This year, SPR will be held in Santa Fe, New MexicoUSA from October
at La Fonda on the Plaza. Deadline for registration is October 11th.
Refer to the featured section below on Santa Fe highlights!
Looking for fame or fortune? Or
would it just be nice to be rewarded for your research efforts? If you submitted
a 250-word abstract by the May deadline, you are automatically eligible for a
student poster award at this year's conference!
You will be eligible for a student
poster award in Santa Fe as long as you are: 1) a full-time student, 2) an SPR
student member, 3) first author on a poster, and 4) in attendance at the
conference. Students winning poster awards also receive a cash prize. In
addition, the names of all winners and the titles of their posters will be
announced in Psychophysiologyas soon as possible after the award.
All winners will be called up during
the conference business lunch on Saturday to receive their awards when many
prominent psychophysiologists will be
present. Congratulations to everyone who
submitted a poster abstract, and good luck to
everyone up for a poster award!
III. Santa fe travel
Bring out your suntan lotion and
networking skills and get pumped up for the exciting SPR conference from October 20-24, 2004 for in sunny Santa Fe, NM! This year's meeting will take place at the
historic La Fonda on the Plaza, right in the midst of downtown Santa Fe. We have some travel tips to help
you get there smoothly and efficiently :
·Information on how best to get from Albuquerque or Denver
airports to the meeting:
To Santa Fe From
Drive Time (hrs)
Fly Time (hrs)
6 & 1/2
Flying into Albuquerque and renting a car is
by far the most popular way of traveling around New Mexico (but not the only
way). Train service provides access to New Mexico on a daily basis as
does the bus.
·Shuttle Service Several services provide transportation 7 to 10 times daily
between the Albuquerque airport
and downtown Santa Fe hotels
(it costs around $40 Roundtrip). Santa Fe
Shuttle: (888) 833-2300, (505) 243-2300. Sandia Shuttle Express: (888) 775-5696, (505)
·Amtrak's Southwest Chief Trains
from Los Angeles and
westbound from Chicago - meet
each afternoon at Lamy, New
Mexico. Call the Lamy
Shuttle at (505) 982-8829 to arrange transportation to downtown Santa
Fe (14 miles) or area hotels for
addition to all of the delicious food and exciting sightseeing adventures
that Santa Fe has to
offer are the very enjoyable social events geared toward students. See more
Date: Thursday, October 21st
Location: Catamount Bar and Grill, 125 East Water Street
(1 block south, 1/2 block west of Conference Hotel)
The student social is not to be
missed! It is a great way to meet others with shared interests, talk more
about research (you know you want to), partake in some delicious
refreshments, and shake your body down to the ground- all in one evening, and
all courtesy of SPR!
Open Dinner Meeting with the Committee to Promote Student Interests:
Date: Friday, October 22nd
Location: TBA: Look on the Meeting
Message Board; Please indicate interest in attending by emailing John Allen at
All SPR student members are welcome!
At least 30 students (many new faces) came together during Chicago's conference to talk up
student-relevant issues over pizza and beer. Do you have suggestions for
improvements in student outreach? Would you like to work with one of our many
subcommittees on issues relevant to your research? Please come with your
appetite and opinions!
Careers Conversation Hour (RSVP requested prior to October 11, 2004!)
Date: Thursday, October 21st
Time: Location: La Terraza Room at the LaFonda Hotel
Learn more about building a successful
career in psychophysiology! This event will provide an opportunity for
students, post-docs, recent graduates and researchers to discuss issues
facing folks at the early stages of their careers. Senior investigators will
be available to share some of their advice and experiences. The first hour
will be a general Q&A session, so bring questions! For the second hour,
we will break up into smaller groups targeting specific topics of interest.A sandwich buffet dinner will
be provided for all registered participants. Please send your RSVP and any questions/suggestions to Rebecca
·AnIntroduction to Grant Funding Mechanisms for Junior (and
Date: Friday, October 22nd
You are invited to attend astructured panel discussion to
answer your questions about a variety of topics related to grantsmanship! Please see the SPR program for more
details. The panel members include some very distinguished members of SPR
with a variety of funding and grant review experiences. Additional panelists
will be available to discuss other issues such as non-federal funding and
international funding. This should be a great event and very informative for
people of all levels of experience, but particularly for student members.
Everyone should come prepared to ask questions!This panel is brought to you
by the Postdoctoral Student Subcommittee.
·Special Interest Lunches and Dinners:
These events are a wonderful way to hook
up with fellow students, post-docs and full-fledged academes that share your
research interests.Information on topics, hosts, dates and times for
each lunch and dinner are provided below and periodic updates will be posted
on the SPR website (http://www.sprweb.org). To sign up,
contact the host at the e-mail address provided. If space remains
available following advance registration, sign-up sheets will be posted in
the SPR Registration Area on the announcements board:
fe restaurants and sightseeing restaurants!
a student at the University of Arizona and our intrepid Meeting Events
chair, has already begun compiling information on good and affordable restaurants in the area. She especially
· The Atomic Grill(American)103
E Water 505-820-2866
· The French Pastry Shop(Bakery)La
Fonda Hotel, 100 E San Francisco 505-983-6697
Explore the magical southwest!Santa
Fe has been voted the healthiest city
in the U.S. (by Organic
Style magazine), the fifth favorite vacation destination in 2003 (by CondeNast), the third top city
in the U.S. and the
tenth top city in the world (by Travel + Leisure magazine). Below is a
list of reasons for these honors...For more information, check out
www.santafe.org- you can even do a "Dream Search" to find an activity to
soothe your body, stimulate your mind, or raise your spirit.
·Art and Antiques
Fe is home to one of the largest, more
flourishing art scenes in the country. There are too many galleries and
stores to list, and products range from southwestern jewelry to furniture to "wearable art" to Native American crafts.
Check out the Santa Fe Gallery Organization (http://www.santafegalleries.net) for
more information. Many of the galleries line the downtown streets from the
corner of Grant and WestPalace to
Water and Callisteo. Taos, NM - a city known for its ski
resorts and art community- is located only about an hour north of Santa Fe and has
many renowned galleries http://www.taoschamber.com).
Lipscomb, self-proclaimed "Cosmonaut", asks: "Looking for nightlife in Santa
Fe? Why not go on an entertaining and
educational night sky tour? Take advantage of the unusually dark New
Mexico skies to learn about the jewels of
the celestial dome, constellations and star lore of the ancient southwest and
other cultures from around the world. Come along and get re-connected to your
sense of curiosity and wonder
any large city, Santa Fe offers
a plethora of options for the museum-goer. Highlights
focus on the area's
cultural heritage, history, and art:
Museum of New
Mexico (http://www.museumofnewmexico.org) : This large
complex houses four separate museums: the Palace of the Governors
(Southwestern history museum); Museum of Fine Arts; Museum of International
Folk Art; and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
El Rancho de lasGolondrinas (www.golondrinas.org) : A living museum
that pays homage to the Spanish Colonial way of life-period costumes and buildings set the
scene, and hands-on demonstrations make this a great spot for families.
·Nature vs. Nurture
Santa Fe does
not have to be just about seeing the city—you can also take in all of Northern
New Mexico and its many attractions. The nearby Native American
Pueblos are an easy drive as are the archaeological
ruins of the Pueblos'
founding culture the Anasazi, at the Puye Cliff Dwellings and BandelierNational
miles outside of Santa Fe are
located the Tent Rocks, large tent-shaped rocks that hug the steep
cliffs of PeraltaCanyon. The
location is an ideal day trip for anyone interested in doing a little hiking Â- and the tent rocks are
incredible! Take a look at this site for some unbelievable pictures.
of tours run all year in Santa Fe:
everything from a walking tour around different locations in the city to a
focus on ghosts and spooks or a glimpse at Santa
of bars and brothels.
Turquoise Trail Association beckons: "Back
roads often lead to great discoveries...Venture off the freeway and onto the
Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, and you'll see what we mean. The
Scenic and Historic Area encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central
linking Albuquerque and Santa
Fe. Enjoy a breathtaking view from
atop Sandia Crest, then drive back into history
through the mining towns of Golden, Madrid, and Cerrillos,
now coming alive with art, crafts, theater, music, museums, and restaurants."
VI. creativity, economics, and determinism:
Featured interview with john cacioppo
For the SPR Student Newsletter's
regular feature, "Interview with an SPR member," we bring you an exclusive
interview with John Cacioppo, who revealed the
origins of his interest in psychophysiology (economics—who would've guessed?)
and shared his advice for us up-and-coming graduate students. The interview
was conducted by Sarah Sass and covers issues of special interest to up and
coming psychophysiologists. Thanks to John and
Sarah for such an informative and compelling interview!
VII. Update from the Postdoctoral
This committee has been hard at work in order to
bring you this year's "Early Careers Conversation Hour" and "An
Introduction to Grant Funding Mechanisms for Junior (and Not-So-Junior)
Investigators"at SPR (these
events are listed above under "Events of Special Interest to Students").
Please feel free to send Rebecca Houston suggestions of specific questions or
topics you would like to see addressed at this year's event: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the meantime, the link
below provides information on planning a grant application. Look for
more info at the meeting!
the link below to see the handouts that were made available at last year's conversation
hour event. These include various resources for job searches,
interviews, etc. and a few bits of "Wit and Wisdom" from established SPR
In addition, we would like to build
on the FAQs about the early career process. The
link below addresses some of the more common questions students ask when
deciding when and where to apply for postdoc
positions, etc. We're currently collecting more questions concerning the
early career process to expand the FAQ section. So feel free to email any of
the postdoctoral subcommittee members with questions and we'll do our best to
find some answers! Then look for the updated FAQs
in the next edition of the newsletter.
VIII. special interests:
If you are interested in the
interface between psychophysiological research and clinical science, the
Student Subcommittee on Clinical Psychophysiology may be for you! Join us at
this year's SPR conference in Santa Fe for a conversation hour with SPR
clinical faculty along with a "special interest" clinical psychophysiology
dinner--details will be posted at the conference. Interested persons may
Around the World
SPR is very much concerned about the
needs of its non-US student members and, therefore, established its International Students Subcommittee. To assess
the needs of non-US student members, the subcommittee's work has most
recently focused on whether non-US student members feel integrated into the
society, or whether they instead perceive national organizations as more
valuable than SPR. We conducted an Internet survey last year to get at
these questions and want to thank all respondents for taking the time to
complete it. For a detailed description of the findings click here. Based on the results of this survey, we are
encouraged by the apparent commitment of our non-US student members to
SPR. However, we would like to further address the issue of how to
better integrate non-US student members into SPR. If you would like to
join this discussion, please e-mail Stephan Moratti.
part of an international exchange.Thanks
to the efforts of Stephan Moratti from the
University of Konstanz, Germany, we are proud to
continue featuring the International Exchange Opportunities section of the
SPR student web page. The aim of this section is to identify laboratories and
graduate students who may be interested in participating in an international
principle of such an exchange is that interested graduate students would
simply swap his/her work place with that of a student from another country.
Thus, with the cooperation of the participating laboratories and graduate
institutions, students can be financed by their graduate program during the
exchange. Of course,
besides swapping work places with someone else, you can organize your own
"international exchange" by contacting one of the labs that is interested in
hosting a graduate researcher. Especially if you have your own funding, it is
often quite easy to initiate a visit. Use the listing of labs here (see below
link) to help you find a research place of interest!
Enter your profile!We encourage psychophysiological laboratories
supporting international exchange to go to the link below and enter their
profile. Once a list of laboratory profiles is established, graduate students
can search for labs that match their geographical and research interests, and
international exchange can be facilitated! Students: talk to your advisors
about opening your lab to collaborators internationally!
This is one more step toward
improving international exchange and collaboration. The planning of other
international sections (e.g., postings of international workshops; including
this link on the main SPR web page) is underway, so stay tuned!
X. Members of the Committee to Promote Student
Are your needs being met? Please feel free to contact members
of the committee below with suggestions, questions, comments, or to bond with
a fellow psychophysiologist:
This subcommittee updates and
prepares the semi-annual newsletter. The newsletter highlights items of
special interest to students, and is timed to go out to members in electronic
form in April, and again in August. These deadlines are timed with respect to
two major SPR events that the newsletter can highlight for students: May 1 is
the deadline for submitting an abstract, and the fall SPR meeting is in most
often October, with student poster competition deadlines about one month
prior to the meeting. The newsletter will highlight activities of other
committees (e.g., Interview), as well as develop content as the committee
This subcommittee will
interview two SPR members per year. Stephan Moratti
conducted a very nice interview with Brigitte Rockstroh,
our first interviewee. We have a list of questions that was developed with
the assistance of many members, and one that can form the core of any
interview, with additional questions to be added as appropriate. At our
recent meeting in DC, committee members suggested that it would be good to
interview a post-doctoral fellow or new faculty member, and also to
specifically inquire about the job market and interview/hiring experiences.
The interviews ideally should be completed in time to highlight in each
comprise a substantial proportion of the student membership, but also appear
to be less likely to remain members after graduation. There are likely a
variety of factors responsible, but the International Students Subcommittee
can examine ways in which SPR can better address the needs of international
students. Stephan Moratti developed an
international exchange web page that allows interested labs to host students
from other laboratories. Worth considering is that the 2005 meeting is in LisbonPortugal. As that meeting draws near, one of the things the
subcommittee can do is to make sure that student needs and interests are
anticipated for this European meeting. The last European meeting in Granada, Spain was very popular and appeared to attract many European
Postdoctoral students have
specific needs that overlap with those of student members. Recent efforts of
our committee led to a reduced fee structure for recent graduates, but surely
there are other issues that our committee might address.
Wynn(Co-Chair; postdoctoral student), University of Southern
Each year we attempt to find
a local student host for the annual meeting. This local host finds info on
cheap eats, cheap excursions, and cheap transportation to the hotel. The
student host also assists in finding a place for the SPR sponsored student
social, and does whatever else seems appropriate to make the conference fun,
informative, and affordable for students.
Each year one of our student
members sits on the program committee to ensure that the student voice is
represented. This position also allows the student member to get an inside
glimpse of the meeting planning, involves reviewing abstracts, and begets the
immense gratitude of the membership.
Students enrolled in clinical
programs face an additional set of demands and concerns, and this new
subcommittee is working to provide a forum for discussing these issues.
Topics of interest include discussing clinical applications of
psychophysiology (especially new paradigms, etc) and issues specific to being
in clinical programs while conducting psychophysiological research (e.g.,
accruing clinical hours, applying for internships, post-docs, etc.). The
committee is hosting a special interest lunch at this year's annual meeting.