Congratulations to Katie for being awarded the 2022 Goldwater Scholarship!
Katie’s Goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Genetics & Genomics. Teach and conduct research at a Research 1 institution to study the genetics underlying reading and language ability to develop more effective interventions.
Dan Kleinman, Nabin Koirala, Kelly Mahaffy & Meaghan Perdue presented posters at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language 2020 Virtual Conference. Check out the posters to learn about our recent findings about reading and neural markers of semantic processing (N400 ERP; Kleinman), white matter microstructure (Koirala), and our meta-analysis of fMRI studies of reading intervention (Perdue), with exploration of intervention duration effects (Mahaffy).
Sara Mascheretti and Meaghan Perdue lead a study showing that brain activation and phonological processing ability mediate the relationship between a variant on the BDNF gene and reading ability. Check out the pre-print here:
From BDNF to reading: Neural activation and phonological processing as multiple mediators
Congratulations graduate student, Meaghan Perdue on winning the 2020 Isabelle Y. Liberman Award!!
About the Isabelle Y. Liberman Award:
Isabelle Liberman, the late Professor of Educational Psychology at UConn, was a central figure in the cognitive science of reading. Her discoveries on the key role of phonology in reading and dyslexia influenced a generation of researchers and changed the way that reading is taught to children, from an emphasis on visual recognition of print to an emphasis on the relation between letters and their sounds. The Isabelle Liberman Award is intended to recognize and encourage young researchers who are investigating topics relating to Isabelle Liberman’s interests. The award is given to a UConn graduate student based on a research paper, as well as past academic achievement and demonstrated potential for future professional accomplishments. Students from any academic department at the University of Connecticut are eligible.
Perdue, M.V., Mednick, J., Pugh, K. & Landi, N. (in press). Gray matter structure is associated with reading skill in typically developing young readers. Cerebral Cortex.
Congratulations Dr. Landi for being awarded the 2020-2021 James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Fellowship!
James McKeen Cattell Fund
Dr. Landi and a team led by graduate student, Meaghan Perdue, have recently published a paper titled “Gray matter structure is associated with reading skill in typically developing young readers”. Check it out below!
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Congratulations Katie Hooker, an undergraduate student in Molecular and Cellular Biology and research mentee in the LandiLab, for being named a 2020 Holster Scholar! Her research proposal is titled: Investigating Reading and Language Phenotypes throughFOXP2 Genetic Variants. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!
Graduate student Kara Vlahcevic receives a Science of Learning and Art of Communication Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Members of the LandiLab joined with members of the Gaab Lab at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading in Toronto, Canada to present a symposium on Neural correlates of early reading development, co-chaired by Dr. Landi and Dr. Gaab.
Undergraduate members of the LandiLab presented their work at the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research and Language Fest poster sessions in April 2019.