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)

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


  1. Sep 24 Neuroscience Virtual Seminar Series - Dharap11:00am
  2. Sep 24 ECOM - Spotlight Series Talk (Drew Johnson)12:15pm
  3. Sep 25 Meaning Group: Arregui and Biezma 20163:00pm
  4. Sep 25 CogSci Colloquium: Iris Berent 4:00pm
  5. Sep 28 Meditation Monday4:00pm
  6. Sep 29 Become A School Leader6:00pm
  7. Sep 30 Apply For Neag School Alumni Board Scholarship By Oct. 3012:00am
  8. Sep 30 Neuroscience Journal Club - Elamin12:00pm
  9. Sep 30 Psychology Colloquium: Dr. Stuart Vyse3:30pm
  10. Oct 1 Neuroscience Virtual Seminar Series11:00am


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): https://today.uconn.edu/2020/05/gestures-heard-well-seen/

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 your 3M NIH Prader-Willi grant

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

Congratulations to Ashley Parker on your 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." Congratulations to Ashley and to her advisor, Erika Skoe!


Check out SLAC Publications




Fall 2020 SLAC Courses

PSYC 5170 SLAC Prof Development Seminar I, 'SICSFLAGS', Fridays 1:30-2:30

PSYC 5570 SLAC Seminar, Fridays 9-12

LING 5010 or PSYC 5500 Research Seminar in Language and Cognition, 'Talk-Shop', Mondays 12:20-1:10 

See Curriculum for more information


UCONN Science of Learning and Art of Communication (SLAC) Graduate Training Program Lecture Series

Friday Oct 9 

Widening the Lens of Translational Science through Team Science.  Presented virtually by Yaacov Petscher & Nicole Patton Terry

12:30-1:30pm: lecture and 1:30-2:30pm: Q&A

Virtual national NRT meeting, Jan. 28-29, 2021

SLAC Brochure

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