[FUN_Mail] JUNE and FUN workshop

Bruce Raymond Johnson brj1 at cornell.edu
Tue Jul 25 14:25:07 EDT 2017

Dear FUN Colleagues,

If you haven’t seen the most recent JUNE issue (Spring 2017) go to: http://www.funjournal.org/current-issue/ and enjoy 4 editorials, 10 full articles, 2 case studies and 2 media reviews on a variety of topics of interest to neuroscience educators.

You can learn more about publishing in JUNE at the FUN workshop next weekend at Dominican University in Chicago.  In the main workshop, Eric Wiertelak will present sessions entitled “The National Neuroscience Education Network: Career Development as an External Consultant and the Many Ways to Engage with JUNE", and I will be at the JUNE poster as part of the “The ‘What Works’ Poster Session” Friday night after dinner. Also talk to any of the members of the JUNE Editorial and Review Boards that you run in to at the workshop.

We are wrapping up processing papers for the Fall 2017 JUNE issue, but there is a little time to still submit a paper for this issue.  If you have an editorial/opinion piece, book or other media review, amazing paper, or a case study, send them to us right away.  If your submission doesn’t make it into the Fall issue, we’ll help prepare it for the Spring 2018 issue.

JUNE papers are peer reviewed and indexed by PubMed and other indexing services.  See instructions to authors at: http://www.funjournal.org/for-authors/.  We are considered the innovators in undergraduate neuroscience teaching, and JUNE is the FUN vehicle to disseminate these innovations.

best wishes,


Bruce R. Johnson, Ph.D.
Dept of  Neurobiology and Behavior
Mudd Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 1134 Comstock Hall; Ph: 607-592-9184

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I'm going to beg you to make a PDF of these classroom activities and post it online. Perhaps we can put a link on the FUN website. It sounds like a wonderful resource and one that should be broadly distributed.

Bill Grisham

On Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 8:11 AM Judith Ogilvie <ogilviej at slu.edu<mailto:ogilviej at slu.edu>> wrote:
The National Association of Biology Teachers and Society fo Neuroscience had NSF funding to produce a book of Neuroscience Laboratory & Classroom Activities in 1996. The PI (lead editor) was Mary Louis Bellamy. They were all classroom tested with clear directions for teachers and suggested modifications for different students. I helped edit this and still have a copy so if you can't find it anywhere, I could try to get a work-study student to scan it to make a pdf.
-Judy Ogilvie

Judith Mosinger Ogilvie, Ph.D., FARVO
Associate Professor of Biology
Co-Director, Neuroscience Program

Department of Biology
Saint Louis University
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   1. FW: Supporting High School Neuroscience Research (Herzog, Erik)
   2. Re: Supporting High School Neuroscience Research
      (Acosta, Dr. Veronica G.)


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Dear FUN,

This note from an outstanding high school teacher in the Chicago area asks for suggested experiments on invertebrates that can be used for hypothesis-driven neuroscience with high school students.  Do you have suggested experiments (e.g. On flies or worms) or resources for him?  In addition, he seeks neuroscientists in the Chicago area interested in meeting his students.

Best wishes,
Erik Herzog
Co-Director, Washington University Neuroscience Graduate Program
Director, ENDURE: St. Louis Neuroscience Pipeline
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Office: Monsanto 205
Lab: Monsanto 204

From: Kyle Leonard <kleonard6 at cps.edu<mailto:kleonard6 at cps.edu><mailto:kleonard6 at cps.edu<mailto:kleonard6 at cps.edu>>>

Date: Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:53 PM
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Subject: Supporting High School Neuroscience Research

To whom this may concern,

My name is Kyle Leonard, and I am a high school biology teacher at George Washington High School in Chicago, Il. I am reaching out to create long-term connections with professionals who both conduct and support neuroscience research at the high school level.

A bit of context: I teach higher level biology to high school seniors who are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at my school. Per the program requirements, each student must conduct a thorough laboratory investigation of their choice to pass my course and receive college credit (score depending). Last year I incorporated basic neurobiology and behavior concepts into my curriculum, and naturally students wanted to complete their lab conducting a neuroscience investigation (which are limited to invertebrate and non-invasive human experiments). Unfortunately, I do not possess the proper materials for students to collect meaningful quantitative data through a neuroscience lens, which means I had to turn down their proposals.

Partnering with a neuroscience advocating professional/organization could bring these possibilities into my classroom and allow my students to explore the wonders of the brain through true inquiry. More importantly, this exposure could be the defining factor that pushes my students into pursuing a STEM career, which underprivileged students from the south side of Chicago seldom experience.

If you are interested in connecting with my students please do not hesitate to call or send an email, my contact information is below. Thank you for your time, I look forward to discussing any inquiries at your convenience.


Kyle Leonard

Biology Teacher, George Washington High School
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I have forwarded your email to Dr. Steven Zottoli who organized a Grass Workshop one year ago that brought together a group of neuroscientists from across the nation to discuss possible funding for outreach programs to the community.  I have asked him if anyone attending that workshop was from the Chicago area.  I am from Texas so a bit of a stretch but you can do some meaningful experiments that are cheaper using earthworm and hydra.  There may be some drosophila and c.elegans projects but these would require, most likely, some husbandry and more animal care.  Here is a link to some earthworm materials from my academic grandfather, who has passed away but his website is kept up for exactly this purpose:


Some of these projects are not neuro based but may provide more activities for other purposes.

I'll let you know what Dr. Zottoli suggests but the Grass Workshop funding was specifically for a researcher to apply for funding for an outreach project using the Backyard Brains materials.  If you haven't seen Backyard Brains, they are also affordable options but it would help if you had someone in the neuroscience community that could perhaps help support the costs.


Also, for having your students talk to scientists.  I'm sure you will have quite a few to choose from in Chicago but just in case there is another resource called Skype a scientist:


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Do you ever wonder what it?s like being a scientist?

and Taste of Science.org which has a group in the Chicago area that could also serve as a resource:




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taste of science is an annual festival where the best science researchers share their work with you in your favorite spaces

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Welcome to Backyard Brains. The brain is complex, but extremely fascinating. We need more people interested in studying the brain because 20% of the world will have a ...

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Discovering and Investigating Paleozoic (Devonian) Microfossils [NEW Hands-on inquiry with microfossils; includes methods for collecting, isolating & handling.

Dr. Veronica G. Martinez Acosta

Chair, Neuroscience Section, Texas Academy of Science
Treasurer-Elect, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
Associate Professor

Biology Dept., School of Math Science and Engineering
University of the Incarnate Word
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