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Science of Learning Institute celebrates milestone with inaugural symposium

Two-day gathering brings together scientists and practitioners, bridging research to interventions
Posted January 14, 2014

The Science of Learning Institute celebrated its first birthday with a two-day academic symposium, co-hosted with the Johns Hopkins Gateway Sciences Initiative, on January 13 and 14. Leading scientists and practitioners presented cutting-edge research on understanding the learning process and powerful methods of translating that research for medical and educational uses. 

With the initial support provided by an anonymous donor, the Science of Learning Institute has been able to provide funding for cross-disciplinary research projects involving five Johns Hopkins academic divisions, unique opportunities to increase faculty collaboration, and the dissemination of research to a wider community through new partnerships and programs such as the symposium.

Topics at the symposium covered a wide range of questions about learning:  what happens when the learning system becomes disrupted; what babies know and how they acquire knowledge; what biases we carry when we think about individuals that have certain aptitudes; how machine learning can help human learning; why math makes some of us anxious; how to optimize learning in undergraduates; and how to bridge research and practice.