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


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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:



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@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


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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@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


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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

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