The aim of NOWCAM is to support Pacific Northwest faculty and student researchers working in the general area of memory and cognition by creating an annual venue in which they can share their current research activities with an informed, sympathetic, and good-humoured audience. With the exception of keynote addresses, NOWCAM favours papers and posters presented by students (usually with faculty as co-authors). This gives students an opportunity to develop their chops, and faculty a chance to sit back and relax.
The Pacific Northwest is home to numerous wide-flung psychology departments with strengths in cognition and memory. NOWCAM provides a forum for faculty and students from these departments to get together and discuss their latest research. Interactions with other researchers can spark innovations and cross-fertilizations that move the research forward in new and exciting ways. In any case, it's good fun to get together with friends and colleagues who share similar interests, chew the cognitive rag a bit, and quaff a beer or two over a good meal.
Professors Daniel Bernstein and Carla MacLean, both of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, co-hosted the 20th annual NOWCAM in 2018 at Kwantlen's Richmond campus (but students such as Eric Mah and Dawn-Leah McDonald doing much of the heavy lifting). The amazing James W. Tanaka delivered a sparkling keynote address, titled "“From Milliseconds to Decades: The Creation and Retrieval of Holistic Face Memories.” You can access a video of the talk here.
NOWCAM is scheduled to return to Victoria, B.C., for the 21st meeting, 9-11 May 2019. The keynote address is to be delivered by NOWCAM alumna Ayanna Thomas, now a tenured Prof. at Tufts University in Boston, USA.
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Steve Lindsay is Grand Poo-bah Mother Hen of NOWCAM, and the Exalted Order of the Group of 7 ±2 consists of Deb Connolly (SFU), Daniel Bernstein (Kwantlen), Peter Graf (UBC), Ira Hyman (WWU), and Mike Masson (UVic). NOWCAM co-founder Don Read is Exalted Emeritus.
NOWCAM gratefully acknowledges financial support from Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, the University of Washington, and Western Washington University, and from generous anonymous donations by a number of individuals attending past NOWCAM conferences. We also thank the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavioural, and Cognitive Science for a donation toward the cost of our 2011 meeting.
The first annual KiwiCAM was held in Wellington, New Zealand, in April of 2012. Inspired by NOWCAM, KiwiCAM is a student-oriented conference for cognitive types in New Zealand. KiwiCAM's Grand Poobah Mother Hen is Maryanne Garry. The meeting was a great success and they have carried on ever since.. Check out http://www.kiwicam.org/