Ned Sahin, Brain Power Founder, Will Be 2015 Graduation Speaker
Dr. Ned Sahin, Milton Academy Class of 1994, a neuroscientist and technologist, is the graduation speaker for 2015. Ned's neurotechnology firm, Brain Power, uses cutting edge brain research and technological advances to affect lives. Brain Power is transforming wearables, like Google Glass into assistive devices for children with autism.
At Williams College, Ned concentrated in biology and neuroscience. He earned a masters at MIT in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Ned completed his Ph.D. at Harvard in cognitive neuroscience, where he was awarded the Richard J. Herrnstein Prize for the year's best Ph.D. dissertation. He continued his research as a post-doctoral fellow at University of California San Diego and the Salk Institute. His research has been published in Science and Nature Neuroscience.
As a cognitive neuroscientist, Ned's particular research focus is about how the brain acts to enable humans to acquire and use language. His research benefits from a methodology that brings high-resolution brain cell recording techniques to human studies. It probes the brain's own internal language, as Ned describes it.
Eager to begin applying findings and progress to affect lives, Ned focused on autism, a developmental condition that includes language impairment when he launched his firm. Brain Power develops software tools, apps that run on Google Glass. The tools record neural, physiological, and behavioral data;process them; and give intuitive, simple, feedback to the wearer, caregiver, or physician. The glass can be worn by a child or the caregiver or both, and can work in conjunction with smart phone or watch devices. Ned's work has been covered by numerous print and online publications about technology, science and economics, and he has been a presenter at conferences worldwide.
Reaching New Heights, Milton’s Mustangs are ISL Champs
If breaking four school records so far this season wasn't enough, the boys' track and field athletes made sure to make their mark in Milton's history books by winning the team's first ISL Championship in 24 years. The Mustangs scored 100 total team points in this weekend's ISL meet, pulling out a nail-biting win over tough ISL competition—including last year's champion, Thayer. During the course of the day, 11 athletes on Milton's squad accomplished at least one personal record. The team's victory was decided in the final event, where Captain Bobby Gilmore (I) placed 2nd in the Discus.
"Before the final round of throws, Bobby completed the biggest pressure throw of his life," said assistant coach Steve Darling. "After fouling his first two attempts in the prelims, his third throw landed at 120' and allowed him to advance to the finals. Had Bobby fouled on his third attempt, he would not have made the finals and the team would have lost by one point. In the finals, Bobby landed a throw at 143', securing 2nd place and the team victory."
View a photo of the ISL Champs.
During the regular season leading up to the ISLs, the boys shattered four school records. Domenic Cozier (II) finished the 100M in 11.04 seconds; Domenic Cozier (II), Mike Silva (III), Chris Lewis (I), and Clay Desir (I) ran the 4 x 100M Relay in 43.79 seconds; Jeff Brown (I) threw the javelin 189' 11": and Captain Bobby Gilmore (I) reached 151' 1" with the discus.