Welcome to FUN!
FUN things to do at SfN in 2016
The FUN both will be located at #4215. We will again have a 3-booth area, with two dedicated to sales, and the third for informational conversations and meetings (see the last page for a list).
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
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.
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.
Do you have students attending SfN for the first time?
The Society has moved the “Getting the Most out of the Annual Meeting” to a Webinar again this year. It will be released on November 2nd through Neuronline.
And what will be happening in that “third” FUN booth? There will be a series of 10 informal professional development conversations throughout the conference. Stop by for any and all.
· Sunday 10-11 am: How to assess your Neuroscience program: led by Samantha Gizerian
· Sunday 11 am-noon: Challenges and rewards of being teaching faculty at an R1 institution: led by Kristen Frenzel and Leah Roesch
· Sunday 2-3 pm: Sharing teaching insights: the FUN Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: led by Bruce Johnson
· Sunday 3-4 pm: Do I want a job, and how would I prepare for a job, at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI)? led by Katherine Mickley-Steinmetz and Luke Daniels
· Monday 11am-noon: Best practices on designing an undergraduate Neuroscience program (major, minor or concentration): led by Laura Symonds and Mary Lou Caspers
· Monday 2-3 pm: How to charter a chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the neuroscience honor society: led by Mike Kerchner, Beth Wee and Jade Zee
· Monday 3-4 pm: Thinking of transitioning to administration? led by Chris Korey
· Tuesday 10-11 am: Transitioning successfully from a post-doc to a PUI: led by Ashley Fricks-Gleason
· Tuesday 11 am-noon: Receiving and using NIH grants to support neuroscience work: led by Jimmy Roberts and Chris Platt
· Tuesday 2-3 pm: Find out about the 2-year competitive FUN Equipment Loan Program: led by Veronica Martinez Acosta
FUN is an international organization that is focused on neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level. FUN’s members and supporters include businesses and organizations; private liberal arts colleges, state and research university departments and programs; and individual faculty and students, all sharing a common interest in undergraduate neuroscience. Our partners include:
Our mission is made possible through the generous support of our individual members, organizational members, and contributing members. In particular the generous support of the companies and institutions who are contributing members make our Travel Award progam possible.
2016 Equipment Loan Program Call for Proposals
FUN is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2016 Equipment Loan Program. Through generous donations from ADInstruments, Data Sciences International (DSI), Kinder Scientific, Noldus Information Technology, and San Diego Instruments we are now accepting applications for proposals requesting a loan of equipment for research and/or teaching for FUN members. A complete list of equipment available is available on the FUN website (http://www.funfaculty.org/drupal/Equipment_Loan). All dues-paying members of FUN are eligible to apply for this program. Applications will be submitted electronically. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and awards will be announced in early December.
We are very grateful to the following Friends of FUN; without their support this program would not be possible:
Accepting Nominations for FUN Leadership Positions
It is the time of year when we begin soliciting nominations for leadership positions in FUN. We are currently accepting nominations for five positions including President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect, and threeCouncilor positions. Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself for any of these positions. A complete description of each of these positions can be found at http://www.funfaculty.org/