Summer Neuroscience Workshop
7th Annual *since 2007
Hardware and Software Experiments to Teach Neuroscience.
- July 24-26, 2013
The Workshop will introduce several models and experiments which can be incorporated in existing neurobiology or physiology courses, or used as basis for the development of new courses. The models and experiments covered in the workshop can be implemented with little cost using either equipment commonly present in biology teaching labs, or that can be custom build locally at low cost. Workshop participants are supplied with materials to support the implementation these models and experiments.
In recent years, Computational Neuroscience has developed tools to abstract and generalize principles of neural function using mathematics. These tools have proven powerful for research in a wide neuroscience spectrum including molecular, cellular, and systems levels. However, computational methods also provide valuable tools for teaching neuroscience. Several comprehensive, yet easy to use software packages to model neurons and networks, which can be used in teaching, are available at low costs. Neural models can be used alone, or together with simple biological experiments to demonstrate basic neurobiological concepts, and give students hands-on experience, to significantly improve the student’s learning experience.
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- Faculty at 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities
- High school teachers with interest in teaching neurobiology
What will you get?
- Neurobiology modules for neuroscience or general physiology courses
- Plans for building low cost neurobiology equipment for teaching and research
- Introduction to quantitative thinking in neuroscience
- Introduction to computational modeling
- Using NEURON as a tool for teaching and research
- Contacts and comradeship with like-minded scientists and educators in the region
- Participation in a neuroscience support-network.
Submit the following by electronic or paper mail to Dr. Satish Nair:
- Statement of interest (2 pages maximum) indicate course(s) you teach or plan to teach, and how the workshop may possibly enhance it (not required), and
- Curriculum vitae
Location and accommodation:
Location and accommodation: The workshop will be conducted on the University of Missouri campus. Participants arrange for accommodations on their own in Columbia (see http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/ for hotels).
Please note that there is NO fee for the workshop. However, to defray costs for catered breakfast/lunch/snacks, each participant will be charged $45.00 (check payable to University of Missouri). Attendees are responsible for travel and lodging arrangements.
Dr. Satish S. Nair
229 Engineering Building West
Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Dr. David J. Schulz
218 LeFevre Hall
Division of Biological Sciences
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211