• The Center mourns the loss of a dear friend and tireless CVL supporter. click here

  • CVL councilmember and benefactor’s life remembered in the Dallas Morning here

  • Aging-themed issue of Nautilus Magazine explores cognitive benefits of learning a new game such as chess, cites here

  • ‘Fitizen’ group at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas learns about research at CVL. click here

  • CVL research published in JoN finds that some memories persist in the face of strong interference. click here

  • Dr. Sara Festini’s research probes busyness levels and cognitive here

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CVL Doctoral Student Awarded for Mentoring High School Students

RICHARDSON – June 13, 2018 – Shuo Qin, a doctoral student and member of Dr. Chandramallika Basak’s Lab at the Center for Vital Longevity (CVL), won the Best Graduate Student Mentor award at the end-of-year Young Women in Science & Engineering (YWISE) event hosted by UT Dallas in April.

Shuo was presented with the award at a special ceremony that opened with a congratulatory address by Dr. Alicia Abella, Vice President of Advanced Technology Realization at AT&T, who encouraged students to pursue their passions with vigor, while overcoming obstacles that may seem insurmountable.

Under the program, Shuo mentored three students from Berkner High School in Richardson. During the nine-month mentoring program, her students learned video game programming and collected electroencephalography (EEG) data to evaluate brain responses to different levels of cognitive effort while playing a game.

Shuo worked closely with the three students on designing two games, one a math game and another a memory game, then subsequently measured the amount of brain activity of nine subjects playing both types of games. The team found that  the math game required more “effort” and generated more gamma waves when recorded by EEG, compared to the brain activity generated by the memory game, Shuo said.

Of the three students Shuo mentored, two are attending UT Dallas in the fall, and one was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“It’s amazing how motivated and involved the group of high school students was this past year,” Shuo said. “They are doing more sophisticated things than I remember doing in my high school years.”

Now in its sixth year, the YWISE program has offered research and engineering experiences to high school students with the aim of increasing their interest in science, technology, engineering and math, while providing mentoring and support for more than 50 high school students from eight high schools across Dallas.

“The success of the program and the teams’ completion of their projects depends on an advisory team of mentors composed of professors, industry professionals, dedicated high school science teachers, and last but not least dedicated UT Dallas students like Shuo,” said Dr. Magaly Spector, professor in practice, assistant to the Provost and the founder of the program.

Shuo Qin (2nd from right) and the Berkner High team