LINGUIST List 11.1898

Sat Sep 9 2000

Calls: Rumelhart Prize/Cognition, Language Testers

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  • David E Rumelhart Prize, THE RUMELHART PRIZE Announcement and Call for Nominations
  • 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

    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 date.

    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 | ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^