2018 Annual EPSCoR Attention Consortium Conference

Friday, July 13 at 9am - Sunday, July 15 at 2pm, 2018
Pembroke Hall, Brown University, Providence, RI
 

The EPSCOR Attention Consortium (Dartmouth College, Brown University, Montana State University and University of Nevada at Reno) is looking forward to their 2nd Annual Conference at Brown University in Providence, RI. 

Agenda

Friday, July 13

Available at 6am Breakfast Buffet, Hampton Inn & Suites for overnight guests
(Our meeting space, Pembroke Hall is 0.7 miles away from the hotel if you’d like to walk.)

8:15am First Shuttle available from Hotel to Pembroke
8:30am Coffee and light breakfast available in Pembroke
8:30am Second Shuttle available from Hotel to Pembroke
9-9:15am Welcome (David Sheinberg and Peter Tse)
9:15am-10:15am Attention Model Walk-Around (Natalie Stephenson and Jamie Mazer)
10:15am-10:30am Break
10:30am-11:15am Mini-Poster Session (David Sheinberg)
11:15am – Noon Understanding Complex Data Guest Speaker Jeff Brock, TRIPOD Team
Noon-1pm Buffet Lunch in Pembroke Hall
1pm-2pm Neurotechnology, Guest Speaker Dr. John Donoghue, Henry Merritt Wriston Professor of Neuroscience
2pm-2:45pm Women in Neuroscience ReCap Discussion
2:45pm-3pm Break
3pm-4pm Education Outreach Presentation (Gideon Caplovitz)
4pm-5pm Breakout Discussion Session 1
Group 1 Double drift
Group 2 EEG  with Dr. Walt Besio, URI
Group 3 The role of the thalamus in attending, and how to incorporate this into our models of attention, and also how to test it in humans, monkeys and rodents
5pm Sign Up for your Saturday session breakout sessions
5pm-6:30pm Break
6:30pm Dinner at The Dorrance (60 Dorrance St, Providence, RI 02903), Secondary mentoring: Graduate students will be urged to
dine with a research advisor other than their own

 

Saturday, July 14

Available at 6am Breakfast Buffet, Hampton Inn & Suites for overnight guests
(Our meeting space, Pembroke Hall is 0.7 miles away from the hotel if you’d like to walk.)
8:15am First Shuttle available from Hotel to Pembroke
8:30am Coffee and light breakfast available in Pembroke
8:30am Second Shuttle available from Hotel to Pembroke
9am-9:05am Welcome (Jeremy)
9:05am-10:30am Breakout Session 2 (Methods) – General discussion topics: How can Mohsen’s/Kirsten’s shared experiment be implemented using your method? What challenges have/would be seen? What would need to be altered? Can your group use this shared experiment for future grant proposals or publications?
Group 1 – EEG group
Group 2 – MRI experiments
Group 3 – Eye movements
Group 4 – eCOG
Group 5 – Neurophys
10:30am-11am Each group reiterates what was discussed to the whole group
11am-Noon Modeling Group Discussion, Alireza Soltani lead a group discussion on modelling - how is information moving across the brain in the shared experiment?
Noon-1pm Lunch in Pembroke Hall

Sign Up Breakout Sessions (People to sign up on Friday at 5pm)
1pm-2pm Breakout Session 3 People can sign up for 1 of the following:

- Group 1: What is the actual mechanism by which attention improves performance -- for example, localized boost of neural firing rate? Or localized increased synchrony? In any case, how are these effects localized to the target area and how are they implemented? 
(Adam, Jessica, Steve, Robert, Mohsen, Jamie, Julia, Alireza, Jeremy)

- Group 2: Can we track attention with indirect measures like SSVEP or fMRI activation? How do we differentiate attention from perception? What is the difference?
(Nadira, Debaleena, Kyle, Taissa, Nate, Genna)

- Group 3: How is attention localized to items within short term memory?
(Marian, Adelle, Steven, Kirsten, Theresa)

- Group 4: If exogenous attention has no capacity limit, is it really attention?
(Vanessa and Tess)

2pm-3pm Breakout Session 4 People can sign up for 1 of the following:

Group 1 - Group 1: Alternative (Posner) attention task with Kirsten Ziman, Barbara Jobst, Gideon Caplovitz and Jeremy Manning
(Tess, Vanessa, Adam, Kirsten, Genna)

Group 2 - Group 2: Marian wants to talk about working memory distractor filtering with Barbara, re: future ECoG possibility.
Marian, Barbara, Adelle, Jess, Robert, Theresa)

Group 3 - Group 3: Discuss potential gamma phase locking to theta/alpha with the EEG team and neurophysiologists (Jamie, David, Barry, Steven, Steve, Mohsen, Jamie, Julia, Kyle, Taissa, Nate, Alireza)


3pm-3:30pm
Mindfulness grant proposal with Patrick, Peter, David, Jamie or Theresa (Gideon is looking for a co-pi to aid in paradigm development)
(Marian, Steven, Steve, Kirsten, Debaleena, Nadira, Taissa, Nate, Theresa)

Jeremy Manning to discuss a future short hackathon project with the graduate students
(Adam, Adelle, Robert, Kirsten, Nadira, Kyle, Genna)

3:30pm Jamie Mazer and Kelsey Clark to discuss the idea of filming labs for MOOC
After MOOC discussion Campus Lab/MRI/Tour

6:00pm Brown BBQ Dinner in Pembroke Hall, cross-sharing of what happened during breakout groups and developing Year 3-5 plans.
8:20pm Waterfire 

Sunday, July 15 

Day 3 Theme – Revisiting the Attention Model - Plans Project Year 3 and 4
Available at 6am Breakfast Buffet, Hampton Inn & Suites for overnight guests
(Our meeting space, Pembroke Hall is 0.7 miles away from the hotel if you’d like to walk.)
8:15am First Shuttle available from Hotel to Pembroke
8:30am Coffee and light breakfast available in Pembroke
8:30am Second Shuttle available from Hotel to Pembroke

Moving from discussion to plans - new ideas to incremental change, new collaboration, new data...
Fill out a new white card with a new idea and locate where it occurs on the model


9am - 10am Revisit the Attention Model - have your white cards from Friday changed? 
Highlights of Saturday Breakout Groups - how do the breakout discussion relate to the model? What piece were they focusing on? 
Attention Model 2.0 - Patrick
What kind of data is needed to test our global attention model?

10:00 - 10:30am Collaborations and Plans for Year 3 and 4
Grant, publication and conference opportunities (Natalie)
- Collaboration opportunities based on Saturday discussions: papers, grants, reviews, conferences
- Grant opportunities – refer to our website
- Due dates they need to be aware of (Mini-symposium SfN for 2019?)
- Co-mentoring - lab visits

10:30am - 11am  Open discussion - Revisit Mini-Posters Place plans, mark up your poster with what you have learned what you are going to do: photo

11:00am-11:45am Graduate Students Discussion about Journal Club Structure

11:00am-11:45am PIs discuss budget carryover, graduate student recruitment and cross lab mentorship in Project Years 3 and 4

11:45am-Noon Group Discussion about Mini-Posters

Noon Lunch Buffet in Pembroke - SageFox Consulting Group Survey
Noon-1pm  Summary of Plans for Year 3 and 4 (Peter) - 2019 Meeting, SfN meet-up in November, how we want to structure video conference meetings?
1-1:30pm Closing Remarks

Travel expenses are budgeted in each sub-award for this conference. However, Natalie Stephenson (natalie.stephenson@dartmouth.edu) is available to help arrange for your travel.

Overnight Accommodations:
We have a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown. Please reserve a room in our block here by Jun 19th, 2018. The Hampton Inn is within walking distance to the train station.

Arriving to Providence by air:
T.F. Green Airport is located in Warwick, about 16 kilometers south of Providence. InterLink, a train station accessible by skywalk from the airport terminal, is served by Amtrak and Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA). You can take the MBTA Commuter Rail to the Providence Train Station and take a taxi cab from there, or you can take a cab directly from the airport.

Logan International Airport is located in Boston, Massachusetts. Peter Pan buses bound for Providence stop at terminals A, B, C, and E. Alternatively, you can take the Boston Subway Silver Line from terminals A, B, C, or E to South Station, where you can take the commuter rail to Providence.