Category Archives: Events

Andrew Barto presented UMass Neurosciences Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Andrew Barto has been selected to receive a UMass Neurosciences Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering research into reinforcement learning. The award will be presented to him by Chancellor Subbaswamy after his lecture at the UMass Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Conference on May 28th. Dr. Barto is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Information and Computer Sciences at UMass.  He is perhaps best known for an influential book, which he co-wrote with Richard Sutton, called “Reinforcement Learning” (MIT Press). The book, which is now in its 2nd edition is considered almost a sacred text by neuroscientists studying the neural basis learning as well as engineers and computer scientists who work on artificial intelligence.

The extent to which Dr. Barto is loved and admired by researchers around the world is obvious in the tributes that are pouring in as a result of this announcement. If you would like to add your words to this website praising Dr. Barto’s contribution, send them to ions@umass.edu.

Continue reading

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Workshop on Methods in Systems Neuroscience and Neurotechnology

UMass Amherst Campus Center Auditorium
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003

This workshop is part of the UMass Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Conference, which focuses on Neuroengineering this year. The main goal of this workshop is to bring together neuroscience and engineering researchers to discuss modern techniques in neurotechnology.  The intended audience is students (graduate and undergraduate), postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff who have interests in learning about or implementing new technology in their neuroscience research.  In particular, we will discuss viral vector techniques, open-source strategies in electrical and optical neural monitoring and manipulation, and design of experimental tools and techniques.  In addition to hearing about the latest work in systems neuroscience and neurotechnology, time will be provided for discussion with experts about how to incorporate these techniques into your own research, so attendees should come prepared to ask questions and participate in discussion.

Free on-site Registration.

Specific goals include Continue reading

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

UMass Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Conference Focus on Neuroengineering

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
University Campus Center Auditorium
1 Campus Way, Amherst MA 01003

This conference brings together neuroscientists and engineers to find areas of overlap for collaboration. It includes new approaches for visualizing and recording from neurons, manipulating gene expression in neurons, and understanding brain function. Speakers will also talk about interfaces between the brain and the rest of the body and the mechanical forces on neurons. The conference is preceded by a morning workshop on Methods in Systems Neuroscience and Neurotechnology.

Registration is free and open to faculty, students, and staff from UMass and other universities,. It features two keynote speakers: Andrew Barto (UMass) and Steven McCarroll (Harvard) and five local speakers. There will be an evening poster session for anyone to present their neuroscience or engineering research regardless of topic.

Download Conference Program (pdf file)
Download Poster Abstracts (pdf file)

Abstract submission is closed. There will be on-site registration.


 

Continue reading

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Give to IONs for #UMassGives: April 29-30

Your donation to the Initiative on Neurosciences (IONs) for #UMassGives will help fund opportunities for UMass undergraduates to participate in exciting brain research. 

If you give during our Power Hour on April 30th from 2:00 – 3:00, you put us in the running for extra funding.

The Initiative on Neurosciences (IONs) is promoting the growth of brain research at UMass. There are researchers in many different colleges and departments dedicated to understanding the brain and helping to cure neurological diseases and conditions. Continue reading

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

NSB Writing Space

A person is more productive when they write outside of the lab and when they have an allotted time to put towards only writing”.  – Anonymous

Need to be in the company of others to inspire writing? Join students and post-docs in a space to write.
Come and go as you please, but put this time aside to write.

  • Tuesdays 8:00 – noon in the French Hall Library (Bagels and Coffee provided)
  • Wednesdays 8:00 – noon in Room 15b Bartlett Hall
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Neurosciences Faculty Forums – Spring 2019

The Neurosciences Faculty Forum is a lunchtime group that meets twice a month. It gives faculty members and post-docs from across the UMass campus a chance to meet and discuss their research ideas in an informal setting. Powerpoint slides are discouraged (maximum of 3). The goal is to increase understanding and look for areas of cooperation and collaboration. Continue reading

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Ofrenda Competition for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Ofrendas or offerings are traditional in some communities, particularly in Mexico and northern Central America as way of commemorating deceased loved ones.

Students are invited to build displays in the memory of an important person in their field of study who has passed on.

Participants will receive a free Memory Stick. A $100 gift certificate to the UMass campus store will be awarded for the most evocative ofrenda.

Deadline for on line registration is Oct 22nd.

If you are interested in participating, please register here.
(You must log in with your UMass e-mail. If you have a problem with logging in, contact ions@umass.edu)

The Ofrendas must be displayed Oct 29th – Nov 2nd for the UMass Week of Memory and Forgetting.

Continue reading

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail