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Lipkind, Dina


Curriculum Vitae

  1. Education

    Degree Institution Field Dates
    PhD  Tel Aviv University  Zoology  2007 
    MS  Tel Aviv University  Zoology  2000 
    BS  Tel Aviv University  Life Sciences  1995 
  2. Full-Time Academic Experience

    Institution Rank Field Dates
    York College, CUNY  Assistant Professor  Biology  2018-present 
    Hunter College, CUNY  Research Assistant Professor  Vocal learning  2011-2018 
    City College, CUNY  Post Doctoral Associate  Vocal learning  2006-2010 
  3. Part-Time Academic Experience

    Institution Rank Field Dates
    Hunter College CUNY  Adjunct Assistant Professor  Ethology  2018 
    Tel Aviv University  Teaching Assistant  Zoology  2001-2005 
    Tel Aviv University  Lab instructor  Animal physiology  1996-1999 
  4. Non Academic Experience

  5. Employment Record At This Institution

    Rank Dates
    Assistant Professor in Biology  August 2018-present 
  6. Publications In Field Of Expertise

    1. Books:
    2. Papers in Professional Journals:
      1. Articles:

        Lipkind D., Geambasu, A. & Levelt C.C.. "The development of structured vocalizations in songbirds and humans: a comparative analysis.." Top Cogn Sci.. doi: 10.1111/tops.12414 2019: [Epub ahead of print].

        Tchernichovski O. & Lipkind D.. "Animal Communication: Origins of sequential structure in birdsong. (Perspective)." Curr Biol.. 27(23) 2017: R1268-R1269.

        Lipkind D., Zai A.T., Hanuschkin A., Marcus G.F., Tchernichovski O. & Hahnloser R.H.R.. "Songbirds work around computational complexity by learning song vocabulary independently of sequence.." Nat Commun. 8 2017: 1247.

        Tchernichovski O. & Lipkind D.. "Encoding vocal culture: neuronal encoding of birdsong promotes learning and species specificity. (Perspective)." Science. 354(6317) 2016: 1234-1235.

        Vallentin D., Kosche G., Lipkind D. & Long M.A.. "Inhibition protects acquired song segments during vocal learning in zebra finches.." Science. 351(6270) 2016: 267-271.

        Lipkind D., Marcus G.F., Bemis D., Sasahara K., Jacoby N., Takahashi M., Suzuki K., Feher O., Ravbar P., Okanoya K. & Tchernichovski O.. "Stepwise Acquisition of vocal combinatorial capacity in songbirds and human infants.." Nature. 498(7452) 2013: 104-108.

        Ravbar P., Lipkind D., Parra L.C. & Tchernichovski O.. "Vocal exploration is locally regulated during song learning.." J Neurosci. 32(10) 2012: 3422-3432.

        Lipkind D. & Tchernichovski O.. "Quantification of developmental birdsong learning from the subsyllabic scale to cultural evolution.." Proc Natl Acad Sci USA.. 108 Suppl 3 2011: 15572-15579.

        Benjamini Y., Lipkind D., Horev G., Fonio E., Kafkafi N. & Golani I.. "Ten ways to improve the quality of descriptions of whole-animal movement.." Neurosci Biobehav Rev.. 34(8) 2010: 1351-1365.

        Sakov A., Golani I., Lipkind D. & Benjamini Y.. "High-throughput data analysis in behavior genetics.." Ann Appl Stat. 4(2) 2010: 743-763.

        Lipkind D., Sakov A., Kafkafi N., Elmer G.I., Benjamini Y. & Golani I.. "New replicable anxiety-related measures of wall versus center behavior of mice in the Open Field.." J Appl Physiol. 97 2004: 347-359.

        Kafkafi N., Lipkind D., Benjamini Y., Mayo C.L., Elmer G.I. & Golani I.. "SEE locomotor behavior test discriminates C57BL/6J and DBA/2J mouse inbred strains across laboratories and protocol conditions.." Behav Neurosci. 117(3) 2003: 464-477.

        Kafkafi N., Pagis M., Lipkind D., Mayo C.L., Benjamini Y., Golani I. & Elmer G.I.. "Darting behavior: a quantitative movement pattern designed for discrimination and replicability in mouse locomotor behavior.." Behav Brain Res. 142(1-2) 2003: 193-205.

        Lipkind, D., Nottebohm, F., Rado, R. & Barnea, A.. "Social change affects the survival of new neurons in the forebrain of adult songbirds.." Behav Brain Res. 133(1) 2002: 31-43.

      2. Proceedings:
        1. Refereed Proceedings
        2. Non-Refereed Proceedings
    3. Chapters in Books:

      Golani I., Benjamini Y., Dvorkin A., Lipkind D & Kefkafi N.. "Locomotor and exploratory behavior.." The behavior of the laboratory rat: A handbook with tests.. 2005: 171-182.

    4. Government Reports or Monographs
    5. Book Reviews:

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  7. Other Publications

    1. Books:
    2. Papers in Professional Journals:
      1. Articles:
      2. Proceedings:
        1. Refereed Proceedings
        2. Non-Refereed Proceedings
    3. Chapters in Books:
    4. Government Reports or Monographs
    5. Book Reviews:
  8. Presented Papers, Lectures, And Exhibitions And Performances

    "Inferring the intrinsic reward of complex skill learning – a birdsong perspective. Poster" July 2020: FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) 2020, Virtual Forum.

    "How is a complex vocal skill learned? Lessons from songbirds" March 2020: Honors Program Seminar, York College.

    "Computations involved in birdsong template formation. Poster" February 2020: Meeting of the Swiss Society for Neuroscience (SSN). Bern, Switzerland.

    "The challenges of learning complex behavioral sequences - lessons from songbirds" November 2019: Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, CUNY.

    "Learning complex behavioral sequences by trial and error – lessons from birdsong." November 2019: Biology Colloquium Series, Queens College CUNY.

    "The challenges of learning complex behavioral sequences – lessons from songbirds." October 2019: Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program colloquium, The University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

    "How is a complex skill learned? Lessons from the songbirds." September 2019: Cognitive and Comparative Psychology (CCP) Colloquium, CUNY Graduate Center.

    "Vocal learning: from songbirds to humans." August 2019: CUNY Neuroscience Collaborative (CNC) Colloquium, CUNY Graduate Center.

    "Vocal learning - from songbirds to humans" February 2019: Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, York College, CUNY.

    "Finding the shortest path in behavioral space" January 2019: On the Morphogenesis of Animal Behavior, Symposium in honor of Professor Ilan Golani, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

    "Vocal development: from songbirds to humans" November 2018: Ecology, Evolution and Behavior colloquium class, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY.

    "A combination of strategies for learning a complex motor sequence" October 2018: Bird Song and Animal Communication Annual Meeting, Millbrook, NY.

    "The development and evolution of vocal combinatorial ability" April 2017: “The comparative biology of language learning”, workshop, The Lorenz Center, Leiden, the Netherlands.

    "Sensorimotor vocal learning in songbirds and human infants" September 2016: International Symposium on New Perspectives in Integrative Neuroscience, Tubingen, Germany.

    "Template-based song learning: how an internal sensory template guides motor development" November 2014: 3rd Annual Songbird Satellite Meeting, Washington, D.C..

    "Experimental manipulation of syntax acquisition: trial and error learning?" November 2011: 1st Annual Songbird Satellite Meeting, Washington, D.C..

    "What syntactic operations do zebra finches make during imitation? Evidence from experimental manipulation of song development." July 2010: Bird Song Conference, Millbrook, NY.

    "Tutorial on SEE (software supported Strategy for the Exploration of Exploration)" 2002: Measuring Behavior Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  9. Patents


  10. Work In Progress

    1. Books in progress:
    2. Papers in Progress:
    3. Papers submitted to journals for consideration:
    4. Research in progress:
  11. Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

  12. Grants-In-Aid

    NIH NINDS, Reinforcement Mechanisms for Learning Vocal Behaviors (Co-Investigator). 2018-2023: $524,720.

  13. Institutional Service

    1. Service to the Department

      Member IACUC committee: since March 2019.

    2. Service to the School
    3. Service to the College

      Mentor, York Summer Research Program: July-August 2020.

      Member ad hoc York College Return to Research Committee: June-July 2020.

      Chair, IACUC committee: Since November 2019.

      Member Campus Environment and Facilities Committee: Since October 2019.

    4. Service to the Graduate Center

      Instructore, Animal Behavior I (GRD01-PSYC-716): Spring 2020 semester.

    5. Service to the University
  14. Offices Held In Professional Societies

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  15. Other Professional Activities And Public Service

    Volunteer, VESSC (volunteer emergency student success coaches) York College: April-May 2020.

    Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Experimental Psychology: 2020.

    Ad hoc reviewer, Animal Behaviour: 2020.

    Ad hoc reviewer, Scientific Reports: 2020.

    Ad hoc reviewer, Israel Science Foundation: 2020.

    Doctoral Thesis, co-supervisor, Tomas Tomka, doctoral student, Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, ETH ZUrich: Since January 2020.

    Mentor, high school student project, Claire Jiang, The Bronx High School of Science: Since July 2020.

    Invited participant, Workshop "Unifying Vocal Learning", Lorentz Center, Leiden University, The Netherlands: September 2019.

    Mentor, high school student project, Huihui Jiang, Queens High School of the Sciences at York College: since July 2019.

    Mentor, high school student project, Amareli Reyes, Queens Metropolitan High School: since July 2019.

    Mentor, high school student project, Julie Lin, The Bronx High School of Science: since July 2019.

    Judge, Writing Across the Curriculum Science Fair: 4/7/2019.

    Ad hoc reviewer, Israel Science Foundation: 2019.

    Ad hoc reviewer, Scientific Reports: 2018.

    Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Neuroscience Methods: 2016.

    Ad hoc reviewer, The Auk: Ornitological Advances: 2015.

  16. Teaching Activities At This Institution

    1. Courses Taught (List)
      Course Description
      Bio 201  Biological Pronciples I 
      Bio 202L  Biological Principles II, laboratory 
    2. New courses/programs developed (list):

      BIO 311 Animal Behavior, Animal Behavior for Biology majors.