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SfNIRS Newsletter March 2020

Welcome to the March 2020 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter, which is intended to serve as a save-the-date for October’s fNIRS meeting in Boston, currently scheduled for Oct. 10th through Oct. 14 (https://fnirs2020.org/program/schedule/), and to provide some news about new fNIRS developments.

We are following the development of the Covid19 pandemic and we hope that by October 2020 the world will be back to normal and we will be able to hold our biennial conference as planned. We are continuing with the plan for the meeting, but at the same time, we are preparing to move it to a later date (Autumn 2021?) if deemed necessary. Please register and submit your abstract following current deadlines. Stay safe, take care of your loved ones, and see you in Boston this October. Mari Franceschini.

The communications committee look forward to hearing from you about future news items you’d like to see posted. In the meantime, we’ve got information about job postings, the course component of the SfNIRS 2020 meeting, and an overview of a new wearable device developed by a group at University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Check it out!

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NIRS help to investigate diving physiology in the brain

By Sabrina Brigadoi and Dani Forster.

A novel wearable NIRS device has been developed by a team at University of St Andrews (St Andrews, Scotland) with the aim to investigate diving physiology in the brain and blubber of mammalians (harbor seals). This work has been recently highlighted on the BBC Science Focus Magazine (https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/seals-use-thought-to-prepare-body-for-diving/).

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Nominations requested for the President-elect and the Board of Directors of the Society for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (SfNIRS)

By Martin Wolf.

Biannually the members of the SfNIRS elect a new President-elect and six new members of the Board of Directors. The Nomination Committee (Joy Hirsch, Yasuyo Minagawa and Alessandro Torricelli) announces an official Call for Nominations for these open positions as described below.

Please be reminded that only SfNIRS members may elect, nominate or be elected or nominated.

President-elect

According to the By-Laws, the newly elected President-elect will be President-elect for two years, President for two years and past-President for another two years.

The Nomination Committee solicits suggestions for the President-elect from the Ordinary Membership. Please send nominations for President-elect to Alessandro Torricelli (alessandro.torricelli@polimi.it) of the Nomination Committee by May 15, 2020. The nominee should agree with her/his nomination. Your nomination should include the following information of the nominee:

  • Name, Title, Affiliation
  • Brief bio-sketch (one paragraph*)
  • Research interest (one paragraph*)
  • Motivation (one paragraph*)
  • List of three selected fNIRS publications (in the PubMed format)

* One paragraph is expected to be around 100 words, and should not exceed 200 words.

Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors are expected to manage the affairs and activities of the SfNIRS in general. Each member of the Board of Directors will serve a term of four years for not more than two consecutive terms. In order to reflect the diversity of the membership worldwide, we will maintain the regional balance among the Board of Directors: for the term of 2020-2024, two members will be allocated for Europe including Africa, another two for America (North, Central and South), and the other two for Asia including Oceania.

The Nomination Committee seeks candidates for the Board of Directors from the Ordinary Membership. Once received, the Nomination Committee will provide a full list of candidates with their personal statement. Those who are willing to serve as a member of the Board of Directors are requested to send the following information to Alessandro Torricelli (alessandro.torricelli@polimi.it) of the Nomination Committee by May 15, 2020:

  • Name, Title, Affiliation
  • Brief bio-sketch (one paragraph*)
  • Research interest (one paragraph*)
  • Personal statement and Motivation (one paragraph*)
  • List of three selected fNIRS publications (in the PubMed format)

* One paragraph is expected to be around 100 words, and should not exceed 200 words.

Election procedure

Election of the President elect and the Board of Directors will be executed electronically through the members-only SfNIRS ClubExpress website. Upon approval by the current Board of Directors, the result of the election will be reported at the 2020 fNIRS conference in Boston. Note that the two top candidates within each region will be appointed to the Board of Directors.

Membership

You want to take part in the elections and are not a member yet? Please become a member: https://fnirs.org/membership/

Nomination Committee

Joy Hirsch, Yasuyo Minagawa and Alessandro Torricelli

fNIRS 2020 Updates

Mari Franceschini, October 2019,

We have updated the conference webpage with the latest news. In brief:

We are thrilled to confirm the participation of Dr. Bruce Tromberg as a Special Guest Speaker. Dr. Tromberg is the director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and also a pioneer researcher in diffuse optics.

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