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UNM School of Engineering Professor Vince D. Calhoun was elected to Fellow by AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) for 2013. The grade of Fellow is the highest grade of membership in both organizations and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
Calhoun is the executive science officer of The Mind Research Network and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (primary) with additional appointments in Psychiatry, Computer Science and Neurosciences.
He has spent much of his career focused on the development of flexible multivariate methods for integrating the huge amount of brain imaging and genetics data which is available today. Calhoun has developed advanced algorithms for identifying how brain regions ‘talk' to one another (called functional connectivity) either during a specific task or at rest. He has also studied how these connections are impaired during mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment, among others).
He has also been a pioneer in the field of "data fusion" which emphasizes the fact that each type of imaging data we collect gives only a limited view of the brain and by combining multiple complementary types of information. Taking advantage of the strengths of each technique can produce new biomarkers of disease, for example using linked patterns of changes in brain connectivity and genetics to differentiate different subtypes of mental illness and predict clinical outcomes.
"Vince is making outstanding contributions in imaging in order to better understand healthy and diseased brains," said Catalin Roman, dean of the UNM School of Engineering. "That he was elevated to fellow of both AAAS and IEEE is impressive and an excellent reflection of his achievements."
Calhoun received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, in 1991, master's degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, in 1993 and 1996, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, in 2002.
He has authored more than 600 journal articles and conference publications. Calhoun has also recently received the A Earl Walker Neuroscience Award at UNM.
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