After talking with Dr. Linxia Gu at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Wang decided to check out the animal MRI scan at Chase Hall. After innital contact with Dr. Kevin Forrest at the Department of Biological Science, Dr. Wang went to a scan session on 03/22/2017. The undergraduate reserach assistant, Alex, was very carefully putting the mouse into the scanner after sedation. This was a great expereince but the bore of the MRI scan is too small for rat. Thus, it is not suitable for scanning the rat. Dr. Gu wants to use her mechanical blust system to mimic combat blust onto the rat, then scan their brain in order to understand the mechanism of traumatic brain injury (TBI). We might need to collaborate with researchers in UNMC since they have a bigger MRI system for scanning rat.
A new opportunity for all UNL faculty to network and socialize in a casual setting, hosted by the Research Advisory Board and the Office of Research and Economic Development. The event happend at Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center Room: Banquet Hall (2021 Transformation Drive, Lincoln Ne 68508). During the event, multiple questions were asked to all the attendees using a live survey responsing system. All the statistics about the feedbacks were shown on the screen right after the question. It was a fun interaction.
The NSF Career Award training was hosted at Nebraska Union Room: Colonial Room, sponsored by Proposal Development Research. This workship aims to help University of Nebraska–Lincoln pre-tenure faculty prepare competitive proposals for the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development program.
College of Education and Human Science (CEHS) organized a two-day ‘Meet Nebraska’ visit to the Nebraska communities of Grand Island, Madison, Norfolk, and one other community. The bus left Lincoln in the morning on February 23rd and returned to Lincoln by the end of the day on February 24th. On the first day, CEHS faculty and staff visited schools and Nebraska Extension programs in Grand Island and Madison on Feb. 23, 2017. Watch Tour Day One Video made by Brad Stauffer.
To demonstrate how EEG works, Jess volunteered to be the EEG subject. Noah was putting the EGI nets on her.
Due to the need of a waiting room for the reading center at BKC, NL3 Lab physical location is moved to Barkely Memorial Center (BKC) Suite 113 from 114. With Heidi, Andy, and Matt's help, the whole moing process went very well.
Dr. Cress was very kind and organized a wedding congratulation party for Dr. Wang who was married on 01/02/2017. The party was filled with joy and excitement.
Dr. Wang's Ph.D. thesis advisor: Dr. Scott K. Holland was invited to give a talk on 11/21/2016 at Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3). His talk titled "Evidence that neurovascular coupling underlying the BOLD effect increases with age during childhood" covered one part of his research area and his findings raise concern that results of developmental BOLD studies cannot be unambiguously attributed to neuronal activity. Astrocytes and astrocytic processes may significantly affect the maturing functional architecture of the brain, consistent with recent research demonstrating a key role for astrocytes in mediating increased CBF following neuronal activity and for astrocyte processes in modulating synaptic connectivity. Dr. Holland's visit was very successful. He got to meet graduate students from CB3 and also met with many faculty members at Both CB3 and SECD. His expertise in developmental neuroimaging will help junior faculty members to get started on the right path.
Dr. Wang attended the CEHS Showcase at City Campus Union: Centennial Room (1400 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68588). Research Team at College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) organized this event aiming to facilitate communication among faculty members and advocate research among students.
Dr. Wang gave a talk titled "White Matter Development in at-risk children and typical controls” at Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences-Seminar in the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). After the talk, Dr. Wang went to have lunch with faculty members in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. (see Picture: from Dr. Wang clockwise: Corey Hopkins, Ph.D., Rongshi Li, Ph.D. and Martin Conda-Sheridan, Ph.D.)
On 10/10/2016, Dr. Wang's teaching mentor, Dr. Cress and Dr. Wang went to the famous UNL Dairy place and had icecream social time. This is Dr. Wang's first visit to the famous store since she moved to Lincoln in the end of Dec of 2015. This is definetly a must-go place (highly recommended).
Dr. Norton came to CB3 and give a talk on happy money. He is the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and a member of Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and English from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University. He is also the co-author - with Elizabeth Dunn - of the book, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending (Simon & Schuster). He claims that money cannot buy your happniess. The happiness lays in the way you spend your money.
Dr. Wang went to the four-day FreeSurfer Training in Boston. This trip provided her the opportunity to get a deep understanding of structral MRI data analysis using FreeSurfer. FreeSurfer is a software package for the analysis and visualization of structural and functional neuroimaging data from cross-sectional or longitudinal studies. It is developed by the Laboratory for Computational Neuroimaging at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. FreeSurfer is the structural MRI analysis software of choice for the Human Connectome Project. FreeSurfer provides a full processing stream for structural MRI data, including: Skull stripping, B1 bias field correction, and gray-white matter segmentation; Reconstruction of cortical surface models (gray-white boundary surface and pial surface); Labeling of regions on the cortical surface, as well as subcortical brain structures; Nonlinear registration of the cortical surface of an individual with a stereotaxic atlas; Statistical analysis of group morphometry differences.
Dr. Mike Dodd, Associate Professor from the Department of Psychology invited Dr. Wang to give a talk at the "Cabin" which is like a course in seminar format offered to graduate students.
Dr. Shah from QuSpin visited CB3. He brought Atomic MEG sensor for testing. The picture showed him and Dr. Barlow was testing the sensor using the magnetic shield bore from the Department of Physics.
This is the first department retreat which Dr. Wang attended. Different topics were discussed among faculty members in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders (SECD).
AFNI group came to CB3 and offered faculty and students a-week AFNI training course. AFNI (Analysis of Functional NeuroImages) is a set of C programs for processing, analyzing, and displaying functional MRI (FMRI) data - a technique for mapping human brain activity. It runs on Unix+X11+Motif systems, including SGI, Solaris, Linux, and Mac OS X. It is available free (in C source code format, and some precompiled binaries) for research purposes. Students Laura and Sampa got to participate in this training.
The Dyslexia Foundation EXTRAORDINARY BRAIN SYMPOSIUM XV with a focus on "The Geschwind - Galaburda Hypothesis 30 years later" was held on June 19-24, 2016 at the Buccaneer Hotel at St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Dr. Wang gave her oral presentation on the topic of Neural substrates of the executive attention network in children at-risk for dyslexia and typical controls. Children at-risk for dyslexia showed reduced functional connectivity between the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) compared to typical developing children before getting formal reading instruction. After formal reading instructions, the difference of connection strength was reduced. Our findings suggest either delayed maturation of the executive attention network or differences in the interplay between genetics and environment in FHD+ compared to FHD- children. Our results have important implications for reading instruction and early identification and remediation.
Dr. Wang gave a presentation about her research plan at the MRI Users' Meeting organized by Dr. Jennifer Nelson.
Dr. Wang presented her work at the NEBRASKA CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON CHILDREN, YOUTH, FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS (CYFS) Summit on Research in Early Childhood on April 7th at the Lincoln Cornhusker. This is a great opportunity to connect the research, practice and policy communities in Nebraska. This event is being jointly sponsored by CYFS, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, and First Five Nebraska.
Dr. Wang attended the 2016 Cognitive Neuroscience Conference held in New York City (NYC) from 04/01-04/05/2016. Her post's title is "Development of tract-specific white matter pathways during early reading development in at-risk children and typical controls". The research findings show white matter alterations and atypical lateralization of the arcuate fasciculus at the prereading stage in children with a family history of dyslexia versus those without a family history of dyslexia. Moreover, we demonstrate faster white matter development in subsequent good versus poor readers and a positive association between white matter maturation and reading development using a longitudinal design. Additionally, the combination of white matter maturation, familial risk and psychometric measures best predicted later reading abilities. Furthermore, within FHD+ children, subsequent good readers exhibited faster white matter development in the right superior longitudinal fasciculus compared to subsequent poor readers, suggesting a compensatory mechanism. Overall, The findings highlight the importance of white matter pathway maturation in the development of typical and atypical reading skills.
Dr. Lily Wang, Professor from the Department of Engineering invited Dr. Wang to give a talk at the Biomedical Engineering (BME) seminar.
Dr. Cress, Associate Professor from the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders invited Dr. Wang to give a talk at the Brown bag seminar which aims to raise students' interests in research.
Dr. Wang started her official work day and started to order computer systems and equipments for the Lab. She was thrilled to have Dr. Cress as her teaching mentor and Dr. Barlow as her research mentor. Look forward to the bright future of NL3 at UNL-SECD.