[FUN_Mail] FUN_Mail Digest, Vol 36, Issue 8

William Grisham dr.billgrisham at gmail.com
Thu Dec 20 16:52:44 EST 2018


Diverse individuals in neuroscience

Hi all,

I would nominate Eric Jarvis http://jarvislab.net/ . Eric is African
American and has stunning accomplishments in birdsong neurobiology as well
as evolution. He had seven articles in a single issue of Science in 2014.
As a High Schooler, he studied at a performance academy and was such a good
dancer that he was being recruited by a major dance company (Alvin Ailey,
if I remember). He decided to pursue an academic career however. He is
currently a prof at Rockefeller U.

I would also nominate Simon LeVay (http://www.simonlevay.com/) --an openly
gay investigator who found a difference between gay and straight men's
brains in the hypothalamus (article attached). Before this effort, he did a
lot of work with Carla Schatz and Hubel & Wiesel on vision, perhaps
including some of the work for which the latter earned a Nobel Prize. He's
a great speaker, incidentally.

William (Bill) Grisham, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Department of Psychology, UCLA
1285 Franz Hall
PO Box 951563
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563

(310) 825-7990
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> Hi Kristen and all,
>
> I teach at an HSI, so I like to try to highlight Latinx contributions to
> neuroscience.  Two I've found that students connect to are Paul Bach-Y-Rita
> and Miguel Nicolelis.
>
> Bach-y-Rita grew up in Mexico.  He was a visionary in terms of thinking
> about neuroplasticity and helped develop sensory substitution devices.  The
> company he helped found, BrainPort, has been making great advances treating
> vertigo, stroke-induced balance problems, and other disorders through
> sensory subsitution.  There's a great short overview of his research and
> legacy here: https://vimeo.com/59755393 ... it's really an incredible
> story.
>
> And, of course, Nicolelis is famous for his work decoding the motor cortex
> and developing neuroprosthetics (including the controversial first kick of
> the 2014 World Cup in Brazil).
>
> Both have accessible primary literature articles that students can dig into
> as well as good review articles and online talks/documentaries.
>
> Here's a Nicolelis article that merge's with Bach-y-Rita's work, where they
> attach infrared light sensors to the head of a rat and pipe the info from
> it into the somatosensory cortex...the rats learn to use this information
> without loosing somatosensory inputs!
>        Thomson EE, Carra R, Nicolelis MAL. 2013. Perceiving invisible light
> through a somatosensory cortical prosthesis. Nat Commun 4: 1?7. PMID:
> 23403583. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms2497.
>
> And here's a pilot trial from Bach-y-Rita's group that examines the use of
> the BrainPort to improve balance in stroke patients:
>     https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003999311002486
>
>
>
> I'd be happy to hear from more FUN folks about stories/people they
> highlight... maybe we should even crowd-source an OSF page as a resource?
>
>
> Bob
>
>
>
>
> On Sat, Dec 15, 2018 at 8:14 AM William Ju <wmyh.ju at utoronto.ca> wrote:
>
> > Echoing Judith's sentiment - her story is a very interesting/compelling
> > one as well!
> >
> >
> > Dr. William Ju, M.Sc., Ph.D.
> > Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
> > University of Toronto
> > ------------------------------
> > *From:* FUN_Mail <fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org> on behalf of
> > Judith Ogilvie <judith.ogilvie at slu.edu>
> > *Sent:* Friday, December 14, 2018 10:50:42 PM
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> > *Subject:* Re: [FUN_Mail] Highlighting diversity in neuroscience
> >
> > If you include any development in your course, consider some of Rita
> > Levi-Montalcini?s classic papers.  She has a compelling personal story.
> > - Judy Ogivie
> >
> >
> > On Dec 14, 2018, at 7:52 PM, William Ju <wmyh.ju at utoronto.ca> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Kristen
> >
> > I  teach a 3rd year neurobiology course (several in fact) and it sounds
> > similar in scope to yours. I like to highlight the work of Carl Hart
> > (African American psychologist and chair of Culumbia University) as well
> as
> > Ben Barres (born Barbara Barres). There are also more controversial ones
> > that I highlight - and happy to discuss these too! Great to see this
> > working in to mainstream neuro and would love to see the assignments you
> > develop around these (and would love to compare)
> >
> >
> > Best wishes,
> >
> > Bill
> >
> >
> > Dr. Bill Ju, M.Sc., Ph.D.
> > Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
> > University of Toronto
> > ------------------------------
> > *From:* FUN_Mail <fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org> on behalf of
> > Frenzel, Kristen E <kfrenze at emory.edu>
> > *Sent:* Friday, December 14, 2018 5:00:24 PM
> > *To:* fun_mail at lists.funfaculty.org
> > *Subject:* [FUN_Mail] Highlighting diversity in neuroscience
> >
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I teach an Introduction to Neurobiology course which covers
> > neurophysiology, cellular basis of learning and memory and some sensory
> and
> > motor systems. I like to use research from classic or current papers to
> > highlight these concepts and I?d like to increase the diversity of
> > scientists that I highlight. To that end, I?m looking for suggestions of
> > papers that are from diverse scientists, in all the ways that is defined,
> > that are related to the course concepts. The students love to hear
> details
> > about the scientists so any background information or back story about
> the
> > science would be welcome.
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks in advance!
> >
> > Kristen
> >
> >
> >
> > Kristen Frenzel, Ph.D.
> >
> > Associate Director and Senior Lecturer
> >
> > Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology Program
> >
> > Emory University
> >
> > Office: 404-727-1317
> >
> > Cell: 678-362-9318
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> From: William Ju <wmyh.ju at utoronto.ca>
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> Bob, Kristen and everyone else!
>
>
> On a different note.....perhaps we could all work together to write up a
> JUNE report? I'd love to work with all of you to do so on creating a
> diversity/inclusivity module/course in neuroscience (or describing how
> things have gone for all of us/types of assignments)
>
>
> Hope your semester has been great and wishing all of you the very best for
> the holidays!
>
>
> Dr. William Ju, M.Sc., Ph.D.
> Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
> University of Toronto
> ________________________________
> From: FUN_Mail <fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org> on behalf of Bob
> Calin-Jageman <rcalinjageman at gmail.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 3:26:18 PM
> To: Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [FUN_Mail] Highlighting diversity in neuroscience
>
> Hi Kristen and all,
>
> I teach at an HSI, so I like to try to highlight Latinx contributions to
> neuroscience.  Two I've found that students connect to are Paul Bach-Y-Rita
> and Miguel Nicolelis.
>
> Bach-y-Rita grew up in Mexico.  He was a visionary in terms of thinking
> about neuroplasticity and helped develop sensory substitution devices.  The
> company he helped found, BrainPort, has been making great advances treating
> vertigo, stroke-induced balance problems, and other disorders through
> sensory subsitution.  There's a great short overview of his research and
> legacy here: https://vimeo.com/59755393 ... it's really an incredible
> story.
>
> And, of course, Nicolelis is famous for his work decoding the motor cortex
> and developing neuroprosthetics (including the controversial first kick of
> the 2014 World Cup in Brazil).
>
> Both have accessible primary literature articles that students can dig
> into as well as good review articles and online talks/documentaries.
>
> Here's a Nicolelis article that merge's with Bach-y-Rita's work, where
> they attach infrared light sensors to the head of a rat and pipe the info
> from it into the somatosensory cortex...the rats learn to use this
> information without loosing somatosensory inputs!
>        Thomson EE, Carra R, Nicolelis MAL. 2013. Perceiving invisible
> light through a somatosensory cortical prosthesis. Nat Commun 4: 1?7. PMID:
> 23403583. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms2497.
>
> And here's a pilot trial from Bach-y-Rita's group that examines the use of
> the BrainPort to improve balance in stroke patients:
>     https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003999311002486
>
>
>
> I'd be happy to hear from more FUN folks about stories/people they
> highlight... maybe we should even crowd-source an OSF page as a resource?
>
>
> Bob
>
>
>
>
> On Sat, Dec 15, 2018 at 8:14 AM William Ju <wmyh.ju at utoronto.ca<mailto:
> wmyh.ju at utoronto.ca>> wrote:
>
> Echoing Judith's sentiment - her story is a very interesting/compelling
> one as well!
>
>
> Dr. William Ju, M.Sc., Ph.D.
> Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
> University of Toronto
> ________________________________
> From: FUN_Mail <fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org<mailto:
> fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org>> on behalf of Judith Ogilvie <
> judith.ogilvie at slu.edu<mailto:judith.ogilvie at slu.edu>>
> Sent: Friday, December 14, 2018 10:50:42 PM
> To: Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [FUN_Mail] Highlighting diversity in neuroscience
>
> If you include any development in your course, consider some of Rita
> Levi-Montalcini?s classic papers.  She has a compelling personal story.
> - Judy Ogivie
>
>
> On Dec 14, 2018, at 7:52 PM, William Ju <wmyh.ju at utoronto.ca<mailto:
> wmyh.ju at utoronto.ca>> wrote:
>
>
> Hi Kristen
>
> I  teach a 3rd year neurobiology course (several in fact) and it sounds
> similar in scope to yours. I like to highlight the work of Carl Hart
> (African American psychologist and chair of Culumbia University) as well as
> Ben Barres (born Barbara Barres). There are also more controversial ones
> that I highlight - and happy to discuss these too! Great to see this
> working in to mainstream neuro and would love to see the assignments you
> develop around these (and would love to compare)
>
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Bill
>
>
> Dr. Bill Ju, M.Sc., Ph.D.
> Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
> University of Toronto
> ________________________________
> From: FUN_Mail <fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org<mailto:
> fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org>> on behalf of Frenzel, Kristen E <
> kfrenze at emory.edu<mailto:kfrenze at emory.edu>>
> Sent: Friday, December 14, 2018 5:00:24 PM
> To: fun_mail at lists.funfaculty.org<mailto:fun_mail at lists.funfaculty.org>
> Subject: [FUN_Mail] Highlighting diversity in neuroscience
>
>
> Hi all,
>
> I teach an Introduction to Neurobiology course which covers
> neurophysiology, cellular basis of learning and memory and some sensory and
> motor systems. I like to use research from classic or current papers to
> highlight these concepts and I?d like to increase the diversity of
> scientists that I highlight. To that end, I?m looking for suggestions of
> papers that are from diverse scientists, in all the ways that is defined,
> that are related to the course concepts. The students love to hear details
> about the scientists so any background information or back story about the
> science would be welcome.
>
>
>
> Thanks in advance!
>
> Kristen
>
>
>
> Kristen Frenzel, Ph.D.
>
> Associate Director and Senior Lecturer
>
> Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology Program
>
> Emory University
>
> Office: 404-727-1317
>
> Cell: 678-362-9318
>
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> Neuroscience Program Director
> 210 Parmer Hall
> Dominican University
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> River Forest, IL 60305
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