Welcome to SLAC (Science of Learning & Art of Communication)

The National Science Foundation has awarded our interdisciplinary group of UConn researchers a five-year grant, “The science of learning, from neurobiology to real-world application: A problem-based approach.” We aim to develop transformative models for graduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, training 50 students (including 25 Ph.D. fellows).The “Science of Learning and Art of Communication,” or SLAC, draws on subfields of cognitive science and neuroscience: genetics, behavioral neuroscience, linguistics, education, psychology, and speech-language-hearing sciences. See more










Welcome new SLAC trainees 2020-2021 & 2021-2022

Sarah Asinari, Megan Chiovaro, Joselyn Perez, Jennifer Richardson,
Kara Vlahcevic, Noelle Wig, Emily Yearling, Nathan Lautz (21-22), Hannah Mechtenberg (21-22),
Oliver McNeil (21-22), Maddie Quam (21-22), Anne Marie Crinnion (22-23)


  1. Mar 10 Neuroscience Journal Club (Palko)12:00pm
  2. Mar 10 Psychology Cross-Disciplinary Graduate Colloquium3:30pm
  3. Mar 11 Neuroscience Virtual Seminar Series - Valle11:00am
  4. Mar 11 ECOM Spotlight Series: Nadja-Mira Yolcu12:00pm
  5. Mar 12 Logic Colloquium
    Gillian Russell (ACU Melbourne)
  6. Mar 13 23rd Annual Neag School Alumni Awards Celebration5:30pm
  7. Mar 15 Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize Submission deadline12:00am
  8. Mar 17 Neuroscience Journal Club, RIP (Sticco)12:00pm
  9. Mar 18 Neuroscience Virtual Seminar Series - Matsushima11:00am
  10. Mar 19 Logic Colloquium
    On free logic
    Edi Pavlović (Helsinki)
  11. Mar 22 ELP Virtual Info Session 4:00pm
  12. Mar 24 Neuroscience Journal Club, RIP (Hardy)12:00pm
  13. Mar 24 Psychology Colloquium: Dr. Victor Ferreira3:30pm


Congratulations to Eiling Yee for being awarded funds from the President’s Commitment to Community Initiative for her proposal “Diversifying the pipeline: Potential doctoral student mentoring network.

Congratulations to Fumiko Hoeft on the award from the Tremaine Foundation to supplement her NSF grant on preventing the academic slide during COVID.

Congratulations to
Fumiko Hoeft, Devin Kearns and Roeland Hancock, for their plan to move to large scale evaluation of their free app for school readiness and dyslexia screening in 4- to 8-yr-olds.  Information about the A.P.P.R.I.S.E. project is here.

Congratulations to Eiling Yee
on her award from the Scholarship Facilitation Fund for research on Conceptual Convergence in the Context of COVID-19.

Congratulations to Megan Chiovaro,
with her work on collective intelligence in bees (Adv: Paxton).  This was featured in UConn Today.

Congratulations to Letty Naigles and Bede Agocha for the grant from CLAS to develop a new course called “Language and Racism,” which is a collaboration between the Cognitive Science program and the Africana Studies Institute.

Congratulations to Nicole Landi who received a new NIH R01 grant “Effectiveness and Predictors of Response for a Technology-based Reading Intervention in the Home,” with co-PI Mike Milham and investigators Fumiko Hoeft and Ken Pugh.

Congratulations to Alex Paxton, who with
J. Dixon have an article in UConn Today, which summarizes a recent paper of theirs in PNAS (with Wim Pouw and Steven Harrison):

Congratulations to Alex Paxton who received a Scholarship Facilitation Fund award for her application “Ad hoc Efforts for Advancing Data Science Education.”

Congratulations to Fumiko Hoeft who received a $3.5M grant to the UCSF Dyslexia Center and will develop a subcontract from UCSF to UConn

Congratulations to Eiling Yee for her paper in Psychological Science - see article about it in UConn Today

Congratulations to Fumiko Hoeft for her NSF Award “Assessing and preventing the detrimental impact of literacy acquisition during COVID-19-related school closure" - see article in UConn Today

Congratulations to Stormy Chamberlain on her 3M NIH Prader-Willi grant

Congratulations to Betsy McCoach on her National Center for Research on Gifted Education grant

Congratulations to Ashley Parker on her prestigious award from the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation -- The Student Research Grant in Audiology. The title of the project is “The Inner-Ear protein Prestin as a Biomarker of Hearing Loss."


Check out SLAC Publications




Spring 2021 SLAC Courses

LING 5010 or PSYC 5500 Research Seminar in Language and Cognition, Rachel Theodore & William Snyder,  Talk-Shop, Mondays 12:20-1:10, virtual

PSYC 5170-002 (topic: SLAC professional development), James Magnuson, 1 credit, Fridays, 1:30-2:30 pm, virtual

PSYC 5170-004 (topic: SLAC Practicum), James Magnuson, 3 credits, Fridays 10-12:00 pm, virtual

PSYC 5170 - 005   Current Topics in Psychology 'Science Outreach', Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, virtual

See Curriculum for more information


SLAC Brochure

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