The Defense Science Study Group is a "program of education and study that introduces outstanding science and engineering professors to the United States’ security challenges and encourages them to apply their talents to these issues." Members of the Defense Group tour military bases and meet with top-level military personnel and politicians over the course of two years and identify ways in which to improve national security. The selection process is competitive and members are selected on the basis of "academic excellence, breadth of interests, references, consideration of discipline, and geographic distribution."
Nikki is one of four UCSB students selected to attend the 65th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany. 650 young researchers from around the world and 69 Nobel Laureates in Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine & Physiology will attend the meeting. The week-long meeting will consist of lectures by the Nobel Laureates, small discussion groups, and social activities.
Amy Frithsen received her doctoral degree in Psychology for her dissertation titled "The Parietal Cortex and Recognition Memory: Activity is Modulated by Changes in Task Demands." Amy is now a postdoctoral researcher in Craig Stark's lab at the University of California, Irvine where she is studying individuals with superior autobiographical memories.
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program "recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines." Selection is based on the intellectual merit and broader impacts of applicants' research proposal, personal accomplishments, and future career goals. The fellowship is very competitive and consists of a three-year annual stipend of $32,000.
At the Brain Initiative Symposium, Dr. Miller presented the lab's research on individual differences in brain activity and advised researchers to "consider the individual while mapping the brain." He noted that group maps of brain activity (constructed by averaging the brain activity of all subjects) are not representative of individual brain maps. Since individual differences are stable across time, Dr. Miller suggested researchers should consider and account for individual variability when trying to map the human brain. Click here to learn more about the Brain Initiative.
The Miller lab extends their deepest congratulations to Dr. Danielle King for earning her doctoral degree in Psychological and Brain Science. In June, Danielle King gave a talk on her dissertation research, “Patterns of brain activity associated with successful retrieval of memories of perceived and imagined events." Although her presence will be greatly missed here in the Miller lab, we are excited for her as she begins her work as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Texas, Dallas under Dr. Michael D. Rugg.
The Miller lab traveled to the University of California, San Francisco to partake in the tenth annual Bay Area Memory Meeting. We shared our research with fellow investigators studying memory and cognitive control from Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, UCSF, USF, UC Berkeley, Martinez VA, UC Davis, and UCLA. Graduate students Nikki Marinsek and Jeanne Li presented posters and post-doctoral fellows Justin Kantner and Ben Turner gave talks. Follow the links to read the poster abstracts and talk abstracts.
This summer, the Miller Lab hosted two high-school student interns as part of the Research Mentorship Program. Vijiya Dasari, a rising junior from Memphis, Tennessee, and Connor Stephenson, a rising senior from Salem, Illinois, worked on two research projects along with their mentor, Nikki Marinsek. Vijiya tested how well the Bayesian model predicts subjects' behavior as they form and evaluate rules and Connor helped analyze neuroimaging data with the goal of uncovering the neural correlates of hypothesis formation and evaluation. During the six week program, the students wrote computer programs, collected behavioral data, analyzed neuroimaging or behavioral data, and got their brains scanned at our Brain Imaging Center. At the end of the program, the students gave a talk about their research and presented a poster at a research symposium.