Next week, the Ed. Neuro. Lab will be making multiple presentations around the UW-Madison campus. First, our URS students, Grace George and Taylor Shiff will be presenting at the URS Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, April 10. In addition, Ed will be giving two presentations, on Tuesday April 8 as part of the Waisman Early Childhood Seminar Series and on Friday, April 11 in the Neuroscience and Public Policy Seminar.
Our PhD student, Liz Toomarian was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to fund the next three years of her graduate studies. Out of 14000 applicants, only 2000 Fellowships were awarded. Liz is one of only 30 grad students at UW-Madison who received an NSF Fellowship this year, and one of 35 people in the entire country to receive an award in the Psychology-Cognitive Neuroscience area. Congratulations, Liz!
On February 18, Ed and MELD Lab PI Percival Matthews had the honor of jointly speaking to the Bascom Hill Society, the oldest organization for supporters of the University of Wisconsin. Our talk, titled “Connecting Education and Neuroscience to get the Whole Picture” focuses on linking our understanding of cognitive development, neuroscience and education to better understand the difficulties that many children have with fractions, and to, in turn, better understand how improve fractions instruction.
At 7:00 pm next Thursday, March 6, Ed will be interviewed for local radio station WORT-FM’s “Perpetual Notion Machine” program, focusing on the learning processes in the brain. Ed will talk about what is known about how brains shape, and are shaped by, various learning experiences, leading to specialized systems in the brain for reading, math and a number of other skills.
The Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia was featured in a new blog post by author and synesthete Maureen Seaberg over at Psychology Today. Maureen’s blog, titled Tasting the Universe, discusses a number of issues related to synesthesia, including famous synesthetes, recent research and other happenings of interest to the synesthesia community. Today, she reviewed the Oxford Handbook and quoted me and my co-editor, Julia Simner, extensively about the process of writing a Handbook of this scope.
“The Pre-School Genius: Teaching Math and Science to Early Learners” Panel that Ed was part of for the Wisconsin Science Fest is now available on Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place. The video is about 90 minutes long, and includes Ed, Anita Wagar from Curriculum and Instruction, Rosemarie Truglio, senior vice president of education and research at Sesame Workshop and Rachel Connolly, education director at NOVA. So, we go from baby brains to Sesame Street to NOVA in about 90 minutes! The School of Education has also posted a brief write up about the panel here.
The Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia is now also available (with subscription) through the Oxford Handbooks Online web catalog, with all of the same content that is available in the hardcover version, plus links to a variety of other related content. You can find the electronic version of the book here. Don’t forget that there is also a google books preview of the book available here.
Our very own Abigail Zellner presented her work in the Biology 152 poster session yesterday, December 12. We took a few pictures of Abbie and her excellent poster, and have added them to our pictures page.
The School of Education news page has also released a brief announcement about the publication of the Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia. They quote from the Oxford University Press press release, stating:
Synesthesia is a fascinating phenomenon which has captured the imagination of scientists and artists alike. This inherited condition gives rise to a kind of ‘merging of the senses,’ and so for those who experience it, everyday activities like reading or listening to music trigger extraordinary impressions of colors, tastes, smells, shapes and other sensations. The Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia brings together this broad body of knowledge into one definitive state-of-the-art handbook. It includes a large number of concisely written chapters, under broader headings, which tackle questions about the origins of synesthesia, its neurological basis, its links with language and numbers, attention and perception, and with ‘normal’ sensory and linguistic processing. It asks questions about synesthesia’s role in language evolution, and presents both contemporary and historical overviews of the field.
I’m pleased to announce that the Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia, which I co-edited with Julia Simner, is officially published today. Despite what Amazon says (to be published February 12, 2014) the book is out. You can find a preview of the book in google books. The book (at 49 chapters and over 1100 pages long) aims to integrate the broad body of knowledge about synesthesia into one definitive state-of-the-art handbook, and has received powerful reviews from researchers and synesthetes alike.