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E-Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience | Sept. 12, 2014


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In the News
Training the Brain to Love BroccoliThe Atlantic, Sept. 3, 2014. Read this story and others.

This Week in The Journal
The Journal of Neuroscience is the Society's official publication and contains the latest research from throughout the field.


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SfN Spotlight

Apply for the Science Journalism Student Award
SfN wants to help two outstanding science journalism students attend Neuroscience 2014. Are you a current or recent undergraduate or graduate student who is passionate about science journalism? Are you interested in pursuing a career in science writing? Apply today and you could win complimentary meeting registration, four nights’ lodging in Washington, DC, and $750. Applications are due October 10. Learn more and apply today.

Brain Awareness Video Contest Announces Winners; People’s Choice Voting Open
The results are in for the 2014 Brain Awareness Video Contest. The winner is Leigha Phillips, graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, for “Vision and Illusion.” Find more information about the contest, including videos for additional high-scoring contestants. And vote for your favorite video for the People's Choice Award through September 30.

Call for Posters: Promote Your Education Outreach at Neuroscience 2014
Active in education or outreach? Share your ideas, activities, and successes with Brain Awareness Week organizers from all over the world at this year’s Brain Awareness Campaign event at Neuroscience 2014. To present a poster on your neuroscience outreach activities, email by October 3.

Annual Meeting

Arrive Early at Neuroscience 2014 for Specialized Preconference Workshops
Opportunities for professional development abound at Neuroscience 2014. SfN is offering two short courses and a Neurobiology of Disease Workshop on Friday, November 14. Visit the professional development workshops page for more information, including fees, additional programs, and preliminary agendas. Preregistration is required for all preconference workshops. Visit the registration section of Contact with any questions regarding these workshops.

Plan for Neuroscience 2014
Take advantage of all the resources available on NeurOnLine to plan for Neuroscience 2014. Save money by visiting the Roommate Matching Forum, discover what not to miss in the Neuroscience 2014 community, and learn what to visit outside the convention center in the Washington, DC highlights discussions. Prep for Neuroscience 2014 by viewing the “Getting the Most Out of the Annual Meeting” webinar.

Exhibit at the 2014 Graduate School Fair
The Saturday-Sunday exhibition space at the 2014 Graduate School Fair has sold out, but there are a few Monday-Tuesday packages still available. Institutional Program members can reserve a spot for only $300, and non-IP members pay a rate of $500. Not a member? Apply for your program’s membership and take advantage of this powerful recruiting opportunity at the exclusive IP member rate. Email with your questions or to submit your registration form to purchase a spot.

Network With Experts in the Field at the Meet-the-Experts Series
Don’t miss this opportunity to network with senior researchers who are experts in their field during the Meet-the-Experts series. Experts will describe their research techniques and accomplishments in a personal context that offers a behind-the-scenes look at factors influencing their work. Each 75-minute session offers a chance for students and postdoctoral researchers to engage the expert in an informal dialogue over breakfast. Only Neuroscience 2014 registration is required, but seating is limited.

What Is Success in Academia?
Join the discussion with a panel of leaders in neuroscience academia as they discuss creative and effective ways to attain success in academic life. Topics include funding, publishing, teaching, personnel management, administration, time management, and work/life balance. For more information on professional development workshops being offered at Neuroscience 2014, visit Only Neuroscience 2014 registration is required.

Plan Your Time in the Annual Meeting Online Exhibit Hall
Search the new database by exhibitor name, booth number, or keyword. The online list of Neuroscience 2014 vendors is broken down by nearly 150 unique product categories on My Neuroscience Marketplace.

Membership & Chapters

Exclusive Member Webinar Series – Coming Soon!
In just a few weeks, SfN members will have exclusive access to a members-only webinar series: “Preparing for the Future.” This latest addition to SfN’s collection of professional development tools and resources brings experts in the field directly to you. Designed for students and postdoctoral trainees, this series of webinars gives practical advice on topics that impact those starting out in their careers — such as resume and CV creation, outreach, networking, and more. Look for details coming soon on or contact to receive updates.

Education & Advocacy

From Macular Degeneration: Searching for a Treatment
As the world population ages, cases of macular degeneration are likely to rise. By 2020, an estimated 196 million people worldwide will be living with the disease. New studies are examining ways to slow the disease and help patients regain sight. To read more about the future of macular degeneration, read the latest article on

Featured Resources on Educational Resources in Neuroscience
Educational Resources in Neuroscience (ERIN) on provides hundreds of high-quality resources identified and reviewed by SfN members. The TED talk “You Look Familiar: Unearthing the Face Within” compellingly explores the temporal cortex of monkeys and the stimuli used to characterize individual units. Log in to ERIN to write a review for an existing resource or to submit one of your own.

Professional Development

Free Webinar: ‘Creating Individual Development Plans’
If you are preparing an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to help achieve your career goals, or if you are a faculty member interested in learning how to incorporate components of your training program into an IDP, take part in this webinar at 2 p.m. on September 17. Get tips on how an IDP can be used effectively in career and program planning. Find out more and sign up online.

Interested in a Career Beyond the Bench?
This workshop will focus on crafting your individual career trajectory away from academia. You’ll learn tips and strategies for successful job-seeking, productive networking, and smoothly transitioning from academia in this workshop from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, November 15. For more information on professional development workshops being offered at Neuroscience 2014, visit Only Neuroscience 2014 registration is required.

Earn CME Credits at Neuroscience 2014
Physicians and clinicians can earn up to 33.75 AMA Category 1 Credits™ by attending selected lectures, symposia, and minisymposia at Neuroscience 2014. Learn more about the CME program and add CME to your annual meeting registration today.

Find High-Quality Candidates Through the NeuroJobs Career Center
Are you looking to fill an open position at your institution? Take advantage of the NeuroJobs Career Center’s alliance with the National Healthcare Career Network (NHCN). The NHCN links job boards of leading healthcare associations, so that your job post reaches the broadest audience possible. Find rates and additional information.

Across the Field

What’s going on around the world in the field of neuroscience? has an easily accessible, searchable calendar of events that provides timely, member-submitted information about awards, trainings, meetings, and events globally. See submission guidelines and add your own event.

The American Neurological Association's (ANA) 2014 annual meeting will be held October 12-14 in Baltimore. During the event, attendees can earn up to 26.25 CME credits from more than 40 sessions and can also attend any of the 17 special-interest group submeetings. Register by September 25 for best rates.

Nominations are now open for the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science. This award recognizes early career scientists who demonstrate excellence not only in their research careers but also in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society. The recipient of the award will win $5,000 and complimentary registration and travel to the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, Calif. Nominations are due October 15.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is accepting applications for its Spring 2015 Policy Internship Program. The application deadline is October 17. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the spring 2015 semester are welcome to apply.

The Hertie Foundation in cooperation with the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) has announced the opening of nominations for the Eric Kandel Young Neuroscientists Prize 2015. All European neuroscientists under the age of 40, who have demonstrated outstanding and independent scientific creativity and productivity, are eligible. Candidates must be nominated by the head of their university/research institute or by an internationally renowned neuroscientist. Nominate by November 1.