VRN 2013 cover image competition

Dear Neuroscience Graduate Students,

The 2013 issue of VRN is nearing completion for printing, but we are looking for a great image for the cover!  Anyone from the qualifying class this year who submitted a review to this issue can send in an entry for the cover. If you’re interested in submitting an entry, please email the image (eps or tiff format) to either Sudipta or Juli by July 15th, 2013. Thanks!

Sudipta Chakraborty (sudipta.chakraborty@vanderbilt.edu)
Juli Fister (juliane.krueger@vanderbilt.edu)
Co-Editors-in-Chief, VRN

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NSO Retreat News

Check out what the retreat coordinators have in store for you.

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VRN 2013 issue in progress

Meet this year’s associated editors, Hayley Boyd-Clay, Suzanne Avery, and Barbara O’Brien as well as editors Sudipta Chakraborty and Juliane Krueger Fister. Can we say girl power!!!! All editors are currently working on the candidate reviews, but plan on moving to writing the research highlights and briefs toward the end of February. The goal this year is to be done at the beginning of the summer to give extra time for printing proofs and making not-so-last minute changes.

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Vanderbilt Neuroscience Graduate Program is the Program of the Year 2012

Our wonderful graduate program has been voted the 2012 “Program of the Year” by the Society for Neuroscience. This is a tremendous honor and truly highlights the achievements of our Neuroscience community. To read more, please follow these links: Program of the Year 2012 and SfN Programs of the Year 2012.

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MTNCSfN and NSO social

WHEN: 5:10pm on October 31st, immediately following the Neuroscience Seminar

WHERE: 3rd floor lobby area of MRBIII (next to Suzie’s)

WHAT IS GOING ON: There will be homebrewed and commercial beer, hot cider, wine, favorite fall foods and desserts, pumpkin painting and other fun games. This year, there will also be a costume contest! So, please come dressed in a fun/creative/scary/simple costume of your choice!

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First Annual NSO Town Hall Meeting

The fall semester is in full swing. We just had our annual Neuroscience Retreat, which was as usual a great success. During the retreat, we also premiered the latest VRN issue. Be sure to pick one up from the VBI if you haven’t done so at the retreat. Our inaugural Neuroscience Boot Camp took place in August and we can’t wait to blog all about this. Today, the NSO is holding its very first Town Hall Meeting immediately following the Research Forum. Please be sure to attend both events!!!!!

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Hello to all incoming graduate students

This is just a warm welcome for all incoming students!!!!

Good luck with classes and your research projects! We have no doubt that you will succeed in whatever you set your mind to.

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VRN – soon to be finalized

Just a quick update on the progress of our latest VRN issue. We are currently reviewing the final draft and are hoping to send it on to the printing company for a mock-print early next week. Maureen and Andrew have done a great job assembling all the individual components and we, the VRN editors, cannot wait for y’all to see the finalized product at our annual Neuroscience Retreat. This is obviously also the time and place where we will announce this year’s VRN cover art winner.

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Annual Retreat News!

This year’s retreat coordinators are pleased to announce that this year’s annual Neuroscience Graduate Program Retreat on September 20th, 2012 will be hosted again at YMCA’s Camp Widjiwagan.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed for good weather this time around! Online abstract submission and registration will begin July 16th through August 24th.

This year’s student-invited speaker at the retreat is the esteemed Dr. David Eagleman, who directs the Laboratory for Perception and Actions at Baylor College of Medicine. David holds joint appointments in both the Neuroscience and Psychiatry departments at Baylor.  In addition to synesthesia (the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body) and time perception, David’s research interests also include the intriguing world of neurolaw, and is responsible for the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at Baylor. In his “spare” time, this Guggenheim Fellow is an avid writer and has become a New York Times bestselling author. His fictional masterpiece SUM has been translated into 27 languages, and has sparked several interesting collaborations, including one with Brian Eno at the Sydney Opera House as well as the Royal Opera House! David was also featured last year on the Colbert Report, discussing his newest bestseller Incognito and other interesting topics. Please click “The Colbert Report” link below to watch the video:

You can learn more information about the research interests and goals of the Eagleman lab here. You can also find out if you are a synesthete here! We are thrilled that David accepted our invitation to speak at this year’s retreat, and hope that y’all are as excited as we are! Get ready for some outdoor fun in the sun (hopefully!), some amusing indoor games, and intriguing discussions on our favorite subject – the brain!

Please contact Sudipta Chakraborty, Olga Dadalko or Richard O’Neil for any further questions.

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VRN – another step closer to publication

Looks like this year’s VRN issue is well on its way. The VRN editors are done with the student reviews and will now focus their attention on the research highlights and briefs, two sections where recent student research publications are summarized.

Also, VRN cover art submission is still open. Please submit your cover art as soon as possible to Maureen McHugo or Andrew Hardaway.

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