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E-Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience | Nov. 6, 2014

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In the News
Mapping the (Tiny) Brain of the Aristocrat of ArachnidsNew York Times, Nov. 3, 2014. Take a look inside the poppy-seed brain of a stalk-and-pounce predator.

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Member Discounts Still Apply
The biggest neuroscience event of the year is just around the corner. Take advantage of your member discount: register online now and save up to 50 percent off the full price of registration. Join your colleagues from around the world to hear about great science in every research area, and keep up with the latest discoveries and technology advances with nearly 600 exhibitors. Make the most of your SfN membership and join us at Neuroscience 2014.

Plan Your Schedule Before You Arrive
With nearly 900 sessions occurring during Neuroscience 2014, you’ll want to plan which ones you want to attend before you arrive in Washington, DC. Build your personal annual meeting itinerary using the annual meeting mobile app or the Neuroscience Meeting Planner (NMP). Use the same log-in information for both to sync your schedule between the app and the NMP. After you’ve downloaded and installed the app, you can access it offline and add sessions to your schedule from the comfort of your airplane seat!

Follow the Official Annual Meeting Bloggers
SfN is pleased to announce that the annual meeting bloggers have been selected! Be sure to follow these bloggers as they share their experiences at Neuroscience 2014. You can also use the hashtag #SfN14 on Twitter to join the conversation with fellow meeting attendees. And stay connected during the meeting with the Neuroscience 2014 mobile app.

Contribute to the Neuroscience 2015 Scientific Program
Plan to contribute to the scientific program for the 2015 annual meeting. Symposia, minisymposia, and Social Issues Roundtable proposals will be accepted from the first day of the 2014 meeting through the beginning of January. Use your time at Neuroscience 2014 to collaborate with your colleagues from around the world on exciting research topics.  -More information regarding submission will be available on in mid-November. Submission period: Nov. 14, 2014 to Jan. 7, 2015

Annual Meeting

Maximize Your Meeting Experience on
Visit SfN’s Making the Most of the Annual Meeting page on for a number of tips, tutorials, and tricks that can help you maximize your experience at Neuroscience 2014. The page is home to convention center maps, shuttle routes, and more. Highlights include a tutorial on how to use the Neuroscience Meeting Planner, a recording of the “Making the Most out of the Annual Meeting” webinar, and informative videos that offer guidance on establishing mentoring relationships and asking for career advice. Check the page regularly as additional resources will become available as the meeting approaches.

Arrive Early for Specialized Preconference Workshops
Opportunities for professional development abound at Neuroscience 2014. SfN is offering two short science 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.

Get Career Advice From Colleagues
Attend Career Development Topics: A Networking Event from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, in Hall E of the Washington Convention Center. At this special networking event, experienced individuals will speak with students and early investigators according to table topics organized around research, funding, careers beyond the academy, and professional development. Topics include establishing a professional network, applying for career development awards, and choosing a postdoctoral position.

Looking to Internationalize Your Research Experience?
Learn more about the value of an international research experience at the “Internationalizing Your Research, Training, and Funding Experience” workshop, which will include advice on selecting a lab and obtaining funding. In addition to speaker presentations and a panel, representatives from public and private funding agencies will be available for discussions. Come to Room 207B of the Washington Convention Center from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, November 16, for the chance to meet with key funding representatives.

Curated Itineraries Available for Neuroscience 2014
Want access to an already complete annual meeting schedule?  Members of the Program Committee have created eight curated itineraries for Neuroscience 2014.  The itineraries include lectures, symposia, minisymposia, nanosymposia, poster sessions, and SfN-sponsored socials related to a particular topic.  Use the Advanced Search feature on the Neuroscience Meeting Planner to view the curated itineraries.  You can also browse individual sessions or add a full curated itinerary to your schedule with the touch of one button on the annual meeting mobile app.

Are Your Undergraduate Students Looking for What’s Next?
Prospective students can meet with a wide range of institutions offering a variety of disciplines at the Graduate School Fair. The fair will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, and from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, November 16, through Tuesday, November 18, in Hall E of the Washington Convention Center. See the list of 2014 exhibiting programs. For more information or questions, contact

Learn How to Navigate Difficult Conversations
The CNDP-sponsored workshop “Mentor/Mentee Interaction: How to Have a Difficult Conversation” takes place from 3-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, in Room 103B of the Washington Convention Center. Attend to get hands-on instruction from an expert and learn how to skillfully design these conversations to be positive, productive experiences. The workshop will feature interactive roleplaying that will leave you with tangible tools on how to develop strong relationships with your mentor/mentee and other scientific colleagues. Take advantage of this workshop and other professional development workshops at Neuroscience 2014. For a complete list of workshops, visit the annual meeting portion of

Visit the Dynamic Posters November 15-19
The annual meeting will feature 90 dynamic posters—10 per half-day poster session—November 15-19.  Dynamic posters are electronic, multi-media poster presentations that will be at 10 stations throughout the poster floor. View the dynamic poster abstracts in the Neuroscience Meeting Planner or annual meeting mobile app and add these posters to your meeting schedule.

Looking for a New Career Opportunity?
Post your resume on NeuroJobs today. Attendees at Neuroscience 2014 can interview with recruiting organizations for open positions while in Washington, DC, and stop by the on-site NeuroJobs Career Center at any time to print resumes and find new positions. For more information, contact

Connect With the Next Generation of Leading Young Investigators
Attend the joint Diversity, International Fellows and Travel Award Fellows Poster Session from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, in Hall E of the Washington Convention Center. The poster session features participants in the Neuroscience Scholars Program as well as award-winning young investigators selected by the International Brain Research Organization, the Japan Neuroscience Society, and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. Recipients of SfN’s annual undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellow, and chapters travel awards will also present their research.

Preview Highlighted Symposia in the Scientific Program
The Program for Neuroscience 2014 is available, along with highlighted symposia selected every two weeks. Explore the groundbreaking research and innovative findings that scientists will present at this year’s meeting. Lectures, symposia, minisymposia, and abstract presentations make Neuroscience 2014 a can’t-miss event. Check regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Membership & Chapters

Renew Early to Get the Most Value
It’s time to renew your membership for 2015. Membership begins and expires with the calendar year so renew now to ensure you get a full year’s worth of benefits. Renew before December 31 and qualify for Bonus Day, when you can register and secure housing for Neuroscience 2015 one full day before advance member registration opens. Those attending Neuroscience 2014 can renew onsite at the SfN booth, #1203, in the Exhibit Hall between 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday.

Education & Advocacy

Add Policy Events to Your Neuroscience 2014 Agenda
There are a host of events at Neuroscience 2014 exploring issues in science policy and advocacy, including the Animals in Research Panel, the Public Advocacy Forum, the Enhancing Reproducibility of Neuroscience Studies Symposium, the Empirical Approaches to Neuroscience and Society Symposium, and the Social Issues Roundtable. Get the full description of each event.

Take Action to Support Scientific Research
Now that the election is over, it’s time to remind Congress they still have work to do. Funding for research is a tool for economic growth and, more importantly, for advancing health. Write a letter to your legislators telling them to get back to work and pass a spending package that supports federally-funded biomedical research funding. If you aren’t from the United States, find information about global advocacy programs at

Interested in Neuroscience Education and Outreach?
Teachers, students, and members of the general public need your expertise! Sign up to be a part of the Find a Neuroscientist network and participate in education outreach in your community. Share your passion for neuroscience and help increase engagement and understanding. Learn more and sign up today on

Professional Development

Win an Item From the SfN Store
NeurOnLine wants to know: What does doing science in your lab really look like? Post a picture of you or your lab members doing your research or vote for your favorite photos. The three members whose pictures get the most “recommends” by the start of Neuroscience 2014 will win an item from the SfN store!

SfN Offers Travel Awards for the 9th IBRO World Congress
The IBRO World Congress only happens once every four years, and SfN is offering travel awards for the upcoming 2015 congress July 7-11 in Rio de Janeiro. North American graduate students and postdoctoral fellows should begin compiling application materials. This is a great chance to network and share science with top researchers from across the globe. Applications will be accepted at the beginning of December. Email with any questions.

Apply for Travel Awards to the Japan Neuroscience Meeting
Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for a travel award to attend the annual meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society in Kobe, Japan. Eligible graduate students and postdoctoral candidates from North America can apply to receive a $2,000 stipend to help cover the cost of attending the meeting. Application submissions will be accepted in early November, so start compiling your application materials now.

Featured Resource on Educational Resources in Neuroscience
Educational Resources in Neuroscience (ERIN) on provides hundreds of high-quality resources identified and reviewed by SfN members. The image set “The Sheep Brain Atlas” provides extensive detailed images of sheep brains cut in the coronal plane and stained for cell bodies or fibers. Log in to ERIN to write a review for an existing resource or to submit one of your own.

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 Gruber Foundation invites nominations on behalf of individuals whose achievements in cosmology, genetics, or neuroscience would make them suitable candidates for recognition through the 2015 Gruber International Prize Program. Each prize, accompanied by a $500,000 unrestricted monetary award, is designed to recognize groundbreaking work in each field and to inspire additional efforts that effect fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture. Nomination details and instruction.

The International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference has issued a call for proposals. The conference will take place Feb. 11-12, 2015, in San Jose, Calif., and is jointly led by UC San Francisco’s Science & Health Education Partnership and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Proposals are due Monday, November 10.

Nominations are open for the Israel Brain Technologies Annual Mathematical Neuroscience Prize. This award recognizes researchers in the field of theoretical mathematics in neuroscience who have advanced the understanding of neural mechanisms involved in perception, behavior, and thought, through the application of mathematical analysis and theoretical modeling. The recipient of the award(s) will win $100,000. Nominations are due November 30.