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CSoI eBrief October 2018
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October 2018

Greetings CSoI Team,

Welcome to the October 2018 edition of the Monthly CSoI Highlights eBrief.

CSoI Highlights' Headlines:

  • NSF has cancelled the full CSoI site visit for December
  • Eighteen new Channel Scholars have joined the Center this Fall
  • R. Claudio Aguilar has been named Purdue University Faculty Scholar and Showalter Faculty Scholar
  • Mark Ward Guides Novel Learning Community
  • Register now for the Stanford Compression Forum 2019: Compression, Information, Learning and Privacy. Friday, February 15th, 2019.

CSoI Highlights


  • The NSF Site Visit for December has been cancelled. Your attendance is not requested by NSF. NSF has requested that our CSoI staff visit them for one day in December to review the annual report. This is a common practice by NSF during their STC’s last couple of years.

  • Eighteen new Channel Scholars have joined the Center this Fall including Elizabeth McGuckin, with the Byrd Data Visualization lab at Purdue, presenting her research poster "Secondary Data Analysis of Juvenile Lupus Erthematosus: Identifying areas of unmet need using data visualization" at the Fall 2018 Undergraduate Research Expo.

  • Congratulations to R. Claudio Aguilar for being named Purdue University Faculty Scholar and Showalter Faculty Scholar. For the story visit: https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/purduetoday/releases/2018/Q4/faculty-members-receive-showalter-funding.html

  • Purdue University Residence Halls has partnered with Mark Daniel Ward to create The Data Mine, an innovative learning community that "combines living, learning and research components to introduce students to data science concepts and equip them with the tools to create solutions for real-world problems." Read the full article: https://takegiantleaps.com/innovative-learning-community-debuts-in-hillenbrand-hall/

  • Tsachy Weissman reports that the registration site and all materials are ready for the Stanford Compression Workshop 2019: Information, Learning & Privacy. Head over to https://compression.stanford.edu/2019-stanford-compression-workshop

Upcoming Events



Job Opportunities

    Postdoctoral position in Grover/Chamanzar/Barth labs at CMU in experiments on novel invasive and noninvasive neurostimulation
    A postdoc position at the intersection of experimental and computational neuroscience is available working jointly with the labs of Pulkit Grover, Maysam Chamanzar, and Alison Barth at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA). The team's goal is to develop advanced theoretical techniques, closely with experimental validation, for invasive and noninvasive neurostimulation for advancing treatment of disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson's, and brain injuries. The research project will exploit previously unknown or unexploited biological and physical phenomena that arise from examining the neural system from a combined biological, physical, and information-theoretic/control perspective. The project spans studies on rodents, monkeys, and eventually humans. The role of the postdoc will be to conduct and lead electrophysiology experiments on rodents with novel as well as existing instruments. This is an opportunity to work on a challenging scientific problem in a highly interdisciplinary and vibrant environment. The postdoc will be affiliated with the Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute, and will get the opportunity to work with a team of researchers from various disciplines ranging from Biological Sciences, ECE, BME at CMU as well as clinicians at University of Pittsburgh. Requirements: PhD in a related discipline (Neuroscience or Biomedical Engineering) with a strong experimental research record. Experience in invasive electrophysical recordings and/or stimulation in mice or non-human primates. Prior experience with patch clamp recording and slice electrophysiology. Experience with in-vivo recording and stimulation will be helpful. Experience with optical (1-photon or 2-photon) calcium imaging is also a plus. The labs are committed to the professional development of the members, making this position a valuable preparation for those interested in academic, industrial or entrepreneurial careers. The position has no mandatory teaching or administrative duties. The ideal start date is Jan 2019. The position is initially for 12 months with the possibility of renewal. Compensation will be competitive, and commensurate with relevant experience. CMU has competitive benefits (including comprehensive medical insurance) and is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates should send a CV, a statement of research experience and interests, expected date of availability, and the contact information for three references to pulkit@cmu.edu and mchamanz@andrew.cmu.edu with the subject line "Neuro-Stimulation Postdoc". Application review will proceed until the position is filled.

    Viterbi Postdoc Fellowship in Data Science
    http://www.itsoc.org/news-events/recent-news/viterbi-post-doctoral-fellowship-in-data-science

    For Financial Support in Graduate School:
    Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines: http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/grad.aspx

    For NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships:
    http://intern.nasa.gov

    For tips on applying and associated resources:
    http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/toolbox.aspx

    For opportunities specifically in the Ocean Sciences:
    http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/oceanscience.aspx

    For opportunities specifically in Engineering:
    http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/engineering.aspx


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