________________________________________________________________ VOLUME 2, ISSUE 9 THE INTERPSYCH NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER,1995 ________________________________________________________________ SECTION D: ANNOUNCEMENTS ********* * INDEX * ********* 1. Special Issue of LCP 2. British Interdisciplinary Journal of Childhood: Call for Papers 3. Rutgers Ph.D. Program in BEHAVIORAL & NEURAL SCIENCES 4. InterPsych Staff Lounge Open 5. Calls for papers a. California State University, Fullerton Conference: Theory and Research on Communication and Culture ================================================================ 1. Special Issue of LCP ================================================================ Manuscript submissions are invited for inclusion in a Special Issue of the journal "Language and Cognitive Processes" on Connectionist Approaches to Language Development. It is anticipated that most of the papers in the special issue will describe previously unpublished work on some aspect of language development (first or second language learning in either normal or disordered populations) that incorporates a neural network modelling component. However, theoretical papers discussing the general enterprise of connectionist modelling within the domain of language development are also welcome. The deadline for submissions is 1st April 1996. Manuscripts should be sent to the guest editor for this special issue: Kim Plunkett, Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UD, UK (email: email@example.com FAX: 1865-310447). All manuscripts will be submitted to the usual Language and Cognitive Processes peer review process. ================================================================ 2. British Interdisciplinary Journal of Childhood: Call for Papers ================================================================ The launch of the British Interdisciplinary Journal of Childhood is a response to dynamic changes occurring across all children's services, in particular the growing emphasis on interdisciplinary cooperation. The journal's readership will be drawn from a wide rangeof professions and agencies. Readers will be active either as professionals, as policymakers or as academics. They will turn to the journal to keep themselves up-to-date across the field of children's services. The journal should stimulate thinking and suggest solutions to their problems. There will be strong emphasis on approaches to the improvement of agency performance Frequency --------- To ensure that there is the space to explore subjects of interest to this multidisciplinary audience from more than one perspective, we have opted to produce two substantial issues per year to start with rather than more frequent smaller issues (frequency may well increase in later volumes if the flow of material of adequate standard justifies this). Each issue will thus be able to deal with subjects in some depth. Editorial Policy ---------------- All main articles will be peer reviewed, and the journal will aim for the very highest standards of scholarship. Clear, vivid communication to an interdisciplinary audience will be an equal priority. We are looking for articles which convey something of the enthusiasm and excitement (or disappointment and frustration?) experienced by professionals involved in the development of services for children. At the production editing stage, close attention will be given to layout and presentation to assist interdisciplinary communication. In liaison with authors, we will pay rather more attention than is usual these days to ensure that articles are clear and meaningful to all professionals involved in children's services - for example by the provision of necessary background information, by clear explanation of terminology specific to one professional area and so on. Editorial Arrangements ---------------------- The journal will be edited by Rupert Hughes, previously working for the Department of Health and now Fellow of the Centre for Social Policy, Warren House, Dartington and Honorary Fellow in the School of Social Work, University of Leicester. An Editorial Board has been appointed including leading representatives of the main disciplines to be covered. Professor Jane Aldgate of the University of Leicester will act as Consulting Editor The journal will be published by Whiting and Birch Ltd in association with the University of Leicester. Scope ----- The journal will cover interdisciplinary topics in all fields relevant to children and adolescents and their families such as: education, social work and social care, psychology, health, social policy and administration and law. Content ------- The journal will carry articles reporting original research, or considering innovative policy developments. It will also accept papers aimed at disseminating existing knowledge in a coherent form to a wide professional audience where such articles make a significant contribution to the development of policy and practice. The journal will carry: i. Main articles, which will be fully refereed. These are likely to contain between 2,000 and 6,000 words. Longer articles may be accepted by arrangement. To be considered, papers should either: a. report original research of wide interest and applicability; b. serve to disseminate recent work in a particular field to a wider professional audience; c. make a significant and innovative contribution to policy debate in the chosen subject area; d. provide a considered overview of some subject of wide interest ii. Shorter communications such as notes of work in progress, rejoinders to previously published articles, letters to the editor etc. iii. Reviews of books, journals, videos, electronic media etc. Requirements ------------ The Editor will be looking for articles which are: i. professionally sound ii. inspirational iii. of practical assistance to readers in developing their own services iv. clearly expressed Authors should be sensitive to the requirements of an interdisciplinary audience comprising professions with quite different traditions and working methods. Professional vocabulary should be explained, and acronyms avoided. Writers presenting statistical data should bear in mind that the level of familiarity with the conventions of quantitative method varies greatly across the children's professions, and some commentary may be necessary. Where sources are referenced which are standard to one profession, it should not be assumed that these will be regularly used and immediately recognised by all groups. Bearing in mind the journal's wide national and international audience, brief background notes on the institutional structures referred to in the work may be necessary. Once accepted, authors may be asked to provide additional background or summary information to help clarify their thinking to all readers. The journal is fully committed to anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory working. Notes to contributors are available on request. On detailed points of style etc refer to the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association (Fourth Edition) Special Issues -------------- >From time to time, it is intended that the journal will produce special issues concentrating on particular topics of current interest. These may be 'guest edited'. The Editor will be happy to receive proposals for special issues. Submission of Material ---------------------- Articles and other material for consideration should be sent to: Rupert Hughes, Editor, British Interdisciplinary Journal of Childhood, c/o School of Social Work, University of Leicester, 107 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7LA. Main articles should be submitted on disk, together with four hard copies of the article. For subscription enquiries, contact: ------------------------------------ Whiting & Birch Ltd, PO Box 872, London SE23 3HL. Fax: 0181-244 2448 ================================================================ 3. Rutgers Ph.D. Program in BEHAVIORAL & NEURAL SCIENCES ================================================================ Application Information for Ph.D. Program in BEHAVIORAL AND NEURAL SCIENCES at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Application target date is February 1, 1996. Additional information on our Ph.D. program, research facilities,and faculty can be obtained over the internet at: http://www.cmbn.rutgers.edu/bns-home.html The Behavioral and Neural Sciences (BNS) graduate program at Rutgers-Newark aims to provide students with a rigorous understanding of modern neuroscience with an emphasis on integrating behavioral and neural approaches to understanding brain function. The program emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of this endeavor, and offers specific research training in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience as well as Molecular, Cellular and Systems Neuroscience. These research areas represent different but complementary approaches to contemporary issues in behavioral and molecular neuroscience and can emphasize either human or animal studies. The BNS graduate program is composed of faculty from the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN), the Institute of Animal Behavior (IAB), the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Psychology, and the School of Nursing. Research training in the BNS program emphasizes integration across levels of analysis and traditional disciplinary boundaries. Basic research areas in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience include the study of the basal forebrain, basal ganglia, hippocampus, visual and auditory systems and monoaminergic and neuroendocrine systems using electrophysiological, neurochemical, neuroanatomical and molecular biological approaches. Research in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience includes the study of memory, language (both signed and spoken), reading, attention, motor control, vision, and animal behavior. Clinically relevant research areas are the study of the behavioral, physiological and pharmacological aspects of schizophrenia, Alzheimer's Disease, amnesia, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, and the molecular genetics of neuropsychiatric disorders Other Information ----------------- At present the CMBN supports up to 40 students with 12-month renewable assistantships for a period of five years. The curent stipend for first year students is $12,750; this includes tuition remission and excellent healthcare benefits. In addition, the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company's Foundation has provided four Excellence Awards which increase students' stipends by $5,000. Several other fellowships are offered. More information is available in our graduate brochure, available upon request. For More Information or an Application -------------------------------------- If you are interested in applying to our graduate program, or possibly applying to one of the labs as a post-doc, research assistant or programmer, please contact us via one of the following: Dr. Gyorgy Buzsaki, BNS Graduate Admissions, CMBN, Rutgers University, 197 University Ave., Newark, New Jersey 07102, Phone: (201) 648-1080 (Ext. 3221), Fax: (201) 648-1272, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Gyorgy Buzsaki), or email@example.com (Mark Gluck), or firstname.lastname@example.org (Barry Komisaruk). We will be happy to send you info on our research and graduate program, as well as set up an a possible visit to the Neuroscience Center here at Rutgers-Newark. Please also see our WWW Homepage listed above which contains extensive information on faculty research, degree requirements, local facilities, and more. ================================================================ 4. InterPsych Staff Lounge Open ================================================================ InterPsych's Conferencing Division announces THE STAFF LOUNGE, the informal gathering place for mental health professionals, wll be open this and every Thursday at 10 P.M. E.S.T. (GMT -05:00). On Internet's Undernet Channel/passpword: #interpsyc aphasia. For additional information contact: email@example.com ================================================================ 5. CALLS FOR PAPERS ================================================================ A. California State University, Fullerton Conference ------------------------------------------------- THEORY AND RESEARCH ON COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE March 29-30, 1996 The School of Communications, the Association of Speech Communication Students, and the CSUF chapter of the National Speech, Language, and Hearing Association will sponsor a conference on Theory and Research on Communication and Culture, March 29-30, 1996 (9:00AM-5:00PM). Harry Triandis will present the plenary address on Saturday May 30 at 9:00 AM. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for faculty and students to interact and advance our understanding of communication and culture. The conference also will provide a forum for students and faculty to discuss theorizing and conducting research on communication and culture. Complete papers or extended abstracts (e.g., 2-3 pages) on all aspects of communication and culture are invited (including but not limited to cross- cultural differences in child language development, communication in the deaf community, cross-cultural perspectives on communicative competence and disorder, etc.). Panel proposals also will be considered if extended abstracts for all papers are included. Four copies of submissions should arrive by December 15, 1995 and be addressed to Bill Gudykunst or Toya Wyatt, Department of Speech Communication (EC 199), California State University, Fullerton, CA 92634. Submitters will be notified of decisions of the competitive selection process by February 1, 1996 (Note: earlier decisions will be made, if necessary, especially for international participants). As part of the conference, three one-half day workshops will be conducted: (1) Theorizing about Communication and Culture (led by Richard Wiseman), (2) Conducting Qualitative Research on Communication and Culture (led by Stella Ting-Toomey), and (3) Conducting Quantitative Research on Communication and Culture (led by Bill Gudykunst). The workshops will be divided into two sessions: (1) presentation of information on the topic, and (2) an open discussion among presenters and attendees. Participants are invited to raise questions about their work in the discussion sessions. The conference will be held in Titan Pavilion in the University Center on the CSUF campus. The registration fee will be $25. This fee will be waived for all students, and faculty staff at CSUF. Participants wanting to make hotel reservations can contact the Marriott Hotel on the CSUF campus (1-800-228-9290) or the Chase Suite Hotel (1-800-79-SUITE), which is two blocks from campus. Information on getting to the CSUF campus will be provided with decisions on papers/abstracts. People wanting to attend, but do not plan to present papers, should contact the Department Secretary at the above address or call (714) 773-3617 (fax: 714/773-3377) and the information will be provided.