[FUN_Mail] Sharing an article with FUN Friends

Karen D. Parfitt KDP04747 at pomona.edu
Mon Dec 21 21:31:19 EST 2020

Dear FUN Colleagues,
I too would like to extend special thanks to Julio for sharing his limitless wisdom in the article, and for taking his precious time during this most unusual year to write the review.  Like Bob, I’m grateful to Julio and the other founders of FUN for taking me under their wing when I was a junior faculty member oh-so-long ago and helping me navigate this enchanting terrain.

One bright spot for me this year was the pleasure of working with co-editor Alexia Pollack and many gifted Neuroscience educators to assemble a Special Issue of Neuroscience Letters on New developments in undergraduate neuroscience education.  We expect release of the Special Issue in early 2021.  We realize that many of the topics may be of interest to you as you plan your Spring 2021 courses, so I include below the Table of Contents.    Some of the articles are already available on the Neuroscience Letters web site, and we may be able to make others available to you by permission.  Please email me (kparfitt at pomona.edu<mailto:kparfitt at pomona.edu>) if you are trying to access an article but cannot do so online.

Special Issue Table of Contents:

Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century
Julio J. Ramirez

Inclusion in Neuroscience Through High Impact Courses
Marsha R. Penner, Viji Sathy, Kelly A Hogan

Seven Practical Strategies to Add Active Learning to a Science Lecture
Adrienne E. Williams and Dianne O’Dowd

Integrative STEM Education for Undergraduate Neuroscience: Design and Implementation
Alo C. Basu, Alexis S. Hill, André K. Isaacsc, Michelle A. Mondoux, Ryan E. B. Mruczek, and
Tomohiko Narita

A CREATE-ive Use of Primary Literature in the Science Classroom
Kristy Kenyon and Aimee Bernard

Empowering students in the scientific process by training them to map brain structure: Newly-uncovered resonances between past and present neuroanatomy education in the United States
Arshad Khan, Christina E D'Arcy, and Jeffrey T. Olimpo

Teaching Writing in the Undergraduate Neuroscience Curriculum: Its Importance and Best Practices
Sarah C Petersen, Jennifer M McMahon, Hewlet G McFarlane, Christopher M Gillen,  and Haruhiko Itagaki

Math and the Budding Neuroscientist:  It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again!
Ron Hoy, Ph.D.


With all best wishes for a peaceful, COVID-FREE new year,

Karen D. Parfitt, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience
       and Molecular Biology
Pomona College
175 W Sixth St
Claremont, CA  91711
(909) 621-8604

From: FUN_Mail <fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org> on behalf of "Calin-Jageman, Robert" <rcalinjageman at dom.edu>
Reply-To: Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Mailing List <FUN_Mail at lists.funfaculty.org>
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:36 AM
To: "Ramirez, Julio" <juramirez at davidson.edu>, "FUN (FUN_Mail at lists.funfaculty.org)" <FUN_Mail at lists.funfaculty.org>
Subject: Re: [FUN_Mail] Sharing an article with FUN Friends

This is fantastic, Julio:

  *   The deep sense of history and review of the vision of what we’re trying to accomplish with a neuroscience major
  *   The fantastically-sourced review of what’s working in neuroscience pedagogy
  *   The call to use our skills to broaden access and participation, and the clear-eyed explanation of why strong pedagogy is a necessary but not sufficient condition for confronting discrimination and structural inequalities
  *   Your thoughts on what it’s going to take to keep moving forward, with a 5-point list I can forward directly to my provost (😊)

Thanks for writing this and thanks for sharing it—this really puts into perspective your work and the work of FUN—you’ve helped build a community that has and can continue to do real good in the world.   Thanks for welcoming me into this world—you’re an inspiration!


Robert Calin-Jageman
Professor, Psychology
Neuroscience Program Director
Dominican University
Parmer 210
7900 West Division
River Forest, IL 60305
rcalinjageman at dom.edu<mailto:rcalinjageman at dom.edu>

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From: Ramirez, Julio <juramirez at davidson.edu>
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:32 PM
To: FUN (FUN_Mail at lists.funfaculty.org) <FUN_Mail at lists.funfaculty.org>
Subject: Sharing an article with FUN Friends

Dear FUN Friends,

Because a number of our FUN colleagues are highlighted in an article I just published in Neuroscience Letters, I wanted to share the article with our community. It’s open access, so please feel free to take a look at it when you have time. The title of the article is “Undergraduate Neuroscience Education:  Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century” and it appears in a special issue of Neuroscience Letters on new developments in undergraduate neuroscience education that Karen Parfitt and Alexia Pollack are editing.  So, keep your eyes open for that issue when it comes out early in 2021!

Just click on the link<https://nam10.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sciencedirect.com%2Fscience%2Farticle%2Fpii%2FS0304394020306881%23bib0080&data=04%7C01%7Ckdp04747%40pomona.edu%7Cf1d8d7b4ac6d41579fe508d8a36ab4f7%7C817f590439044ee8b3a5a65d4746ff70%7C0%7C0%7C637439026028727356%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C2000&sdata=FaJe5RGJtuMkhLSAhgCVowBlXAj3mPXeSN0M%2FrgoAq8%3D&reserved=0> or cut-and-paste the following in your browser:


I wish you all a safe, healthy, and FUN ending to 2020!


Julio J. Ramirez, Ph.D.
R. Stuart Dickson Professor
Director, Neuroscience Program
co-Director, Neuroscience Scholars Program
     Society for Neuroscience
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience Program
Box 7017; Wall Science Center
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035

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