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.
NOWCAM 2013 broke new ground in that we met at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for the first time. It was great -- we had more people than ever (123 registered), super-high quality papers and posters, lots of good food, and an all 'round good time. Prof. Adele Diamond's keynote (which we hope soon to post on this site) was uplifting and inspiring.
For 2014 we plan to return to NOWCAM's launch site, UVic, 15-17 May, with a keynote by famed psychologist Larry Jacoby. Watch this space for further details.
To subscribe to the NOWCAM mailing list (which will bring you periodic updates regarding NOWCAM meetings), please visit/subscribe at https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/nowcam-list. You can also unsubscribe at that site at any time. Messages are few and far between.
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), Mike Masson (UVic), and Don Read (SFU/UVic).
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. Check out http://www.kiwicam.org/ . KiwiCAM 2013 is to be hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin.