A great first year class for COGS students!

LING 140 Challenging Language Myths

Critical consideration of a broad range of commonly held beliefs about language and its relation to the brain and cognition, learning, society, change and evolution.

Co-taught by Dr Laurel Brinton, and our very own Dr Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson, this is a very relevant course to any COGS major (also a good pre-cursor to COGS303).

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What looks to be quite a cool class has just been released…

MUSC 403F Cognition of Musical Rhythm (Poudrier)

Term 1, 2:00-3:30 pm Tuesday/Thursday (3 credits)

Cognition of Musical Rhythm.  With 533F.  Where does the power of musical rhythm to “move” us come from? Is “feeling the beat” a uniquely human ability? This course is situated at the interface of music psychology and music theory, and it integrates concepts and methods from both fields.  At the end of the semester you will have gained critical understanding of the issues at stake in musical rhythm research and acquired a set of skills that will enable you to formulate research questions, conduct a literature review, and design an experimental pilot study.


Topics surveyed include: developmental and cross-cultural issues, metric entrainment, microtiming, groove, and rhythmic complexity. (This course is open to non-music majors; music performance experience and/or ability to read music is not required, but will be helpful.)


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Volunteer and Grad School Opportunities!

For anyone interested in doing their COGS 402 or grad school somewhere other than UBC, here is an interesting lab at the University of Waterloo in Ontario (Multisensory Brain and Cognition Lab) that looks very interesting!

Here is some copy right off the site:

Whether you are a high school, undergraduate or graduate student, or in industry and want to gain more research experience, we are happy to train volunteers in the lab provided that you can contribute at least five hours per week.

Undergraduate and graduate students
In general, we are interested in taking on students with a passion and curiosity for understanding how the brain works and whose interests line up well with our current research areas.

We will be accepting applications for MSc and PhD degrees for next fall (September 2015). Domestic PhD candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Accepted domestic PhD candidates are guaranteed $90,000 support over four years.

For more information on the types of students we are looking for as well as information on how to apply, see next steps. For general admission requirements, visit the Discover graduate studies website.

Please contact Denise Hay, Graduate Studies Coordinator, for more details.

At present, we are particularly interested in taking on new MSc/PhD students with expertise in vision research as well as engineering.


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For anyone who has made or will make a conference presentation between 1 Sep 2015 and 31 Aug 2016

Sent at the request of Dr. Robert Rouse, Chair – Arts Awards

We are pleased to announce that four student awards in the amount of (roughly) $450 each are available for undergraduate students studying in the Faculty of Arts who have or will be presenting a paper at a conference held between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016.  The purpose of the funds would be to aid in travel costs.  We would appreciate hearing from Heads or Undergraduate Advisors about any students who should be considered for this award.
Please note that this is not a travel grant but a student scholarship.  As such recipients (1) must have attended full time studies in 2015W (27+ credits); and, (2) either be graduating this May 2016 or be registered in at least 24 credits in 2016W. Second, third or fourth year students are eligible.
If there is a student(s) you would like us to consider for this award, please respond to me at: marcy.caouette@ubc.ca with the following information:
a) Name and student number
b) Information about the conference at which the student will be presenting a paper, including the title of the paper and confirmation that it has been accepted for presentation.  (A link to the conference program would be acceptable.)
c) A brief statement (2-3 sentences) about why this student deserves consideration and support.
We will take this information and verify if the student is eligible (per UBC Award policy) to receive awards for the year.
The deadline to submit your nominations is: Monday March 28th, 2016

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Monitors to give!

Hi fellow COGers! The Cognitive Systems Society got together over the weekend and cleaned out the lab! Now, if you have seen the lab lately you will appreciate how much work this represented, so kudos to the CSS for doing such a good job!

We currently have a few extra monitors to give away at the moment. They would be perfect as a secondary monitor if you are in need of such things. Drop me a line at cogs.advising@ubc.ca if you are interested, ok? {These have now all been claimed}.

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Lost and hopefully to be Found…

We are planning a big clean up for the Friedman Building Lab (COGS300 lab) on the weekend of the 27th. This will involve removing/throwingOut a lot of the random stuff that has been collecting there over the last few years.

SO: if you have left something dear to you there PLEASE COME AND PICK IT UP!!! If you no longer have access to the lab please just email me (cogs.advising) and I will let you in to retrieve it, ok?

Have a wonderful Reading Break, and hope the midterms are going well.

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Fresh new module list!

Are you trying to sort out your academic life and/or are trying to fill in those COGS module requirements? If so, this is your lucky day! Check out our new module list and luxuriate in the panoply of choices.

Remember, though, that if you find a class that you think would/should qualify as a module course please contact me at cogs.advising@ubc.ca with your argument, and I will see what I can do.

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Meet the profs: Redux!

As you are probably aware of, we had a Meet the Profs event last term so students, professors, and other faculty members could get to know each other outside of the classroom. Well, we have decided to host a Meet the Profs this term as well! The event will be held at Koerner’s Pub, with food and drinks provided. It will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd at Koerner’s Pub at 5PM.

Come one, come all. Let’s make it so!

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The UBC Computer Science department is organizing a career panel with the Department of Microbiology/Immunology

Combined Life Sciences/Computer Science Career Panel
Date: Wed., Jan 20
Time: 5:15 to 6:15 pm (panel)
6:15 – 7:30 pm (food and networking)
Location: Life Sciences Centre Lecture Hall 3
Join us for a panel to explore career and research opportunities in the combined field of Computer Science and Life Sciences.  You will have a chance to hear from industry and academic leaders at the panel, and network with them afterwards.
The event is for any students who are interested in pursuing a degree and a career combining Computer Science and Life Sciences (Microbiology/Immunology, Biology).

Dr. Michael Gold, Professor and Department Head, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Dr. Rosalia Aguirre Hernandez, Bioinformatics Scientist, Contextual Genomics Inc.

Dr. Mohammed Alshalalfa, Senior Bioinformatician, GenomeDx Biosciences Inc.

Dr. Steven Hallam, Founder, MetaMixis; Professor, UBC Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Dr. Michael Murphy, Professor, UBC Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Dr. Paul Pavlidis, Professor, Centre for High-Throughput Biology; Director, UBC NeuroDevNet Neuroinformatics Core

Dr. Sohrab Shah, Canada Research Chair in Computational Cancer Genomics, UBC Department of Pathology, Department of Molecular Oncology, BC Cancer Agency

Pizza and beverages will be provided so please rsvp!
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Are you looking to go on to Graduate School?

If so check out this program from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain…

CSIM’s goal is to study and advance the design, construction and deployment of advanced autonomous artifacts that interact in complex physical and social environments, grounded in our understanding of biological, psychological and technological principles.

Find out more on their website at:  https://www.upf.edu/csim/

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