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  • CIS welcomes new faculty in 2017

CIS welcomes new faculty in 2017

  • September 18th, 2017

In Fall 2017, Cognitive & Information Sciences welcomes new faculty member, Dr. Colin Holbrook. We asked Colin about his background, research interests, and what he’s excited to teach at UC Merced. See his responses below. Welcome, Colin!

 

See prior welcomes:

Drs. Paul Smaldino and David Jennings

Dr. [...]

  • CIS Hosting New Summer School

CIS Hosting New Summer School

  • August 18th, 2017

CIS faculty, led by Prof. Ramesh Balasubramaniam, have secured NSF funding for the next CHASE (Center for Human Adaptive Systems and Environments) Summer School. This will be the second such summer school, organized by UC Merced faculty affiliated with CHASE. The first, held in 2014, [...]

  • Three CIS PhD Students Walk

Three CIS PhD Students Walk

  • May 22nd, 2017

At commencement ceremony this year, three CIS Ph.D. candidates walked across the stage to celebrate their time at UC Merced, and recognize their imminent completion of the degree. Jeff Rodny (advisor: D. Noelle) and David Vinson and Maryam Tabatabaeian (advisor: R. Dale) were hooded [...]

  • More CIS PhD Students Get Insight

More CIS PhD Students Get Insight

  • March 15th, 2017

Two more of our PhD students were recently awarded a prestigious spot in the postdoctoral training program called “Insight.” This program involves summer intensive technical training to bridge academic and scientific methods to industry application, along with subsequent placement in a major data science / industry [...]

  • Faculty Model of Science Gains Attention

Faculty Model of Science Gains Attention

  • February 1st, 2017

CIS faculty Dr. Paul Smaldino recently published a paper on the “natural selection of bad science.” This work demonstrates that incentives for productivity can drive questionable scientific practices, and may then hinder scientific progress. In the paper, he and his collaborator analyze existing data, in addition [...]

  • COGS Undergrad Working in UX

COGS Undergrad Working in UX

  • November 13th, 2016

Former COGS major Shreya Gupta is now a user experience (“UX”) researcher in Silicon Valley. For the past couple of years she’s been working with the growing startup called UserTesting, which creates tools for businesses and other website owners to investigate the nature of [...]

  • CIS Welcomes New 2016 Faculty

CIS Welcomes New 2016 Faculty

  • October 15th, 2016

In Fall, 2016, Cognitive & Information Sciences welcomes two new faculty, Dr. Paul Smaldino and Dr. David Jennings. We asked both about their backgrounds, research interests, and what they are excited to teach at UC Merced. See their responses below. Welcome Paul and David!

See [...]

  • Ph.D. Starts New Faculty Position

Ph.D. Starts New Faculty Position

  • September 21st, 2016

Dr. Bodo Winter, recent graduate of the CIS Ph.D. program, has begun a new position as a professor in the United Kingdom. This exciting opportunity will allow Bodo to start his own laboratory and expand his program of research and teaching at a new [...]

  • Student Awarded Spot in Neuro Summer School

Student Awarded Spot in Neuro Summer School

  • September 14th, 2016

This past summer Ph.D. student Jessica Ross earned a spot in the Cognitive Neuroscience Summer Institute (supported by the Kavli Foundation), held at the UCSB campus in June, 2016. Her advisor, Dr. Ramesh Balasubramaniam, notes that this is a “very prestigious and highly selective summer [...]

  • CIS PhD Graduates Begin Postdocs

CIS PhD Graduates Begin Postdocs

  • August 29th, 2016

We followed up with Drs. Alexandra Paxton and Drew Abney about their new adventures. Both recent Ph.D. graduates from UC Merced’s Cognitive & Information Sciences program, Alex is one semester into her postdoc at UC Berkeley on big data, and Drew is beginning his [...]

  • CogSci Faculty Studies Mind-Auto Integration

CogSci Faculty Studies Mind-Auto Integration

  • May 7th, 2016

Cognitive Science professor Dr. Paul Maglio received a gift from Nissan Research to help support his lab’s studies on the relationship between human drivers and software systems that support autonomous vehicles. This research project asks critical questions about these emerging technologies, such as how [...]

  • Faculty Wins Early Impact Award

Faculty Wins Early Impact Award

  • March 11th, 2016

CIS faculty Rick Dale has been awarded an Early Career Impact Award from the national Federation of Associated Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) foundation. The award is given every year to a handful of scholars, and is “presented to early career scientists of FABBS [...]

  • Faculty Secures Two NSF Grants

Faculty Secures Two NSF Grants

  • January 4th, 2016

CIS faculty Anne Warlaumont has recently secured two NSF grants for UC Merced research, representing over $800,000 in support of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates conducting this research. Each supports her investigation of how babies learn to vocalize by developing quantitative data-based projects. One project, in collaboration with CIS faculty [...]

  • CIS Prof Gets Google Grant

CIS Prof Gets Google Grant

  • October 14th, 2015

A project by CIS Prof. Chris Kello entitled “Generating Speech with Critical Branching Networks” has been funded by a Google Faculty Research Grant. The grant will fund graduate student research for the next two years to explore how dynamic networks that Prof. Kello is pioneering [...]

  • CIS Faculty Part of Musical Agenda

CIS Faculty Part of Musical Agenda

  • October 5th, 2015

CIS faculty Prof. Ramesh Balasubramaniam is part of an exciting multi-institutional and multidisciplinary agenda to study musical experience and community through the lens of the cognitive and neural sciences. Known as the UC Music Experience Research Community Initiative (MERCI), it has now received a University [...]

  • CogSci Meets Tibetan Buddhist Thought

CogSci Meets Tibetan Buddhist Thought

  • September 18th, 2015

Cognitive & Information Sciences professors Dr. Carolyn Dicey Jennings and Dr. David Noelle visited India this last summer to share the wonders of modern neuroscience with communities of Tibetan Buddhist monks.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has long supported scientific study, making bold statements [...]

  • CIS Prof Gets Tech Grants

CIS Prof Gets Tech Grants

  • September 4th, 2015

CIS Prof. Teenie Matlock has successfully secured two CITRIS grants as a lead researcher on two exciting tech projects. CITRIS grants are highly competitive multi-campus research proposals to test ideas for new technology. Projects fund research for an entire year, and the two awards [...]

  • Ph.D. Student Gets Insight

Ph.D. Student Gets Insight

  • July 6th, 2015

Dr. Katherine Livins, recent graduate of the CIS Ph.D. program, was awarded a prestigious spot in the postdoctoral training program called “Insight.” This program involves summer intensive technical training to bridge academic and scientific methods to industry application, along with subsequent placement in a major [...]

  • Climate Communication Scientist Joins UCM

Climate Communication Scientist Joins UCM

  • April 22nd, 2015

Dr. Emmanuel Vincent is a new Project Scientist with UC Merced. He recently came to the campus from MIT, where he was a postdoctoral researcher funded on a NOAA Climate and Global Change fellowship. Prior to doing research on climate-hurricane interaction at MIT, Emmanuel [...]

  • PhD Student Wins IBM Fellowship

PhD Student Wins IBM Fellowship

  • March 25th, 2015

Cognitive & Information Sciences Ph.D. student David Vinson has been awarded a prestigious IBM Ph.D. Fellowship. The award supports David for one academic year, and an opportunity to be mentored by an IBM scientist and participate in IBM’s research community, all while supporting his [...]