[FUN_Mail] FW: [Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience newsletter] Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience newsletter

Platt, Christopher (NIH/NIDCD) [E] via FUN_Mail fun_mail at lists.funfaculty.org
Mon Sep 8 17:33:15 EDT 2014

More old school:

Lettvin JY, Maturana HR, McCulloch WS, Pitts WH (1959)  What the frog's eye tells the frog's brain.  Proc Inst Radio Engr 47 (11): 1940-1951.

Amazing in value of the data and inferences given the seeming simplicity of the experiments.  At the time seen by some as an irreverent approach (typical for Lettvin), now a classic for what's become 'neuroethology'.  Transformative.  Great for UG discussions on weighing low-tech vs high-tech experiments in context of fundamental questions, too.

It is fun (!) to see other familiar names sending stuff in!

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From Ann Stuart:

For the most amazing EVER, for me it would be a competition between the HH paper below and Hubel and Weisel, 1962, J.Physiol. 160:106-154.  

Old school? How about simply transforming of the profession.

On Sep 8, 2014, at 1:16 PM, "Gizerian, Samantha via FUN_Mail" <fun_mail at lists.funfaculty.org>

> Call me old school, but the paper that really blew my mind, and continues to amaze students is Hodgkin and Huxley J. Physiol. (1952) 117, 500-44.  (here: http://www.sfn.org/~/media/SfN/Documents/ClassicPapers/ActionPotentials/hodgkin5.ashx)  The whole series is great, but the last paper summing up the experiments is really the one that is amazing.  In context of the time and techniques available, it is a pretty stunning achievement as well.  Not to mention that finally we have the tangible connection that students are looking for between the physics they didn't want to learn and the neuroscience they signed up for.
> Sam
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> The "Inception" paper from the Tonegawa lab was the one that came to mind for me too...!
> Cheers
> Mike
> On Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 9:44 PM, Schettino, Luis F. via FUN_Mail < fun_mail at lists.funfaculty.org> wrote:
>> Wow, this is EXACTLY what came to my mind when I read the question. 
>> No doubt this article is one of the coolest studies out there. It is 
>> incredibly creative and technically challenging. Great suggestion Ian!
>> Luis F. Schettino
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>> From: "Ian via FUN_Mail Harrington" <fun_mail at lists.funfaculty.org>
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>> Sent: Sunday, September 7, 2014 9:37:16 PM
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>> What a great question, Bill! BTW, it sounds like a nice way to put 
>> together the perfect reading list for a seminar class. Can I suggest 
>> either that the replies go to the whole list or that Bill posts the results?
>> Maybe I'm guilty of some kind of recency effect with this suggestion 
>> since I just used it in class but if they have some interest in 
>> plasticity and behavior I'd have to suggest von Melchner, Pallas, & Sur (2000):
>> http://web.mit.edu/msur/www/publications/visual.pdf
>> It was preceded by a companion paper by Sharma, Angelucci, & Sur
>> (2000) that is purely physiological:
>> http://web.mit.edu/msur/www/publications/induction.pdf
>> I suppose if you're going to publish in Nature you might as well do 
>> it in bunches!
>> IH
>> On Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 8:16 PM, Calin-Jageman, Robert via FUN_Mail < 
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>>> Here's a thought-provoking question from Bill Grisham.  Respond back 
>>> to him directly 
>>> (dr.billgrisham at gmail.com<mailto:dr.billgrisham at gmail.com>
>> )
>>> or back to the whole list (FUN_Mail at lists.funfaculty.org<mailto:
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>>> In the course of working with undergraduates on a research project 
>>> this summer, we have read relevant research articles. As my students 
>>> are wrapping up their research project, they asked to read the most 
>>> amazing neuroscience article ever. What would YOU recommend?
>>> William (Bill) Grisham, Ph.D.
>>> Adjunct Professor
>>> Department of Psychology, UCLA
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>>> PO Box 951563
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>> *Ian A. Harrington, Ph.D.*
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