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SfNIRS Newsletter May 2022

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.

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fNIRS 2022 Updates

By Maria Angela Franceschini and Ippeita Dan

We are excited about the return of our meeting face-to-face! fNIRS 2022 will be held in Boston between October 9th and 12th. As the date for our biennial meeting approaches, the last few months have been hectic. If you have been following us on social media, you surely are aware of some of the goings-on. But if you’ve missed the announcements, the following provides a summary.

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Nominations for the first community award are now open

By Martin Wolf and Joe Culver

With this award, the Society for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy would like to honor a member for its outstanding service to our community. Such service could be in various fields of our community, including:

  • Educating community members
  • Standardization of equipment, software, or data
  • Organizing events
  • Advancing the Society in other ways
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Early Investigator Award 2022

By Ilias Tachtsidis

Since 2016, the fNIRS Early Investigator Award recognize noteworthy contributions made to fNIRS by a member at an early career stage

Past recipients were:

  • 2016: Rob Cooper, University College London
  • 2018: Kaja Jasińska, University of Toronto
  • 2021: Wesley Baker, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Nominations for the 2022 award are now open

The award includes a certificate and a cash prize

Nomination deadline: July 15, 2022

Nominations will be evaluated by the Award Committee with the final selection made by the SfNIRS Board of Directors

The award will be announced at the fNIRS 2022 biennial meeting and the awardee will give a presentation during the awards ceremony session

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fNIRS 2022 DEI Travel Award

The fNIRS2022 DEI Travel Award aims to support and recognize researchers from racial, ethnic, and disability groups that have been historically under-represented in scientific work related to fNIRS in their home country or internationally

This award also aims to support research with significant impacts on culturally diverse and underrepresented minority populations.

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New logo proposals

By the SfNIRS board

SfNIRS is looking for a new society logo. Please find below the guidelines below for submitting a proposal.

  • Send proposals to commcomm@fnirs.org.
  • You can submit as many proposals as you want, but if you submit more than one, we expect them to be substantially different; e.g. the same logo with two different color palettes will not be considered. The same holds for other small variations. If the board notes that a individual’s submissions are sufficiently similar, ALL variants of that submission will be eliminated from consideration.
  • There is no deadline. We will simply stop considering new entries when an appropriate logo is identified and agreed upon by the SfNIRS board. While we intend to have a new logo to present to the society during the Boston conference in October, we will not rush the decision, and we will pass if we can’t find a good replacement by that date.
  • Valid submission formats are .svg and .png only. The preferred format is .svg. If you choose to submit a .png resolution has to be at least 1200ppi and a minimum of 512×512 pixels (despite this minimum size, the logo is not required to be square e.g. 600×800 would be acceptable), and without compression.
  • By submitting a proposal you are agreeing to transfer all rights to the society regarding the logo.
  • You can use any color palette that you like.
  • The background should be transparent.
  • There is no predefined style preferred. Make it look retro, chic, modern, gothic, minimalistic, baroque, abstract… Up to you! Surprise us!!
  • No feedback will be provided by any board members on any logos that are submitted, but you are allowed to seek and get feedback from other members of the society as well as from non-members.
  • The decision of the board once taken will be final. No appeal will be allowed.
  • There is no economic nor in-kind reward or compensation for submitting proposals, including the winning logo.

Sneak Peeks – May 2022

By Guy Perkins and Rens Burghardt

While the sheer volume of fNIRS publications has increased extensively, this new feature will only highlight a few of the latest publications that might support, inspire, or otherwise entertain the SfNIRS community

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Statement on Ukraine

The Society for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy condemns the military aggression against Ukraine and stands with all the people who oppose this war.
We stand in solidarity with the scientists, the research community and all Ukrainian people who are currently under siege in Ukraine and we denounce the atrocities against childrens, civilians, cities and hospitals. We join the scientific and global community in calling for peace and an immediate end to this conflict. 
Should you wish to lend assistance, a list of organizations who are attempting to provide help appears below: 
  • Colleges at The Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, in Warsaw Poland are actively helping scientists and students displaced from Ukraine. Information of this effort can be found on their Facebook group. Alternatively go on their website for more information and contact details. 
  • Science for Ukraine is an organization which aims to support scientists from Ukraine by promoting and listing opportunities across the globe. 
  • A list composed and maintained by Ukraine Global Scholars, (the list is here)
  • WaveJobs: Photonic Aid For Ukraine, the photonics employment-searching portal, is listing work and academic opportunities in photonics for those fleeing Ukraine in need of employement elsewhere. WaveJobs is actively accepting job postings from employers offering positions to refugees from Ukraine and is dedicated to creating a network of contacts between employers and those in need of opportunities.
  • UNICEF is supporting health, nutrition, safe drinking water, sanitation, and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.
  • The International Rescue Committee is preparing to provide critical aid to displaced families affected by conflict in Ukraine.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross seeks to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.
  • Voices of Children is helping to provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the Ukrainian conflict and helps them to overcome consequences of armed conflict. 
  • Save the Children, which has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, is providing psychosocial support, distributing winter kits and hygiene kits and providing cash grants to families so they can meet basic needs such as food, rent, medicines, and other vital resources. 
  • The UN Refugee Agency contributes to emergency relief efforts and helps provide humanitarian assistance to those in crisis. The UNHCR is currently taking donations to send aid to families in Ukraine.
  • Caritas is a Polish charity organization currently accepting donations for the “Aid For Ukraine” fundraiser to supply urgent hygiene and basic material assistance along with financial assistance to people in need due to the invasion. 
 

We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for those effected by the conflict, which has brought unimaginable pain and suffering. If anyone wishes to contact SfNIRS for support or help, you can contact the Diversity Equality and Inclusion (DEI) committee via Guy Perkins g.perkins@pgr.bham.ac.uk or the Society board members at admin@fnirs.org

 

SfNIRS Newsletter January 2022

Welcome to the January 2022 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter, covering the period from July 2021 through December 2021. It has been an unusually long period between issues, which are otherwise more or less quarterly. Lest you think this was a period of low activity, the longer time reflects a substantial increase of activity and our correspondingly busier agendas. Since July 2021, Executive Board elections for SfNIRS took place, the 2021 SfNIRS virtual meeting happened (and was a smashing success), a new DEI committee was created, the website saw important changes in organization and appearance, and many other activities have continued that are organized and/or endorsed by the Society. In short, it’s been a busy time! Here is a summary of the second half of 2021.

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The fNIRS 2021 Virtual Meeting

By Ilias Tachtsidis and Meryem Yücel

Dear all, the October general meeting of the society, the first in virtual format is now over. In this post you will get:

  • Some conference highlights
  • the relevant statistics
  • the playlist to all the videos in the YouTube channel of the society
  • and the award winners
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