Welcome to the Center for Neurodynamics
WELCOME TO FOUR NEW MEMBERS
We are excited to welcome four new members of the Center -- Lauren Olin of the Department of Philosophy, Carissa Philippi and Sandra Langeslag of the Department of Psychological Sciences, and Michael Hughes of the Department of Biology. Stay tuned for more updates about their work, and also for more talks in our Center Colloquium series early in 2016.
NEW CENTER COLLABORATION!
The latest collaboration between Center members is a study of Self-Control in Motivation to Confront Prejudice: Examining the Mechanisms of Ego-Depletion by Bettina Casad (Psychological Sciences) and Gualtiero Piccinini (Philosophy). Check back for more updates on publications, presentations and funding resulting from this new project.
LON WILKENS RETIRES
The Center for Neurodynamics congratulates Prof. Lon Wilkens on his retirement. (We also issue a warning to all fish along the Florida coast.) Prof. Wilkens is now taking the title of Associate Director Emeritus. Without his energy and enthusiasm, and his groundbreaking collaborative work with Frank Moss, the Center would never have existed. Thank you, Lon!
NEW ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, GUALTIERO PICCININI
With Lon's retirement, the Center for Neurodynamics welcomes Gualtiero Piccinini, of UMSL's Department of Philosophy, as our new Associate Director. We also congratulate Gualtiero on the publication of his new book, Physical Computation: A Mechanistic Account, published by Oxford University Press. For more details, see the feature in UMSL Daily.
PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCIENCE
Remembering Frank Moss (1934-2011)
The Center for Neurodynamics, the UMSL community, and many scientists throughout the world continue to mourn the loss of Frank Moss. January 4, 2016 will mark the fifth anniversary of his death, and his friends and colleagues still find it difficult to wrap their minds around the idea that he is gone.
This past year has seen several international workshops held in Frank’s honor. A special Focus Issue of the journal Chaos appeared in December 2011, dedicated to Frank, and collecting a wide range of papers in the field of complex stochastic dynamics in biology, which he helped to found.