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E-Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience | Dec. 19, 2014


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Brain-Like Circuits Can Mimic Pavlov's DogsInside Science, Dec. 15, 2014.

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SfN Thanks Our Sustaining Associate Members
We would like to thank our Sustaining Associate Members for their continued support throughout the year. As a valued partner and supporter of neuroscience, you have allowed SfN to support researchers and trainees around the world through professional development content, unique networking opportunities, and educational resources, as well as ensuring the future of the field through outreach programs and advocacy activities.


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Education & Advocacy

FY 2015 Omnibus Spending Bill Signed into Law
On December 16, President Obama signed into law a $1.013 trillion bill that sets spending levels for most of the U.S. government through September 30. Funding for NIH was increased by $149.7 million to $30 billion. NSF fared slightly better, with a 2.4 percent increase to $7.344 billion. Learn more at

Early Career Policy Fellows Program Accepting Applications
Want to get more involved in science policy and advocacy? Applications are now being accepted from interested neuroscience students, postdoctoral trainees, and early-career faculty (within 10 years of MD or PhD) for the 2015 SfN Early Career Policy Fellows Program. Fellows will learn how to become effective advocates for science and how to encourage others to do the same. The yearlong program includes travel and lodging to attend Hill Day 2015. Curious to learn more about the program? Hear from current fellows about their experiences during SfN’s upcoming webinar, “Becoming an Early Career Advocate” on January 9. Apply now at Spotlight - Danielle Bassett: Making Connections
Danielle Bassett, a physicist and a recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship, never planned on being a neuroscientist. That all changed during her undergraduate career when a close friend attempted suicide. The experience helped her see the connections between physics and neuroscience, and spurred her to apply her research to the study of the brain. Read the rest of Bassett’s story on, and explore more profiles of neuroscientists on the site’s Meet the Researcher series.

Brain Awareness Posters Available on NeurOnLine
Did you miss seeing the posters at the Brain Awareness Campaign Event held during Neuroscience 2014? You can check out some of the posters on NeurOnLine for ideas about how to develop a great outreach campaign and put together BAW events. And be sure not to miss your colleagues' blogs about the conference.

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

Explore Alternate Career Paths in the NeuroJobs Career Center
Hear how Greg Miller, PhD and writer for Wired, found his way to a career in science journalism. Visit the NeuroJobs Career Center for resources including short videos on a variety of career options within neuroscience. The information includes qualifications for career advancement, personal characteristics vital for success, required education and training, employment outlook, and salary information.

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 laboratory exercise and simulation “Construction of a Mechanotronic Human Pain Reflex Model” models neurophysiological phenomena using physical computing. Log in to ERIN to write a review for an existing resource or to submit one of your own.

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. This is a great chance to network and share science with top researchers from across the globe. Applications are now being accepted for North American graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 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. Applications are now being accepted. Email with any questions.

Annual Meeting

See You in Chicago
Neuroscience 2015 will take place October 17-21 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Abstract submission opens April 16 and closes at 5 p.m. ET on May 7. Join or renew your SfN membership now for the best savings and the opportunity to register and secure housing early. Sign up for annual meeting e-alerts to get the latest news and updates about the meeting. See you in Chicago!

Submit Your Symposia, Minisymposia, or Social Issues Roundtable Proposals by January 7 for Neuroscience 2015
Take the opportunity to submit a proposal for a symposium, minisymposium, or Social Issues Roundtable for Neuroscience 2015. Junior investigators in particular are encouraged to propose a minisymposium to present exciting research to a broad audience and gain public speaking experience. Submit at or Submission deadline: Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Revisit the Exhibit Hall From Neuroscience 2014 Anytime
You can check out annual meeting products online anytime with the My Neuroscience Marketplace virtual directory. Browse by alphabetical listing or category, and search by product, company description, keyword, exhibitor name, and booth number.

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.

Registration is open for the 2015 Dallas Aging & Cognition Conference: “Imaging the Aging Brain: Studies of Neuroplasticity and the Challenge of Longitudinal Designs.” The conference, presented by the Center for Vital Longevity at The University of Texas at Dallas, runs January 25-26 at The W Hotel in Dallas. This conference brings together research scientists focused on the cognitive neuroscience of aging to share their latest discoveries and insights through invited platform talks and poster presentations. For complete conference details, including registration and a list of confirmed speakers, please visit the conference website.

University of Chicago’s Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics is offering an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program this summer.  In addition, the Genes & Addiction NIDA Center for GWAS in Outbred Rats is offering an REHU (Research Experiences for High School & Undergraduate Students) program. Stipends are $4,000 (undergrad) and $2,000 (high school). Applications are available online and are due by February 9, 2015. Email Barry Aprison with any questions.

An NIH exhibit honoring Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, is open in the new Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Building 35, on the NIH Bethesda campus. The exhibit displays the scientist’s original neural cell illustrations from the turn of the 20th century. The illustrations are on loan from Cajal Institute in Madrid and have never before been exhibited in North America.

The 5th annual Art of Neuroscience competition is now accepting submissions from neuroscientists worldwide. The competition aims to harvest and curate inspiring images and videos from neuroscience labs. The deadline for this year's competition is February 25. Winners will be announced at the annual Art of Neuroscience symposium in Amsterdam on March 24. For more information please visit the website.

Mark your calendars. The 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience will be held July 2-6, 2016, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The online submission for symposium and technical workshop proposals will open on February 2, 2015, and close March 2, 2015. Stay current with further dates, deadlines, and details.