[FUN_Mail] Intro level Neuro communication class

Meredyth Wegener profmwegener at gmail.com
Fri Sep 13 15:53:25 EDT 2019

Hi Kristen,

1. I know Marsha Penner had her students in a large non-majors course make
Videos in groups on a topic of their choosing through the semester and
would submit some for Brain Awareness Week. If you reach out to her, she
may be able to give you the details of the assignment.
2. A Spanish colleague of mine introduced me to FameLab which is a science
communication competition in Europe. Here is an example of a good
neuro-related one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33woXKm_coU).
3. I have had my student read research papers and then put together a
podcast summing up the paper and submit it to a discussion board on Canvas.
They enjoyed doing it but we didn't spend a lot of time providing feedback
on what made a podcast good or bad. Alternatively, you could assigned your
student episodes from Hidden Brain or Invisibilia and have them review how
effective they are and what makes them effective.
4. My mentor was the subject of the first (and only?) SfN podcast (
but I think it is mostly meant for other neuroscientists. You could have
student compare the kind of language used here vs. language or approach in
Hidden Brain to reflect the different Audiences.
5. I know there are a lot of SciComm tweeters too, I could put together
some suggestions if you like.

I'm not sure if any of that was what you are looking for but I hope it

Meredyth Wegener
Senior Lecturer
Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience
Vanderbilt University

On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 1:30 PM Tracy M Hodgson <t-hodgson at northwestern.edu>

> Kristen
>   As part of our course website software (we use Canvas at NU), we had an
> add-on app called Yellowdig. It was essentially like a Facebook feed.
> Students could post content (articles, videos, etc) and everyone could
> comment on the postings. It was great for students who were not as
> confident talking in class.
> Tracy
> On Sep 11, 2019 12:32 PM, "Frenzel, Kristen E" <kfrenze at emory.edu> wrote:
> Hi FUN colleagues,
> I will be teaching a neuroscience course for freshmen and sophomores in
> the spring semester that highlights the variety of communication channels
> available to scientists these days. So I’m look for advice, words of
> warning, resources or syllabi that have neuro content plus assignments that
> involve Twitter, blogs, podcasts, etc and  are intended to reach to a
> non-science audience. Thanks in advance!
> Kristen
> Kristen Frenzel, Ph.D.
> Associate Director and Senior Lecturer
> Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology Program
> Emory University
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