Spring 2006, Volume 7
This newsletter is created by the SPR Committee to Promote Student Interests and is sent to current and recent student and full SPR members.
This year, SPR will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from October 25-29, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel. Registration, travel, and other conference-related information will be mailed out to members around May. Refer to the featured section below on Vancouver, BC highlights!
Junior Suites Available for Student Members
You are eligible for a student poster award as long as you are: 1) a full-time student, 2) an SPR student member, 3) first author on a poster, and 4) in attendance at the Vancouver conference. Students' winning poster awards also receive a cash prize. In addition, the names of all winners and the titles of their posters will be announced in Psychophysiology as soon as possible after the award.
Click on the link below for submission instructions and sample posters from past award winners.
Start planning your trip to beautiful Vancouver, BC today! Special thanks to Tracy Cassels, our local student host, for putting together this wonderful guide of places to eat, things to do, and sights to see. Be sure to try and squeeze in some of these local attractions during your visit:
Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park: For those people with a death-wish and no fear of heights, one of the most spectacular things you can do. Located in a rainforest, you won’t feel as though you’re anywhere near civilization upon entering.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden: Based in Chinatown, this garden is based on a 15th Century Chinese garden and named after the founder of China.
Gastown: Tourist trap-style shopping and steamclock as well as being Vancouver’s oldest shopping neighbourhood.
Granville Island: This market by the water offers various types of food, live performances, boat rides, shopping, and almost anything else you could ask for.
Grouse Mountain: Trams take you up the side of the mountain providing you with an excellent view of the city along with various activities and some good dining once you’re up there.
Harbour Centre Tower: 40-story tower with an observation deck on top. Smaller than some of the others in the world, but a spectacular view!
Jericho and Kitsilano Beaches: Both beautiful beaches with park and picnic areas and great views of the mountains.
Queen Elizabeth Park: 52 hectares overlooking the city, this park is the highest point in Vancouver. Miniature golf, tennis, sculptures, a rose garden, and more all are contained within Queen Elizabeth Park.
Stanley Park: Famous enough that it doesn’t need an introduction; includes the Sea Wall which is a beautiful walk (or run or bike).
UBC’s Botanical Garden: A larger version of the Van Dusen at 44 hectares and includes over 8000 types of plants.
UBC’s Museum of Anthropology: On the UBC campus (worth a visit itself). Some very amazing artifacts and the totem poles out front are beautiful. (You are then also close to the world famous Wreck Beach where people frolic nude all year round!)
Van Dusen Botanical Garden: 22 hectares of plants and trees. You can arrange for a tour or just walk around by yourself. In October, East North American and Gingko trees, Autumn Crocus, Fatsia, Rubeckia, Asters, and Hydrangeas are all in bloom.
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre: Located in Stanley Park. As long as you aren’t afraid of fish, a very fun place to check out.
Vancouver Art Gallery: The largest art gallery in Western Canada, it has close to 8,000 works of art in its collection, including more than 200 works by Emily Carr, one of Canada’s most prominent artists and a British Columbian herself.
Yaletown: The more bohemian shopping area. Very cute neighbourhood with lots of boutiques and restaurants.
And of course, what would a trip to Canada be without catching an NHL game? ;) The Canucks may be in town, tickets are hard to get, but you can try via Ticketmaster.ca or just go to a local bar and catch a game!
Don't forget that there are plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with other SPR students and members. Here is just a brief sampling of some of the special interests lunches, dinners, and meetings in the works:
For the SPR Student Newsletter's regular feature, "Interview with an SPR member", we bring you an exclusive interview with Dr. Jochen Kaiser from the University of Frankfurt, Germany. Thanks to Jochen, Sylvia Kreibig, and the rest of the SPR Student Interview Subcommittee for such an informative and compelling interview!
We are currently planning the 2006 Early Careers Conversation Hour. To help us tailor this event to the needs of the membership/conference attendees, please click on the link below to complete our survey. This will only take a few minutes and will help to make sure that your questions get answered! If you have any questions or would like to help with planning the conversation hour, please contact Rebecca Houston (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any member of the postdoctoral subcommittee.
Greetings SPR student members! As you may have noticed, the design of the SPR Student Website has changed quite drastically. In addition, the site is now hosted on a new server, so if you have bookmarked the previous SPR Student Website (which, of course, you all have), you may want to note that the new address is http://www.sprweb.org/student. Special thanks to John Hoffman, the SPR Website Committee, and the Rees Group for graciously extending some of their space, time, and resources to us!
Are you interested in research that integrates psychophysiology and clinical science? Do you conduct basic psychophysiology or fMRI research that has clinical applications? Do you employ psychophysiology or fMRI methods to study clinical populations? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Student Subcommittee on Clinical Psychophysiology may be right for you. The aims of this subcommittee are to facilitate discussions about clinical applications of psychophysiology and fMRI, create networking opportunities among researchers interested in this field, and stimulate collaborations among clinical psychophysiologists across the globe. If you are interested in joining the Clinical Psychophysiology Subcommittee or have any suggestions, please contact the chair, Julie Hall, at email@example.com . This year at the SPR convention in Vancouver, we will be hosting a special interest Clinical Psychophysiology lunch and will be inviting several prominent clinical psychophysiologists to share their experience and wisdom. We hope to see you there!
Why develop WISE? Whereas female students outnumber male students in SPR, men outnumber women among full members in SPR as well as in academia and industry. Whereas mentoring may occur in graduate school with one's advisor and formally or informally on the job, a women's mentoring program within SPR can address concerns of particular salience to women psychophysiologists. For example, women who are in later stages of their careers might provide advice to students regarding how to negotiate salaries and start-up money. Women tend to negotiate less effectively than men; and this might, in part, contribute to the disparity in pay between men and women that exists throughout their careers. Through WISE, women might offer advice on how to balance the demands of family and career. In addition, WISE women might provide introductions to other psychophysiologists. Moreover, the WISE listserv could provide a source of information on scientific and technical issues in psychophysiology.
How to Join: Women in SPR may sign up for the WISE listserv by emailing John Hofmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) of SPR's management group with the subject "Subscribe SPR-WISE." Once you've signed up, you can share your ideas regarding how SPR might best serve its female members.
Women in Science Panel Discussion at the Vancouver Meeting: The Student Membership Retention Committee and the SPR Women's Advisory Council will hold a panel discussion at the 2006 annual meeting in Vancouver. This event is open to all SPR members. Denise Park, cognitive neuroscientist, and co-author of the book chapter, "Women in Academia" in The Compleat Academic: A Career Guide, will discuss unique experiences to women in science. Following Dr. Park's talk, a panel composed of women at different stages in their careers will share their own experiences and answer questions from the audience about negotiating life in academia. If you have any suggestions for this event, please contact Sarah Sass (email@example.com), Andrea Chambers, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Becky Levin (email@example.com).
Are your needs being met? Please feel free to contact members of the committee with suggestions, questions, comments, or to bond with a fellow psychophysiologist, click below...Back to the top of the page.