[FUN_Mail] 2015 SfN Teaching Workshop

Richard Olivo via FUN_Mail fun_mail at lists.funfaculty.org
Fri Oct 2 13:40:43 EDT 2015

Dear colleagues.

If you will be at SfN 2015 in Chicago, I hope you will consider attending
the professional development workshop on teaching neuroscience. The topic
this year
​ is "Teaching Neuroscience to Non-Scientists." It​
was inspired by a
​ lively​
exchange on the FUN email list a year or two ago. The workshop's schedule
is given below. Since the SfN final program does not list the times for
each speaker, you may wish to print this email to take with you. Details of
this workshop and all previous ones (with links to resources) are also
available online at tinyurl.com/sfnpdw.

With best wishes,
Richard Olivo

Richard F Olivo, PhD
Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience, Smith College
Founding Editor, Educational Resources (ERIN), Society for Neuroscience
    44 College Lane, Smith College, Northampton MA 01063
    413 585-3822  •   http://tinyurl.com/bio300http://erin.sfn.org


*Monday, October 19, 2015     **|**     9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.     **|**
    McCormick Place Convention Center S106*
Teaching Neuroscience to Non-Scientists

As neuroscientists, we often focus on teaching students like us, students
who major in science and who can be expected to have basic prerequisites
before entering our courses. But there is another population of students
that we need to reach, future citizens who are not intrinsically drawn to
science, or who are curious about their brains but fearful of their
abilities in science. This is an important population to educate, and the
approaches that work for future scientists may not be optimal for this
other group.

The workshop panel will address a variety of questions based on their
experience in teaching non-science students. How does one make neuroscience
accessible to these students? Which topics interest them most? Does some
chemistry and physics need to be taught? Which kinds of exercises lead to
deep learning for these students? What are the characteristics of effective

*The workshop is open to faculty, postdocs, and students at every level of
teaching experience. There is no fee or preregistration.*


*9:00     The Mind's Machine: writing a textbook for science-phobic

                   Marc Breedlove, Michigan State University

*9:20     "Sex and Gender," and other 'Intersection' classes*

                   Christina Williams, Duke University

*9:40     "From Botox to Behavior:" neuroscience for non-scientists*

                   Leah Roesch, Emory University

*10:00    Using a best-seller on psychiatric cases to teach neuroscience*

                   Laura Been, University of Minnesota

*10:20    Learning about visual neuroscience by studying and making art*

                   Bevil Conway, Wellesley College

*10:40    "Neuroscience of Music"*

                   Lisa Gabel, Lafayette College

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