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  • Science and the 2016 Elections: Where do the Candidates Stand? »
    Behind the sensationalistic headlines, the Presidential candidates are developing scientific research agendas on issues beyond climate change. Exploring the candidates and political parties’ platforms unveils a number of clues into how the political parties and their presidential candidates would shape the nation’s scientific research enterprise.
  • National Institute on Aging Advancing New Research Initiatives on Alzheimer’s »
    At the recent National Advisory Council on Aging meeting, 26 new concept proposals focused on Alzheimer’s and related dementia’s were approved by Council. According to NIA Director Richard Hodes, the concept proposals will be developed into a “record number” of new Funding Opportunity Announcements in the next few months.
  • Spotting Early Warning Signs of Psychosis »
    Schizophrenia is complicated to treat, and it isn’t typically thought of as preventable. But that’s changing, thanks in part to Mittal, who is an assistant professor at Northwestern and the head of a clinic called ADAPT. Mittal and his colleagues have identified early warning signs of schizophrenia that can be spotted in young people before they develop full-blown psychosis. That kind of early identification opens the door to early treatment, which may one day prove to be effective in mitigating or even preventing future onset of psychotic disorders.
  • Want to Teach Critical Thinking? Forget Rote Learning »
    Gone are the days when school was only about “the three R’s”- reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. Critical thinking is now a central educational goal, from the Common Core State Standards to employers’ demands for the future workforce. But students are apparently falling short of that goal.
  • FABBS Honors James (Jay) McClelland »
    James (Jay) McClelland is the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, and Director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Computation at Stanford University. After receiving his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975, McClelland joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego. He moved to Carnegie Mellon University in 1984 as University Professor and the Walter Van Dyke Bingham Chair in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. He was also the founding Co-Director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. In 2006 McClelland moved to the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, where he served as department chair. He is currently the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, and the founding Director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Computation at Stanford.

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