Stemiverse 0043 – Dr Melina Uncapher bridging neuroscience and technology 

 July 24, 2018

By  Peter


In this episode, Dr. Peter Dalmaris talks with Dr. Melina Uncapher.

Dr. Uncapher is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Neurology at UC San Francisco, and Director of Education for Neuroscape. Neuroscape is a translational neuroscience center that bridges the gap between neuroscience and technology. Melina has spent 16 years at the forefront of learning neuroscience and now applies research to solve real-world problems in education and technology.

Melina leads a multi-university National Science Foundation-funded network studying how executive function contributes to academic achievement and is leading an initiative to launch Learning Engineering as a new way to build research-practice partnerships. She co-founded and is CEO of a nonprofit that arms educators and students with practical tools based on learning science: The Institute for Applied Neuroscience. Melina runs an NIH-funded research program that investigates whether technology use is associated with neurocognitive changes.

She co-chaired a 2015 National Academy of Sciences conference on children and technology and sits on the board of the Institute of Digital Media and Child Development. She is also affiliated with Stanford’s Psychology Department and is a MacArthur Scholar. Her work has been highlighted in media outlets such as the New York Times, PBS, and Frontline. Her science outreach work includes serving as Script Supervisor on the Emmy-nominated PBS TV series ‘The Brain with David Eagleman’ and as scientific advisor on an award-winning short film about the brain.

This is Stemiverse Podcast episode 43.


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Show Notes


Brain, National Science Foundation, Neuroscience, Podcast, Psychology, Stemiverse, Technology

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