Part of being a successful scientist is knowing how to communicate your science properly, and recognizing who to convey this message to. To learn more about why NSIDP graduate student Jennifer Tribble finds science communication and science advocacy so important, check out this recent article from SfN’s Neuronline. It includes practical tips to improve your science communication, and information on how to get more involved in science advocacy!

Kiro Bechay, MSTP and Year 3 NSIDP graduate student has been awarded the American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship 2018. Kiro's research focuses uses in vivo calcium imaging and behavior to look at how the processes for learning and memory may also underlie the mechanisms of repair following ischemia to the motor cortext.

For more information about the American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship, visit: American Heart Association.

Xuan Tran, MSTP and Year 3 NSIDP graduate student has been awarded the Autism Speaks - Dennis Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship 2017. Xuan’s research utilizes noninvasive EEG to identify early differences in brain connectivity in infants at high familial risk for autism. For more information about the Dennis Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship and Xuan’s research efforts, visit Autism Speaks.

NSIDP graduate student, Vidya Saravanapandian has been awarded the fellowship from the Dup15q Alliance 2017-2019. Vidya is entering her third year under the mentorship of Dr. Shafali Jeste. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanism underlying EEG biomarkers in the Duplication 15q (Dup15q) Syndrome. For more information about the Dup15 Alliance Fellowship, read online at: Dup15q.

NSIDP outreach and education initiative, Knowing Neurons, wins SfN Next Generation Award

The NSIDP congratulates Knowing Neurons for receiving the 2016 Society for Neuroscience Next Generation Award! This award recognizes SfN chapter members who have made outstanding contributions to public communication, outreach, and education about neuroscience. Knowing Neurons is a neuroscience education and outreach website that was created by graduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. The young scientists of Knowing Neurons, which include NSIDP graduate students Kate Fehlhaber, Joel Frohlich, and Jenn Tribble, explain complicated ideas about the brain clearly and accurately using powerful images, infographics, and animations to enhance written content. With an extensive social media presence, Knowing Neurons has become an important science communication outlet and resource for both students and teachers.

Join us in celebrating their achievement at SfN! Meet the team at their dynamic poster to find out how you can get involved in this award-winning endeavor!

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UCLA Celebrates Brain Awareness Week

UCLA hosts an annual Brain Awareness Week in recognition of the global campaign to increase public awareness of neuroscience and the progress of brain research. The event is organized by a current NSIDP graduate student, who coordinates Project Brainstorm, an outreach group within the Brain Research Institute that makes weekly visits to low-income, low-opportunity K-12 schools all over Los Angeles to teach students about neuroscience.

This year for Brain Awareness Week, 250 5th to 12th graders visited UCLA, where they enjoyed interactive activities hosted by UCLA neuroscience undergraduate and graduate students! Participants explored fundamental neuroscience concepts, such as the different lobes of the brain, synaptic transmission and brain injury, observed sheep brain dissections to learn about parts of the brain as well as brain evolution, and learned popular neuroscience topics, such as the phantom limb syndrome, reflexes versus reaction times, the stroop effect and more! Students also visited different UCLA neuroscience laboratories, interacted with current scientists, and learned about the research process and the principles of various areas of ongoing research.

Brain Awareness Week 2016 could not have been possible without the efforts of previous coordinators, graduate students from neuroscience and other departments, undergraduates from Project Brainstorm, and members from Psych in Action, Interaxon and Project Synapse. The event has received much positive feedback from both the evaluations students filled out at the end of each day as well as verbal comments. Schools have even begun inquiring about participating in next year’s Brain Awareness Week!

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