Society for Neuroscience 2006

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This Synapse features a special Society for Neuroscience line-up with Shelley, Evil Monkey, Nick the Neurocontrarian, and myself attending. I arrived and faced a moral quandry of whether to drag my ass out of bed to see stuff. Having decided to have a look, I attended a Workshop on Teaching, a Workshop on Open Access…

If you have never been to Neuroscience, one of the things they do is have slide sessions. These sessions are sort of like short talks — a slide of data or two presented by many people. It is sort of a good summary of what people are working on. Considering that I work in a…

SfN: Aaaah!!! Too much science

My head hurts. I am sitting in a crappy slide session of limited personal relevance, trying vainly to find something fascinating in the injection of morpholino oligos into Xenopus. Two complete yo-yos are talking really loudly behind me. Let’s have a little humanities moment, so that I don’t lose it. I really love the poetry…

I attended a panel discussion chaired by David van Essen entitled (R)evolution in Scientific Publishing: How will it Affect You? It was focused on what the implications of the Open Access movement in science are, and what scientists should expect from that. For those of you who don’t know, the Open Access movement is a…

I TA’d a bunch in college and I am currently the TA for the medical school Neurology course, so I am always looking for good ways to make teaching better. However, the moderator made a good point during the workshop that SfN — in spite of the fact that majority of members do teach or…

SfN: A little plug

Last night, we also met Nick from Neurocontrarian. He is also liveblogging the proceedings, and maybe doing some audio interviews. Check out his site for his coverage.

There are a bagillion people here — a bagillion. No other word appropriately conveys how many neuroscientists are in this building. That being the case and there being so many exhibits and lectures and craziness going on absolutely simultaneously, it has become an issue about how to break down the problem of seeing everything without…

SfN: Travel Log

I got here late night after a plane flight filled with people accidentally clubbing each other with long cyclinders filled with posters. The baggage checkers probably thought we were a horde of terrorists. “Sir, what is in that long skinny package?” she asks as her hand moves to the alarm. “Science, my dear. Science.” There…

SfN: Let the Games Begin!

Hi everyone, For the next 5 days, I — like fellow Sciencebloggers Shelley and Evil Monkey — will be blogging up a storm from the Society for Neuroscience convention in Atlanta. Check in regularly for updates as to the proceedings. And remember to check in next Thursday for a very special issue of The Synapse…