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  1. Thanks so much for all your questions - I’ve enjoyed this conversation!
  2. Thanks everyone for your great questions. I hope you will all be able to successfully navigate collaboration and team science as part of your careers.
  3. Great! I've been fascinated for a long time, since I was a graduate student, in science that bridges disciplines. That, by definition, is team science. I've been at Brown University for nearly 15 years working to bring teams together, help them launch projects, and sustain their science. So, I guess I spend a lot of my time trying to provide that glue that you mention. I agree with you that team science can differ a lot depending on the setting, but that in any situation program management is essential.
  4. There's a tendency in academia (perhaps even in industry!) to think you can do things on the cheap, with existing personnel working on a project. But I think those groups that actually invest in bringing in excellent project managers see huge benefits that justify the additional cost. It can mean more success at bringing in funding AND more efficient usage of resources, as an example.
  5. Hi, I'm Saskia de Vries, and I’m excited to be here today to discuss navigating team science with you. I’m an Asst Investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, where our guiding principles are Big Science, Team Science, and Open Science. Team science and collaboration is the foundation of what we do. But it can look very different from academic collaborations, because we are engaged in large scale projects. We have multidisciplinary teams, with scientist, engineers, mathematicians, technicians, etc, all working closely together. The project I’ve led here, our recent platform paper had over 70 authors! So keep in mind that it is a slightly different scenario than most academic departments or labs. My experience is that there's a lot of organization and communication that is critical to successful collaborations, with strong program management being key. There’s a lot of “glue work” that has to go on to make it possible for all the specialist and experts to do their work and have it all fit together, and that glue work is really important.
  6. It's a really good question. I can't comment on this specific example, but in any situation any participant in a team will have information they are willing to share and information they want to keep private--perhaps with good reason. It can be helpful at the beginning of a collaboration to discuss with all members what information they are expected to share to be a part of the team. They shouldn't be expected to share everything, but it's not unreasonable to expect everyone to share openly information that's relevant to the success of the project.
  7. Collaborations most definitely can fail. Though I think it's more nuanced. There's two kinds of failures. One is a "people" failure -- a group just doesn't gel and it's not a workable team. Sometimes a group can come together because they are excited to work together, but it turns out that the time isn't right for them to pursue a project. A year later, or a decade later, they might come back together and because the science has advanced or new tools are available, a project could succeed. And even if a particular project fails, a collaboration can result in strong ties between the members of the team -- they can continue to learn from each other even if they aren't working on a specific project. A big challenge in science is knowing when to quit. Scientists are persistent, and sometimes projects continue even though the collaboration isn't working. So thinking at the beginning of the project and agreeing on what constitutes a success and a failure, and what criteria you might use to pull the plug, can be useful
  8. I've definitely seen collaborations fail - either the work doesn't pan out or there are conflicts between the members. My sense is often it's more of a petering out, or a disintegration, of the collaboration, but I have known of some situations where it's been contentious. Team science is hard work!
  9. I think that this responsibility falls on the scientific project leaders as well as the program managers. In some cases, program managers might be in a better position to notice things that are slipping through the cracks or getting overlooked, which is why I think they should definitely be involved in this. But I think the scientific project leaders need to be really taking the helm.
  10. I agree that this depends on the setting and the size of the collaboration. I do think that large, or multifaceted, collaborations really need formal project management. But for smaller collaborations (eg. two small academic labs working together), I don't think it's necessary.
  11. Thanks for writing, John Carlo. It's a challenging question about how to manage the balance between collaboration and "doing your own thing." A critical piece in my mind is understanding how you will be evaluated in your position. If you want collaboration to be a central part of your work, I'd make that clear to whoever hires you and who will be reviewing you. If the institution has policies that you don't think are in line with your collaborative work, make sure to clarify how, for instance, collaborative grants or papers would be assessed during a performance review. And you should look closely at how people in your field evaluate each other. If they value collaboration, that presumably would come across in letters of support.
  12. Collaborations across disciplines can be extra challenging, and I think really require extra attention to the differences in the fields and the cultures of those fields. Communication is really important to know that these differences exist and to find plans for how to navigate that space.
  13. Hi, I’m John Davenport, I’m here today to answer your questions about team science – and I’m also excited to learn from my fellow panelist and from you, the audience! Saskia, it’s nice to join you, and I’m curious if you would describe briefly your experience doing team science?
  14. Sepideh Keshavarzi

    About the Science Knows No Borders program

    Hi Andrew and SfN! First of all, I would like to say thank you very much for this initiative and for highlighting the issue this year. I really appreciate your effort. I would like to share my experience as a participant of the sknb program. Unfortunately, I did not gain anything out of this form of presentation. I did not get to hear what happened during my session, i.e. what other speakers talked about. I had no opportunity to engage in a Q/A, and received no questions via emails or other forms of contacts. So basically, it was a lot of work to make this pre-recorded talk, but sadly no scientific or networking gain at the end. Therefore, in my experience, this did not compensate, even a tiny bit, for a full participation. Thank you again for your effort, however in this current format I cannot recommend it to others for future years.
  15. Mohammad Abdolrahmani

    About the Science Knows No Borders program

    I haven't thought of the US travel ban from this angle, as unnecessary travels that if avoided would help prevent climate change. In fact, the number of banned presenters is maybe less than 1% of the total participants to SfN. So it can't be that helpful. Yet I see the huge potential here. Provided all SfN presenters (junior, senior, famous, ordinary) devote some of their time to actively participate to virtual conferences (e.g. present their work online, engage in scientific discussions, etc), I believe most of the unnecessary travels could be avoided.
  16. Research is often supported by tax dollars. Thus, confidence in the accuracy of data collection is an important aspect of translating scientific rigor to lay persons and policy makers, and thus the ultimate impact that science can have on society. I would be interested in hearing views on how we can enhance communication of scientific rigor (as well as in-partiality in data interpretation) to the non-scientist. celeste in chicago
  17. Dimple Jhonsa is a PhD student at the department of pharmacology at Bombay College of Pharmacy. She completed her master in pharmacy in pharmacology from Bombay College of Pharmacy. Her research area focuses on ways to model Parkinson’s disease using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism.
  18. Hi there, First of all, I want to congratulate with you for this fundamental initiative. At a time when publish or perish has become some sort of mantra and research funding is harder and harder to acquire, I sadly feel that overlooking scientific rigor is in a way a natural consequence of our time. Many scientists are lead to believe that publishing the big-statement paper is the key to acquiring funding, securing a position and standing out in the scientific community. There is already a big debate about impact factors, h-index and other indicators and it is hard to change this evaluation mindset; I find it kind of rooted in the scientific community. I believe that the major moral responsibility for creating a culture of scientific rigor lays in the hands of supervisors and their role as mentors. I believe that the most effective measure to enforce scientific rigor is to educate our students to pursue it. As scientists, our first moral responsibility is searching for the truth. Unfortunately, I have known of supervisors being overly pushy and demanding, to the point that students felt forced to tweak their data; I have also known of supervisors who taught their students to disregard inconvenient data or even add fabricated preliminary findings in their grant applications to make them more convincing. Such situations are rarely brought to attention or, if disclosed, they tend to be overlooked by institutions for the sake of their academic prestige. I believe that human ego plays a significant role in this. I find that collaborative research and open research data sharing facilitates honesty and rigor, but these measures can't always be put in practice, be it because of individual grants or because of confidential data that can't be openly shared. Maybe research institutions and universities should enforce an internal peer-review system of data quality, evaluating the labs periodically. Any thoughts?
  19. Sepiedeh Keshavarzi, MD, PhD Sepiedeh Keshavarzi is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre at University College London. Keshavarzi's main research interest lies in cortical multi-sensory processing for perception of self-motion and spatial navigation, with a particular focus on vestibular-visual integration in the retrosplenial cortex. She earned her Medical Doctorate from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Queensland. Attendees can contact her via email: s.keshavarzi@ucl.ac.uk, twitter: @SepiKeshavarzi, and SKNB Neuronline forum throughout the conference or after. She will present her work via a pre-recorded talk at the minisymposium session 712- Cell-Type Specificity, Strength, and Dynamics of Long-Range Synaptic Input. October 23, 2019, 1:55 PM - 2:15 PM, Room S406A
  20. Mohammad Abdolrahmani is a research scientist in the lab for neural circuits and behavior at RIKEN Center for Brain Science. He previously was a post-doc at Osaka University. Mohammad’s main research interests lie in visual perception, decision making and visually-guided behaviors. He received his undergraduate degree in anatomical sciences from Iran University and his PhD in cognitive neuroscience from Osaka University. SfN Abstract: My poster will be presented at this time (October 23, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM) and I will be available then. Perception is an active process involving continuous interactions with the environment. During such interactions neural signals called corollary discharges (CDs) propagate across multiple brain regions informing the animal whether the incoming sensory information originates from animal’s own actions or from the environment. Under ethologically natural conditions, such CDs co-occur in close temporal proximity and interact with each other. However, how the interactions between concurrent CDs affect the large-scale network dynamics, and in turn help shape sensory perception is currently unknown. We focused on the effect of saccadic and body-movement CDs on a network of visual cortical areas in adult mice (n=15). CDs alone had large amplitudes, 3-4 times larger than visual responses, and could be dynamically described as standing waves (singular-value decomposition; explained variance 88±3%). They spread broadly, with peak activations in the medial and anterior parts of the dorsal visual stream. Inhibition (I) mirrored the wave-like dynamics of excitation (E), suggesting these networks remained E/I balanced. A generalized linear model (explained variance 36.8±3.6%) showed that CD waves superimposed sub-linearly and asymmetrically: the suppression was 1.5±0.2 times larger if a saccade followed a body movement by 0.59+-0.05 ms than in the reverse order. These rules depended on the animal’s cognitive state: when the animal was most engaged in a visual discrimination task (measured using pupil area), cortical states had large variability accompanied by an increase in S/N (max amplitude after the stimulus over pre-stimulus variability, p = 0.001) improving the reliability in sensory processing. High-variability states were associated with a smaller non-linearity as well (p = 0.002). These results suggest that in high variability states CDs and sensory signals are independently encoded, permitting an efficient read-out by downstream networks for improved visual perception. In summary, our results highlight a novel cognitive-dependent arithmetic for the interaction of non-visual signals that dominate the activity of occipital cortical networks during goal-oriented behaviors. These findings provide an experimental and theoretical foundation for the study of active visual perception in ethological conditions.
  21. Shahrzad Ghazisaeidi, MSc Shahrzad Ghazisaeidi is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. Ghazisaeidi’s main research interests lie in the role of epigenetics and sex difference in chronic pain signalling. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Tehran and her MSc in cellular molecular biology from Royan institute.
  22. Azam Asgarihafshejani is a post-doctoral fellow at faculty of medicine, department of neurosciences, University de Montreal, QC, Canada. She previously was a post-doctoral fellow at biology department, University of Victoria, BC, Canada. Asgarihafshejani’s main research interests lie in Synaptic plasticity and Synaptic transmission. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Isfahan University, Isfahan. Iran, her master degree in Animal Physiology from Isfahan University and her PhD in Physiology from Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. She completed her first postdoctoral training at University of Victoria, BC, Canada. Date and Time that I will be available to answer questions: Tuesday Oct 22, 2019 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM In my project, We develop optogenetic protocols to selectively activate synaptic inputs from CA1 pyramidal cells onto somatostatin interneurons (SOM-INs) using ChR2, and induce long-term potentiation of EPSPs recorded by patch clamp electrodes in slices. We developed the optogenetic stimulation methods using the Polygon Pattern Illumination system. We characterized the optogenetically induced LTP in SOM-INs and showed it was dependent on mGluR1a and mTORC1 signaling. Moreover, We used field potential recordings in hippocampal slices to demonstrate that optogenetically-induced SOM-IN LTP regulates the two output targets of SOMINs: the Schaffer collateral and temporo-ammonic pathways onto CA1 pyramidal cells. Thus, We found that optogenetic activation of CA1 pyramidal inputs is sufficient to induce LTP of SOM-IN afferent synapses, and that long-term plasticity of these inputs, in turn, regulates metaplasticity of CA1 pyramidal cell Schaffer collateral and temporo-ammonic pathways.
  23. Majid Khalili Ardali, MA Majid Khalili Ardali is a PhD candidate at institute for medical psychology and behavioral neurobiology. He previously was a master student at institute for cognitive science studies. Khalili’s main research interests lie in disorders of consciousness. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from IAUCT. He is finishing his PhD working on patients with completely locked-in syndrome at institute for medical psychology and behavioral neurobiology at University of Tübingen. Contact: majid.khalili@medizin.uni-tuebingen.de
  24. To assist with selecting a roommate and making lodging arrangements, here's a of questions you might want to discuss with potential roommates: Do you snore? Do you smoke or do you require a non-smoking room? Do you go to bed early or stay up late? Do you have any special requirements or needs? Who will make reservations with the hotel? What type of room will you choose? How will the cost of the room be divided among each guest? Who will confirm billing arrangements with the hotel? Who will provide a credit card upon checking in? Will you block incidentals from the room, require cash payment for room service and other hotel services? As this list does not provide a comprehensive set of questions addressing every aspect of shared lodging, users are responsible for considering questions that address concerns specific to each individual. Please note that it is not SfN's responsibility to address these issues and ensure any arrangements resulting from use of this forum are adhered to.
  25. We are two months into quarantine in the US and looking back, and for many of us it doesn't seem like we accomplished as much as we thought we would. With all this "extra" time we were supposed to write all those papers, submit that grant, finish analyzing all that data, workout every day, and learn to bake bread. Instead, every day felt like a struggle to be productive. Of course you are struggling to be productive working from home. Most of us do not work from home. In fact, one of the few chances we have at work-life balance is the fact that most of our work can't be done at home. We are used to physically separating work and home. More than that, we are not used to sitting at a desk for long hours. Unless you routinely do dry bench work, we are much more adapt to short periods of work. You write a paragraph while you let the gel run, and then get up and set up a transfer, and then check an email while your buffer mixes, and then read for an hour while you eat lunch, etc. We are great at breaking up tasks and fitting each piece into small chunks of time in between other tasks. We are usually getting up and moving to a seminar, moving to a journal club, to a meeting, our days are always broken up. But now, we are supposed to just sit at your desk at home for 8 hours and write straight. Or read papers without breaks. And it doesn't work. But of course it doesn't. If you were good at sitting and focusing on one task for hours at end, you would have gone into computer programming. But you didn't. So without a hard deadline, you shouldn't expect yourself to be motivate to read every paper on calcium regulation in astrocytes in a week. So if you are anxious about your boss asking you why you weren't "more productive" take a breath. Very few of us were. Keep in mind, there is no new data coming in for awhile, even after we re-enter the labs, and PIs get lost without new data to look at. It isn't personal. It doesn't make you a bad student. You were not alone. The goal of quarantine was never to be "productive". It was to protect society and to literally survive a pandemic. This was never a vacation, but it also wasn't designed to be a chance to write all those manuscripts. Writing, data analysis, literature searches, whatever you've been filling your time with it, it was a meant to help keep working going so it didn't completely stop. As long as you did more than nothing, you were successful. Keep working, but don't beat yourself up if you didn't accomplish as much as you thought you would during this time. NOTE: This is all assuming you don't have children. If you have children, forget it. I can't even imagine what you are going through right now. I just want to say remember to apologize to every stay at home parent for their constant work.
  26. Michael Oberdorfer

    Speaking scientific truth to power.

    The Washington Post reports that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases at NIH, is facing threats because his scientific opinions, on the need for continued social-distancing, the time needed for vaccine development, testing candidates for therapeutic agents, among others in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, have contradicted those of the President. These threats have prompted HHS Secretary Alex Azar to provide a security detail for Fauci, Reports of these threats emerged earlier when a number of internet forums, newscasts and commentators supported the President when he appeared to take issue with the advice of medical and scientific experts on the pandemic. Comments?
  27. Michael Oberdorfer

    Fetal Tissue Research and COVID-19

    The gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to mobilize all avenues of research have prompted more than 100 professional societies, universities and research centers to call for an end to the administration's ban on fetal tissue research. In a letter to the administration, these scientific organizations say that this restriction may contribute to delays for potential treatments. Eric Anthony, director of policy at the International Society for Stem Cell Research, states in part: “We believe that researchers should have all of the biomedical research tools out there to develop treatments for COVID-19,” Your thoughts?
  28. Go to https://mdcune.psych.ucla.edu/ We have developed and field tested digital labs for undergrads. They are inquiry based and NOT cookbook. These labs are provided to the community for free via a website that was originally funded by NSF. Faculty will need to request an account to get to grading keys, paper rubrics, etc. William (Bill) Grisham UCLA
  29. Hugo Sanchez-Castillo

    How will COVID-19 impact your research?

    I work from Mexico and here the situation is no so bad (yet). We have the phase 1 activated, that means that we are only worried about precautions and to report if there s some symptomatology. However if the phase increases to 3 the university it will be close and the online activities it will be mandatory not optional. In the research field, we have more or less the same situation, however the research it will not shut down.
  30. @Amanda Labuza, one of our Community leaders, wrote up a great article on a Meet-the-Expert session from the 2019 meeting! https://neuronline.sfn.org/professional-development/discovering-your-questions-as-a-scientist-by-listening
  31. That's a great question--the international component can add an additional layer of complexity. I know at our University we have offices that help with navigating institutional agreements, including those outside the US. And we have experts in materials transfer and data agreements. I don't have a specific answer to your question, but I will say, scientists shouldn't try to address all these issues on their own. Bringing in experts who handle different aspects of international agreements can really be helpful, save you a lot of time, and help you avoid taking on liability that you don't need to. Use your institutional processes and protocols to your advantage. Yes, sometimes it can seem like just adding bureaucracy. But if you find the right people, they can be great allies and great members of your team.
  32. Thanks for your response. Its right some times different perspectives are challenging!! I like to add another question..In a collaborative team between countries, how do you prevent the breaks in the confidentiality?.
  33. Do you think that it is also the task of the program manager to oversee training of all individuals of the team in Rigor, Reproducibility and Responsible Conduct of Research? Or what are your thoughts on making sure everyone is fully trained and on the same page?
  34. I agree. Different disciplines speak their own languages, and often times the same term has drastically different meanings to different scientific communities. So it's important that everyone be willing to listen and learn from each other and take time to understand how someone from a different perspective sees things. On a more practical level, how scientists publish can vary from one community to another (for instance, does the senior author typically appear first or last on an author list; are conference abstracts "counted" as publications)? Understand that others on the team may need to check different boxes to make sure their careers progress. Overall, remember that the assumptions you have about the way science is done may be totally foreign to someone in a different field.
  35. Hi, My name is Hugo... How do you work with the concept of immeasurability between some areas or approaches?
  36. Hi John and Saskia. This is Lique Coolen: Thank you so much for organizing this live chat to answer our questions and lead a discussion on this very important topic. Saskia: with so many authors, how can everyone get the credit they deserve and will a paper like that even "count" for everyone's CV?
  37. Michael Oberdorfer

    Brain vitrification.

    The Washington Post reports that the re-examination of the ancient remains of a man caught in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, showed that his brain tissue vitrified, or turned to glass. Evidently the heat of the volcanic explosion was so intense that the brain tissue liquified and changed to glass following rapid cooling. This curiosity was originally published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Is anyone aware of any other instance of this phenomenon?
  38. Nazeerah Abdul Rahman

    Introduce yourself and get to know us!

    Hi guys, I am Nazeerah. New here!. MSc. graduate in Neuroscience from Malaysia. Glad to be here! Are you guys from which country? Do follow me OK I will follow you back
  39. Amanda Labuza

    Introduce yourself and get to know us!

    Hi Everyone! I'm Amanda Labuza. I am a senior graduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. I'm finishing my PhD in neuroscience where I study how protein-protein interactions regulate calcium levels is astrocytes and muscles. I'm currently trying to finish up and transition into an academic post-doc. You can keep up with my dissertation progress on my blog or check out some of my other posts on advocacy and outreach. I'm looking forward to interacting with you all and having some great discussions in 2020!
  40. Deborah Zelinsky

    Introduce yourself and get to know us!

    Hi! I'm Deborah Zelinsky, an optometrist from Chicago. In 1992, I stumbled onto the scientific phenomenon of being able to alter auditory space by using eyeglasses. When I showed my fellow optometrists, they thought I was weird, so I started attending neuroscience groups where my wild thoughts were accepted. Now, fast forward close to 30 years, and I have a patented test with a protocol known worldwide, have been helping people with brain injuries and neurodegenerative conditions and genetic disorders. And, the current research documents lots of interactions between eyes and ears, as the retina is part of the central nervous system. Now, since the 20/20 testing was invented to standardize optometry in the year 1862, and the Mind-Eye Institute is leading a campaign for the year 2020 (get it, an optometrist in the year 20/20?) called "Leave 20/20 in the 20th Century!" We are trying to update the way eye testing is being done -- to emphasize brain circuitry and comfort rather than simply eyesight and have people all over the world interested in the research! The Society for Neuroscience members are incredible, and it's thrilling to have the opportunity to tell others about sfn and neuronline. Would love to discuss eye/ear connections with fellow members. And how that interaction is affected by input from proprioceptors. In other words, how sensory and motor systems intertwine and why eyeglasses can be designed for many things other than seeing. In addition to that, we are playing with retinal neuromodulation. It's the future of optometry!
  41. Wael Mohamed

    Introduce yourself and get to know us!

    Neuroplastic greetings and warm regards from Malaysia. I am Wael, a physician neuroscientist with MD, PhD in neuroscience/psychology from Huck institute of life science, PSU. I worked on MPH and animal model of ADHD along with MDMA addiction. Currently I am working in Malaysia and interested in translational brain research specially neurodegenerative disorders in both animal model and humans. I like playing Squash and Jogging.
  42. Gabriella Panuccio

    What do you wish you could learn?

    I wish I could learn programming languages better and also analog integrated circuit design... It's a biohybrid thing! However, I find that some people are not really keen to pass their knowledge on to you, especially if it's about something completely outside your field. On one hand there is a chase for uniqueness (only they should be the knowledgeable ones); on the other hand, there is some sort of mental bias, due to which, people who lack a certain background are not entitled to approaching and understanding those things. Which makes me ugh... I am inherently and genetically multidisciplinary and eager to learn. I think nowadays it's fundamental to have at least a good grasp of complementary disciplines, and it's our moral obligation not to preclude this benefit based on our misconceptions. Have you ever encountered such a narrow mindset in your life?
  43. In keeping with the Society’s commitment to facilitate global collaboration in science, SfN has established the Science Knows No Borders (SKNB) program. Through this program, scientists who have been denied a U.S. travel visa to attend Neuroscience 2019 can share their research and engage with colleagues through poster, nanosymposium, symposium, and minisymposium sessions. Participants in the SKNB program will be available to answer questions about their presentations in this forum, which will be open October 19-23. Neuroscience 2019 attendees are encouraged to visit the forum while on-site to interact with SKNB participants.
  44. Mohammad Abdolrahmani

    About the Science Knows No Borders program

    Same here, I got no questions despite the time I spent preparing. Yet I appreciate the effort taken to organize the SKNB online forum. Fortunately, my colleague 'physically' attended the conference and received useful comments. Thanks to SKNB.
  45. Mahmoud Abdellahi is a PhD student in the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. Mahmoud's main research interest lies in memory reactivation during sleep with Targeted Memory Reactivation (TMR), with a particular focus on the use of machine learning for the sake of classifying memory reactivation in humans. He earned his Master's degree from the faculty of computers and artificial intelligence, Cairo University. Feel free to contact him via SKNB Neuronline forum during the conference, and any time via email: abdellahime@cardiff.ac.uk He will present his work via a pre-recorded talk at: Session 193, 13. Detecting cued memory replay during slow-wave sleep and rapid eye movement sleep using EEG classifiers Sunday, October 20, 2019, 4:15 PM Title: Detecting cued memory replay during slow-wave sleep and rapid eye movement sleep using EEG classifiers Session Type: Nanosymposium Session Title: Functional Role of Sleep Session Number: 193 Session Time: Sunday, October 20, 2019, 4:15 PM Place: Room S404 Presentation Number: 193.13
  46. Danielle Zwiefelhofer

    Cancelled

    Not willing to compromise: Do you snore? NO (kinda? I don't have tonsils so I don't really snore but I breath deeply/heavily) Do you smoke or use illicit drugs? NO Will you shower every conference day? YES Are you a female? YES Do you sleep with the TV or any noise or light on? NO (I listen to personal headphones) Do you require a sleeping room temperature more than 75 F or less than 65 F? NO I prefer 68-70 Willing to compromise: Do you go to bed early or stay up late? I like going to bed around 10-12pm and getting up early. I like to take advantage of the whole day but I can sleep in just as easily. Do you have any special requirements or needs? No Who will make reservations with the hotel? Whomever finds the sweetest deal/room. What type of room will you choose? 2 beds, no noise. How will the cost of the room be divided among each guest? Equally if 18-23. Who will provide a credit card upon checking in? Whomever arrives first. Will you block incidentals from the room, require cash payment for room service, and other hotel services? Yes. Will you go reading, writing, jogging, shopping, exploring, or to the spa with your roomate? Heck yes! I enjoy listening to music, I love all kinds but I just enjoy the momentum is gives me. If you don't like music I have headphones but if you want to share I also have a little boombox we can use. I will be taking the train in. I will arrive at Union Station at 4pm on 10/18. I will leave at 130pm 10/23 to catch the 215pm home.
  47. Amanda Labuza

    Princeton eliminates GRE requirements for 14 grad programs

    I can't remember the last time I was so excited and so angry at the same time. This is wonderful news! I just found out my school is also eliminating GRE requirements. You can even track different programs eliminating GRE scores with #GRExit on Twitter. It is a brilliant choice. We have known for years that GRE scores did not correlate with success in graduate school. Not to mention that standardized tests are biased against poverty and those who speak English as a second language. It is so exciting the scientific community is beginning to shed this useless requirement. I'm just angry that this didn't happen when I was applying for graduate school. I wish I didn't have to take the GRE. It was a terrible process of studying random words I would never use in life and learning test taking strategies. There were no questions about the word "transautophosphorylation" just random words like "vitriol" (which I have never used once in my graduate career). I shouldn't complain though, the GRE wasn't used the year I applied. The format of the GRE changed in August of 2011 and the confusion of comparing scores from candidates who had taken it before and after the scale change was too much. Most schools just ignored the score that year. If they were able to accept all their applicants without the GRE score that year, why did it take another 8 years to get rid of it all together? This is an amazing movement. I just wish it would have happened sooner.
  48. Welcome to the 2019 Roommate Matching Forum. Post here to coordinate housing for Neuroscience 2019. This Neuroscience 2019 Roommate Matching Forum is open to both SfN members and non-members. Don't forget to check out the rest of the Neuronline Community forum, to read blog posts, and join online discussions and events like live chats and open threads. All SfN members have access to the Community, where there are forums for every career stage, professional development, career advice, outreach, diversity, general discussion, and more. Browse Neuronline, an SfN website that helps neuroscientists advance in their training and career and connect with the global scientific community year-round. Anyone can access five resources every 30 days, while SfN members enjoy unlimited access, including participation in SfN webinars. If you're not a member, explore SfN's membership benefits and join to receive access today! --- Please note that this is a public forum, so use discretion when posting identifying information. Review this post for more information about maintaining privacy in the forum. If you prefer not to list your contact information here to connect with other users about sharing hotel accommodations, consider sending a private message instead. You can do this by clicking on the user you wish to contact from the post they have published or by posting and asking interested users to send you a private message. If you have any questions or concerns, email meetings@sfn.org or @Andrew Chen, Neuronline Community Specialist, at achen@sfn.org. Additionally, please read the attached 2019 SfN Roommate Matching Forum Disclaimer and Code of Conduct. 2019 SfN Roommate Matching Forum Disclaimer and Code of Conduct.pdf
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    The ability to create pluripotent stem cells from human cells has radically changed the landscape of studying the mechanisms of human diseases. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), organoid technology, and cellular reprogramming methods are providing new insight into how the brain develops, matures, and ages, and how these patterns are altered by neurological disorders. By using human cells rather than animal models, these techniques allow researchers to better capture the genetic diversity of the human population. This virtual conference will explore how leaders in the field are using cellular reprogramming methods to understand the genetic, molecular, and cellular underpinnings of neurological disorders, as well as to screen for potential treatments. This virtual conference serves as a complement to SfN’s Training Series: Stem Cells and Reprogramming Methods for Neuroscience. While it is recommended you view some resources before attending the virtual conference, you can participate without doing so. Register today!
  50. Amanda Labuza

    Do your graduate students have a union?

    Graduate students are in a weird place within universities. We get paid stipends so we are considered “employees” but we are also “students” who theoretically pay tuition even though they end up waiving it as an employee benefit. As a student we can’t ask for raises or better benefits. As an employee, these are things that obviously concern us. Unions allow the students as a collective to ask the administration for higher stipends, better health insurance, etc. But not every school has a union. At my university, we have a committee within the student government that meets with the administration once a semester and brings up our concerns. While this can be beneficial for small matters and keeps the lines of communications open, we don’t really have any power if they choose to say no to something. Unions have a little more power because they can threaten to strike. I’m curious of other graduate students how successful they’ve found having a union has been.
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