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SfNIRS Newsletter July 2021

Welcome to the July 2021 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter, covering the period from April 2021 through June 2021. The process of compiling nominations for this year’s board election is now finished, and we are looking forward to the elections themselves. Preparations for the 2021 SfNIRS virtual meeting have picked up speed. The educational committee has done a great job: we have a dozen sessions altogether! Our last call saw Rens Burghardt join the SfNIRS Communications Committee. On top of all that, SfNIRS research webinars have continued providing us with overviews of some of the latest research from our early career members. As some labs are slowly –but surely!–returning to campus, research activity is picking up pace. A slew of new research findings were highlighted by the many news items in which fNIRS was featured.

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SfNIRS Newsletter April 2021

Welcome to the April 2021 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter, covering the period from November 2020 through March 2021. This period has seen the board agree on the tough but necessary decision of delaying our biennial meeting one more year. Also, the election of a new president-elect and board members is approaching and we are starting nominations. Other news include the updated schedules of educational tutorials, research webinars, the new calendar feature, etc. Here is a summary of what happened in these last months.

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SfNIRS Newsletter November 2020

Welcome to the November 2020 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter, covering the period from July 2020 through October 2020. The news continues to be dominated by the COVID19 Pandemic, but the fNIRS datablitz demonstrated that activity remains high in labs around the world. Our community is resilient! In addition to lab-specific research, many activities supported by the society have been ongoing: educational tutorials, research webinars, and of course continued planning on the part of the SfNIRS Communications Committee. Here is a summary of events…

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SfNIRS Newsletter July 2020

Welcome to the July 2020 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter, which covers the period from March 2020 through June 2020. This period has been dominated by the COVID19 pandemic, which has been difficult for research and business. We have had to adapt to the circumstances, including scarce access to our laboratories, restricted movement, a switch to virtual meetings and conferences, among other things. Nonetheless, it has been a period full of news. Here, you’ll find what we think is a complete summary.

The communications committee looks forward to hearing from you about future news items you’d like to see posted.

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SfNIRS Newsletter October 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter. This newsletter covers the period since our last newsletter, which came out in June 2019. This period has seen activity in both hemispheres of the world, further progress in preparation for fNIRS2020, and the addition of affective computing to the ever-increasing number of applications.

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Nominees for SfNIRS board elections 2021

By Nomination Committee, Alessandro Torricelli, Yasuyo Minagawa, Joy Hirsh

Due to the Pandemic situation, we have elections in 2021, i.e. one year later than planned and the next term will exceptionally be of 3 years duration, i.e. elections in 2024. The following positions are up for election:

President-elect (3 years): Mari Franceschini, currently Acting President, will become President and Clare Elwell Past President in October. So a new president-elect is needed.

Treasurer-elect (open term): David Boas soon will step down from treasurer and we need a replacement. 

Board of Directors (BoD) (5 years): Several members of the current BoD will step down in 2021. We need 6 new members of the BoD, two from South/North America, two from Asia/Oceania and two from Europe/Africa. We strive for a regional and gender balance.

To elect your favorite candidate, you have to be an active member of the SfNIRS. To become a member or to reinstate your membership go to https://fnirs.org/membership/

The election procedure will be posted there within the next days.

Candidates

All listings are in alphabetical order by surname.

President elect

Treasurer elect

BOARD America

BOARD Asia and Oceania

BOARD Europe and Africa

*Affiliation will change to the University of Birmingham, UK as from September 2021

Best practices for fNIRS publications

By Meryem Yücel

The rapid growth that we currently witness in the fNIRS research field resulted in a great diversity in methodological practices, data preprocessing and statistical analyses. Inconsistencies appearing in the way in which methods are presented, though, make the interpretation and replication of studies challenging. The recent “Neuroimaging Analysis Replication and Prediction Study”, a systematic comparison of statistical results obtained from the same fMRI dataset by 70 different groups, shows that different data analysis pipelines can have substantial effects on scientific conclusions we draw (Botvinik-Nezer et al., 2020, Nature), and thus further highlights the importance of properly reporting the details of the study and the data analysis methods. With this motivation, the Society for Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy has organized a representative group of fNIRS researchers to build a consensus on the best practices for reporting an fNIRS study. The best practices paper provides guidelines to help increase the reproducibility, reliability and traceability of our work through presenting our methods and findings in a comprehensive and transparent way. The paper also provides a checklist to guide authors in the preparation of their manuscripts and to assist reviewers when evaluating fNIRS papers. We do hope that it serves the fNIRS community well!

Launch of the new calendar

By Meryem Yücel.

Dear SfNIRSers,

I hope this post finds everyone on good health! I have a quick announcement from the CommComm. Now the community has its own calendar for all the fNIRS related events (conferences, courses, educational webinars, stand-alone talks, you name it). Judit and Rickson already added the webinars they are running.

Calendar is now at the SfNIRS website:

https://fnirs.org/calendar/

The nice thing about it is that you can use the following iCal link to have it on your personal calendar and always be up-to-date on the upcoming fNIRS events:

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/qud2bt35nbv9p9jqcgnv8oqtm8%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

One more thing before I let you go to another post: if you know of an upcoming event which is not yet on the calendar, you can submit the event info yourself either by filling out the online form or sending an email to commcomm, both of which are now possible at https://fnirs.org/calendar/. Everyone is welcome to submit, including the commercial companies running educational webinars!

The CommComm

A compilation of recent videos – Mar 2021

By Felix Scholkmann

Videos of the first NIH BRAIN Initiative meeting:

fNIRS webinars by NIRx Medical Technologies:

Other videos

Nominations requested for the President-elect, Treasurer-elect and Board of Directors of the Society for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (SfNIRS) – Call 2021

By Martin Wolf.

This year the SfNIRS members are asked to elect a new President-elect, treasurer-elect and six new members of the Board of Directors. The Nomination Committee 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.

Make your nominations using the nominations form (requires logging in). The Nominations period is now over. No further nominations are accepted.

President elect

The newly elected President-elect will be President-elect for three years (due to the Corona situation, it is one more year than usual), 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 by filling the nomination form (login required) or e-mailing Prof Alessandro Torricelli of the Nomination Committee by May 15, 2021 June 30, 2021. 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.

Treasurer elect

The newly elected Treasurer-elect will be Treasurer-elect until current treasurer decide to step down. The treasurer-elect needs to be from the US, for taxes and legal purposes.The treasurer-elect will be required to participate in the monthly officer meetings and will help making all financial decision.

If interest self nominate yourself by filling the nomination form (login required) or e-mailing Prof Alessandro Torricelli of the Nomination Committee by May 15, 2021 June 30, 2021. 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. BoD members need to participate to annual meetings and volunteer for the various committee. Each member of the Board of Directors will normally serve a term of four years for not more than two consecutive terms. Due to the Corona situation, the next term exceptionally is five years. 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 2021-2026, 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 by filling the nomination form (login required) or send the following information to Prof Alessandro Torricelli of the Nomination Committee by May 15, 2021 June 30, 2021:

  • 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 during Summer 2021. Upon approval by the current Board of Directors, the result of the election will be reported at the 2021 virtual fNIRS conference (to be held in Oct. 2021). Note that the two top candidates within each region will be appointed to the Board of Directors.

Elected officials are required to maintain their membership with the Society active for the duration of their mandate.

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.