Huttenlocher Award

Dr-Peter-HuttenlocherThe Flux community honors Dr. Peter Huttenlocher’s distinguished and pioneering contributions to the field of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience by establishing the Huttenlocher Lecture, which is awarded to an outstanding researcher in the field each year.  Dr. Huttenlocher was a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist who is considered one of the fathers of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

His prolific body of work using histological approaches began in the 1970’s culminating with groundbreaking publications in the 90’s describing the protracted and hierarchical nature of synaptic pruning in the human brain occurring earliest in the occipital lobe and latest in the frontal lobe. These findings, suggesting a mechanism for ongoing neural plasticity through adolescence into young adulthood, has had great impact not only in developmental science and clinical medicine, but also in the realms of education and law.

In addition to his extraordinary impact on the world of developmental cognitive neuroscience, Dr. Huttenlocher made remarkable contributions to his clinical discipline – pediatric neurology – as a physician, teacher, scientist, and mentor.

Huttenlocher Lecturer – 2021 Congress

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angela D. Friederici

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angela D. Friederici

Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Angela D. Friederici is director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig, Germany. She is Founding director of this institute, founded in 1994. She is honorary professor at the University of Leipzig (Psychology), the University of Potsdam (Linguistics) and the Charité Berlin (Neurology) and holds a Doctor honoris Causa from the University of Mons, Belgium.

She graduated in linguistics and psychology in Bonn (Germany) and spent a postdoctoral year at MIT (USA). Prior to joining the Max Planck Society as a director, she was a professor for Cognitive Sciences at the Free University Berlin. Her research on the neural basis of language and language acquisition has received recognition across disciplines.

Past Huttenlocher Lecturers

2020 Congress: Dr. John Gabrieli, Investigator, McGovern Institute, Grover Hermann Professor, Health Sciences and Technology; Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences

2019 Congress: BJ Casey, Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab, Yale University – The Rockefeller University

2018 Congress: Uta Frith, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London

2017 Congress: Linda Spear Ph.D. University of Florida
Watch the Lecture

2016 Congress: Michael Posner Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Oregon, USA Adjunct Professor at Weill Medical College

2015 Congress: Mark H Johnson
Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, UK

2014 Congress: Terry L. Jernigan
Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychiatry, and Radiology
Director, University of California, San Diego Center for Human Development, USA
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2013 Congress: David A. Lewis
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
UPMC Endowed Professor in Translational Neuroscience
Medical Director and Director of Research
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Director Translational Neuroscience Program
Director NIMH Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders
University of Pittsburgh, USA

Young Investigator Award

The Young Investigator Award in Cognitive Neuroscience, supported by Kennedy Krieger Institute, recognizes outstanding contributions by scientists early in their careers. Award recipients have been working in the area of cognitive neuroscience for no more than 10 years involved in active independent research. The Young Investigator Award winner receives complimentary registration and a 30-minute presentation slot at the 2021 Flux Congress.


2021 Young Investigator Winner

Kate Mills

Kate Mills

University of Oregon

Kate Mills is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon. Her lab applies longitudinal methods to investigate the intertwined social, biological, and cognitive processes that underlie the development of skills needed to navigate the social environment.



For the 2021 awards, the nominee MUST be:

  1. Doing research in any area of developmental cognitive neuroscience
  2. No more than 10 years involved in active independent research as of April 1, 2021
  3. Residency, clinical internship and interruption for childbearing will not be counted against the 10-year limit
  4. Nominated by a Flux member (no self-nominations will be accepted)
  5. Have a PhD and/or MD degree
  6. In attendance at the 2021 meeting to accept the award in person and agree to give a special plenary lecture

Submitting a Nomination

Before submitting a nomination, collect the required materials:

  • Contact information for the nominee
  • A PDF or Word Document of the nominee’s CV
  • A short (max 600) word statement of the nominee’s research program
  • A PDF or Word Document of a nomination statement from the primary referee
  • Contact information for a second referee

When submitting your nomination, please send all documentation in a PDF or Word document and NOT in the body of the email. For questions please contact us.

Nominations period: February 15, 2021 – April 15, 2021

Past Young Investigator Winners

2020 Winner: Dylan Gee, Yale University

2019 Winner: Eva Telzer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2018 Winner: Leah Somerville, Center for Brain Science, Harvard University

2017 Winner: Damien Fair, Oregon Health & Science University

Flux Dissertation Award 

The Flux Congress is committed to investing in the scientific and professional development of its trainees. To this end, we are pleased to announce the Flux Student Dissertation Award, sponsored by the Bezos Family Foundation. The purpose of this honor is to recognize an exceptional, rigorous, and meticulous dissertation by one of the Congress’ trainee members. The awardee will receive a 15 minute spotlight talk, including questions, and a complimentary registration to the Flux Congress. Please note: you can only be nominated once for this award.

Flux 2021 Dissertation Award Winner

Dr. Cameron Ellis

Dr. Cameron Ellis

Yale University

Dr. Cameron Ellis completed his PhD in Psychology in 2021 from Yale University (by way of Princeton University), working with Dr. Nicholas Turk-Browne. He received his BSc from University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 2013. In his research, he studies how basic building blocks of cognition emerge and mature in the infant brain, and seeks to understand how infants are adapted to the challenges they face during development. In his dissertation, he developed methods for conducting fMRI with awake, behaving infants and pursued three directions: 1) how the visual system is organized early in life, long before visual abilities reach maturity, 2) how attention enables infants to sift through a world full of complexity, and 3) how infants can learn so much yet remember so little of their early life experiences.

Criteria for the award:

  1. The applicant/nominee must be a member 
  2. The applicant/nominee’s work must show originality and significance
  3. The applicant/nominee must be committed to the field of Developmental Neuro & show promise of a career in this field
  4. Thesis defense must occur between May 1, 2020- June 15, 2021


Application materials:

1. A letter of nomination/recommendation from the student’s research advisor that documents the student’s status, the level of independence of the student’s contribution. Note: the letter of nomination for this award has to be by a regular member (non-student) and should focus on discussing the quality of the nominee’s dissertation research.
2. Applicant’s current CV.
3. Applicant’s abstract.
4. A summary of the dissertation, not to exceed 7 double-spaced pages


Nominations period: February 15, 2021 – April 15, 2021

Past Dissertation Winners

2020 Winner: Denise Werchan, New York University School of Medicine

2019 Winner: Katie Insel, Columbia University Zuckerman Institute

Student Travel Awards

During the abstract submission process, we invite post-doc and graduate students to apply for Flux Travel Awards. These awards will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee and will be allocated based on scientific merit and an evaluation of a written application.

Winners of the 2019 Flux Travel Awards

MARJOLEIN BARENDSE, University of Melbourne / University of Oregon
KATHY DO, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SAMUEL FORBES, University of East Anglia
ARIANNA GARD, University of Michigan
KATIE INSEL,, Harvard University
BART LARSEN, University of Pennsylvania
ASHLEY NIELSEN, Washington University in St. Louis
MATTHEW PEVERILL, University of Pittsburgh
GIORGIA PICCI, Pennsylvania State University
LAURA QUINONES-CAMACHO, University of Pittsburgh
CHIARA SACCHI, University of Padova
ELINA THOMAS, Oregon Health & Science University
JIN WANG, Vanderbilt University 

Winners of the 2018 Flux Travel Awards

ELOISE CAMERON MURDOCH, Childrens Research Institute/University of Melbourne
LIA FERSCHMANN, University of Oslo
DELIA FUHRMANN, University of Cambridge
JOAO GUASSI MOREIRA, University of California, Los Angeles
TERESA IUCULANO, Universite’ Paris Descartes – Sorbonne Paris
EDUARD KLAPWIJK, Leiden University
KATHERINE LOPEZ, Washington University in St Louis
SCOTT MAREK, Washington University in St. Louis
ROSEMARIE PERRY, New York University
CHRISTINA ROGERS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
NOELIA SÁNCHEZ PÉREZ, University of Murcia
MARION VAN DEN HEUVEL, Tilburg University
QIJING YU, Wayne State University

Winners of the 2017 Flux Travel Awards

LM WIERENGA, Leiden University
JONATHAN HOLM-SKJOLD, University of Copenhagen
KATE NUSSENBAUM, University of Oxford
AMALIE EKSTRAND, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance
ANITA MONTAGNA, King’s College London
BARBARA BRAAMS, Harvard University
SCOTT MAREK, University of Pittsburgh
SYLVIA RUSNAK, Georgetown University
JULIET DAVIDOW, Harvard University
CHARLOTTE HELENIAK, University of Washington
DAVID PIEKARSKI, University of California Berkeley
WAN CHEN LIN, University of California Berkeley
SUNG JUN JOO, University of Washington
CHELSEA HARMON, Columbia University

Winners of the 2016 Flux Travel Awards


LAUREN DEMERS University of Minnesota

SILA GENC Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

MARIA JALBRZIKOWSKI University of California, Los Angeles

BART LARSEN University of Pittsburgh

CORINNA LAUBE Max Planck Institute for Human Development

LUCIA MAGIS-WEINBERG University College London

CHARLES MALPAS Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

JANESSA MANNING Wayne State University

LILLIAN MATTHEWS Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

DUSTIN MORACZEWSKI University of Maryland, College Park

JASON NOMI University of Miami


DAVID PAGLIACCIO Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience

JEROD RASMUSSEN Univ. of California, Irvine

Science of Learning Symposium

The Science of Learning Symposium, sponsored by the Jacobs Foundation, highlights early career scientists who are identified based on merit and overall fit with the Flux mission.

2020 Science of Learning Symposium presenters

MARIA ECKSTEIN, University of California, Berkeley
ANNA MATEJKO, Georgetown University
CHRISTY ROGERS, Texas Tech University

2019 Science of Learning Symposium presenters
STEPHANIE DECROSS, Harvard University
JULIA MOSER, University of Tübingen
RACHEL ROMEO, MIT & Boston Children’s Hospital
2018 Science of Learning Symposium presenters

TERESA IUCULANO, Université Paris – Sorbonne
DUNCAN ASTLE, University of Cambridge
TORKEL KLINGSBERG, Karolinska Institutet

2017 Science of Learning Symposium presenters

GREGOIRE BORST, Paris Descartes University
JASON YEATMAN, University of Washington
CAROLYN JOHNSON, Harvard University

2016 Science of Learning Symposium presenters


ALYSSA KERSEY University of Rochester

WOUTER VAN DEN BOS Max Planck Institute for Human Development

Thank you to our sponsor the Jacobs Foundation, these awards are possible because of your generous support.