Oct. 11, 2013 - This Week’s Consolidation of Advocacy News
U.S. Nobel Laureates Worry about Future of Basic ScienceOct. 7, 2013
Randy Schekman, Thomas Suedhof, and James Rothman will share the 2013 Nobel Prize in in Physiology or Medicine for discovering machinery that regulates cell transport, which enhanced our understanding of how neurons in the brain transmit signal. The winners recently spoke on in support of federal science funding. Notably, Suedhof explains the limitations of solely focusing on translational neuroscience.
- Find more information about sequestration and the government shutdown at SfN.org.
Billion Pound Brain Project Under WayOct. 7, 2013
This past week was the 2013 Human Brain Project Summit, which brought together top scientists from all over the world to plan the project's work for the next ten years.
- Find more information on the Human Brain Project »
- Come to SfN’s annual meeting event: Understanding New Brain Initiatives in the U.S. and Europe on Nov. 11, 2013 at 1:15 p.m. in San Diego.
Feds Clear UW-Madison of Cat Abuse Allegations after University Changes Some Research ProtocolsOct. 4, 2013
Federal investigators have cleared University of Wisconsin-Madison to continue all animal research because NIH determined that complaints were unfounded.
In Conversation with NeuroscientistsOct. 2, 2013
The article covers the research goals of various scientists, including Nicholas Spitzer at the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, Ralph Greenspan at the Center for Brain Activity Mapping, and Jacopo Annese at the Brain Observatory.
Explaining Why Infections in Newborns Link to Later Behavior ProblemsOct. 8, 2013
This work, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, provides data that suggests that inflammation caused by infection during a pregnancy reduces the availability of iron required for oligodendrocyte maturation and white matter development.
- The full article can be found in The Journal of Neuroscience.
- More information for science educators can be found at BrainFacts.org.
Ora H. Pescovitz: Your Tax Dollars Save Lives - and Cuts, Shutdown Risk ThemOct. 5, 2013
The shutdown and science funding from the local Michigan perspective.
Persuasion and Influence: Dirty Words in Science Communication?Oct. 7, 2013
This writer argues that “the underpinnings and tactics used in business and consumer choices can be relevant and useful in science communication, even if driven by completely different motivations.”
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