My next post for the epic blogging of Society for Neuroscience is up at Scientific American! You have to check out the poster I saw on serotonin receptors and food motivation. Questions? Comments? Leave them there or leave them here!
Archive for: November, 2011
Sci's first neuroblogging post is up over at Scientific American, on alpha 1a adrenergic receptors, and their effects on lifespan and cancer. Check it out, and if you'd like to have a chat, leave a comment over there or over here!
Sci is OFF to SFN TODAY!! We'll you there! And in the meantime, let the pre-blogging continue!
We're skipping Friday Weird Science this week, in order to begin Sci's graceful swan dive into the morass that is SFN. Sci's been getting lots of email from awesome scientists, and she hopes to show up at their posters! And she's also been getting tweets and emails from people wanting some advice, and she can see why.
SFN is big.
Ok, Not as big as Experimental Biology. Or that one Microbiology meeting. (Apparently it's bigger than BOTH of these! Someone told me once that ASM topped out around 40K but I guess not! Neuroscience FTW!!!) But for many neuroscientists, it's easily the biggest meeting we've ever been to, and often, it's also the first. And so, Sci's little heart aches in sympathy when she gets an email like this:
This is my first time to a meeting and to SFN.
I specifically would like to socialize with people who are working in my area of research...
I am generally a shy person and I am trying to break the ice this time. Advice on how to make connections and how to find and approach people in my area of research is what I am looking for.
Have you ever attended SFN sponsored socials? Are they useful? What should we expect at a social?
Any general advice to get the most out of the meeting.. It seems like there is a lot and very little time.
I've been there. Believe me. Her first time, Sci felt like a tiny speck in a sea of neuroscience. Or sometimes (depending on crowds) like a salmon swimming the wrong way in the current. But neuro-salmon, we aren't just here to show our flashy pink tummies and research! No, we are here to SPAWN (not literally, well, some people are, I've heard rumors). We are here to network and spawn research ideas, and if we're little post-doc salmon, we are here to spawn some possible collaborations and faculty opportunity!
(One of last year's SFN attendees. You flash that data tummy, Scientist!!)
Sci did a post last year on posters at SFN, the difference between a good poster, a better poster, and the best posters (I'm talking with regards to styling, not content, if you've got crappy content, Sci simply cannot help you). I've found that, over time, some of my opinions on posters have changed, while some have not. We're going to take advantage of those changes now.
So here we go: how to make a decent scientific poster (or at least one that isn't completely terrible). Starring SciC. I was going to put up some new examples with pics, but I may not have time this time. We'll see if I can edit them in.
I have a growing list, the more conferences that I go to, of things that one should REALLY not do when giving a conference talk. Sadly, I see these things all the time. The good thing about this is that when I see a really good presentation, my socks are knocked off and I am inspired. The bad thing about this is that I have to see all the bad stuff that leaves my eyes rolling. Every year I add to this list, and there's ALWAYS more to add. Behold, the bad, the ugly, and the presentations guaranteed to give your eager listeners a headache:
The 21 things (and counting) you should NEVER do in a powerpoint presentation.
The science of sumo wrestlers. What could be better?
Now, you might look at these guys, and the LAST thing on your mind is their hands. Mostly you think they could probably crush you just by looking at you funny. And perhaps, if their HANDS are right, they could.
Tamiya et al. “Second to fourth digit ratio and the sporting success of sumo wrestlers” Evolution and Human Behavior, 2011.
YES! Sci applied, and got picked, to be one of the "neurobloggers" for the Society for Neuroscience meeting this year in Washington, DC!! It's gonna be a GOOD time. Each day of the conference I will be posting about the latest and greatest neuroscience over at Scientific American. And in the days leading up to the conference, I'll be posting some sage advice for all you conference go-ers out there.
SO. If you are going to SfN, and presenting, and want Sci to cover your stuff, send me an email! I'd be glad ot stop by your poster, and if I've got the time, I might write up your stuff! And make sure to check HERE and over at The Scicurious Brain for all your neuroblogging needs!
I found a great paper the other day on the evolution of overconfidence. But I was having the worst time explaining it...until I thought of those guys from the Jersey Shore. And shots. So head over to Scientific American and hear what it's all about!