Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Neurocritic Does New York


The Neurocritic will be going to New York to attend the 14th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.
With spring in the air, the 2007 meeting will have a new program line-up that is fresh and promises to pique the interests of all attendees. The meeting will be kicked off on Saturday, May 5, by the George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience Lectureship, which will be followed by a reception and the first poster session. Poster sessions will continue from May 6–8, with additional sessions added on Sunday and Monday to accommodate the increasing number of submissions (1,100 are expected this year).
Poster-making has superceded blog posting as of late...but stay tuned!

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7 Comments:

At May 02, 2007 7:09 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Man, those crazy cognitive neuroscientists. Do you go to Cog Sci?

 
At May 03, 2007 11:04 AM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

Crazy, indeed. I've only been to Cog Sci once. Usually do go to Cog Neurosci.

 
At May 03, 2007 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Times Square is the world's sTuPiDeSt place for this conference, by the way. Honestly, I never noticed much suffering or complaining when it was always in San Fransisco, except from people who wanted it in San Diego instead. To get even a prayer of halfway decent weather on the east coast, they have ended up having to move the whole meeting to May. Bah.

 
At May 03, 2007 8:34 PM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

Yeah, how are grad students supposed to afford the $250 conference hotel? Oh wait, 6 to a room...

I think they should have the meeting in Las Vegas!

 
At May 04, 2007 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The neurocritic writes:

I think they should have the meeting in Las Vegas!


There seems to be a tacit agreement among all of your better academic conferences not to hold meetings in Vegas, I am guessing because all of that reimbursement using state and federal tax dollars would look bad.

As for grad students six to a room...yes, that's the basic way to keep the costs down. Or you can share a room with at least some of your grad students. The last time I went to CSN in New York, my grad student and I ended up at the kind of hotel where they slide you a key from behind a bullet-proof window and tell you to keep nothing in your room. That said, the room was decent enough.

Meanwhile, I stand corrected about it being in Times Square; it's up on 53rd, but still in Midtown. Of course, my hotel is down in the 40s, but the weather is supposed to be super nice, so I will be happy enough to walk back and forth.

 
At May 04, 2007 10:27 PM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

The Sheraton is 6 blocks up from the Marriott Marquis, where CNS was held 2 years ago. Everyone who stayed there complained bitterly about how slow the elevators were (i.e., like 30 min to reach the lobby). So it was ironic when the NY Times Magazine ran a short piece on the "Smart Elevators" in that hotel:

If you look at the elevators in the newly renovated lobby of the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square, you’ll notice something unusual. Instead of a button to call the elevator, there’s a keypad. Punch in the number of the floor you want, and the computer will direct you to a particular elevator. There, you will find a group of people headed to your floor and those close to it. When the elevator arrives, it whisks you and the group directly to your floors.

You've just taken a ride on the Schindler Elevator Corporation’s Miconic 10, one of a new generation of "smart elevators."


Maybe that renovation happened after the 2005 CNS meeting.

Oh, and btw, the elevators at the Sheraton are very fast.

 
At May 05, 2007 5:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Neurocritic writes:

If you look at the elevators in the newly renovated lobby of the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square, you’ll notice something unusual. Instead of a button to call the elevator, there’s a keypad. Punch in the number of the floor you want, and the computer will direct you to a particular elevator.

Ooh! I just read about the big problem with those is a significant usability issue
Most people assume that they can (and should) just hop into the first elevator going "their way". But the new elevators are just robotically programmed to go to the floor the "intended" rider punched into the keypad. So you get into an elevator going up, and find yourself on the 23rd floor, and there aren't any buttons in the elevator to choose something else.

 

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