2006 Teaching Neuroscience Workshop at SFN - Resources for Teaching Neuroscience

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP ON TEACHING NEUROSCIENCE

Resources for Teaching Neuroscience

SCHEDULE   |   PANELISTS  |  RESOURCES LINKS TO PREVIOUS TEACHING WORKSHOPS

DESCRIPTION

 

Whether you anticipate offering your first course or are revising an existing course, this workshop will demonstrate Web resources and software to use with your students. It will also include breakout groups for people teaching similar courses, and a video on effective speaking.

Open to all without preregistration or fee.

 

SCHEDULE

2:00

WEB RESOURCES     

Open Courseware (Richard Olivo, Harvard University and Smith College)

Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (Barbara Lom, Davidson College)

2:45

SOFTWARE

Crawdad, Fruitfly (Bruce Johnson and Ronald Hoy, Cornell University)

Neurons in Action (Ann Stuart, University of North Carolina)

SNNAP (Evyatar Av-Ron and Douglas Baxter, University of Texas Medical School)

Sylvius (Leonard White, Duke University)

3:45

BREAKOUT GROUPS

Introductory and Non-Majors Courses, Molecular/Developmental, Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Biopsychology, Cognitive, Medical/Graduate Core Courses

4:15

VIDEO: "THE ACT OF TEACHING"

(Nancy Houfek, Head of Voice and Speech, American Repertory Theater, Harvard University)

VIEW VIDEO  (QuickTime)

 

PANELISTS

 

Evyatar Av-Ron

Research Scientist, SNNAP Project, University of Texas Medical School, Houston TX. Dr. Av-Ron designed and wrote the tutorial manual for SNNAP (Simulator for Neural Networks and Action Potentials). This hands-on manual takes the user through several computational neuroscience examples, showing how non programmers can develop neural models and run simulations with SNNAP. He is a coauthor of an article describing SNNAP in the Journal of Neuroscience Education (June 2006).

Douglas Baxter

Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Texas Medical School, Houston TX. Project Director, SNNAP (Simulator for Neural Networks and Action Potentials) a tool for rapid development and simulation of realistic models of single neurons and neural networks. Dr. Baxter was one of the original creators of the SNNAP software, and continues to oversee its development and distribution.

Ronald Hoy

David and Dorothy Merksamer Professor in Biology at Cornell University, Ithaca NY. Developer (with Bruce Johnson, Bob Wyttenbach, and Pat Rivlin) of "Crawdad" and "FruitFly" software (Sinauer Publishers). Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, one of a select group of "leading research scientists who also are deeply committed to making science more engaging for undergraduates. Their innovative approaches to teaching are infusing undergraduate science with the excitement and rigor of scientific research."

Bruce Johnson

Senior Research Associate, Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, Cornell University. Developer (with Ron Hoy and Bob Wyttenbach) of "Crawdad" software (Sinauer Publishers). He has taught summer workshops and lab courses sponsored by Project Kaleidoscope/Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, the Grass Foundation, HHMI, NSF and the Marine Biological Lab. He received Cornell's Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching, and was named "Educator of the Year" in 2002 by Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.

Barbara Lom

Associate Professor of Biology and member of the Neuroscience Program, Davidson College, Davidson NC. Editor, The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE). Director of R.E.T.I.N.A. (Research Experience for Teachers In Neurobiology At Davidson College), a unique summer research experience for a high school biology teacher to engage in original biological research, funded by N.S.F.

Richard Olivo (chair)

Associate Director, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, and Professor of Biological Sciences and member of the Program in Neuroscience, Smith College, Northampton MA. Developer of "MacRetina," a simulated experiment to record from retinal ganglion cells, and author of a deep Web site with instructions and videos for an undergraduate neurophysiology laboratory course. Named "Educator of the Year" in 2005 by Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.

Ann Stuart

Professor of Cell and Molecular Physiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC. Developer (with John Moore) of "Neurons in Action," a set of tutorials in neurophysiology using NEURON to simulate laboratory experiments (Sinauer Publishers). Member of team earning "Best First Year Medical Course" Teaching Award (Medical Neurobiology, 1989 through 1996, 1998).

Leonard White

Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine and Department of Neurobiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC. Co-developer (with Mark Williams) of "Sylvius" software (Sinauer Publishers), a suite of digital atlas products for learning human neuroanatomy.

 

RESOURCES

 

 Resources

SfN Workshop on "Resources for Teaching Neuroscience" • October 15, 2006

WORKSHOP'S WEBSITE: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~bok_cen/sfn/

2:00 - WEB RESOURCES

OPEN COURSEWARE (Richard Olivo)

1. INSTITUTIONAL COLLECTIONS

Open Courseware Consortium <http://ocwconsortium.org/index.html>

MIT / Brain & Cognitive Sciences <http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Brain-and-Cognitive-Sciences/index.htm>

Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology 2003 [Readings]
<http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Brain-and-Cognitive-Sciences/9-013JCellular-and-Molecular-Neurobiology--The-Brain-and-Cognitive-Sciences-IIISpring2003/CourseHome/index.htm>

Cellular Neurobiology 2005 [Lecture Notes]
<http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Brain-and-Cognitive-Sciences/9-09JSpring-2005/CourseHome/index.htm>

Sensation and Perception [Tools]
<http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Brain-and-Cognitive-Sciences/9-35Spring-2004/CourseHome/index.htm>

Perceptual Science Group <http://web.mit.edu/persci/>
• Lightness illusions <http://web.mit.edu/persci/demos/Lightness/gaz-teaching/index.html>
• Motion, Form, and Mid-Level Vision: A Tutorial <http://web.mit.edu/persci/demos/Motion&Form/mini.html>

BEN (Biosciednet) <http://www.biosciednet.org>

An Online Lab Manual for Neurophysiology <http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/NeuroSci/courses/bio330/labs.html>

Neurophysiology course <http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/NeuroSci/courses/bio330>

Neuroscience Database Gateway (Society for Neuroscience) <http://ndg.sfn.org/>

Databases of experimental data
<http://ndg.sfn.org/eavObList.aspx?cl=81&at=278&vid=28872&menu_item=dblist1>
Knowledge bases
<http://ndg.sfn.org/eavObList.aspx?cl=81&at=278&vid=28763&menu_item=dblist2>
Software tools for neuroscience
<http://ndg.sfn.org/eavObList.aspx?cl=81&at=278&vid=28769&menu_item=dblist3>

MERLOT <http://www.merlot.org>

Link to Whole Brain Atlas <http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=87873>
Whole Brain Atlas <http://www.med.harvard.edu/AANLIB/home.html>
Biology Community <http://portals.merlot.org/biology/>

National Science Digital Library <http://nsdl.org/>

 

2. INDIVIDUAL COLLECTIONS

MERLOT Personal collections

Neurosciences by Hamel-Paquet <http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewPortfolio.htm?id=98021>

del.icio.us ("social bookmarking") <http://del.icio.us/>

Online Neuroscience Lectures <http://www.utdallas.edu/~kilgard/lectures.htm>
Mind and Brain (Wikipedia) <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Mind_and_Brain>
Computational Neuroscience on the Web <http://home.earthlink.net/~perlewitz/>

Neuroguide Best Bets <http://www.neuroguide.com/bestbets.html>

Mark Dubin's list at University of Colorado <http://spot.colorado.edu/~dubin/bookmarks/index.html

My class's list of tutorial sites (some links are outdated)
<http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/NeuroSci/courses/bio330/pedsites.html

Colleagues' lists

The Neuron Connection <http://www.wellesley.edu/Biology/Concepts/Html/theneuronconnection.html>
• snail dissection <http://www.wellesley.edu/Biology/Concepts/Html/snail.html>
• modeling Parkinson's diseaase <http://www.davidson.edu/neuroscience/neuronconnection/sim.aspx>

William Heitler's tutorial [The Origin of the Resting Membrane Potential] <http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~wjh/neurotut/mempot.html>
• other interesting sites <http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~wjh/>

Sheep Brain Dissection <http://academic.scranton.edu/department/psych/sheep/>
Navigable Atlas of the Sheep Brain <http://www.msu.edu/user/brains/sheepatlas/>

Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections <http://www.brainmuseum.org/index.html>

 

JOURNAL OF UNDERGRADUATE NEUROSCIENCE EDUCATION (Barbara Lom) <http://www.funjournal.org>

 

2:45 - SOFTWARE

Crawdad, Fruitfly (Bruce Johnson and Ronald Hoy) <http://www.crawdad.cornell.edu/home.html>

Neurons in Action (Ann Stuart) <http://neuronsinaction.com/>

SNNAP (Evyatar Av-Ron and Douglas Baxter) <http://snnap.uth.tmc.edu/>

Sylvius (Leonard White) <http://www.sylvius.com/>

 

3:45 - BREAKOUT GROUPS

 

4:15 - VIDEO: "THE ACT OF TEACHING"     VIEW PREVIEW     VIEW COMPLETE VIDEO  (QuickTime)