotics Open House to be held on Friday, April 16th 2010 from 4-7pm at the R-House Living Lab (919 E. 13th Street, Bloomington IN 47408). This event showcases work from research education in robotics, human-robot interaction, and cognitive science including live demonstrations and computer simulations. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Full details can be found at http://www.indiana.edu/~rhaus/News/Entries/2010/4/16_IU_ROBOTICS_OPEN_HOUSE_AT_THE_R-HOUSE.html.
Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarships
The Cognitive Science Program invites all undergraduate Cognitive Science majors to apply for a 2010 Cognitive Science Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship. The application deadline is March 1, 2010. Application details are available at http://www.cogs.indiana.edu/academic/scholar.html.
2010-2011 Indiana University Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University, Bloomington, invites upper-level undergraduate students and students who are graduating from college to apply for the Cognitive Science Visiting Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
The fellowship is designed to give students interested in Cognitive Science an opportunity to design and conduct their own research while working closely with a faculty mentor, at one of the top Cognitive Science programs in the country, for a full academic year.
Students selected for the program may enroll in up to 17 credits per semester, but will be expected to devote a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester to research approved by the Cognitive Science Program. Students will also have the option to enroll in our outstanding undergraduate courses. The Cognitive Science Undergraduate Program stresses skills acquisition, and aims to foster the abilities that make students into scientists. The application deadline is April 19, 2010, and those who are accepted will be notified by early May.
Further information about the fellowship and an application form is at http://www.cogs.indiana.edu/academic/visit.html.
Nominations Sought for Undergraduate Awards
The Cognitive Science Program is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Outstanding Undergraduate Awards in the three categories:
Each student who receives an award will be recognized at the spring reception in March, and will receive a plaque and an honorarium. The students’ names will also be added to the cumulative plaque on display in the Cognitive Science Program offices. These awards are made on annual basis.
We encourage faculty to nominate outstanding juniors and seniors majoring in Cognitive Science by sending an e-mail message to the Cognitive Science Program at: email@example.com. Be sure to indicate the award for which you are nominating the student, and explain why you think the student should be selected.
Deadline for nominations: Friday, January 29, 2010.
2009 Winners of Undergraduate Awards:
For winners in previous years, please visit http://www.cogs.indiana.edu/events/awardee.html.
IGERT Graduate Fellowships - Application Deadline Sunday, January 24.
The Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University invites applications from outstanding students for its NSF-funded graduate training program in the dynamics of brain-body-environment systems in behavior and cognition.
The goal of the program is to train graduate students to think across traditional levels of analysis in the cognitive, behavioral and brain sciences. In order to accomplish this goal, we have developed new courses in situated, embodied and dynamical cognitive science, a professional development seminar, summer research internships, an annual research showcase and a colloquium series offering extended opportunities for trainees to interact with visiting speakers.
Benefits for students entering this program include a $30,000 annual stipend, full tuition, and coverage of additional fees and health insurance.
Our interdisciplinary training group includes cognitive science faculty from the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Physics, and History & Philosophy of Science, as well as from the School of Informatics and Computing. In addition, we have strong partnerships with top researchers in the fields of dynamical, embodied and situated approaches to behavior and cognition, both nationally and internationally.
Our program promotes and values a diverse scientific community.
Professor Elinor Ostrom wins Nobel Prize for Economics
Elinor Ostrom, the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, has been named the co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics. A voting member of the Cognitive Science Program, Elinor Ostrom co-founded IU¹s Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis in 1973 with her husband Vincent Ostrom. She is the first woman to receive the Nobel prize in economics, and has conducted seminal institutional analyses and development frameworks that have provided a common structure for research on both urban and environmental policy issues over many decades. The framework enables the researchers to analyze diversely structured markets, hierarchies, common-property regimes, and local public economies using a common set of universal components.
Richard Shiffrin Wins 2009 Henry R. Besch, Jr. Promotion of Excellence Award
Dr. Richard Shiffrin has won the 2009 Henry R. Besch, Jr. Promotion of Excellence Award. This award is given by the Indiana University Alliance of Distinguished and Titled Professors, and recognizes outstanding service at Indiana University. One of Dr. Shiffrin's many service contributions to Indiana University includes being the founding co-director of the Indiana University Alliance of Distinguished and Titled Professors. Additional local services to Indiana University include being the founding director of the Indiana University Cognitive Science Program, and chairing the committee to form a School of Informatics at Indiana University.
Ph.D. Program Application for Fall 2010
The Cognitive Science Program is currently accepting applications for the Ph.D. program for 2010 fall matriculation. Information about the application procedure is available at Admission to the Cognitive Science Ph.D. Program.
IU Cognitive Scientists Receive $3.1 million for Innovative Training Methods
Cognitive scientists at Indiana University Bloomington received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create and employ innovative methods for training future scientists. For more information see the IU News Room press release.
Cognitive Science Newsletter: Mind Reader
The inaugural edition of the IU Cognitive Science Program newsletter, Mind Reader, is now available. The Mind Reader newsletter is published by the Indiana University Alumni Association, in cooperation with the Cognitive Science Program and the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association, to encourage alumni interest in and support for Indiana University. For activities and membership information, call (800) 824-3044 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Student Orientation Guide
Welcome new graduate students. The Graduate Student Orientation Guide is now available.
SOCS Callout Meeting
The Student Organization for Cognitive Science (SOCS) invites all students interested in cognitive science and related fields to the call-out meeting on Thursday, September 10, from 5-7 p.m. Semester plans will be discussed over some free pizza.
When: Thursday, September 10, 5-7 p.m.
Where: IMU Faculty Room (above the University Club, by Whittenberger Auditorium)
What: Discussion of semester activities and free pizza
Who: Majors and non-majors welcome!
The Student Organization for Cognitive Science organizes a variety of activities including professor dinners, movie nights, TED parties, and discussions.
For more information, visit the SOCS website.
To be added to the SOCS mailing list, send 'subscribe socs-l' to email@example.com
Chancellor's Professor Linda Smith is awarded the OWA Distinguished Scholar
On Monday, May 11, Chancellor's Professor Linda Smith, Chair of Psychological and Brain Sciences Department and Member of the Cognitive Science Program, was awarded the 2009 Office of Women's Affairs Distinguished Scholar Award. She was recognized for her influential and ground-breaking work in cognitive development on mechanisms by which children learn to perceive their world, act in an adaptive and effective manner, and use language.
Cognitive Science Kick-Off Picnic
Date: Sunday, August 30
Time: 2:00 – 6:00 p.m
Location: Stone Age Institute
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with cognitive science faculty, staff and students. Please email Susan Towle for directions.
Apophenia is group that meets weekly over dinner to discuss cognition-related papers and book chapters. Readings are member-suggested and vary widely. All are welcome.
The mailing list with meeting announcements can be subscribed to by emailing 'subscribe apophenia-l' to : firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and a list of past readings, see http://apophenia.wikidot.com.
Peter Todd Recipient of Sustainability Teaching Award
The first Sustainability and Environmental Literacy Leadership Award has been given to Peter Todd, Department of Cognitive Science and the School of Informatics, and Richard Wilk, departments of Anthropology and Gender Studies.
This award helps "fulfill one of the primary goals of IU's new sustainability initiative," said Michael Hamburger, co-chair of the IU Task Force on Campus Sustainability, associate dean of faculties, and professor of geological science. "They bring together IU's academic strengths in sciences, humanities and the professional schools to address some of society's most daunting challenges. Together, they will help us build -- and sustain -- a growing community of faculty and students engaged in issues of sustainability and environmental literacy."
Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference
The Indiana University Student Organization for Cognitive Science and the Indiana University Cognitive Science Program are pleased to announce the Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference on the weekend of April 4-5, 2009 in Bloomington, Indiana.
This conference is organized as to provide the next generation of cognitive scientists an opportunity to present their research to their peers from across the Midwest.
2009 Cognitive Science Robotics Open House
The Cognitive Science Robotics groups led by Prof. Randall Beer and Prof. Matthias Scheutz invite you to a Robotics Open House, to be held on May 1, from 4:00-7:00pm on the 8th floor of the West Wing of Eigenmann Hall. The Open House will feature presentations about research going on in both groups and will include various live demonstrations on robots and in computer simulations. In particular, you will see CRAMER, the friendly interactive humanoid, an autonomous Segway platform moving to natural language commands, an autonomous robot photographer taking pictures, an autonomous walking hexapod controlled by a neural network, a robotic vocal tract producing natural sounds, a robotic head with attached arm showing binocular vision-guided reaching, a gantry robot, as well as various computer simulations of artificial agents performing tasks in simulated environments, and demos of gesture recognition and natural language processing. The exhibition is free and open to all, so please feel free to bring your family and friends. Refreshments will be served.
Kate Sanders Named Cox Research Scholar
Cognitive Science freshman Kate Sanders has been named a Cox Research Scholar. The Cox Research Scholars Program features four years of undergraduate research opportunity, during which students and faculty mentors work side-by-side on research projects and creative efforts. The scholarship has a total value of more than $60,000 over four years, providing funds for tuition, fees, books, room and board and also a research stipend.
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2009 Cognitive Science Ph.D. Program Admission is Now Open
Please visit http://www.cogs.indiana.edu/academic/admissions.html for more info.
IU Artificial Life Research is presented on the Discovery Channel's NextWorld show.
The research of computer scientist Dr. Larry Yaeger, Professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science, will be presented on the Discovery Channel's NextWorld show this August 13 at 8:00 PM. The show explores some of the most amazing technologies, science, ideas and trends that we will encounter over the next 20 years. The stories speak to some of the amazing things happening in the world of science thanks to what we refer to as the "technology avalanche" now occurring. Dr. Yaeger's segment features research on artifical life, artificial intelligence, and his own work on Polyworld, a platform for exploring the idea that life can be created artificially on computers, not just through biochemistry.
Olaf Sporns to Receive Distinquished Faculty Award
The College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Association Board will honor IU Cognitive Scientist Olaf Sporns with the 2008 Distinguished Faculty Award at a banquet on November 7. For more information, please check back later at http://www.indiana.edu/~college/alumni/office/banquet.shtml.
Annual Summer Picnic for Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science (ASPIC)
Date: Sunday, August 31
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m
Location: Stone Age Institute
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with cognitive science faculty, staff and students.
Dr. Colin Allen, Professor of Cognitive Science and History and Philosophy of Science, wins 2008 Faculty Mentor Award
The IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization is pleased to announce that Dr. Colin Allen was selected as recipient of the 2008 Faculty Mentor Award. The GPSO established this award to recognize and generate appreciation for faculty members who are outstanding mentors to graduate and professional students. Good mentorship is an important aspect in the professional and academic, as well as personal development, of students. A good mentor guides and assists the student in refining strong research and teaching skills, while remaining respectful of the student’s own interests, ideas and goals. Mentorship may come in such forms as: encouraging participation in conferences and the publication of research; providing research or teaching opportunities; providing assistance in finding internships or post-degree employment; providing networking opportunities and contacts with other scholars in the field; encouraging continued learning, both through coursework and through practical experience, and supporting the personal life of the individual student. Dr. Allen was nominated for exemplifying a good mentor in these and other ways.
Robotics Exhibition - Friday, April 25
The Cognitive Science Robotics Laboratory invites you to a Robotics Exhibition, to be held on Friday, April 25th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on the 8th floor of the West Wing of Eigenmann Hall. This exhibition will feature robots built by IU students, including the IU Robotics Club and the Spring 2008 Autonomous Robotics class, as well as robots used in ongoing research in the lab. Robots to be demonstrated include a robotic saxophone player, robotic hands and arms, bipedal and hexapedal walkers, a robotic head and expressive upper torso, and an autonomous Segway platform. The exhibition is free and open to all, so please feel free to bring your family and friends. Refreshments will be served.
Visiting Undergraduate Research
Attention, colleagues, friends and/or interested parties at other colleges/ universities- announcing the IUB visiting undergraduate research opportunity!
The Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University, Bloomington invites upper-level undergraduate students and students who are graduating from college to apply to the Cognitive Science Visiting Undergraduate Program.
The program is designed to give students interested in Cognitive Science an opportunity to design and conduct their own research while working closely with a faculty mentor, at the top Cognitive Science Program in the country, for a full academic year. More details may be found on this site under “academics”, then “fellowship”.
Using Facebook for Social Psychology Research
The research of Indiana University Professor of Cognitive Science and Psychological and Brain Sciences Dr. Eliot Smith was reported by the New York Times as part of a new movement to use the web site Facebook for research. Facebook¹s network of 58 million active users and its status as the sixth-most-trafficked Web site in the United States have made it an irresistible subject for many types of academic research. Dr. Smith is using Facebook to study how people meet and learn more about potential romantic partners. Read the full New York Times story at: Read the story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/17/style/17facebook.html
Indiana University's William Timberlake honored by Pavlovian Society
William Timberlake, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Cognitive Science Program, recently was presented with the Pavlovian Research Award by the Pavlovian Society. Timberlake received the award at the society's annual meeting in October in Austin, Texas. It was awarded "in recognition of seminal and creative contributions to understanding Pavlovian conditioning in the broader behavioral and ecological context of living organisms." For more details, see http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/6678.html
Professor Linda Smith is elected a 2007 fellow of the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences
Dr. Linda Smith, Chancellor's Professor and Chair of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, and voting member of the Cognitive Science Program, was elected as a new fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was joined by 202 other fellow scholars, scientists, artists, and leaders, including former Vice President Albert Gore, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, director Spike Lee, pianist Emanuel Ax, and cognitive scientist Rodney Brooks. This esteemed society was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, and John Hancock. The Academy will welcome this year¹s new class at its annual Induction Ceremony on October 6, at the Academy¹s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Listen to Professor Colin Allen's Philosophy Talk Interview
An audio stream of Professor Colin Allen's interview on the topic of animal minds on Philosophy Talk is available for download. Philosophy Talk is a weekly, one-hour radio series hosted by Stanford University philosophers Ken Taylor and John Perry.
Scientist Discusses Potential of Video Games for Learning
Sasha Barab, Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and also the Indiana University Cognitive Science Program, was invited as one of three experts to a MacArthur Foundation panel discussion on the question "Do Video Games Help Kids Learn?"
Colin Allen, professor of Cognitive Science and History and Philosophy of Science, and Karola Stotz, post-doctoral fellow in the Cognitive Science Program, were recently named recipients of a Faculty Research Support Program award from the Vice Provost for Research. This award is for their proposal to host a symposium at Indiana University, Bloomingon, March 23-25, 2007, on "Reconciling Nature and Nurture in the Study of Behavior.
Visiting Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate students are invited to apply for the Cognitive Science Visiting Undergraduate Program. The deadline has been extended to February 9, 2007.
The IU Cognitive Science Robotics Laboratory held an open house Friday, January 12. A video of the event is available at HeraldTimesOnline.com.
Ph.D. Program Application for Fall 2007
The Cognitive Science Program is currently accepting applications for the Ph.D. program for 2007 fall matriculation. Information about the application procedure is available at Admission to the Cognitive Science Ph.D. Program.
Faculty Position Beginning Fall, 2007
As part of a series of new appointments, the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University seeks a junior level appointment in the general area of intersection of cognitive science and robotics. Applicants with expertise in any aspect of embodied cognitive science are welcome, but we are particularly interested in those with expertise in evolutionary robotics and/or dynamical approaches to cognition. Applicants should have a record that demonstrates an excellent potential in the areas of research and teaching. Successful applicants will take a leadership role in the ongoing development of a new, state-of-the-art robotics laboratory for teaching and research. Indiana University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Applications from women and minority group members are especially encouraged. Applicants should send full dossiers, including three letters of recommendation. As far as possible, e-mail all materials (ideally in PDF format) to email@example.com. Materials may also be mailed to Professor Randall Beer, Robotics Search Committee, Cognitive Science Program, Eigenmann 819, 1910 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN 47406-7512. Applications received by November 1, 2006 are assured full consideration.
You can also download a PDF version.
New Online Undergraduate Journal
The Indiana Archives of Cognitive Science (IACS) recently published the inaugural edition of the Indiana Undergraduate Journal of Cognitive Science. This online journal is a collection of undergraduate work in various disciplines within cognitive science.
Graduate Student Orientation Guide
The 2006-07 Graduate Student Orientation Guide is now available online.
Air Force Announces Research Initiative
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has announced a new Multidisciplinary Research Initiative on the topic of building bridges between neuroscience, cognition, and human decision making. This is a 5 year , multimillion dollar project.
William Estes Honored by Scientists in Special FABBS Program
William Estes Ph.D. of Indiana University, a recognized giant in the behavioral sciences, is the current Featured Honoree on the site of the Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Estes has dedicated more than 60 years of his life advancing empirical and theoretical issues in psychology and this work has resulted in numerous ground-breaking discoveries. Alice Healy Ph.D. from the University of Colorado organized the effort to make this honor a reality. Read about this impressive scientist. (Note that all previous honorees remain listed in the Gallery of Honorees.)
Cognitive Science Student Receives Research Grant and Award
Indiana University-Bloomington student and Fairfield native, Michael Amlung has been awarded the Mary B. Orvis Award Grant in the Amount of $2,850.00. This award fund was set up to encourage research experience and training of Indiana University Students based on the Bloomington campus in the I.U. Department of Psychiatry at the I.U. School of Medicine (IUSOM). In addition to this award, Mr. Amlung is also the recipient of a 2006 Hutton Honors College Summer Research Grant in the amount of $2,000.00. Both awards will be put towards a independent research project that will be completed during summer, 2006.
Together with Dr. R. Andrew Chambers, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (IUSOM), Mr. Amlung will be examining the effects of developmental lesions to the rat nucleus accumbens on psychiatric and addiction-related phenotypes expressed in adulthood. Neonatal NAc lesions have yet to be studied and the specific role of the NAc in developmental neuropsychiatric disorders is unknown. A second, related focus of this study is to examine NAc-lesioned rats’ responsivity to repeated injections of cocaine. This data will provide further insight into the importance of the NAc in a rat model of addictive behavior and schizophrenia, specifically as an indirect model of abnormal activation of dopaminergic neurons in the nucleus accumbens.
Mr. Amlung is a Senior at I.U. Bloomington studying Cognitive Science and Psychology with plans to attend graduate school in Neuroscience. He is a native of Fairfield, OH and a 2003 graduate of Fairfield Senior High School.
For further inquiries, please contact R. Andrew Chambers, M.D. - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, at (317) 278-1716.
Air Force Young Investigator Research Program
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has announced the Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).
As indicated in the BAA, the AFOSR’s Young Investigator Research Program is to support scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering. The individual award will be made to a U.S. institution of higher education, industrial laboratory, or non-profit research organization where the principal investigator is employed on a full-time basis and holds a regular position. Each award will be funded at $100K or more per year for three years.
Please encourage the (outstanding) young investigators in your research areas to apply to this program. (The proposal is due 4:00 PM, EDT, 20 July 2006).
Indiana Archives of Cognitive Science
The Cognitive Science Program has recently launched a new project to create a new undergraduate cognitive science web forum. This new project, named the Indiana Archives of Cognitive Science (IACS), provides information about the field of cognitive science, profiles of cognitive science programs across the nation, information about undergraduate and graduate study, and much more.
The production team is seeking any students who are interested in helping with this project. Individuals with web design and HTML experience are especially encouraged to participate. If you are interested in participating, please contact Michael Amlung at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please contact: Michael Amlung Cognitive Science Program Intern Executive Editor, IACS email@example.com
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Cognition and Decision Program, seeks proposals to advance the understanding of higher cognitive processes, especially problem solving and decision making, through a combination of experimentation, computational and/or mathematical modeling. Contact:
Jerome R. Busemeyer, Manager, Cognition & Decision Program
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Voice: 703-696-8421, Fax: 703-696-8449
The Society of Experimental Psychologists (SEP) elected three IU faculty members (all members of the Cognitive Science program) to Fellowship in this illustrious society: Jerry Busemeyer, Linda Smith and Joe Steinmetz, constituting 1/3 of this year¹s honorees (a maximum of nine can be elected annually). In addition, David Huber, a former psychology graduate student of Rich Shiffrin's received this year's Young Investigator Award from the SEP.
Photo Gallery of Cognitive Science Program Events
A new photo gallery has been created to demonstrate interesting photos taken in various Cognitive Science Program activities. Have a look and share our fun!
Professor Goldstone Named Chancellor's Professor
Professor Rob Goldstone received the prestigious Chancellor's Professor award. These professorships are meant to bring significant honor to those members of the faculty who have achieved local, national, and international distinction in both teaching and research/creative activity and their interaction.
Faculty selected for Chancellor’s Professorships will carry the title for the remainder of their careers at Indiana University. The successful candidate(s) also will be given a $2,500 award for each of the first three years and a $5,000 grant to be used on a project of their choice to demonstrate the ways in which teaching and research are mutually reinforcing.
Dr. Goldstone's research involves the application of complex adaptive system models to the study of how individual people learn and perceive, and how groups of people organize themselves into emergent structures which none of the individuals in the group may understand or even perceive. His laboratory is currently exploring interactions between perceptual and conceptual learning, methods for learning abstract concepts using computer simulations, the perception of similarity and analogy, and group behavior from a complex systems perspective.