[FUN_Mail] Last call for registration: the 2014 FUN Workshop!

Eric Wiertelak wiertelak at macalester.edu
Mon Jun 23 17:07:01 EDT 2014

A Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Workshop


Undergraduate Neuroscience Education:
Challenges and Solutions in Creating and Sustaining Programs

Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York
August 1-3, 2014

Applying for the Workshop
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until:  Monday July 14,

VISIT: http://www.ithaca.edu/eventservices/fw/  to register today!

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience has sponsored six previous workshops
focused on helping faculty develop and sustain neuroscience programs at
undergraduate colleges and universities.  We are happy to announce that a
seventh workshop is planned for August 1 – 3, 2014 that will be held at
Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.

Aims and Objectives
• To examine the undergraduate neuroscience curriculum as it continues to
evolve, and help guide efforts to create, assess and sustain neuroscience
programs at schools as diverse as liberal arts colleges and research
• To aid in preparing neuroscience faculty for leadership roles in
departmental, institutional, professional organizations or other settings.
• To introduce faculty to innovative laboratory experiences that serve as
the basis for the development of both investigative/discovery-based and
integrative interdisciplinary laboratory experiences.
• To prepare faculty to develop competitive grant applications to support
their educational and research programs.
• To discuss local and national efforts to build and strengthen
neuroscience education at the undergraduate level.
• To prepare workshop participants to initiate and sustain reforms on their
home campus.
• To build on or help create regional networks for ongoing collaboration
following the Workshop.

Case studies, plenary presentations, small group sessions, a poster session
and individual consultations will address all dimensions of undergraduate
neuroscience education, including determining what needs to be taught,
dissolving institutional and departmental barriers, building an
institutional team committed to reform, developing more appropriate spaces
for teaching and learning, funding innovative efforts, Study abroad, and
community outreach. Sessions will be of interest to neuroscience faculty as
well as department chairs, deans, development officers, and others with
responsibility for strengthening undergraduate programs, particularly those
that cross disciplinary boundaries in and with science and mathematics in
general, and neuroscience specifically.

Laboratory Experience and Invited Workshop Leaders
• Eric P. Wiertelak, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Psychology and Director,
Neuroscience Studies– Macalester College; Workshop Chairperson
• Jean Hardwick, Professor of Biology-Ithaca College; Workshop
Co-Chairperson and Co-Host
• Bruce Johnson, Senior Research Associate and Lecturer in Neurobiology and
Behavior– Cornell University; Workshop Co-Chairperson and Co-Host
• Julio J. Ramirez, R. Stuart Dickson Professor of Psychology– Davidson
College; Workshop Co-Chairperson
• Veronica G. Martinez Acosta, Associate Professor of Biology-University of
the Incarnate Word
• Mary Ann Asson-Batres, Program Director, NSF/BIO/IOS Neural Systems
Cluster-National Science Foundation
• Anette Birck, Director of Science and Health Programs-Danish Institute
for Study Abroad
• Graham Cousens, Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair, Neuroscience
Program– Drew University
• Gary Dunbar, Professor and Chair of Psychology– Central Michigan
• William Grisham, Adjunct Professor of Psychology– University of
California at Los Angeles
• Stephen Hauptman, Laboratory Instructor– Bowdoin College
• Kurt Illig, Assistant Professor of Biology- University of St. Thomas
• Chris Korey, Associate Professor of Biology and Director, First Year
Experience– College of Charleston
• Stephen Korn, Director, Office of Training, Career Development and
Workplace Diversity, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and
Stroke, National Institutes of HEalth
• Barbara Lom, Professor and Chair of Biology– Davidson College
• Hewlet G. McFarlane, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology- Kenyon
• Jacqueline K. Morris, Director, Neuroscience Program- Baldwin-Wallace
• Gary Muir, Associate Professor of Psychology– St. Olaf College
• Richard Olivo, Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience– Smith
• Michael Ruscio, Associate Professor of Psychology– College of Charleston
• Josh Titlow, Department of Biology, University of Kentucky
• Tamily Weissman-Unni, Assistant Professor of Biology, Lewis and Clark
• Joseph Whittaker, Professor of Biology and Associate Director, NASA
GESTAR Program– Morgan State University
• Ian Woods, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology- Ithaca College
• Robert Wyttenbach, Department of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology–
Emory University
• Hermes Yeh, Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology and
Neurobiology- Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

The Preliminary schedule is available for download at the FUN Website (

YOU should consider attending if you are interested in learning more about:
•Assessment for neuroscience education
•Developing effective interdisciplinary laboratory sessions
•Specific techniques in neuroscience laboratory instruction
•Specific techniques in neuroscience Classroom instruction
•Neuroscience curricula and program management
•Improving the mentorship of undergraduate neuroscience students
•Improving study abroad for undergraduate neuroscience students
•Recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in the neurosciences
•Grant-writing and support mechanisms for education and research in
•Developing an Honor Society Chapter
•Writing for the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education
•Securing tenure at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution

•A limited number of partial scholarships are available to help defray the
costs of attending the FUN workshop for underrepresented minority faculty
members, faculty from institutions serving women and minority groups, and
faculty from institutions currently unable to provide research and travel
support. Please contact Eric Wiertelak (see below) for further information
about these partial scholarships.

Workshop Schedule Overview
The workshop will begin at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 1 and will conclude at
12:00 p.m., Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Please feel free to contact any of the members of the Faculty for
Undergraduate Neuroscience Workshop Planning Committee!

Jean Hardwick, Host, at Ithaca College (phone: 607-274-3213;
jhardwick at ithaca.edu)

Bruce Johnson, Co-Host, at Cornell University (phone: 607-254-4323 or
607-254-4351; brj1 at cornell.edu)

Julio Ramirez at Davidson College (phone: 704-894-2888;
juramirez at davidson.edu)

Eric Wiertelak, Committee Chair, at Macalester College (phone:
651-696-6111; wiertelak at macalester.edu)

Eric P. Wiertelak Ph.D.
Chair, FUN Committee on Education
DeWitt Wallace Professor of Psychology
Director of Neuroscience Studies
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
651-696-6111 (office)
651-696-6348 (fax)

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