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Wang B., Mezlini A. M., Demir F., Fiume M., Tu Z., Brudno M., Haibe-Kains B., Goldenberg A. (2014). Similarity Network Fusion for Aggregating Data Types on a Genomic Scale. Nature Methods, Jan. 26.
recent technologies have made it cost-effective to collect diverse types of genome-wide data. computational methods are needed to combine these data to create a comprehensive view of a given disease or a biological process. similarity network fusion (snF) solves this problem by constructing networks of samples (e.g., patients) for each available data type and then efficiently fusing these into one network that represents the full spectrum of underlying data. For example, to create a comprehensive view of a disease given a cohort of patients, snF computes and fuses patient similarity networks obtained from each of their data types separately, taking advantage of the complementarity in the data. We used snF to combine mrnA expression, dnA methylation and micrornA (mirnA) expression data for five cancer data sets. snF substantially outperforms single data type analysis and established integrative approaches when identifying cancer subtypes and is effective for predicting survival.

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  • Cognitive Tasks to Study Development
    The Center for Human Development is a research organization at the University of California, San Diego. CHD researchers ask questions like: What are the factors that influence developing minds and personalities? How and why do we become individuals? What role is played by our experiences? By our genes? How does ...
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  • Sensory Processing in ASD / Attention and Eye Movement Training
    Our group uses EEG, eye-tracking, motion capture, and behavioral testing to study attention, sensory processing, and motor function in Autism Spectrum Disorder. We offer a hands-on laboratory research experience during which you will learn to design experiments and collect and analyze EEG/ERP, eye-tracking, and motor data. We are looking for ...
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  • Cognitive Processes
    “Raednig thees wrods semes to be esaeir tahn you mgiht hvae tohuhgt; waht colud epxlian tihs?” Could you read the sentence above? Having any trouble understanding or recognizing these words? If we think about word recognition in a way just like dictionary searching, it's almost impossible to understand such a ...
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  • Examining spatial construals of time in the human mind
    While it is clear that people around the world talk and think about time in terms of spatial concepts, many questions remain regarding the link between spatial and temporal concepts. The Embodied Cognition lab is interested in understanding cognition from the perspective of the embodied mind, investigating how the peculiarities ...
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  • Visual Perception and the Construction of Meaning in Language
    Can comprehending a sentence literally change how you see? What about the other way around? How is it that reading or hearing about an event can seemingly transport you to another place and make you feel like you are there? What are the psychological mechanisms that contribute to the meaning ...
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  • Brain Mechanisms Meditating Attentional Sets and Navigational Decisions
    Movement through the environment demands constant change in how we take in information (our attentional set) and how we use that information to make decisions. The Nitz laboratory studies this dynamic process at its core, by directly examining the neural substrates of attention and spatial cognition through multiple single neuron ...
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  • Tools and Your Body
    In everyday life there is a boundary between our bodies and the external environment. Is this perceived boundary fixed or can it be altered? What happens to your body perception when you use a tool? Does this tool become incorporated into the brain's representation of YOU? If Edward Scissorhands were ...
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  • Spanish Brain, English Brain
    Do bilinguals think differently in each of their languages? For instance, do Spanish-English bilinguals pay attention to different aspects of the world when performing a task in Spanish versus English? When they're performing a task in Spanish, do they show a bias towards Spanish-sounding names that disappears when they're performing ...
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  • Language Development and Remediation in Children
    We are evaluating two interventions for dyslexia that involve training the temporal dynamics of the visual system (magnocellular pathway) and the auditory system, and whether the two interventions together have super-additive effects. As a Research Assistant, you would be traveling to one or two of five participating local elementary schools ...
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  • Speech Production Adaptation to Individual Speakers
    When speaking to another person, we tailor our speech production based on information we know about that person: for example, you probably don't use the same vocabulary with a professor as you do with a 2-year-old. This project will investigate how specific this adaptation in the speech production system is. ...
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  • Investigating brain development and cognitive function
    Application Deadline: April 9th, 2014 The Center for Human Development is a research organization at the University of California, San Diego. CHD researchers ask questions like: What are the factors that influence developing minds and personalities? How and why do we become individuals? What role is played by our experiences? ...
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  • How does the mind make music?
    What happens inside the mind when we hear music? Recent research suggests that listeners activate highly detailed representations of music they've heard before, and that this colors their in-the-moment experience of the music they're listening to. The current project explores questions such as: What types of information get activated during ...
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  • Connecting the Disconnected with KA Lite
    Lab: Foundation for Learning Equality @ Calit2 Can information technology radically change the way we learn? Who can gain the most from free, open access to resources? At the Foundation for Learning Equality, a non-profit based at Calit2, we are harnessing the power of technology for education to take it ...
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  • Body Working Memory
    Do individuals differ in their ability to recognize and reproduce others’ gestures and body movements? Initial research from the Brain and Cognition Lab suggests that there is a specific subset of working memory associated with reproducing body positions and gestures, and that this ability is correlated with an individual’s sensitivity ...
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  • Twongue Tisters: What do speech errors reveal about the mind?
    Very little is known about how people formulate the thoughts they want to convey through language. Some of the best evidence comes from what happens when speech production fails. The speech errors that people make can reveal subtle aspects of how they're planning what to say. The Language and Cognition ...
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CRL talk

Tue, Apr 22nd, 4:00pm-5:00pm (CSB 280)
(5 days, 7 hours from now)

Geof Bowker (Design at Large Seminar)

Geof Bowker
UC Irvine, Informatics
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Wed, Apr 23rd, 4:30pm-6:00pm (Marshall Room, Price Center)
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CRL talk

Tue, Apr 29th, 4:00pm-5:00pm (CSB 280)
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Thorsten O. Zander (INC talk)


Over the last 3 decades several means of interaction with Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) have been extensively investigated. While most research aimed at the design of supportive systems for severely disabled persons, over the last decade a new trend has emerged towards applications for the general population. For users without disabilities a specific type of BCIs, that of passive Brain-Computer Interfaces (pBCIs), has shown high potential for improving ...
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Thu, Apr 17th, 12:30pm-1:30pm (San Diego Supercomputer Center, East Annex South Wing, Level B1, EB-129)
(3 hours, 48 minutes from now)

David Rosenbaum (Psych talk)

The Cinderella of Psychology

Psychology is the study of mental life and behavior. Motor control is the study of how we get from mental life to behavior. Ironically, very few psychologists study motor control, and very few motor-control researchers pursue their studies from a psychological perspective. Why is this? I’ll say why and reflect on what it says about people's research priorities. In the main part of the talk, I’ll describe a series of discoveries my colleagues and I ...
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Thu, Apr 17th, 4:00pm-5:00pm (The Crick Conference Room
: Mandler Hall, Room 3545)
(7 hours, 18 minutes from now)

Harry V. Vinters (Neuro Lampert Lecture)

Cerebrovascular Disease as a ‘Co-Conspirator’ in Age-Related Cognitive Decline


Featured Speaker:
Harry V. Vinters, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Chief of Neuropathology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

( Reception to follow lecture in Leichtag lobby )
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Thu, Apr 17th, 4:00pm-5:00pm (Leichtag Biomedical Research Building, Room 107)
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