Congratulations to Meaghan and Vivi for successfully defending and passing their Prelims. They are now officially candidates for Doctors of Philosophy and are charging ahead with their dissertations. Bravo Meaghan and Vivi!
Congratulations to Shireena and Emily on their successful MS thesis defenses.
Shirena’s thesis was titled “Changes in the Cognitive Dynamics of Problem Solving”
Emily’s thesis was titled “Keeping Track of Change: Developmental Insights into the Ability to Represent Objects in Episodic Terms”
DEV grad student Emily Yearling was awarded best graduate student poster at the Department of Psychological Sciences’ Annual Fall Poster Night. Kristen Shubert, who works with Emily, won best undergraduate poster! Emily and Kristen’s posters were titled “Keeping Track of Change: Developmental Insights into the Ability to Represent Events in Terms of Token-States” and “The Effect of Feedback on the Ability to Represent an Object’s History in Developing Children”, respectively. Congrats Emily and Kristen!!
DEV grad students Amanda Mankovich and Shireena McGee spoke this fall to Mansfield Middle School students about the fundamentals of coding and programming.
DEV faculty member Kimberly Cuevas spoke about her research on infant cognition to a lively crowd at the Brew HaHa Comedy Club in Hartford, CT, as part of comedian and podcast host Shane Mauss’s Stand Up Science, a project that “combines scientists and comedians to bring a night of ‘haha’ and ‘aha’” … how cool!
The DEV program is thrilled to welcome Cynthia Boo (joining us from the New School for Social Research), Katelyn Pitcher (Hendrix College), Maddie Quam (University of Chicago), and Kara Vlahcevic (Virginia Tech) to the DEV family! DEVers (Amanda Mankovich, Shireena McGee and Miranda Long) took them apple picking at Belltown Hill Orchards this fall.
DEV faculty member Marie Coppola was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is “the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology”. WOW! Congratulations Marie, we are so proud of you! Check out the UConn Today article about Marie and the PECASE award, as well as this press release from the Association for Psychological Science.
Manya Jyotishi, Kayleigh Ryherd and Parker Tichko all successfully defended their dissertations this past spring / summer.
Manya’s dissertation was titled “Cross-Cultural Comparison of Narratives between English-Speaking Indian and US Children and Adults”; she recently joined Applied Survey Research in San Jose, California, as a Senior Research Analyst.
Kayleigh defended a dissertation titled “Exploring the Role of Language in Two Systems for Categorization”; she works as a Quantitative Analyst for PFP Services in Orange, CT.
Parker Tichko’s dissertation was on “Developmental Models of Musical Rhythm and Investigating Auditory-Motor Interactions in the Brainstem” and is now a post-doctoral researcher at Northeastern University.
Congrats Manya, Kayleigh and Parker, best of luck to you all, you are missed here in Storrs!
DEV faculty member and program director Letty Naigles was recently featured in UConn Today for her work on parental influence on language acquisition in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The article highlights her recent grant from NIDCD, which will support research on language usage in school age children with ASD. Congrats, Letty!
DEV faculty member and program director Letty Naigles was awarded a new 5-year R01 grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Her grant is titled “Early Predictors to School Age Language: Individual and Interactional Child and Parent Factors”. Congratulations Letty!