PEN Distinguished Lecture Series

The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience was created in association with the Foundations Proseminar course for graduate students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program. Since its inception, the series has grown!

The lecture series focuses on the intersection of the Science of Learning (learning across the lifespan) and Educational Neuroscience (learning across early life). Scientists and researchers who are pioneers in the fields of Cognitive-Educational Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development come to Gallaudet University's campus to talk about their research.

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All lectures are open to the public and are video recorded for online distribution.

PEN DLS brochure for 2021-2022 


Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Era of Big Data

Thursday, 18 February 2021
Damien Fair is smiling.

Dr. Damien Fair is originally from Winona, Minnesota. He obtained his BA degree in 1998 from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and his master of medical science degree in 2001 from the physician associate program at the Yale University School of Medicine. From 2001–2003, Dr. Fair joined the neurology department at Yale-New Haven Hospital and practiced as a physician assistant under the direction of Lawrence Brass, M.D. Subsequently, he entered the neuroscience graduate program at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis under the primary guidance of Bradley Schlaggar, M.D., Ph.D. and Steven Petersen, Ph.D. Dr. Fair continued on to do his postdoctoral fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University with Joel Nigg Ph.D., and Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D. where he spent 10 years as the principal investigator of the Developmental Cognition and Neuroimaging (DCAN) Labs and a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Dr. Fair is currently a founding Co-Director of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MiDB) at the University of Minnesota.