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How good are your weekly picks?

For those who follow football (as if there was anything else on TV through fall), late October upsets for Oklahoma and Wisconsin meant a mid-season shake up in the college BCS rankings, and some presumably upset Vegas odds-makers. Following the action both on the field and in the over/unders (both by observation only) has been UCI cognitive sciences professor Michael Lee, one of football’s newer fans.


Hickok receives grant to grow his brain research team

Greg Hickok, cognitive sciences professor and founding director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, has received a $257,960 grant from the National Institutes of Health to further his research on the brain’s role in speech and how abnormalities can inhibit this process.  The funding adds to the $9.3 million he has already received for research in this area, and allows him to add postdoctoral researcher Kayok


You be the expert

Do you know what the price of gas will be in six months?  How about the stock price of Google at closing bell on September 8, or the extent of the expected U.S. troop strength drawdown in Afghanistan by year’s end?  As an individual, predicting the outcome of these events with any degree of confidence or accuracy may seem the stuff of science fiction, but UCI cognitive scientists say it’s possible.   


National attention

For Barbara Dosher, dean of UC Irvine’s School of Social Sciences, attention is something to be studied, not sought. Highly regarded for her research on the subject, the professor of cognitive sciences prefers to stay out of the spotlight – a nearly impossible feat recently.


Social sciences dean and cognitive scientist Barbara Dosher elected to National Academy of Sciences

Barbara Dosher, dean of the School of Social Sciences and professor of cognitive sciences, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), an honor considered one of the highest in scientific research.  Dosher is one of 72 new members and 18 foreign associates who are being recognized by the prestigious academy this year for their distinguished and continuing achievements in research.


Making thought-based speech a reality

In 2008, UCI cognitive science professors Mike D’Zmura, Ramesh Srinivasan, Gregory Hickok and Kourosh Saberi were awarded $4 million from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program to develop a communication system that would use thought rather than voice to communicate.


Sharing his philosophy

It's rather fitting that world-renowned philosopher Brian Skyrms occupies an office on the seventh floor of UC Irvine's Social Science Tower. The bearded professor is on a higher plane than most mortals — pondering life's deepest questions and framing complex theories about how we interact and communicate. "The theory of knowledge shouldn't be, 'Oh, how do we define knowledge?' It should be how information flows," Skyrms says.


Studying health disorders at the neural level

It can be heart wrenching to watch a loved one grasp for words to explain what they are thinking but literally can’t say due to stroke-induced brain damage known as conduction aphasia.


Closing the achievement gap

Meet Agustin.  He’s a pre-school student from Garden Grove who likes to play soccer.  His parents, who speak only Spanish, want their son to grow up and go to college, preferably, they say somewhat jokingly, as an Anteater, since Agustin’s father has worked on UCI’s grounds crew for 14 years. 

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