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Archive for January, 2014

Using social media for Science education – Shepherd lab hosting REDDIT AMA

The internet and social media has revolutionized how information is disseminated in society. Scientists have started to use social media to help talk about their work and make it more accessible to the general public. REDDIT is one of the most popular sites, especially those under 30. The Shepherd lab will be involved in a new initiative on REDDIT that aims to help the public interface with scientists. See http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/1vqimu/announcing_the_rscience_ama_series/

We will be hosting an AMA next Thursday Feb 6th 12 noon EST.

January 29, 2014 / / - / Education, In The News, Neuroscience

Arc mutations implicated in Schizophrenia

Two Nature papers that came online today implicate rare mutations in Arc in human patients with Schizophrenia. This has exciting implications for our work in understanding Arc’s role in neuronal function, as our work may now help shed light on this common psychiatric disorder!

Links to the papers, if anyone is interested but doesn’t have access let us know:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12929.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20140123

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12975.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20140123

January 22, 2014 / / - / In The News, Neuroscience

Intersection between the environment and our genes

Great story about a neuroscientist’s personal encounter with his own genetic history and how that explains much of his behaviour but also highlights how genes aren’t everything. This interplay between environment and genes is precisely the plasticity my lab is trying to uncover! http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/life-as-a-nonviolent-psychopath/282271/

January 21, 2014 / / - / In The News, Neuroscience

Good news for Coffee drinkers!

New study (http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nn.3623.html) shows that Caffeine can boost the consolidation of memory. So drinking that coffee before/during your lecture is a good idea!

January 13, 2014 / / - / In The News, Neuroscience

Advice for Ph.D students

This week’s Neuron has an extremely well written article on advice for students entering Ph.D. programs (http://www.cell.com/neuron/abstract/S0896-6273%2813%2901191-4). This follows on from Ben Barre’s article in Cell. It’s rare that I agree with everything said in an article but every point here is spot on! Indeed, I think PIs can take some of this advice to heart to…experienced or not.

January 9, 2014 / / - / In The News, Training

Elissa Pastuzyn Awarded DBTG Postdoctoral Fellowship

Congrats to Elissa for being awarded a NIH T32 Developmental Biology Training Grant postdoctoral fellowship!

January 5, 2014 / / - / Award, In The News, Neuroscience