2014 Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) Northwest Regional Perfect Pitch Contest

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Congratulations to all students who participated in the 2014 Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) Northwest Regional Perfect Pitch Contest on September 19. CSNE students had 90 seconds and one slide to pitch the problems they are addressing, the neural engineering solutions they are developing, and the potential impact of their projects. The winner was Elle O’Brien (center) and runners up were Daniel Micheletti (left) and Kaitlyn Casimo (right).

Elle will join the CSNE team at the annual NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) conference in Washington, DC, where she will compete against students from other ERCs.

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Five current N&B students have won NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Five current N&B students have won NSF Graduate Research Fellowships:

Elle O’Brien (1st Year)
Lauren Hood (Reh lab)
Bethany Kondiles (1st Year)
Brooke Jarvie (Palmiter lab)
Sarah Pickett (Raible lab)

In addition, Rich Pang (Fairhall lab) earned an Honorable Mention.

And Sharri Zamore (Fairhall & Daniel labs) won an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Congratulations to those who have been honored!

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Roozbeh Kiani Receives Sloan Fellowship

Roozbeh Kiani, a former student of the Graduate Program in Neurobiology & Behavior at UW, has been awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Awarded annually since 1955, these fellowships are given to early-career scientists whose achievements and potential identify them as the next generation of scientific leaders. Roozbeh is currently an Assistant professor at NYU’s Center for Neural Science. His research focuses on the neuroscience behind the decision-making process, which researchers believe is dependent on interaction of several cortical and subcortical brain areas that, collectively, represent sensory information, retrieve relevant memories, and plan and execute desired actions. Roozbeh aims to better understand the underlying neural mechanisms that are fundamental to this process

Paul L. Joskow, the president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, announced in an official press release: “For more than half a century, the Sloan Foundation has been proud to honor the best young scientific minds and support them during a crucial phase of their careers when early funding and recognition can really make a difference. These researchers are pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge in unprecedented ways.”

Past Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to notable careers and include such intellectual luminaries as physicist Richard Feynman and game theorist John Nash. Since the beginning of the program in 1955, 42 fellows have received a Nobel Prize in their respective field, 16 have won the Fields Medal in mathematics, 13 have won the John Bates Clark Medal in economics, and 63 have received the National Medal of Science. There are 9 Sloan Fellows among the Neurobiology and Behavior faculty. Another program graudate, Abigail Person, now at the University of Colorado, was an awardee in 2013.

Awarded in eight scientific and technical fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics—the Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded through cooperation with the scientific community. Candidates must be nominated by their fellow scientists, and winning fellows are selected by an independent panel of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate’s independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become a leader in his or her field.

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Press Release 13-105
STEM Graduate Education Challenge Prompts Hundreds to Offer Ideas for Improvements

Challenge launched by National Science Foundation reveals desire to reshape graduate education according to today’s increasingly global and interdisciplinary practice of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

STEM Graduate Education Challenge Prompts Hundreds to Offer Ideas for Improvements

Challenge launched by National Science Foundation reveals desire to reshape graduate education according to today’s increasingly global and interdisciplinary practice of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

June 13, 2013
Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the winners of the Innovation in Graduate Education Challenge, launched in February 2013 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A National Online Platform for STEM Graduate Student Career Exploration and Professional Development
Liza Shoenfeld, Ph.D student in neuroscience at the University of Washington

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Current Trends and Future Directions of Synaptic Plasticity Research – July 18-20, 2013

We are pleased to announce the international Symposium “Current Trends and Future Directions of Synaptic Plasticity Research” to be held at the University of Washington from July 18th through July 20th, 2013.
Synaptic plasticity is the best cellular and molecular model of learning and memory and a highly dynamic field in modern neuroscience.

This meeting will bring together 47 experts from the US and Japan to discuss recent research aimed to understand the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and to identify hypothesis and new technical challenges for the next decade.
Lectures and poster session are open to UW community. If you would like to present a poster, please contact Dr. Andres Barria at barria@uw.edu.

For a full schedule and details of the meeting please visit the web page:
https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/synaptic-plasticity-symposium-2013/

This meeting is possible thanks to the US-Japan Brain Research Collaborative Program sponsored by NIH and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Institutional support has also been provided by the Office of the Dean for Research and Graduate Education, UW School of Medicine; Riken Brain Science Institute; UW Department of Physiology & Biophysics; Comprehensive Brain Science Network; and Nichibeino.

Organizers:
Andres Barria – University of Washington
Karen Zito – UC Davis
Yasunori Hayashi – Riken BSI
Zheng Li – NIH

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Entering Class of 2013

Here is the final roster of students who have accepted our offer of admitance to the Graduate Program in Neurobiology & Behavior this Fall 2013. Our recruiting was very successful this year!

Jonathan Browning
University of Washington, Applied & Computational Math Science

Kaitlyn Casimo
Pomona College, Neuroscience

Kelly Duong
Brown University, Cognitive Neuroscience

Clare Gamlin
Vanderbilt University, Neuroscience

Seth Koenig
Georgia Institute of Technology, Biomedical Engineering

Bethany Kondiles
Lawrence University, Biology/Neuroscience

Philp Mardoum
University of Chiago, Biological Sciences

Kanichi Nakata
University of California-Davis, Psychology, Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior

Gabrielle O’Brien
Agnes Cott College, Mathematics

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N&B Class of 2012

Here is the final roster of students who have accepted our offer of admitance to the Graduate Program in Neurobiology & Behavior this Fall. Our recruiting was exceptionally successful this year!

Ashley Angell
BS, Biochem, Univ Iowa

Mishaela DiNino
BA, Psychology, San Diego St Univ
MA, Psychology, San Diego St Univ

Aaron Garcia
BS, Brain, Behavior & Cognitive Science, Univ Michigan

Katherine Gumps
BS, Biology, Coll of Charleston
BS, Discovery Informatics, Coll Charleston

Lauren Hood
BS, Psychology, Arizona St Univ

Brady Houston
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Univ Utah

Brooke Jarvie
BS, Biomedical Sciences, Colorado St Univ

Katherine Manbeck
BA, Psychology, Univ Minnesota

Eric Nicholas
BS, Microbiology, Univ Mass-Amherst
MS, Biomedical Sciences, Florida Atlantic Univ

Rich Pang
BS, Physics, Univ Wisconsin

Sarah Pickett
BA, Biology, NYU

Matthew Soleiman
BS, Psychology, UCSD

Hannah Thomasy
BA, Behavioral Neuroscience, Colgate Univ (NY)

Alison Weber
BA, Biological Sciences, Univ Chicago

Mark Wronkiewicz
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Washington Univ

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15 Students Will Join the N&B Program this Fall

The Program’s recruiting efforts this year were exceptionally successful. 15 outstanding students have accepted our invitation to join the Neurobiology & Behavior graduate program this Fall. This represents a 35% accept rate – the highest the program has seen for a number of years, reflecting the excellence of the Program, and the hard work of Program staff, students and faculty who helped with the selection and interview process.

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No Nerds Here

Students in our Neurobiology & Behavior Graduate Program aren’t merely talented scientists. They are actually really interesting people with lifestyles that are not defined entirely by their long hours in the lab. Case in point – Sharri Zamore, also known as Scrumptious, of Scrumptious and the Backbeat. Follow them on Facebook or Reverbnation.

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Grad. School Professional Development Events

“Collaborating and Co-Authoring”
Jan. 18 from 11:30-12:20
Many scholars enjoy co-authoring because doing so affords an opportunity to develop new ideas, extend our methodological toolkit, and share the workload. If you hear of such an opportunity, or see a call for papers that you would like to answer, you may also pitch a co-authorship opportunity to other students or faculty. Whether or not they accept your invitation will depend on how thoroughly you’ve considered the workload, authorship credits, and of course, the intellectual fit.
Presenter: Professor Philip Howard, Department of Communications
Location: Research Commons, Green A

“Introduction to Making the Evidence of Research Available Online Through ResearchWorks”*
Jan. 24 from 11:00-12:00
There is a growing range of ways to get your research out to different audiences. In this interactive presentation you can learn about the University of Washington Libraries ResearchWorks Service which provides graduate students researchers with tools to archive and/or publish the products of research including data sets, monographs images, journal articles and technical reports.
Presenter: Ann Lally, Head, digital Initiatives, UW Libraries
Location: Research Commons, Green A

Career Symposium: Finding Employment with a Graduate Degree**
Jan. 24
Panel Discussion from 4:00-5:00
Networking Event from 5:30-7:00
Location: Kane Hall 210 and Walker Ames Room

Time Management
Feb.1 from 12:00-1:00
There is no question that one of the ongoing challenges of being a graduate student or postdoc, is time management. Attend this informative presentation by a professor and department chair, father, and scholar to learn some strategies for managing your time effectively and proactively.
Professor David Domke, Department of Communications
Location: Research Commons, Green A

Searching, Finding, Feeding: It’s Not Just for Zombies Anymore*
Feb. 7 from 2:00-3:00
Learn tips and trick on database searching for journal articles. Learn how to keep current with journal articles being published in your area of interest by using citation alert services and feeds.
Presenter: Emily Keller, Political Science and Public Affairs Librarian.
Location: Research Commons, Green A

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