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

We would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the territory of the Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot, Eastern Pequot, Schaghticoke, Golden Hill Paugussett,  Nipmuc, and Lenape Peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations.  We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land, and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.  From https://nacp.uconn.edu/land-acknowledgement/










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. May 7 Teacher Appreciation Photo Contest 12:00am
  2. May 7 Logic Colloquium
    Minimal Change Theories Of Conditionals, The Import-Export Law, And Modus Ponens
    Alessandro Zucchi (University Of Milan)
  3. May 7 Online Screening – Unraveled: 2021 UConn DMD BFA Senior Exhibition 7:00pm
  4. May 8 Northeast National Writing Project Virtual Conference9:00am
  5. May 12 Teaching And Learning With iPads 10:00am
  6. May 12 Neuroscience Journal Club, RIP (Rouillard)12:00pm
  7. May 13 Neuroscience Virtual Seminar Series - Bhaskar11:00am
  8. May 13 Virtual NEBPIS Leadership Forum12:00pm
  9. May 14 Virtual NEBPIS Leadership Forum12:00pm
  10. May 14 Connecticut Student Writers Recognition Night5:00pm
  11. May 15 CWP Summer Institute Orientation9:00am
  12. May 15 CWP Teacher-as-Writer10:00am
  13. May 17 Design And Research For Healthy Communities And Healthcare Facilities Conference12:00am


Congratulations to Emily Myers for being promoted to Professor 
Congratulations to Eiling Yee for being promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
Congratulations to Stormy Chamberlain for being a keynote presenter at INSAR 2021
Congratulations to Jim Magnuson, Jay Rueckl, and Monty Escabi just received a Notice of Award from NSF for a new 3-year, $500K grant on deep learning an speech recognition.
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 Noelle Wig, who just had her first authored paper published!  Ms. Wig’s publication is entitled “Matching the Mismatch: The interaction between perceptual and conceptual cues in bilinguals’ speech perception”.
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


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