[FUN_Mail] No teaching workshop at SfN 2021

Will J. Millard wmillard at mtholyoke.edu
Sun Aug 1 20:08:40 UTC 2021

Greetings from Vermont!

Thank you for your advocacy on our behalf now and in past years, Richard.
Be assured I'll express my disappointment to Vlera Kojcini at SfN.



Will J. Millard
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Norwich, Vermont  05055-9651

Will.J.Millard at Dartmouth.edu
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On Sun, Aug 1, 2021 at 3:59 PM Richard Olivo <rolivo at smith.edu> wrote:

> If the annual SfN workshop on teaching neuroscience is one of the events
> that you look forward to every year, I regret to tell you that SfN has
> excluded the workshop that was planned for the 2021 annual meeting. That
> workshop, on "Reviving Neuroanatomy,'' was organized by Bill Grisham for
> the 2020 SfN annual meeting and then deferred to 2021 at SfN's request. A
> few days ago, when Bill inquired about arrangements for this year's
> meeting, he and I were informed that the workshop was not included in the
> program.
> This will be the first year since 2005 that the SfN annual meeting does
> not include a professional development workshop on teaching neuroscience.
> These teaching workshops have consistently been well-attended and highly
> rated, and have featured topics that spanned a range of current concerns
> about teaching neuroscience. (The topics are listed below, along with a
> description of the planned 2021 workshop.) If you have benefitted from
> these workshops and wish to express your disappointment, one person at SfN
> to contact is Vlera Kojcini <vkojcini at sfn.org>. I view canceling the
> workshop as yet another example of SfN's indifference to the teaching that
> its members do.
> The planned 2021 workshop's title and description are:
> *Teaching Neuroscience: Reviving Neuroanatomy*
>     Students often find neuroanatomy a daunting exercise of rote
> memorization in a dead language. This workshop is designed to enliven the
> teaching of neuroanatomy. We recast the topic by extending it to the
> cellular and molecular levels as well as animating it by learning to build
> a brain. We describe how to rejuvenate pedagogical practices delivered both
> online and in person. Lastly, a physiologist-turned-neuroanatomy-instructor
> offers a fresh approach through personal experience.
> Many FUN members have contributed as workshop panelists, starting with the
> first one in 2005, and they and others often provided suggestions to help
> me plan workshops. In recent years, several workshops were organized by our
> FUN colleagues Bill Grisham and Monica Linden. The full list of topics
> follows, in reverse chronological order:
> 2019  Teaching Computation in Neuroscience
> 2018  Emotion and Learning
> 2017  Evidence-Based Approaches to Teaching Neuroscience
> 2016  Teaching Neuroscience with Big Data
> 2015  Teaching Neuroscience to Non-Scientists
> 2014  Online Learning
> 2013  Are Printed Textbooks Obsolete?
> 2012  Connecting to the Humanities and Social Sciences
> 2011  A Preview of ERIN, Educational Resources in Neuroscience
> 2010  Undergraduate Curricula and Graduate Expectations
> 2009  Teaching Neuroscience with Case Studies
> 2008  Teaching Neuroscience for Long-Term Learning
> 2007  Teaching Neuroscience: Innovative Laboratories
> 2006  Resources for Teaching Neuroscience
> 2005  Teaching Neuroscience
> Sincerely,
> Richard Olivo
> --------
> Richard F Olivo, PhD
> Professor of Biological Sciences and Neuroscience, Smith College
> Founding Editor, Educational Resources (ERIN), Society for Neuroscience
>        44 College Lane, Smith College, Northampton MA 01063
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>        rolivo at smith.edu
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