February 25, 2019

Today!  BBI-ISR Joint Seminar

Vikram Mitra (Apple, Inc.)
"Speech as a behavioral signal for mental and cognitive health: Some observations and results"
February 25, 2019, 2 p.m.
1146 A. V. Williams
More info


Scientists from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science have developed a cell phone imaging algorithm that makes a smartphone camera as powerful as spectroscopy.
Scientists in collaboration across a number of French universities have managed to restore hearing in deaf adult mice, a breakthrough that addresses one of the most frequent cases of congenital genetic deafness.
A new map of newborn babies’ brains reveals structural details that will offer a reference for researchers. Noninvasive MRI scans show the complexity that emerges late in pregnancy.
People with damaged frontal lobes often need help with daily life. The problem is, they think they're fine. This paradox is probably found in a much higher number of people than you might first imagine.
One way to tell what a person is thinking is to observe their reactions and responses. Researchers have investigated how anticipatory movements, such as eye movement, can predict whether the brain has learnt a pattern prior to other responses like verbal answers.
Biomedical engineering researchers at Case Western Reserve University have identified a previously unidentified form of neural communication in the brain.

Calendar of Events

BBI-ISR Joint Seminar
Speaker: Vikram Mitra (Apple, Inc.)
Title: "Speech as a behavioral signal for mental and cognitive health: Some observations and results"
Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: 1146 A. V. Williams Building
More info

NACS Seminar
Speaker: Alex Chesler (NIH)
Title: "Cells and Molecules for Touch and Pain"
Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Location: 1103 Bioscience Research Building
More info

Recent Papers from BBI Faculty

Sleep and the UMD ROTC

ROTC tactical athletes habitually sleep less than the recommended 7 hours per day with roughly one-fourth reporting excessive daytime sleepiness and one-fifth reporting poor sleep quality, which may increase their risk for future adverse health outcomes. Longer sleep durations were associated with higher motivation levels and better cognitive processing speed performance; however, they were not associated with executive function, psychomotor vigilance, or broad jump performance.

Title: "Sleep health and its association with performance and motivation in tactical athletes enrolled in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps"
Authors: Bradley M. Ritland, Guido Simonelli, Rodolphe J. Gentili, J. Carson Smith, Thomas J. Balkin, Bradley D. Hatfield
Available online now

The Limits of Language Acquisition

The processes that allow us to learn phonetic categories are still under debate. The current study investigates constraints on the structure of categories that can be learned--instance-based categories and rule-based categories--and whether these constraints are speech-specific.

Title: "Constraints on learning disjunctive, unidimensional auditory and phonetic categories"
Authors: Christopher C. Heffner, William J. Idsardi, Rochelle S. Newman
Available online now

Notable Conferences, Workshops, & Webinars

Imaging the Brain at High Spatiotemporal Resolution
February 26, 2019, 12 noon
Webinar feat. Na Ji (UC Berkeley)

From Mind-Wandering to Mindfulness: The Role of Attention and Awareness
March 5-6, 2019
Bethesda, MD

NER '19
 (International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering)
March 20-23, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat
April 9, 2019
Baltimore, MD

5th Annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Meeting
April 11-13, 2019
Washington, DC

Behaviour 2019
July 23-27, 2019
Chicago, IL

Funding Announcements

The Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation is awarded for innovative research that modulates neural activity through physical (electrical, magnetic, optical) stimulation of targeted sites in the nervous system with implications for translational medicine. Due March 15, 2019.

NCI Investigators and UMD Faculty are invited to submit collaborative projects for graduate student support. It is anticipated that several graduate students will be supported through NCI Cancer Research Training Award fellowships starting in the Fall 2019 semester and that tuition will be covered by the University of Maryland. Seed awards will be judged based on student qualifications as well as potential impact, relevance to cancer, innovation and synergism between physics, math, bioengineering & biocomputation and cancer biology. Proposals should be submitted to Stephanie Noel ( by 5 p.m. on March 29, 2019.

NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00) (RFA-NS-19-011). Application Receipt Date(s): December 13, 2018; April 15, 2019; December 13, 2019; April 15, 2020; December 15, 2020; April 15, 2021 , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Predoctoral Training in Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (BSSR) - Institutional Research Training Program [T32] (RFA-OD-19-011) Application Receipt Date: May 25, 2019.

The Maryland Catalyst Fund program – formerly known as the Faculty Incentive Program – is the University of Maryland’s internal faculty research support program and a key resource in the university’s overall effort to expand its research activity, visibility and impact. The program aims to enable innovative research, to incentivize the pursuit of large, complex, and high-impact research initiatives, and to increase our competitiveness for extramural research awards.

Connect with us on social media