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December 10, 2018

Kikumoto, Mayr Research Featured in Around the O!

Research by doctoral candidate Atshusi Kikumoto and department chair Ulrich Mayr was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal eLife and featured in an edition of Around the O.

October 14, 2018

Passing of Helen Neville

Helen Neville

We report with great sadness that Professor Emerita Helen Neville passed away on Friday, October 12, after years of confounding and increasing health issues. According to Helen’s sister Keet, she went peacefully. Close family members and friends, including her son Justin who had arrived just in time from Scotland, were with her during the last days; she was aware of their presence.

Helen was one of the most influential and visionary psychologists and neuroscientists of her time. She has done groundbreaking work on  the neural basis of language, the plasticity of sensory/attentional/language systems, and most recently on how to leverage her insights in order to attack negative effects of poverty on the brain.

Helen has received a long list of prestigious awards, including the William James Fellow Award from APS and a membership in the National Academy of Science.

For the department and the university (which she joined in 1995) she was an extremely important and forceful presence. In particular the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging would not have happened without her tireless lobbying of the university administration and her engagement with donors.

Helen leaves behind an extended scientific family of former students, postdocs, and colleagues. In May of this year the department had hosted an event that celebrated Helen’s legacy. Members of this family came from across the country and from as far away as Sweden and Japan. It was clear from the contributions and conversations how important and influential Helen’s scientific and personal energy and style had been for everybody present. Fortunately, during that event Helen was still strong enough to receive the gratitude of those whose lives she had touched.

There likely will be an event to celebrate and acknowledge Helen’s life; we will post updates on our departmental website and on social media as the plans for this evolve. We have created a tribute page where people whose lives Helen touched can post thoughts, remembrances, testimonials, and so forth, that will be displayed and preserved on our website.

Our thoughts are with Helen’s close family and relatives.

August 14, 2018

Dr. Freyd Receives APA Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Freyd, who received an award from the Trauma Psychology division of the American Psychological Association! (more…)

May 20, 2018

State of the Department Report 2018

We are pleased to share our inaugural State of the Department Report for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. This report was compiled in response to a call from the Provost to set goals and monitor progress, and is an intended to be a frank assessment of our accomplishments for the present year and aspirations for the next. We think we had a pretty good year!

May 11, 2018

Award-winning Faculty Members

Three of our outstanding faculty members have won awards recently celebrating their impressive careers!

Dr. Dare Baldwin is a recipient of a 2018 Faculty Research Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation for her work on “Harnessing Pupillometry to Monitor Infants’ Auditory Health.”

Dr. Elliot Berkman has been awarded the Graduate Mentor Excellence award from the graduate school for his laudable skills as a mentor for graduate students, postdocs, and early career faculty.

Dr. Jennifer Freyd has earned her second fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University to pursue the research project “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sexual Violence: Individual, Institutional and Structural Forces.”

Congratulations to our faculty!

April 24, 2018

Department to Celebrate the Career of Dr. Helen Neville

The psychology department will gather in celebration of Dr. Helen Neville’s illustrious career and wish her a well-deserved retirement. Details for this celebration are below.

April 18, 2018

Department Participating in Brainhack Global

Several members of our department are working together to host a Brainhack on May 4-6 as part of a
global initiative. Save the date for this fun event!

Brainhack is a unique conference that convenes researchers across the globe from a myriad of disciplines to work together on innovative projects in neuroscience and psychology. Year after year, global Brainhack events have brought together researchers to participate in open collaboration, and regional Brainhack events help to continue the momentum.

Brainhack Global 2018 will unite regional events occurring the same week at 30+ different sites across 16 countries. We are participating as the only site in Oregon. Our site’s event is generously funded by the University of Oregon Graduate School, Robert and Beverly Lewis Center for Neuroimaging, UO Vice Provost for Research and Innovation, and UO Psychology Department.

If you’re interested in attending and want to receive updates on Brainhack 2018, please fill out this form.


What’s going to happen at Brainhack?

May 4: We will host a workshop to introduce attendees to open science, open data, and reproducible neuroimaging tools (i.e. GitHub, BIDS, fmriprep)

May 5 & 6: We will all contribute to projects during times for open hacking – attendees can either pitch project ideas to work on or join proposed project teams. Prior to our event, we will collect project ideas from attendees. Each team will present their progress at the end of Brainhack. There will also be mini-unconferences, which are an opportunity to discuss topics of interest with other attendees, related to their areas of expertise.

What kind of projects can I work on?

Current project pitches include contributing to open science programs, such as NeuroVault and Brain Imaging Data Structure Apps. We welcome any projects related to the study of the brain and/or behavior.

I have a project idea! How can I let others know about it?

Great! Please fill out this form to let others know about your project idea.

I don’t have a project idea. What should I do?

It’s okay if you don’t have a project idea of your own, because other projects will need your skills and support. Take a look at this spreadsheet to look at current project ideas. All skills are valued at a Brainhack–you can always be a beta tester.

I don’t have a background in neuroscience -and/or- I don’t have strong programming skills. Can I still attend?

Yes! All are welcome. The purpose of Brainhack is to bring together people with different skills to learn from one another.

April 16, 2018

Welcome New Faculty Members!

The department would like to extend warm welcomes to our five incoming new faculty members!

We are excited to be joined by these visionary scholars!

Drs. David Condon and Sara Weston will be joining our Social-Personality area faculty.

Drs. Sarah DuBrow and Ben Hutchinson will be joining our Cognitive Neuroscience area faculty.

Dr. Kathryn Mills will be joining our Developmental area faculty.

Welcome, all!

April 5, 2018

Professor Berkman Wins Prestigious APS Award

Dr. Elliot Berkman has been honored with a Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science. APS describes the winners of this prestigious reward thus:

Recipients reflect the best of the many new and cutting edge ideas coming out of our most creative and promising investigators who, together, embody the future of psychological science.

Dr. Berkman truly embodies the Janet Taylor Spence award. Congratulations, Dr. Berkman!

Read more about the Janet Taylor Spence award on APS’s website

Visit Dr. Berkman’s laboratory website

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