Welcome new SLAC trainees 2020-2021 & 2021-2022

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

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. Jul 14 Doctoral Dissertation Oral Defense of Elizabeth Simmons10:00am
  2. Jul 17 Introduction To White Fragility And Starting Conversations On Racism12:00pm
  3. Jul 20 White Fragility Book Discussion12:00pm
  4. Jul 27 White Fragility Book Discussion12:00pm
  5. Jul 29 Ask Me Anything About: Successfully Networking on LinkedIn1:00pm
  6. Jul 29 Developing And Building Online Assessments In HuskyCT2:30pm
  7. Aug 3 White Fragility Book Discussion12:00pm
  8. Aug 10 White Fragility Book Discussion12:00pm


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 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

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