Editors sought for ERIN, a new SfN website for higher education

I am writing to ask for your help in identifying faculty who can become founding Editors to implement a valuable new resource to support higher education in neuroscience.


The Society for Neuroscience expects to receive funding from the National Science Foundation to develop ERIN, Educational Resources In Neuroscience, a website that will list, describe, review and rate resources for teaching neuroscience. It will accept nominations from SfN members of materials to be listed, and host reviews from SfN members that assess the strengths and weaknesses of these resources for teaching specific courses. ERIN will be fully searchable by topic, course, resource format, rating, student level, and other features. It is intended to help neuroscience faculty find high-quality materials, including books, software, lab exercises, and a vast range of online images, tutorials, animations, videos, etc.


A Board of Editors will be appointed to support ERIN, and I am asking you now to nominate colleagues who have a strong interest in neuroscience education and who might serve as founding Editors. Self-nominations are especially welcome. ERIN's Editors will meet at Pomona College from Monday evening, July 25 to Friday, July 29 (prior to the 2011 FUN Workshop) to establish policies and prepopulate ERIN with resources that they collectively identify. Editors also will meet yearly during the SfN annual meeting to assess and revise ERIN. On an ongoing basis, Editors will review and approve nominated resources, and will occasionally judge the appropriateness of reviews that ERIN's visitors or SfN staff have found questionable. Founding Editors will receive an honorarium of $2,000 for their work in the first year, plus travel and lodging expenses for the Pomona working meeting. In the second and third years, when we expect the level of ongoing work to decrease, the honorarium will be

 $1,000 annually.

To distribute professional expertise across neuroscience subdisciplines, we ask that nominations identify the area(s) in which a potential editor has particular strength in research or teaching. For convenience, we are using the first six categories identified as Themes and Topics for the SfN annual meeting:

     A: Development

     B: Neural Excitability, Synapses, and Glia: Cellular Mechanisms

     C: Disorders of the Nervous System

     D: Sensory and Motor Systems

     E: Homeostatic and Neuroendocrine Systems

     F: Cognition and Behavior


Please reply to me ( rolivo@smith.edu ) with names of nominees (ESPECIALLY YOUR OWN NAME!), the area(s) of expertise, and if possible, a few sentences about suitability or interest. We would like also to hear from people who are not available to be founding Editors, but who might serve on the Board of Editors in the future. You are also encouraged to forward this message to colleagues who might potentially be interested.


Since time is short, we would appreciate a reply by May 9, 2011, when the process of selecting editors will begin. Replying right now, while you are thinking about it, would be an excellent decision!


Thank you, in advance, for helping us establish what I am sure will become a highly valued resource for neuroscience faculty.

Richard Olivo
Project Director, ERIN