Dr. Lori McGrew, associate professor of biology, and two of her research students, Katie Farrell and Jordan Gann, attended the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in San Diego, Calif. on Nov. 9-12. The international conference draws more than 30,000 neuroscientists who share the latest research in the field and is the world’s largest meeting focused on scientific discovery related to the brain and nervous system.
McGrew presented a poster in the “History and Teaching of Neuroscience” theme. Her poster was titled “How to Design Group Projects that Successfully Foster Collaborative Learning.” Farrell and Gann presented posters describing their undergraduate research projects during the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience chapter meeting and poster session. Gann’s poster was titled “Effects of Glyphosate Exposure on Anxiety-Like Behavior in Danio rerio” and Farrell’s poster was titled “Does Bacopa monniera Play a Significant Role in Improving Cognitive Function and Memory in Zebrafish?”
In addition to these presentations, McGrew and the students were able to meet other neuroscience researchers and learn about their current research. The group was able to attend a number of lectures concerning key events in neuroscience this year. One such lecture series focused on implementation of President Obama’s BRAIN initiative. In an address in April 2013, the president outlined why now is the ideal time to revolutionize our understanding of the mind and make real strides in curing brain disorders. The SfN lecture series included leaders from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency who discussed the plan for implementation of the BRAIN initiative. Other special lectures included “Behavioral Sciences in the Courtroom” and “Adjusting Brain Circuits for Learning and Memory.” Overall, McGrew and the students learned a great deal about current advances in neuroscience, shared some of their own discoveries, and returned to Nashville, Tenn. with a plethora of new ideas