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We are happy to announce "ZenFest", a One Day Event on Friday, May 20, 2016 to  commemorate the retirement of Dr. Zenon Pylyshyn (Board of Governors Professor of Cognitive Science and Psychology), to honor him on his distinguished scholarly career, and thank him for his past leadership of the Center.

The event will feature guest speakers, discussion, and opportunities for informal conversation among cognitive scientists.

It will be held at the Busch Student Center, Center Hall [studentcenters.rutgers.edu], 604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ  08854.  
It will begin at 9:00am and will end with a buffet dinner at the Busch Student Center, Room 174 for confirmed attendees only. The cost to attend this dinner is $75. 



If you would like to attend ZenFest or the dinner reception which follows, please contact Sue Cosentino (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 848-445-1625.


Program (click here for PDF version)

9:00am - 9:05am Opening Remarks by Executive Dean Peter March
Rutgers University, School of Arts and Sciences
9:05am - 9:15am Introduction by Dr. Brian Scholl
9:15am - 10:00am Dr. Brian Scholl, Professor (Emcee)
Yale University, Department of Psychology
10:00am - 10:15am BREAK
10:15am - 11:00am Dr. Harry Haladjian, Postdoctoral Researcher
Université Paris Descartes, Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception, FRANCE
11:00am - 11:15am Break
11:15am - 12:00pm Dr. Brian Keane, Assistant Professor
Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,
University Behavioral Health Care and Center for Cognitive Science
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch on Your Own 
Busch Student Center-Food Court or Busch Faculty & Staff Dining Hall- Subsidized Cafeteria Style Food
1:30pm - 3:00pm PANEL:

Dr. Jacquie Burkell, Associate Professor
University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, CANADA

Dr. Jonathan Cohen, Professor
University of California, San Diego, Department of Philosophy 

Dr. Roy Eagleson, Professor
University of Western Ontario, Electrical and Computer Engineering, CANADA 

Dr. David Rosenthal
Graduate Center, City University of New York, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, and Linguistics.
3:00pm - 3:15pm BREAK – Coffee Service/Light Refreshments
3:15pm - 4:45pm PANEL:

Dr. Michael Dawson, Professor
University of Alberta, Department of Psychology, CANADA

Dr. Brian Fisher, Associate Professor
Simon Fraser University, School of Interactive Arts and Technology

Dr. Lana Trick, Professor
University of Guelph, Department of Psychology, CANADA
4:45pm - 5:15pm Special Remarks from Participants
5:15pm - 5:30pm Closing Remarks by Dr. Gretchen Chapman
Rutgers University, Co-Director, Center for Cognitive Science &
Professor of Psychology
5:30pm - 8:30pm Dinner for Confirmed Attendees Only 
Busch Student Center, Room 174, Busch Campus
604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ


Reservation for the Dinner Buffet 

If you would like to attend the Buffet Dinner, please make your check in the amount of $75 (per person) payable to, "Rutgers University" and snail mail it to the following address:

Sue Cosentino
Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science
Psychology Building Addition, A133
152 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ  08854

Note:  Your registration for dinner is not confirmed until payment is received.



Please click the following links for detailed directions. Directions are in the form of PDF files. 


Parking-Busch Student Center

Visitors may park in Lots 51, 59, 60B & 67 without permits.
Special event parking and special event permits are only for visitors to the University which does not include free metered parking.

Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.



Hyatt Regency New Brunswick [newbrunswick.hyatt.com]
Two Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ  08901

A limited number of reduced-priced rooms is available to those attending the Zenfest 2016. The reduced rate is $149 per night for a single or double room.  To reserve a room, please use the following passkey webpage: [aws.passkey.com]  https://aws.passkey.com/g/54467424 [aws.passkey.com]
Note, you should make a reservation before April 28, 2016, as there is no guarantee that rooms will be available after this date.


Organizing Committee

Contact RuCCS

Psychology Building Addition
152 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8020

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