Oct. 18, 2013 - This Week's Consolidation of Advocacy News
After 16 days, Congress was able to reach a deal to fund government operations, and the federal government reopened on Oct. 17, 2013. However, it is still unclear what affect the delays and backlog generated by the shutdown will have on scientific research.
U.S. Government scientists are returning back to work and processing grant applications will resume, though there is no word yet whether the shutdown will delay or cancel new awards.
SfN Member Dario Ringach will be the next speaker in UW–Madison’s Forum on Animal Research Ethics (FARE) series. “There is a moral dilemma everyone has to recognize,” says Ringach, a professor of neurobiology and psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Rejecting that isn’t responsible, and is not based on any sound ethical thinking. But once we recognize that, there is a very useful discussion to have.”
- Come to SfN’s annual meeting event: "Facing Challenges on Animal Research: Finding Guidance in Your Institution." on Tuesday November 12 from 12-2 p.m. in San Deigo! Find more information »
Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) emphasized the importance of neuroscience research while in Israel, where he delivered an opening keynote at the international brain technology conference, "BrainTech Israel 2013". He offered a “resounding” commitment to a partnership between the international community and the U.S. when it comes to advancing brain science.
- On Oct. 16, 2013, Rep. Fattah referenced this meeting with scientists when he spoke on the U.S. House of Representative floor before voting to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling. See the clip on C-SPAN »
A new theory for the role of hippocampus in memory suggests how often you revisit the memory and how the memory is re-encoded determines whether recall is dependent on this brain structure. Revisiting a memory often results in an enhancement in the conceptual nature of it, thus making recalling the memory more reliant on neocortical storage.
- The full science article on this topic can be found at Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.
- More information about the “Different Facets of Memory” for science educators can be found at BrainFacts.org.
Find the text of the Senate Debt Ceiling Bill here at U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.
- Receive more in depth information about policy that affects science by signing up for the Advocacy Network.
This article delves into what it means to make a scientific impact in the current funding situation and how various funding agencies across the globe are assessing the potential payoff of a grant.
- Make advocacy efforts a part of your scientific impact. Find out how »
Join our Advocacy Network for more in depth information!