[FUN_Mail] Sharing an article with FUN Friends

Roesch, Leah Anderson leah.roesch at emory.edu
Tue Dec 22 18:04:13 EST 2020

Dear Julio (and FUN community),

Thanks for your work on this important and comprehensive article! Unfortunately, we were disappointed to see the missed opportunity to highlight the Cases feature in JUNE.

You’ve created a useful and comprehensive resource for neuroscience faculty, and you present many active-learning strategies for teaching neuroscience. Since you did not mention teaching with cases, we wanted to follow up with this note about the omission. We understand that you couldn’t possibly address each FUN member’s favorite teaching method in this article, so we hoped this email could serve to highlight this unique resource available in JUNE. Our hope is that increased focus on cases as a teaching tool will allow more faculty to incorporate effective and inclusive teaching practices.

Not only is teaching with cases a powerful active-learning pedagogy that would have fit beautifully in section 6.2, but since 2016, JUNE has had a special feature dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed cases for teaching neuroscience (see our editorial with Eric Wiertelak here<https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4917350/>). Teaching with cases is a specific example of cooperative learning, allowing students to work through problems together while creating knowledge and community in the process. These narratives typically incorporate difficult problems facing society, including topics like addiction and human health-related issues, e.g. neurodegenerative disease. Many cases integrate primary literature into the narrative, increasing the opportunity for students to develop skills in scientific inquiry and data analysis, which is identified by Kershner et al. (2012)<https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3592753/> as a core competency in neuroscience education.

While there are other places to find cases for teaching, JUNE is the ONLY place dedicated to publishing open-access, peer-reviewed, neuroscience cases. Currently we have 11 cases published by our FUN community (and one in press), and for each case there is a JUNE article describing the case, its implementation, and its assessment (finding cases summary here<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I6v-aKppRtUfICzvDoLZIBdXpqycJQtg0xeVXK2t1G4/edit?usp=sharing>). Further, by request to limit student access, peer-reviewed implementation notes and student materials are free to download for adopting and adapting in classrooms.

We hope this comment is helpful as you all wrap up your fall classes and look to new syllabi for spring.

Leah Roesch and Kristen Frenzel
Co-Editors, Cases Feature, JUNE
Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology Program, Emory University

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Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 3:32 PM
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Subject: [External] [FUN_Mail] 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://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304394020306881#bib0080> 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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