LINGUIST List 11.1898

Sat Sep 9 2000

Calls: Rumelhart Prize/Cognition, Language Testers

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  1. David E Rumelhart Prize, THE RUMELHART PRIZE Announcement and Call for Nominations
  2. Mary C Spaan, Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) Conference

Message 1: THE RUMELHART PRIZE Announcement and Call for Nominations

Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2000 15:26:14 -0400
From: David E Rumelhart Prize <>
Subject: THE RUMELHART PRIZE Announcement and Call for Nominations





The David E. Rumelhart Prize will be awarded biennially to an
individual or collaborative team making a significant contemporary
contribution to the formal analysis of human cognition. Mathematical
modeling of human cognitive processes, formal analysis of language and
other products of human cognitive activity, and computational analyses
of human cognition using symbolic or non-symbolic frameworks all fall
within the scope of the award. The Prize itself will consist of a
certificate, a citation of the awardee's contribution, and a monetary
award of $100,000.

 Nomination, Selection and Award Presentation

Nominations for the David E. Rumelhart Prize should be sent to the
Chair of the Prize Selection Committee by December 1 of each even
numbered year, beginning in the year 2000. Nominations should include
six sets of the following materials: (1) A three-page statement
focusing on the work motivating the nomination, (2) a complete
curriculum vitae and (3) copies of up to five of the nominee's
relevant publications. Note that the nominee may be an individual or
a team, and in the case of a team, vitae for all members should be
provided. The awardee will be announced at the meeting of the
Cognitive Science Society in the year following the deadline and will
receive the Prize and deliver the Prize Lecture at the meeting in the
year after that. Thus, the first prize recipient will be announced at
the Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in 2001, and the first
Prize Lecture will be given at the meeting of the Society in 2002.

 Funding of the Prize

The David E, Rumelhart Prize will be funded by the Robert J. Glushko
and Pamela Samuelson Foundation, based in San Francisco. Robert
J. Glushko is an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley who received a
Ph. D. in Cognitive Psychology in 1979 under Rumelhart's supervision.

 Prize Administration

The Rumelhart Prize will be Administered by the Chair of the Prize
Selection Committee in consultation with the Glushko-Samuelson
Foundation and the Distinguished Advisory Board. Screening of
nominees and selection of the prize winner will be performed by the
Prize Selection Committee. Scientific members (including the Chair)
of the Prize Selection Committee will serve for up to two four-year
terms, and members of this committee will be selected by the
Glushko-Samuelson Foundation in consultation with the Distinguished
Advisory Board. A representative of the Foundation will also serve on
the Prize Selection Committee.

 David E. Rumelhart: A Scientific Biography

David E. Rumelhart has made many contributions to the formal analysis
of human cognition, working primarily within the frameworks of
mathematical psychology, symbolic artificial intelligence, and
parallel distributed processing. He also admired formal linguistic
approaches to cognition and explored the possibility of formulating a
formal grammar to capture the structure of stories.

Rumelhart obtained his undergraduate education at the University of
South Dakota, receiving a B.A. in psychology and mathematics in 1963.
He studied mathematical psychology at Stanford University, receiving
his Ph. D. in 1967. From 1967 to 1987 he served on the faculty of the
Department of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego.
In 1987 he moved to Stanford University, serving as Professor there
until 1998. He has become disabled by Pick's disease, a progressive
neurodegenerative illness, and now lives with his brother in Ann
Arbor, Michigan.

Rumelhart developed models of a wide range of aspects of human
cognition, ranging from motor control to story understanding to visual
letter recognition to metaphor and analogy. He collaborated with Don
Norman and the LNR Research Group to produce "Explorations in
Cognition" in 1975 and with Jay McClelland and the PDP Research Group
to produce "Parallel Distributed Processing: Explorations in the
Microstructure of Cognition" in 1986. He mastered many formal
approaches to human cognition, developing his own list processing
language and formulating the powerful back-propagation learning
algorithm for training networks of neuron-like processing units.
Rumelhart was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1991 and
received many prizes, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Warren
Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the APA
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.

Rumelhart articulated a clear view of what cognitive science, the
discipline, is or ought to be. He felt that for cognitive science to
be a science, it would have to have formal theories --- and he often
pointed to linguistic theories, as well as to mathematical and
computational models, as examples of what he had in mind.

Distinguished Advisory Board

William K. Estes
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

Barbara H. Partee
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts

Herbert A. Simon
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Chair, Prize Selection Committee

James L. McClelland
Carnegie Mellon University and
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Inquiries and Nominations should be sent to

David E. Rumelhart Prize Administration
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
115 Mellon Institute
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Visit the prize web site at

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Message 2: Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) Conference

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 16:14:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: Mary C Spaan <>
Subject: Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) Conference

CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Deadline December 22, 2000

3rd Annual Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) Conference

THEME: Crossing Language Boundaries

PLENARY SPEAKER: Neil J. Anderson, Brigham Young University and
 President-Elect of TESOL

DATES: Friday & Saturday, May 11 and 12, 2001

LOCATION: Michigan Union, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

ORGANIZERS: Mary C. Spaan, English Language Institute, 
 University of Michigan
 Leslie T. Grant, Department of English Language &
 Literature, Central Michigan University

The purpose of the Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT) is to
foster understanding of the principles of language assessment in
educational settings in the Midwest region of the United States. 
MwALT is an organization for educators at all levels, program
administrators, educational publishers and testing development companies,
students, policy makers, business and industry managers, school
psychologists, counselors, and support personnel.

The third annual meeting of MwALT will be held Friday and Saturday, May 11
and 12, 2001, at the Michigan Union, located on the central campus of the
University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The conference will be
sponsored by the English Language Institute of the University of Michigan. 

TYPES OF PRESENTATIONS: Proposals are hereby solicited for presentations
in the following categories: 1) papers, 2) demonstrations, 3) posters,
and 4) workshops. 

PAPERS: (30 min) This format is best suited for theory-oriented
presentations, or the presentation of completed research. These research
paper presentations will be 20 minutes in duration, followed by 10 minutes
for questions and comments from the audience.

DEMONSTRATIONS: (30 min) This format is suitable for showing, rather
than telling, a technique or method for testing a foreign language.
Normally, the presenter's statement of the theory underlying the technique
takes no more than 5 minutes. Demonstrations will be 20 minutes in
duration, followed by 10 minutes of discussion with the audience. 

WORKSHOPS: (2 hours) Workshops are intended to provide professional
development opportunities for language educators on a variety of topics
related to language assessment. The leader works with a group, helping
participants solve a problem or apply a particular testing technique.
Emphasis is on the participants, whose activities are carefully structured
by the workshop leader. Workshops will be 2 hours in duration.

POSTERS: (1 to 1.5 hours) Poster sessions will provide an opportunity
for the presentation of work in progress and research that is being
planned, as well as for the presentation of test development projects, new
tests, and technological innovations. Each poster presenter will be
allowed 5 minutes to introduce the project to the entire audience. Then
poster presenters will interact with interested participants at the
location of the poster display. 


ABSTRACT: Abstracts should be no longer than one-page, single-spaced. In
the upper left hand corner of the abstract include the following:
 ** Type of presentation
 ** Title of presentation
 ** AV equipment required, other than OHP. OHP will be provided for all
 presentations. Display board will be provided for Posters.

PAPER, DEMONSTRATION, & POSTER PROPOSALS should include rationale,
methodology/application, results, implications.

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS should include the most appropriate target audience,
present an outline of the workshop, provide a time schedule of the various
workshop activities, and describe the benefits to workshop participants.

PRESENTER'S INFORMATION should be typed and sent on a separate page:
 ** Type of presentation
 ** Title of presentation
 ** Name(s) of the authors in the order they are to appear in the
 program, with authors' institutional affiliation and location of
 institution. Do not use acronyms for institutional affiliations.
 ** Author to whom correspondence should be sent.
 ** Regular (post office) mailing address of correspondent.
 ** E-mail address of correspondent.
 ** FAX number of correspondent.
 ** Office telephone number of correspondent.


Submit three copies of the abstract, and one copy of the presenter's
information to:

Mary C. Spaan, MwALT 2001 Program Co-Chair
English Language Institute
University of Michigan
1009 North University Buillding
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1057, USA

Tel: (734) 647-0476 Fax: (734) 615-6586 E-mail:

If sending proposal via physical mail, include a self-addressed postcard,
with title of the presentation in the message space.
Information on how to submit proposals via e-mail will follow at a later

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 22, 2000
The correspondent will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by the
end of February 2001.

| Mary C. Spaan, Research Associate | 
| English Language Institute ^ ^
| 1009 North University Bldg o o
| University of Michigan 0
| Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1057 USA \_/ 
| E-mail: |
| Tel: (734) 647-0476 Fax: (734) 615-6586 |
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