Welcome to the May 2022 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter, covering the period from January 2022 through April 2022. The Society’s biennial meeting, fNIRS 2022, is fast approaching, the program is ready, registration for courses and abstract submissions are open, and preparations are going smoothly. Much is going on in the fNIRS world: an EDI committee has been formed, the communications committee has many new faces, and you likely have noticed an increase in society-related emails. Here is a summary of all that has been going on over the last few months.
fNIRS 2022 Meeting in Boston
Get your abstract and suitcases ready! Face-to-face meetings are back as we leave the worst of the pandemic behind us. But do not worry, we also have a virtual live option for people that cannot travel.
Few important updates:
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By Mari Franceschini and Ippeita Dan.
fNIRS in the Social media
Have you checked out our SfNIRS Twitter account yet? Or our Facebook community? You can do so here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/SfNIRS/
You can use Twitter (or Facebook) to ask questions to the fNIRS community by tagging our official account (@SfNIRS) and using the tag #fNIRS. Or, if you are running an fNIRS study, take a fun picture of you and your participants and share it with other researchers around the world(with participant consent, of course). Twitter is a great way to share what you’re up to informally.
We have also set up an account for the Boston fNIRS 2022 conference… Surprise! – It’s called @nirs2022. All conference-related updates will be posted there, so make sure to check that account from time to time.
And, of course, follow us @SfNIRS!
Lastly, here is a list with fNIRS researchers on Twitter. Let us know if you would like to be added or if we have missed someone!
By Louisa Gossé.
Calling for new logo proposals
The society logo is now several years old and has served our community well, as the Society has matured and the community we serve has grown. With all the changes that have happened in the ten years since we started, we think it’s high time to revamp the Society’s look. As was the case ten years ago, we think our logo should be created by Society members. To that end, we are inviting any/all members to submit new logo proposals. Here are the guidelines.
By the SfNIRS board.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
The Society for fNIRS (SfNIRS) recently formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to address concerns related to culture and diversity within the fNIRS community. One of our first initiatives is to distribute a brief survey to gather information about the identities, backgrounds, experiences, opinions, and needs of the fNIRS community. The survey can be completed here:
This survey is open to anyone who uses fNIRS in their scientific research and/or professional roles. You do not have to be an SfNIRS member to complete this survey! Results from this survey will be anonymous to protect confidentiality. Anonymous results will be shared with members of the DEI committee so that we can establish actionable goals that address immediate concerns. Anonymous results may also be shared at the upcoming SfNIRS 2022 meeting. This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the survey, please contact Meredith Pecukonis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By EDI Committee.
Educational Tutorials and Webinars
The Society’s Educational Tutorial Series, organized by the Education Committee, continues, and you can check out the program here. Each tutorial is advertised on the Society’s Faacebook page 1-2 weeks ahead of time, including the zoom registration link. The tutorials are recorded and will be made publicly available on the Society’s website. If you have any questions, please contact Judit Gervain.
We are approaching the middle of the 2022 webinar season! Did you miss any of the previous talks? No worries, because you can watch them on the fNIRS website. Do you have something worth sharing with the broader fNIRS community? Contact Rickson Mesquita to schedule your presentation.
By Judit Gervain and Rickson Mesquita
While the sheer volume of fNIRS publications has increased extensively -see our usual publications section below-, this sneak peek only highlights a handful of the latest publications. We hope this collection helps support, inspire, and otherwise entertain the SfNIRS community.
By Guy Perkins and Rens Burghardt.
fNIRS in the News
- A study using functional near-infrared spectroscopy reveals that text comprehension is better when reading on paper than on a smartphone
- fNIRS has been shown to be a reliable technique to detect individual impairments due to cannabis intoxication (Science Daily and Health Day)
- The “Kernel Flow” device from Kernel has hit the news and has been presented in Physics World, Futurism, Technology Networks, Azoopicts, Optics, Medgadget, Photonics, Science Tech Daily and Science Daily
- An fNIRS study showing that playing with dolls can encourage children to talk about others’ thoughts and emotions has been published on the Guardian
By Sabrina Brigadoi.
This is what’s in the society calendar for the next few months:
- Research Webinars on May, 27th and June, 24th
- fNIRS 2022 Educational course registration deadline on May, 31st
- Educational tutorials on June, 17th (Spanish) and June, 24th (English)
- fNIRS 2022 Abstract submission deadline on June, 30th
- fNIRS workshop on clinical neuroergonomics on July, 7th.
Check Felix’s fantastic summary and the PubMed reformatted searches here. Keep yourself up-to-date on the latest fNIRS publications. Remember to announce your publications on the SfNIRS Facebook group page or Twitter using the hashtag #fNIRS.
By Felix Scholkmann and Felipe Orihuela-Espina.
Disclaimer: While we encourage translation of fNIRS technology to commercial products by our members, neither the Communication Committee nor the Society for fNIRS endorse any for-profit or non-profit entities. We do not receive compensation for reporting news about commercial products.
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