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E-Newsletter of the Society for Neuroscience | Aug. 15, 2014


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In the News
Scientists Develop Most Realistic Fake Brain Tissue EverWashington Post, Aug. 11, 2014. Read this story and others.

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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

Arrive Early at Neuroscience 2014 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 to register. Contact with any questions regarding these workshops.

Take Action for Science Funding During August
SfN’s month of local advocacy is well underway. Each August, members of U.S. Congress return to the districts they represent to connect with constituents and focus on the needs of the district. It’s a great time to meet with your legislators and remind them that biomedical research relies on robust federal investment. Email to learn how to contact your legislators to request an in-district meeting. Unsure what a meeting entails? Watch “Meeting With Your Legislator,” a short video of what to expect and how SfN can help you prepare. Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Advocacy Network to be notified of other opportunities for action this month and beyond.

Submitting Your Science to eNeuro
SfN’s new broad-based, open-access neuroscience journal, eNeuro, provides neuroscientists with an innovative platform for sharing their work and a high-quality publishing experience featuring a fair, fast, and transparent review process. With the opportunity to submit to the journal opening soon, scientists should take note of submission information, including the ability to submit a broad range of article types. Read more. If you are curious if your work will be a fit for eNeuro, contact

Annual Meeting

Interested in Becoming an SfN Blogger? Apply by September 5
The application process is now open! SfN selects official bloggers to tweet and post about Neuroscience 2014, giving attendees a platform to share their experiences during the meeting. SfN is looking for one or more volunteer bloggers per meeting theme to generate “buzz” about annual meeting happenings. Meeting bloggers will have a chance to share their thoughts and reactions about science, the meeting, the city, and more with the Neuroscience 2014 audience of 30,000-plus attendees.

Exhibit at the 2014 Graduate School Fair
The Saturday-Sunday exhibition space at the 2014 Graduate School Fair has sold out. The response has been overwhelming — but we do have a few Monday-Tuesday packages still available. Institutional Program members can reserve their 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.

Preview Highlighted Symposia Through the Annual Meeting Scientific Program
The Preliminary 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.

Want to Get the Most Out of the Annual Meeting?
Whether you are looking to better navigate the exhibit floor, network at socials, or take part in professional development workshops, the “Getting the Most Out of the Annual Meeting” webinar provides new and returning attendees with tips for a successful annual meeting experience. Veteran meeting participants offer an overview of what to expect during the meeting and how to take full advantage of your time there. Prep for Neuroscience 2014 by viewing the webinar.

Resources to Plan for Neuroscience 2014 Now Available
When planning for this year’s annual meeting, make sure to take advantage of all the resources available on NeurOnLine. You can reduce expenses by visiting the Roommate Matching Forum, ask and share what not to miss at the meeting in the Neuroscience 2014 community, or discuss what to visit outside the convention center in the Washington, DC city highlights discussions.

Check Out Cutting-Edge Technologies in the 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

Showcase Your SfN Chapter
SfN invites you to share events and important work that your chapter does at the local and regional levels. Send us photos from your chapter’s events and SfN will showcase them on chapter-related promotional material and online. Email your pictures, a short description of the event, and the photographer’s contact information to

Education & Advocacy

From Neuroscience as a STEM Subject
Neuroscience isn’t just for biology class. Learn on BrainFacts.orghow you can use the science of the brain to enliven your chemistry or physics lessons. In the first of two new videos on the site, Jim Olson, a professor at Wright State University, teaches about the homunculus through a simple classroom activity. In the second video, Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom, a professor at Duke University, uses a hands-on activity to educate about motor cortex function.

International Brain Bee Crowns Winner in Washington, DC
The 2014 International Brain Bee, held August 7-10 in Washington, DC, featured secondary school students from 17 countries competing for a $1,000 internship stipend from the Society for Neuroscience and for the title of International Brain Bee Champion. The winner of the competition was Gayathri Muthukumar of Bangalore, India. Want to get involved in the 2015 Brain Bee? Volunteer, act as a judge, or organize a local competition. Learn more at

Watch a New Global Advocacy Video
Leaders from the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), and SfN discuss why it’s important for scientists around the globe to engage in advocacy and public outreach in their home countries. Watch at

Professional Development

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.

View Featured Tools 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 “Photoactivation of an Escape Response” provides sample videos and equipment lists to reproduce in the lab. Log in to ERIN to write a review for an existing resource or to submit one of your own.

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 health care associations, so that your job post reaches the broadest audience possible. For rates and additional information, visit

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 Sci-Afric Journal of Scientific Issues, Research, and Essays has put out a call for fall submissions. It welcomes submissions of articles from authors seeking opportunities to publish original and standard research work in the fields of engineering; biological, physical, and chemical sciences; and all interdisciplinary fields of study. Manuscripts should be submitted to Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

GTCbio’s Protein Discovery Summit 2014 will be held on October 23-24 in Boston. Areas of discussion include novel techniques, new algorithms and databases for PPIs, and potential druggable sites for disrupting protein-protein interactions. Data and case studies on key topics such as antibody drug conjugates, bispecific antibodies, and overcoming the blood-brain barrier will also be discussed. Find a summit overview online. Register by August 23 to receive 20 percent off.

The 2014 ASEMV annual meeting will be held October 10-13 just south of San Francisco. The meeting will cover the full breadth of the exosome field, from basic cell biology to clinical applications, and follow the ASEMV tradition of inclusion and diversity. Meeting abstracts are due August 31. Register online.

The Pradel Research Award is presented annually to recognize midcareer neuroscientists whose work is making major contributions to our understanding of the nervous system. The recipient is presented with a $50,000 research award to an institution of their choice to support neuroscience research. Submit a nomination for the 2015 award by October 1.

The Tenth IBRO/Kemali Prize has put out a call for nominations. The 25,000-euro prize will be awarded in 2015 by the IBRO-Dargut & Milena Kemali Foundation to a scientist less than 45 years of age who has made outstanding contributions to basic or clinical neuroscience. Nominations should be submitted by email to and Self-nominations are welcome. Nominate by April 15, 2015.