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Rutgers Announces John McGann as the New Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS) Director

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Professor John McGann has been announced as the new Director of the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University-New Brunswick (RuCCS).

Professor McGann earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology, followed by a doctorate in neuroscience, all from Yale University. He came to Rutgers in 2009 as an Assistant Professor in the Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience section of the Psychology Department, where he established the McGann Laboratory on the Neurobiology of Sensory Cognition. He was tenured in 2013, promoted to full Professor in 2019, serves as Director of RuCCS as of July 1, 2020.

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NJ Governor's Council for the Medical Research and Treatments of Autism awards grant to RuCCS

The grant is awarded to use RuCCS' technology at Schools to teach children how to be social using virtual environments. It is in partnership with Silas solutions, an award-winning, NSF and Microsoft funded local company catering solutions for social-emotional learning to over 45 schools across NJ, and many others in other states. Our research brings new methods, especially for social distancing times. 

Distinguished Professor in the Department of linguists obtained an EFL International Chair position

Mariapaola D'Imperio, a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University will be doing a lecture series, which will take place over the 4 week time period in Paris in summer 2020. The EFL program is a Labex (Laboratoire d’Excellence) project that includes several CNRS units in Paris. The aim of the Labex EFL is to promote innovative and interdisciplinary research within Linguistics and related fields. Specific interest is given to empirical foundations (corpus analysis and experimental methods) of linguistic research. 

Rutgers Executive Council member, Konstantinos Michmizos, recently performed a study using astrocytes to better the programming of robots, controlled by neuromorphic chips

The main purpose of the study conducted was to understand the way neurons and astrocytes communicate using algorithms that are inspired by the functioning of your brain. Algorithms work in many different ways - in other words, could be biased - which sometimes could backfire to the original plan, and instead of gaining profit from them, it might end up leading to worse outcomes, as Jerome D. Williams, a Distinguished Professor and Prudential Chair in Business at Rutgers stated in his Algorithmic Bias Webinar for the Marketing Science Institute. Checkout Michmizos' lecture for a more in-depth explanation of the study. 

Recent concerns over the Pandemic lead to an increase in discrimination in banking, particularly minority-owned small businesses

A study conducted by Jerome D. Williams and his peers' argues that Black borrowers already face a disadvantage before they even file for loans. Even though the study presented the same amount of qualifications and status for both white and black borrowers, white borrowers were more likely to get an additional line of credit with their loans, as compared to black borrowers, who were not even offered the additional credit. Visit here for info on the study.