Each invited participant is, in Binghams words, being asked to bring to the meeting a thought bomb and lob it out into the room for discussion.
Based at UC San Diego, the multidisciplinary and multi-institutional Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center (TDLC) is one of six Scientific Learning Centers funded by the National Science Foundation. The TDLC focuses on time and timing as critical to understanding how the brain learns and applies this understanding to improve educational practice.
With Brains R Us, we want take a long look at where we stand. Were not successfully teaching the fundamentals, the three Rs, in our schools, said Terry Sejnowski, co-director of the TDLC and co-director of the TDLCs Education and Outreach Center, and also head of the Computational Neurobiology Lab at the Salk Institute and a professor of biology at UCSD. The goal of the town hall, and TDLC more broadly, is to do what we call in-reach. We realize that we, as scientists, dont really understand all the problems and the practical challenges. So we need help from the experts out in the trenches to tell us which questions our research should ask.
The meeting is being organized by Bingham, Sejnowski and Paula Tallal, co-director of the TDLCs Education and Outreach Center. The TDLC is a collaborative consortium of UCSD, Rutgers University and Vanderbilt University. Gary Cottrell, professor of computer science and engineering at UCSD, is principal investigator of the TDLC and co-directs the center with Sejnowski and Andrea Chiba, associate professor of cognitive science at UCSD.
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