Engineer, research collaborators team up on computational neuroscience training

Satish Nair, a University of Missouri professor of electrical and computer engineering, and three MU faculty collaborators submitted one of only three researcher training course proposals to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) aimed at cross-training researchers in computational neuroscience. The course will provide training to pre- and post-docs, medical students, and junior faculty who are beginning or anticipating potential careers/collaborations in neuroscience.

Visiting students learn from MU educators

Many university undergraduate students don’t have the opportunity to participate in specialized research opportunities. Thanks to a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) grant coordinated by Satish Nair, a University of Missouri professor of electrical engineering, 12 students from across the country were able to participate in a nine-week summer research opportunity […]

New engineering minors expand opportunities for undergraduates

Engineering encompasses a wide array of fields and disciplines, and while the majors offered to undergraduates help to define fields of study, sometimes a little extra attention in the way of a minor can help students expand a chosen field into a research breakthrough or a career. That’s the intent of three new minors offered […]

Neuro-LEGO Robotics program thrives at Mizzou

Five years ago University of Missouri engineering faculty submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the goal of training engineering graduate students in professional skills by partnering with the Columbia Public Schools and other mid-Missouri schools. The team – who adopted the name Incorporating Science, Industrial Technology and Engineering (InSite) – worked […]

Neuroscience 101

Early in August, the University of Missouri’s Colleges of Engineering and Biological Sciences co-sponsored the third annual Neuroscience Summer Workshop. Intended for undergraduate faculty who teach in two- and four-year colleges and universities and high school science teachers, the aim of the NSF funded two-day workshop is to give participants an introduction to neuroscience models […]

Collaborative research sheds light on fear circuits and cocaine addiction

Electrochemical communications in the human brain, responsible for all mental and physical functions, occur at synaptic connections between brain cells, also known as neurons. Upward of 30 thousand of a human’s 100 billion neurons will fit on the head of a pin, and each one of those cells may potentially make as many as 200 […]

The challenges and rewards of undergraduate research

Why would an engineering undergraduate student with a full schedule of demanding classes consider adding a research component to his or her workload? A) Students who take advantage of undergraduate research obtain real-world experience in critical thinking and problem solving, making them more attractive to future employers. B) A taste of research as an undergraduate […]

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