In The News
RuCCS welcomes new Research Programmer Dr. Jason Geller
Dr. Jason Geller started as the new Research Programmer at RuCCS last July. Geller came to
RuCCS with a lot of experience and skills including a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Iowa State University. He spent the last three years in two postdoc positions—one at the University of Alabama-Birmingham working with Dan Mirman and one at the University of Iowa working with Inyong Choi and Bob McMurray.
Geller's main research interests are in psycholinguistics (visual and spoken word recognition),
learning and memory, and metascience/metaresearch issues. Last November, Geller was an invited speaker at a conference, Advancing Methods in Pupillometry, hosted by Johnathan Peele at
WashU where he spoke about his R package, "gazeR," which provides a standardized preprocessing pipeline to analyze gaze data from the visual world paradigm and pupil data from pupillometry studies.
Recently, Geller teamed up with Princeton colleagues to host a weekly version of the ReproducibiliTEA
Journal Club where they discuss diverse issues, papers, and ideas about improving science,
reproducibility, and the Open Science movement.
Since beginning his position, Geller has been a tremendous help to many at RuCCS. If you need
help programming or troubleshooting your experiment, need a statistical consultation, or need help
debugging some code, contact Geller through email:
a specific need, you can fill out the research request form here.
RuCCS Executive Council Member Mark Baker inducted as Fellow in the Linguistic Society of America
RuCCS Affiliate and Distinguished Professor of Linguistics Dr. Mark Baker was inducted as a Fellow in the Linguistics Society of America (LSA). Baker is one of nine linguists selected for the 2021 Class of Fellows
by the LSA. Members of the Society who have made distinguished contributions to the discipline may be recognized and inducted as Fellows, including scholarly excellence, service to speech communities,
teaching and mentoring excellence, and more. See Baker alongside the eight other Fellows here.
RuCCS Executive Council Member Kasia Bieszczad awarded $1.7M Grant from The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for project on auditory systems
RuCCS Affiliate and Assistant Professor of Psychology Kasia Bieszczad was awarded a $1.7M grant through the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) for her project, "Molecular Epigenetic Mechanisms that Transform the Auditory System for Learning and Memory." The project aims to investigate epigenetic neural mechanisms that can ensure meaningful sounds are faithfully and adaptively represented in the adult auditory brain. The NIDCD scored Bieszczad's proposal in the 4th percentile.
RuCCS Executive Council Member Kristen Syrett awarded $267K National Science Foundation Grant for Cognitive Science project
RuCCS Affiliate and Associate Professor of Linguistics Kristen Syrett was awarded a $267K grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Linguistics Program in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences. The grant goes towards funding Syrett's project entitled "Cross-categorical context dependence: Bridging developmental, experimental, and theoretical perspectives" starting January 2021 for three years.
RuCCS Director John McGann quoted in New York Times and New Yorker articles
Within the span of one week, RuCCS Director John McGann was mentioned and cited in two New York
Times and New Yorker articles on the topic of sense of smell! One feature article in the NYT, "What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell?" quotes McGann's research on the myth of poor
sense of smell in humans via his 2017 paper, "Poor human olfaction is a 19th-century myth." The
other New Yorker article, "How to Make Sense of Scents," refers to this same paper and even dubs it
a "provocative" piece for "suggest[ing] that [humans are] better smellers than we’ve gotten credit for."