Highlights from Neuroscience 2008 (BSP 50)

Episode 50 of the Brain Science Podcast is a change of pace from our usual format.  In this episode I share a few highlights from this year's Neuroscience 2008, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, which just concluded in Washington, DC.

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Show Notes and Links:

Scientists featured in this episode:

  • Eve Marder (Brandeis University)-current president of SfN.
  • Tom Carew (UC-Irvine)-incoming president of SfN.
  • Michael Bate (Cambridge University): his talk about the study of the development of movement in fruit flies is featured in this episode.

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Announcements:

  • Books and Ideas #23: Interview with Nobel physicist, Dr. Frank Wilczek.

Send email feedback to Ginger Campbell, MD at brainsciencepodcast@gmail.com

Neuroscience 2008: Incoming President of SfN Emphasizes Public Outreach

At Saturday's Brain Awareness Campaign Event at Neuroscience 2008, Tom Carew, President-Elect of the Society for Neuroscience described his commitment to public outreach. The emphasis of the Brain Awareness Week campaign is on K-12 educational outreach. Dr. Carew and the other speakers noted that today's youngsters are tomorrow's neuroscientists. Also, public education is essential to on-going support of science research. It is also becoming increasingly important in helping citizens make decisions about their own health. Barbara Gill from the Dana Alliance announced that they will be updating their website for the 2009 campaign, and Dr. Carew outlined his plans to increase collaboration among scientists and educators. Since the Society for Neuroscience is the most important international organization of neuroscientists, I think it is very important that they are becoming more active in public outreach. As the public becomes more aware of neuroscience there is an important need for accurate sources of information.
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