Conferences and Seminars

West River Teacher Center Regional Inservice
January 21, 2013

Dr. Deb Jensen, CASCLS Director was invited to keynote the West River Teacher Center (WRTC) regional inservice, held January 21, 2013 on the campus of Dickinson State University. The title of the keynote presentation was: Does the brain care how you teach the Common Core Standards? In a word—yes! Information on brain and cognition, brain and behavior, how the brain interfaces with particular subject-area information, and motivation was presented, along with clarifications on common myths about the brain. The presentation was attended by 225-250 teachers from the southwest corner of the state.

2012 February Mind/Brain Presentations Dr. Deb Jensen, Director of the CASCLS, will present on Learning and Behavior in the Brain at Minot State University’s School Psychology Symposium February 3-4, 2012 for School Psychology and Special Education graduate students and practitioners. The first presentation of the Symposium will feature the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities’ autism specialist. Dr. Jensen’s session will include information regarding how the mind/brain learns, and mind/brain foundations of interactive behaviors that occur in teaching and learning situations. Information will include genetic, behavioral, cognitive and environmental considerations.

Dr. Jensen and Dr. Borden-King, CASCLS’ Field Director will present Mind/Brain Discoveries from Special Populations for the North Dakota Council for Exceptional Children’s February 8-10, 2012 Annual Conference: Spotlight on Exceptionalities. Many new neuroscience discoveries regarding how the mind/brain functions actually come from studying special populations, individuals needing specific diagnostic or medical services, or those with brain injury. This presentation will share some of those discoveries and how this information can be beneficial to all teachers and learners. Dr. Jensen will present the mind/brain information and Dr. Borden-King will discuss the applied dyslexia research.

CASCLS Grand Opening Conference
June 15-17, 2011

Due to emergency flood evacuations in both Minot and Bismarck, the CASCLS Grand Opening Conference was canceled. The CASCLS Project Development Team will meet to discuss future plans.

Social Work Students Sponsor Dr. Bruce Perry
Spring Symposium: March 24, 2010

The impact of trauma on the developing child: Implications for child, family and community

Dr. Perry’s presentation addresses the effect of trauma in the lives of students from multiple perspectives, of interest to teachers, principals, administrators, counselors, parents, and community members.

Spring Symposium
The impact of trauma on the developing child: Implications for child, family and community
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ann Nicole Nelson Hall
Old Main Building
Minot State University

Dr. Bruce Perry is originally from Bismarck, ND and is a well-known national expert on the effects of trauma on children and adolescents.

He is currently serving as a senior fellow at The Child Trauma Academy in Houston, TX , is an adjunct professor for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, and is a senior consultant for the Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services.

The presentation is being sponsored through the initiative of students in the MSU Social Work program (Dr. Debra DeWitz contact:, 701-858-4259). The Center for the Applied Study of Cognition and Learning Sciences (CASCLS) is assisting with publicity ( Please let us know if there are others you feel would be interested in receiving this notice.

Mind/Brain Myth-busters Seminar: Back by Popular Demand! June 12-13, 2008

Mind/Brain Myth-busters Seminar, September 14-15, 2007

Professional Development And Community Presentations

Keynote Presentation for Minot Public Schools Parent Teacher Association Founders Day
February, 2007 - Center for the Applied Study of Cognition and Learning Sciences

MSU's new Center for the Applied Study of Cognition and Learning Sciences (CASCLS) has brought together faculty and P-12 educators with expertise on many aspects of learning in the mind/brain. The CASCLS is also working to make this information available to the broader community. Dr. Deb Jensen from Minot State University recently provided a keynote for Minot Public School's Parent teacher Association Founders Day entitled "How Children Learn", which focused on how the mind/brain takes in and processes information to form meaningful knowledge and strategies for action. The presentation included how we receive information from our senses, form neural network connections, and how the mind/brain's learning systems with this may parents, as I most often present to teachers and university students. Parents are, after all, their children's first teachers," said Jensen. The MPS PTA held their annual Founder's Day Awards Banquet February 12, 2008. Approximately 130 individuals attended the event at the Holiday Inn to thank area parents for substantial contributions of time they provide to support learning in our schools.

"This is Your Brain Learning"
September 6, 2007 - Northwest Art Center Lecture Series presents

Four MSU faculty from the Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance and Department of Psychology will present "This is Your Brain Learning: Insights from Developmental Science, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Cognitive Psychology" on Monday, September 17, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in Aleshire Theatre, Hartnett Hall, Minot State University.

The faculty are from the Collaborative for the Applied Study of Cognition and Learning Sciences (CASCLS) a new program at MSU that seeks to explore "the application of mind/brain science in educational settings," explained Dr. Deb Jensen, chair of Teacher Education and Human Performance at MSU.

The lecture will present highlights from the "Mind/Brain Myth-Busters Seminar" sponsored by CASCLS September 14-15 at MSU. That seminar, geared to local educators, will explore strategies to connect new research about the brain to practical applications in teaching and learning, while debunking misconceptions about mind/brain research from the popular media. For additional information about the seminar, call 701-858-3028 or 800-777-0750 ext. 3028.

The Monday evening lecture will include excerpts from "Emotion, Reason and Higher-Order Thinking," by Jensen; "Gender Differences: How Important are They?" by Dr. Shirley Cole-Harding, Dept. of Psychology; "Attention, Perception & Recognition" by Dr. Shirley Cole-Harding and Dr. Paul Markel, Dept. of Psychology; and "Dyslexia, Exercise Balance-Balls and Colored Overlay: Unusual Influences on Perception and Recognition in the Teaching of Reading" by Dr. Lisa Border-King, Teacher Education and Human Performance.

This is the second in a series of free public lectures sponsored by the Northwest Art center during the 2007-08 school term. The series features local and regional speakers on topics of scholarly interest in the humanities, history, science, social sciences and other disciplines. A question and answer period and a reception follow each lecture.

In addition to its lecture series, the Northwest Art Center operates the Library Gallery and Hartnett Hall Gallery on the Minot Sate University campus along 11th Avenue Northwest. Hartnett Hall Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by special appointment. The Library gallery is open regular library hours. Admission to the galleries and lectures are free. For more information about Northwest Art Center activities, call 701-858-3264, or visit their web site: