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Postdoc position available in our lab at Stanford

August 24th, 2016

Our lab is hiring a “sports neuroscience postdoc”. See the detail below. If you are interested, please contact Reiko Riley (mentioning that you heard about this position from Xu’s blog):

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A sports neuroscience postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Division of Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences (CIBSR), Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, to study the neurobiology of cycling-based exercise using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to develop and contribute to an innovative project in sports neuroscience, investigating the contribution of cycling exercise to brain function and cognition. The fellow will be involved in the development of a cycling exercise program protocol, brain-computer interfaces and computational methods to process and analyze data across multiple scientific levels. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to investigate whether cycling exercise can be used as a tool to improve attention in individuals with cognitive dysfunction such as ADHD, and the utility and feasibility of biometric tools to complement fNIRS. The trainee accepted into the program will work collaboratively with a program mentor (or mentors), who will help to define, enhance and monitor the trainee’s research program and career trajectory. The CIBSR team dedicated to fNIRS research includes Drs. Allan Reiss (CIBSR Director, Clinical Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry), Hadi Hosseini and Ning Liu (Bioengineering), Jennifer Bruno (Developmental Neuropsychology), Manish Saggar and Xu Cui (Computational Neuroscience), and Joseph Baker (Experimental Psychology). The training program also offers didactic courses and activities (e.g., journal club and career lunches) as well as opportunities for diverse industry and academic collaborations to promote professional development. The Stanford School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, with the highest NIH-funding-per-faculty ratio in the United States.

Requirements: M.D. or Ph.D. in neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, physics, psychology, kinesiology or a related/relevant field. Applicants should have (or anticipate having) a Ph.D. and research background in computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience and/or functional brain imaging. Applicants with experience conducting Near Infrared Spectroscopy studies and data analysis procedures will receive preference. Experience in sports neuroscience is also a plus. Responsibilities will include manuscript preparation and grant preparation. The successful applicant will have well-developed problem solving skills, be able to manage several projects simultaneously, lead and mentor students and research assistants, have excellent computing as well as verbal and written English skills, and an aptitude for writing manuscripts and giving scientific presentations.

Application Materials Required - submit via email to our training coordinator Reiko Riley (reikor@stanford.edu):

Current CV
Post Doctoral Application (link: http://cibsr.stanford.edu/content/dam/sm/cibsr/documents/training-careers/fellowship/%281%29Application_Form.pdf)
Research Statement (description on page 2 of the application form below)
2 - 3 Letters of Reference

Official announcement link:
https://nirs.stanford.edu/training-opportunities

Author: Xu Cui Categories: life Tags:

Remote Desktops

July 25th, 2016

I have quite a few devices now: one computer (PC) at Stanford, one (PC) at home, one Macbook Pro laptop, one iPhone and iPad. I am sometimes at work, sometime home, sometimes travelling, sometimes meeting people. One thing I always want to achieve is to be able to access the computers from anywhere.

I did some research and Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop is a good choice. It is also free. It is a plugin of Chrome browser. For iphone/iPad, Google also offers an app. I installed Chrome Remote Desktop on all my devices, and now I can access any computer from any other devices.

remote desktop

remote desktop

This is what I hoped for - a full connection. But at this particular moment I can’t use the home computer to remote others. I got the famous “some required components are missing” error and don’t know how to solve it. If you know a solution, please let me know.

Author: Xu Cui Categories: life Tags:

3 monitors

July 18th, 2016

To be more “productive”, I recently upgraded my work space. I used to have 2 monitors side by side. Both of them are View Sonic but they are of different size and one is old. So I purchased two monitors (Dell U2415). Together with one original View Sonic monitor, now I get 3 monitors on my desk.

3 monitors

3 monitors

The left one is the original view sonic one with resolution 1920 x 1080. I make it vertical because I write a lot of codes and a vertical placement allows me see more lines of codes at the same time. So this monitor is almost dedicated to writing codes.

The right two are Dell U2415 with resolution 1920 x 1200. According to some people, “Dell UltraSharp series is a gold standard in excellence which programmers have used and loved for years”. I myself do love it a lot. These monitors have a very thin bezel, which is ideal for side-by-side placement. I use the middle screen for the current job (Excel, browsing etc), and the right screen for supportive function (e.g. wechat, FileZilla, QQ, windows explorer etc).

Of course, to make the 3 monitor setup possible, I need a trip-monitor stand. The one I use is SIIG 13″-27″ Articulated Freestanding Triple Monitor Desk Stand. It does an OK job. One of the reason I chose it because it does not need a grommet. I am using varidesk and there is not much space under the table.

Overall, I like the 3 monitors a lot. I do feel I am more “productive” :)

Author: Xu Cui Categories: life, technology Tags:

Stork is my best research assistant (2): Grant alert

April 15th, 2016

Stork

Stork

  1. Does my boss have money?
  2. I am looking for a postdoc position; does my future boss have enough funding to support me?
  3. How much money was awarded to my field (e.g. NIRS)? And who got the money? What are they going to do with the money?

Have you ever wondered these questions? In the early years as a graduate students, I rarely asked “money” questions. It does not sound what a “true” scientist should care.  I was even puzzled when I realized my boss spent more than half of his time writing grant applications - shouldn’t he spend most of his time doing experiments and write papers?

As a postdoc I found myself spend a lot of time writing grant applications; and realized my career is critically depending on the success of securing enough funding. I also see a few colleagues had to leave academia due to lack of funding.  It would be nice if there is a tool which can notify me of the funding situation in a timely manner.

Stork is such a tool.

I entered some keywords into Stork, including “pearl chiu” (my former colleague) and “nirs brain” (my research field). Below is a letter I got from Stork:

Stork notifies me of awarded grants

Stork notifies me of awarded grants

With the information Stork provides, I know who in our field got grants and what they proposed. In fact the 3rd one is my colleague Manish who is interested in using NIRS in resting-state brain network study. I also got to know Pearl got a big gran, so I sent her a congratulation note.

Compared to journal papers alert, grants alert helps me to know the trend of my field much earlier. This is because publications are usually a few years delayed from grants.

If you also want to be the first one to know new grants in your field, why don’t you give Stork a try? I’m sure you’ll be delighted!

Author: Xu Cui Categories: brain, life, programming, web, writing Tags:

今天看到好视频:老树画画 《做一个梦》

February 10th, 2016

看这个视频真是痛快!去他妈的“成功”!为别人活有什么用?

youtube版:

youku版:

Author: Xu Cui Categories: life, opinion Tags:

Stand-up Working

January 2nd, 2016

When working, I spend most of my time in front of a computer - writing emails, programming, data analysis, powerpoint, web browsing etc. For many years I always use one position in front of a computer - sitting, similar to this picture:

Sitting

Sitting

Since last month this has changed. I bought Varidesk’s product and put it on my table. Varidesk makes it very easy to adjust its height. Now I spend quite some time a day standing while working.

Standing

Standing

The one I bought is called “Height-Adjustable Standing Desk - VARIDESK Cube Plus 40 - White”. It costs $375, which is not cheap. However, considering this is a life-time investment, I still feel it’s worth it.

Author: Xu Cui Categories: life Tags:

Stork is my best research assistant

December 18th, 2015

Stork

Stork

When I was a graduate student at Baylor College of Medicine, I found myself often in an embarrassing situation — I felt completely lost when my fellow graduate students heatedly discussed a paper in our field but I never heard of this publication at all. Later a PubMed search revealed that this paper was indeed published more than a year ago!

There was even a time when I didn’t know my own boss had a new publication. It was in part because I was in a big lab and I was not involved in that project. But still, I felt like I didn’t fulfill my duty as an up-to-date young researcher.

My problem was finally resolved several years later when we developed the Eye function in Paperbox, which is now renamed Stork. Stork is pretty easy to use. What I need to do is to simply enter all my keywords and researchers’ names and Stork takes care of everything. Stork will help me perform the search every day and send me the results. After using Stork, now I’m the first one in the lab to know that “The most renowned David Boas has a new publication” or “There’s another group using NIRS to hyperscan”. I never embarrass myself again and gain a lot of confidence.

I have more than 50 keywords. You may ask “will Stork send you 50 emails a day?” Not at all because Stork respects my inbox. It will compile all results into one email.

Stork is also smart. As a researcher, I am sometimes overwhelmed by the flood of publications and have headache in determining which ones are worth reading. Stork helps! She will mark the impact factor of each publication with the yellow color. The more yellow, the higher the impact factor. Therefore I only need to read top publications when I am busy.

If you also want to be the first one to know new publications in your field, why don’t you give Stork a try? I’m sure you’ll be delighted!

Below is one sample email Stork sent to me.

Stork Sample Email

Stork Sample Email

Below are some of the key words I’ve been using. Anyone work on NIRS and fMRI can borrow:

  1. (fumiko hoeft) AND ((university of california) OR stanford)   
  2. (jian li) AND ((phelps) OR montague OR (Peking University psychology))   
  3. baldwin Philip   
  4. brooks king-casas   
  5. cell[ta] fmri   
  6. chao liu, beijing normal university   
  7. chess stetson   
  8. David Boas   
  9. David Hong stanford   
  10. dongni yang baylor   
  11. eagleman dm [au] baylor   
  12. fmri deception   
  13. fmri resting state parent child   
  14. hanli liu, university of texas   
  15. Hosseini, S M Hadi   
  16. hyperscanning   
  17. iphone   
  18. Jack Gallant   
  19. Kendrick Kay   
  20. koniku   
  21. lumosity   
  22. montague pr [au] baylor   
  23. montague pr[au] Virginia Tech   
  24. MyConnectome   
  25. nature[ta] fmri   
  26. ning gao, tsinghua   
  27. nirs brain   
  28. nirs deception   
  29. nu zhang, washington   
  30. pearl chiu   
  31. reiss al [au] stanford   
  32. rory sayres   
  33. Russell Poldrack, stanford   
  34. saggar manish   
  35. science[ta] fmri   
  36. signe bray   
  37. smart phone brain   
  38. social nirs   
  39. stanford kesler shelli   
  40. ting ni   
  41. xianchun li, “East China Normal University”   
  42. xiaolin zhou[au] peking   
  43. xu cui AND (stanford OR baylor OR Texas)   
  44. xu q[au] harvard   
  45. yan song[au] stanford   
  46. yangming wang, peking   
  47. yufeng shen [au]   
  48. yulong li (stanford or Peking)   
  49. zen meditation   
  50. zhu chao-zhe beijing   
Author: Xu Cui Categories: brain, life, programming, web, writing Tags:

文献鸟Stork是我的科研好帮手

December 17th, 2015

我在Baylor College of Medicine读研究生的时候经常遇到一种尴尬局面,就是同学们在热烈讨论本领域某篇文献的时候,我一脸茫然 — 因为我压根就不知道这篇文章。回头PubMed查查,这篇文章其实已经发表有一年了。

更绝的一个例子是,有次我老板发了文章我都不知道。当然,实验室大,有许多项目,我没有涉及那个项目。不过还是有点说不过去。

若干年后,我们开发的PaperBox的眼睛功能,现在改名为文献鸟Stork,才彻底解决了我这个问题。文献鸟用起来蛮简单的,我把能想到的所有我想跟踪的关键词和人名都输进去,然后我什么都不需要管了。文献鸟Stork会每天帮我自动搜索,把结果发送给我。现在我都是实验室第一个知道“大牛David Boas发新文章了”或者“又有人用nirs做超扫描了”等等。有面子,还长自信 :)

我有50余个关键词,文献鸟Stork会不会给我一天发50封邮件呢?不会。文献鸟Stork不会滥用你的邮箱;她会把每天的结果总结一下,最多只发一封信。

另外她还很聪明。因为有时结果多,我需要快速知道那篇文章更值得一看,文献鸟Stork就会把每篇文章对应的期刊的影响因子用颜色标记出来。颜色越黄,说明期刊越好。我在时间紧张的时候就可以只看顶尖期刊的文章了。

Stork还支持从简单到复杂的关键词。如果我想了解某个领域,比如fMRI领域,那么我就可以用一个简单的关键词fMRI即可。如果我想了解用fMRI这种方法研究情绪的文献,则我的关键词就是fMRI emotion。默认情况下,不同单词之间的关系相当于逻辑符AND,因此只要文章中同时出现了fMRI和emotion(不管顺序,也不管两个词之间有没有其它词),就会被推送。但是,如果我只想要fMRI emotion连在一起的文章,这时候加个双引号就可以了:”fMRI emotion”。

当然,更加复杂的逻辑符Stork也是支持的。比如(Nature[Journal]) AND (fMRI OR EEG) AND emotion NOT facial, 这个关键词就说明我对发表在Nature杂志上、用fMRI或者EEG(两种方法都可以)、研究情绪、但是又不包含facial这样的文献。是不是很强大?

如果对某个研究人员的文献感兴趣,可以直接用他的全名作为关键词。比如David Boas。不要加引号。当然,有的名字实在是太普通了,会有许多重名的,这时候加上他所在的单位或者城市名即可。比如David Boas, Harvard University。如果这个人可能在两个地方都工作,可以用OR,比如(Fumiko Hoeft) AND ((university of california) OR stanford)。

如果不用全名而只用简写名,就要用下面格式,姓、空格、简写。比如Reiss AL。  不要加引号,中间也不要加逗号之类的。

请大家赶快用文献鸟Stork吧,相信你会眼睛一亮的!

附录:

下面是文献鸟Stork给我发的一封信样例:

Stork Sample Email

Stork Sample Email

下面是我自己的一些关键词,做近红外或fMRI的同学们可以借鉴呢!

  1. (fumiko hoeft) AND ((university of california) OR stanford)   
  2. (jian li) AND ((phelps) OR montague OR (Peking University psychology))   
  3. baldwin Philip   
  4. brooks king-casas   
  5. cell[ta] fmri   
  6. chao liu, beijing normal university   
  7. chess stetson   
  8. David Boas   
  9. David Hong stanford   
  10. dongni yang baylor   
  11. eagleman dm [au] baylor   
  12. fmri deception   
  13. fmri resting state parent child   
  14. hanli liu, university of texas   
  15. Hosseini, S M Hadi   
  16. hyperscanning   
  17. iphone   
  18. Jack Gallant   
  19. Kendrick Kay   
  20. koniku   
  21. lumosity   
  22. montague pr [au] baylor   
  23. montague pr[au] Virginia Tech   
  24. MyConnectome   
  25. nature[ta] fmri   
  26. ning gao, tsinghua   
  27. nirs brain   
  28. nirs deception   
  29. nu zhang, washington   
  30. pearl chiu   
  31. reiss al [au] stanford   
  32. rory sayres   
  33. Russell Poldrack, stanford   
  34. saggar manish   
  35. science[ta] fmri   
  36. signe bray   
  37. smart phone brain   
  38. social nirs   
  39. stanford kesler shelli   
  40. ting ni   
  41. xianchun li, “East China Normal University”   
  42. xiaolin zhou[au] peking   
  43. xu cui AND (stanford OR baylor OR Texas)   
  44. xu q[au] harvard   
  45. yan song[au] stanford   
  46. yangming wang, peking   
  47. yufeng shen [au]   
  48. yulong li (stanford or Peking)   
  49. zen meditation   
  50. zhu chao-zhe beijing   
Author: Xu Cui Categories: brain, life, paperbox, programming, web Tags:

How much money did I make from an app?

July 6th, 2015

Undoubtedly some people are very successful in making money by developing a smartphone app. Back in 2012 I developed an app called “Handbook of Brain” which is a collected resources of brain anatomy, function and diseases. I put the app in Google’s app store (Google Play) and priced it as $1.99. I also tried to put it in Apple’s app store but they rejected because the app references wiki a lot.

Here is the app’s page in Google Play:

handbook of brain

handbook of brain

3 years passed, how much money did I make? In total there are 10 purchases and the total revenue is $20.01 according to Google. So on average I made $6.7/year, or $0.5/month.

handbook of brain financial

handbook of brain financial

Author: Xu Cui Categories: adobe air, brain, life, programming, technology Tags:

Excel tip: how to unhide the first column

June 8th, 2015

When you hide column A, you may have assumed it’s very easy to unhide it later. It’s not true. Here is how you unhide column A:

1. Type “A1″ in the cell selector box, press Enter
2. click “Format” in the cells tool bar group
3. Click “hide&Unhide” in the menu, and select unhide.

unhide first column in Excel

Author: Xu Cui Categories: life Tags: