2015 Educational Neuroscience Conference Creating Pathways between the Brain & Student Success

Conference Agenda

Conference Location:
Wick Alumni Center
1520 R St
Lincoln, NE

Thursday, October 15
12 – 1 p.m. Sign-in and refreshments
1– 1:30 p.m. Introductions
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Keynote presentation by Dr. Lauren Harris
In his presentation, “Why Music Matters for Minds Young and Old,” Dr. Harris will discuss what we can learn from the neural foundations of musicality and its implications for our cognitive, social and physical well-being.
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 4:15 p.m. Panel discussion with all conference speakers
4:15 – 5:45 p.m. Poster session and reception

Friday, October 16
8:45 – 9 a.m. Refreshments
9 – 10 a.m. Presentation by Dr. Edward Hubbard
Dr. Hubbard will present “Understanding Fractions: A Case Study in Educational Neuroscience.” He will discuss neuroscience findings that can predict individual differences in algebra and fractions learning, and will discuss an emerging project that integrates neuroscience to improve fractions understanding.
10 – 11 a.m. Presentation by Dr. David Kraemer
Dr. Kramer will speak on individual differences in how the brain uses the sensory and motor systems to represent different areas of knowledge and how factors such as experience and context may affect these differences. This knowledge impacts our views of educational environments and helps us understand how learners may differ in the way they process and learn new information.
11 - 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Symposium with affiliated researchers
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Catered lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CB3 tour
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Virginia Berninger
Dr. Berninger will present “Specific Learning Disabilities: Plural, Diagnosable, Treatable, and Biological but Not Medical.” She will discuss interdisciplinary research regarding the biological bases and behavioral expression of three specific learning disabilities. If diagnosed and taught appropriately, both brain and behavioral expressions of these learning disabilities can change because of nature-nurture interactions.
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Presentation and closing remarks by Dr. Dennis Molfese
In his presentation, “The Child, Sleep and Education,” Dr. Molfese will address the neurophysiological, physiological, behavioral and cognitive impact of sleep loss on preschool and elementary children, adolescents and adults. These results will be discussed in light of normal classroom instruction.