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!
From the secretary
Nominations requested for the President-elect and the Board of Directors of the Society for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (SfNIRS).
By Martin Wolf.
fNIRS 2020 update
With an outstanding academic program organized around 8 oral sessions, the latest news about our biennial meeting include the confirmed mini-courses …and a talent show!.
By Maria Angela Franceschini
fNIRS 2020 Educational Course
We are happy to announce that the registration for the Educational Course preceding the fNIRS 2020 Conference is now open! The two-day course will be held at Boston University’s Kilachand Center over the weekend of October 10-11, 2020.
By Meryem Ayse Yucel
Prof. Jacques Mehler recently passed away at the age of 83. Prof. Mehler was a world-recognized cognitive psychologist specializing in language acquisition, honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His works attracted over 30k citations.
The Society in the social networks
An executive summary of your social network posts. From Russia to Latin America, from Australia to the UK and Germany, the activities presenting fNIRS research is now happening worldwide.
NIRS in the news
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).
By Sabrina Brigadoi / Dani Forster.
- Special Issue “Optical Methods for Tissue Diagnostics” in Applied Sciences. Edited by Nikolaos Kourkoumelis and Edgar Guevara. Deadline updated to Feb 29th
- Special Issue “FNIRS in Neuroscience and its Emerging Applications” in Frontiers in Neuroscience (Brain Imaging Methods) and Frontiers in Human Neurosciences. Edited by Ning Liu, Meryem A Yucel, Yunjie Tong, Yasuyo Minagawa, Fenghua Tian, Xianxhun Li. This issue is now out with 14 articles. It covers a range of topics including brain computer interface, connectivity, studies of attention, distinction between fantasy and reality, or virtual reality training.
Check the latest updates in the calendar to keep up-to-date about forthcoming conferences and submission deadlines.
By Sergio Novi and Stacey Ladieu.
We have updated our list of job opportunities for the last months of 2019 and early 2020. Only in this period, there have been 13 new job advertisements with over 20 new positions both in industry and academia. Remember to announce your job advertisements on the SfNIRS Facebook group page or on Twitter using the hashtag #fNIRS or sending us an e-mail.
By those posting the job announcements.
Keep yourself up-to-date on the latest fNIRS publications. This period also includes those of the Special Issue “FNIRS in Neuroscience and its Emerging Applications”. Remember to announce your publications on the SfNIRS Facebook group page or on Twitter using the hashtag #fNIRS.
By Felipe Orihuela-Espina.
In the October 2019 newsletter, the link to publications was incorrectly pointing to those of the March to June period. This has been fixed and redirected to the correct period.
By 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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