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 2014 was another success story (despite the fact that Larry Jacoby was unable to attend due to problems with his flights). Kudos to the local organizers Tanjeem Azad, Mario Baldassari, Carrie Courchene, Kaitlyn Fallow, Azadeh Hajihosseini, Alison Heard, and Akina Umemoto.
For 2015, we will meet in Bellingham, Washington, on the beautiful campus of Western Washington University, home of NOWCAM co-founder Ira Hyman, May 8-10. The keynote speaker will be Prof. Norman Brown of the University of Alberta, and he will explain his theory of autibiographical memory. Watch this space for details, if you have a lot of time on your hands; otherwise, join the email list and we'll send you an announcement in six months or so.
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 was hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin, and the 2014 meeting was at the University of Aukland.