FUN Events at the Upcoming Society for Neuroscience Meeting

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The 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience will be held November 12-16, 2015 in San Diego, CA.

FUN Meetings we hope you will attend:

FUN Business Meeting will take place on Sunday, November 13, 7-8 am, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Aqua Salon BC, a continental breakfast will be provided and the meeting will consist of reports from the committees, recognition of officers and plans for the upcoming year.

FUN Social and Poster Session will take on Sunday, November 13, from 6:45-8:45 pm at the San Diego Marriott Marquis Grand Ballrooms 5-7 (North Tower).  We will have nearly 150 undergraduate posters, recognize travel award winners, announce faculty awards, recognize new and outgoing officers and celebrate FUN’s 25th anniversary!

FUN Executie Committee (only) Meeting - Saturday, Novemeber 12, 11:30-1.
Searsucker Restaurant, 611 Fifth Avenue, Gas Lamp District, San Diego

Want to stop by some posters?  On Saturday from 1-5 pm and again Sunday from 8-12 am, the following Theme J posters will be available (along with lots of others related to education and outreach):

FUN: 23.17SA / NNN1
Nu Rho Psi: 23.11SA / MMM57
Journal for Undergraduate Education (JUNE): 23.02SA / MMM49
Northeast Under/graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON): 23.01SA / MMM48

The Professional Development events in the Teaching Neuroscience section are mainly organized or presented by FUN members and might have lots of relevance to what you do each day, I’ve listed those here.  Check out the other Professional Development opportunities as well; there is one focused on Optimizing the Mentor-Trainee Relationship and another titled Success in Academe, Focus on Strategies for Women.

cNDP Workshop: Training the Trainers: Diverse Career Trajectories in Neuroscience: Helping Trainees Chart a Course for Success

Organizer/Moderator: Elizabeth Van Bockstaele

Panelists: M. Friedlander, W.J. Koroshetz, E. Thiels

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) 30C

Abstract: The Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop in October 2014 to discuss how best to develop the next generation of scientists to advance neuroscience. Results of this Forum were summarized in an article published June 1st in Neuron. In this workshop, authors of the Neuron paper will highlight (1) how to best train and retain a talented work force to ensure a bright future for the field of neuroscience and (2) strategies for preparing the next generation of neuroscience trainees with the skills and expertise necessary for diverse career opportunities..

Creating, Sustaining, and Enhancing Undergraduate Neuroscience Programs

Organizer/Moderator: Janet M. Finlay

Panelists: C.D. Aizenman, B.S. Beltz, E.M. Carpenter, B. Lom, A.F. Sved

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., SDCC 30C

Abstract: It is an exciting time for undergraduate neuroscience education. To meet demand in this area, colleges and universities are increasingly exploring opportunities to create and enhance undergraduate neuroscience programs. Panelists representing a variety of academic institutions and neuroscience programs will briefly describe how undergraduate neuroscience education has been advanced at their institutions. This workshop is intended to be interactive, with an emphasis on creating a forum for audience and panelists to engage in discussion of mechanisms for creating and enhancing undergraduate neuroscience education.

Teaching Neuroscience with Big Data

Organizer/Moderator: William Grisham & Richard Olivio

Monday, Nov 14, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., SDCC 31C

Panelists: J.C. Brumberg, T. Gilbert, W. Gray Roncal, L. Lanyon, R.A. Poldrack, R.W. Williams

Abstract: Neuroscience has entered the realm of big data with "neuroinformatics," the study of the brain and nervous system using massive datasets. Although many of these data collections began as closed repositories of research data, a number of them are now open for use in teaching. The workshop will introduce four examples of neuroscience "big data" collections, and demonstrate how these open datasets have been used to teach students. The collections are the Allen Brain Atlas, the Mouse Brain Library and Gene Network, the Open Connectome Project, and OpenfMRI. The workshop will conclude by discussing general resources and curricula for teaching neuroinformatics, a new and developing area of expertise for most faculty.

It's a Win-Win: Effectively Engaging Undergraduates in Research

Organizer/Moderator: Donita L Robinson

Monday, Nov 14, 2016 12pm - 2pm, SDCC 30C

Panelists: D.A. Kozlowski, C. Da Cunha, S.D. Dickinson, R.A. Gonzales, H.G. McFarlane, M.I. Palmatier

Abstract:  Undergraduate students can be vital to your research team. Are you integrating them effectively? Undergraduates on your team are a win-win: students get lab experience, their graduate and postdoctoral mentors learn supervisory skills, and you advance your research agenda. We'll cover topics such as recruiting the right student, engaging undergrads as researchers, setting realistic expectations, maximizing a summer student and available resources to enhance the undergraduate research experience.