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Congratulations to NSGP Graduate Students Alexis Tolliver and Belinda Mahama

Congratulations to NSGP graduate student Alexis Tolliver, who was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and to Belinda Mahama, who was awarded an Honorable Mention! Alexis will use a novel method of neuromodulation – bioluminescent optogenetics (BL-OG) – to understand the mechanisms of homeostatic plasticity during normal development and during hyperexcitable states, using the developing brain of Xenopus tadpoles. Belinda will be dissecting the neuronal circuitry and molecular mechanisms that drive recovery sleep after deprivation in C. elegans.

Brain Week to bring brain-themed films, forums and fun to Brown

Backed by the Brown Institute for Brain Science and organized by a neuroscience postdoc, the weeklong series of talks, film screenings, art shows and fairs aims to make brain research fun, educational and accessible.

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The Brown Brain Fair, part of Brain Week, offers kids and adults alike the chance to learn about brain research with games and fun demonstrations. Photo courtesy of the Cure Alliance for Mental Illness.

Brown Neuroscience Graduate Program Alum Founded Nervana Systems Acquired by Intel

Brown Neuroscience Graduate Program alums Arjun Bansal and Naveen Rao co-founded Nervana, which was recently acquired by Intel! Interested? See announcements through following links:

http://www.businessinsider.com/intel-buys-nervana-systems-for-at-least-350-million-2016-8?r=UK&IR=T

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3105886/hardware/intel-snaps-up-nervana-for-a-crash-course-on-deep-learning.html

NeuroPracticum 2015 Lab Course at MBL

First-year Neuroscience Graduate Program students spent 8 full days at the bench in January learning essential neuroscience techniques as part of a hands-on, in-depth course called NeuroPracticum. The course is held every January at the Marine Biological Laboratories (www.mbl.edu). This course provides unique training for students in an informal, and intense format and includes electrophysiology, molecular biology, imaging, and behavior. Before coming to MBL, students complete a semester of didactic course work. At MBL, they put their new knowledge into practice and work side-by-side at the bench with Brown University and MBL faculty. This year Neuroscience Graduate Program students were joined by three graduate students from other programs, supported in part by the Brown Institute for Brain Science (brainscience.brown.edu).

Why does this differ from “lab rotations” that Brown Neuroscience students undertake during the regular academic year? A student can only rotate in a few laboratories and learn a few techniques during rotations. And, a given laboratory can only handle a few rotation students per year. The NeuroPracticum course allows Brown University neuroscience graduate students to have an intense and practical experience at the bench with techniques that are the basis of modern neuroscience, – working side by side with professors who are expert in the techniques and systems. This intense experience integrates the practical with the theoretical; students understand both the strengths and limitations of techniques discussed in the classroom only when they use these techniques. The intense format of the course creates remarkable bonding among the faculty and graduate students.

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Hart Lab takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

It is unclear exactly when or how the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started, but it is clear that this viral social media sensation has raised a ton of money for ALS research. For the past three years, the Hart Laboratory has worked with others in the NSGP to understand ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Here, we see the Hart lab participating in the ALS Challenge as a team and they have nominated three other labs to do the same: the Paradiso lab (Brown), the Fallon lab (Brown) and the Kraemer lab (SeattleVA/Univ. of WA). Also, please join the Hart lab in making a donation to the ALS Association here: http://webtx.alsa.org/site/PageNavigator/TX_7_donate.html

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First year students complete 2014 NeuroPracticum lab course at MBL

The NeuroPracticum laboratory course provides first-year Neuroscience Graduate Program students with a hands-on and in-depth opportunity to learn essential techniques at the bench, including electrophysiology, molecular biology, imaging, and behavior. The course is held at the Marine Biological Laboratories for 8 days in January each year and provides unique training for these students in a informal, and intense format. Before coming to MBL, students complete a semester of didactic course work. At MBL, they can put their new knowledge into practice and work side-by-side at the bench with Brown University and MBL faculty.

 

Why does this differ from “lab rotations” that Brown Neuroscience students undertake during the regular academic year? A student can only rotate in a few laboratories and learn a few techniques in the first year of graduate school. And, a given laboratory can only handle a few rotation students per year. The NeuroPracticum course allows Brown University NSGP and GPP students to have an intense and practical experience at the bench with techniques that are the basis of modern neuroscience,- working side by side with professors who are expert in the techniques and systems. This intense experience integrates the practical with the theoretical; students understand both the strengths and limitations of techniques discussed in the classroom only when they use these techniques. The intense format of the course creates remarkable bonding among the faculty and students.

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