From genetics to language, research within the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) program investigates the nervous system at multiple scales. Interdisciplinary research in the age of big data and ever-increasing computational power means that it is more important than ever to develop the skills to communicate with scientists across fields. The student run Methods Seminar promotes this communication within the student body. During each seminar, a NACS student gives an overview and facilitates a discussion about one specific method in a low-pressure context. While these seminars are aimed at an audience of cognitive scientists and neuroscientists, we do not assume familiarity with the method. The presentation typically focuses on the motivation, historical background, types of research questions that can be addressed, practical implementation, data analysis, interpretation, and the limitations of the given method. Some sessions take a more hands-on, workshop approach, and the presenter teaches the audience how to use a methodological tool. Trainees from all disciplines are welcome to attend and close out the week with a fun and engaging discussion with like minded individuals.
This year's seminars will have an in-person/online hybrid format and will be held on select Fridays at 4:00pm. Please check back for more updates.
Presenter: Felix Bartsch
Method: Characterizing how sensory neurons represent their inputs: from Hubel & Wiesel to Modern Machine Learning
Presenter: Heather Pribut
Method: Behavioral Assays for Rodent Models of Addiction
Presenter: Jackie Minehart
Method: Expansion Microscopy