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1st Flocking Fundraiser

The first fundraiser of 2013 kicks off in January and runs until May 1st.  How would you like to get your favorite professor, student, or colleague FLOCKED – NEUROSCIENCE STYLE?  For details on flocking and how to participate visit www.mtncsfn.org/events/flocked.


2013 Annual Meeting

Members of the Middle TN Neuroscience Community,


Our local chapter for the Society for Neuroscience (MTNCSfN) is holding its annual meeting Wednesday May 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm in 1220 MRB III. There is no forum on that day, and we will use the forum time for our meeting. We will hold a brief reception with snacks and home-brewed beer after the meeting.


If you aren’t a current member of MTNCSfN, please renew your membership using this link: http://www.mtncsfn.org/. Also, we are actively fundraising for the chapter’s SERPENT undergraduate research program (http://www.mtncsfn.org/summer-program/). You can help support this important program with donations that can be made at the meeting or online at http://www.mtncsfn.org/summer-program/donate/ or by “flocking” a favorite colleague; see http://www.mtncsfn.org/events/flocked.


At this meeting, we will hold the Trainee Data Blitz competition for graduate student and postdoctoral members of the MTNCSfN. Trainees will have the opportunity to present a 3-5 minute presentation of their work (zero to 4-slides max), to compete for $50 cash prizes and winners’ certificates. This Data Blitz is designed to give the whole membership an opportunity to appreciate the breadth of neuroscience research conducted in the middle TN area. Participation in the Data Blitz is also required for travel award candidates (described below).


To participate in the MTNCSfN Data Blitz you need to email your name, your mentor’s name, institution, and title of your talk to Dr. Maureen Hahn, Vanderbilt University (maureen.hahn@vanderbilt.edu) by May 13th, 2013. All MTNCSfN trainees are invited to participate in the Data Blitz and compete for the cash prizes.


SfN Travel Awards for MTNCSfN trainees:

The MTNCSfN will be nominating one graduate student and one postdoctoral fellow for $500 travel awards to attend the SfN annual meeting. The following criteria are REQUIRED to be eligible for nomination. (1) Both the trainee and trainees mentor must be members of the SfN and MTNCSfN. (2) Nominee must be 1st author on an abstract for the SfN meeting. (3) Student nominees must have advanced to candidacy for a PhD, postdoctoral nominees must have a PhD. (4) Nominee may not be nominated for an award two years in a row. (5) The nominee may not be the recipient of another SfN travel award in the same year. (6) Only one applicant from a given laboratory may be considered by a chapter in any given calendar year.


To be considered for the MTNCSfN travel award you must send the following information to Dr. Maureen Hahn, Vanderbilt University (maureen.hahn@vanderbilt.edu) by May 13th, 2013, 5:00 pm. (1) A copy of your SfN abstract (SfN 2013 abstract submission is April 18th thru May 9th). (2) A one-page CV including education, with date of advancement to PhD candidacy for student awards, honors/awards, publications. (3) One-page letter of recommendation from your mentor. (4) SfN membership number for yourself and your mentor. Remember, to be considered for a travel award, you need to register as a Data Blitz speaker for the annual MTNCSfN meeting (deadline also May 13th, see above).


The MTNCSfN executive committee will review applicants, and the selected nominees will be named at the Chapter meeting following the Data Blitz.

We appreciate your support of MTNCSfN!

See more details about the Annual Meeting and Spring Social below!


MTNCSfN & Vanderbilt Neuroscience Student Organization invite you to the

2013 Annual Meeting & Spring Social

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

1220 MRB 3 Vanderbilt University


Featuring: Faculty talks + Student DATA BLITZ + Reception with snacks and home-brewed beer

Special lectures by chapter-associated faculty:


Dr. Hugh Fentress

Fisk University

“Identifying changes in serotonin receptor function due to naturally occurring single
nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)”


Dr. Brad Grueter

Vanderbilt University

“∆FosB differentially modulates nucleus accumbens direct and indirect pathway


Dr. Eunsook Lee

Meharry Medical College

“Mechanism of Manganese-induced Impairment of Glutamate Transporters: Role of
Transcription Factor Yin Yang-1 (YY1)”


Annual Chapter Meeting Update

At our Annual Chapter Meeting we introduced Matthew Defenderfer from Tennessee Tech University, the student selected for the SERPENT program to do summer research with Dr. Mark Wallace.  In addition to talks by faculty from local institutions, trainees presented their research in 5 min micro-talks for the third annual Data Blitz.  Winners of the Data Blitz were chosen by votes of the chapter members and were awarded $50!  Nominees to compete as representatives of our Chapter for National SfN Awards were also announced.

Travel Award Nominees:

Graduate Student

Kevin Kumar

Aaron Bowman Lab


Postdoctoral Fellow

Devon Graham

Gregg Stanwood Lab


Next Generation Award Nominee:

Nicole Baganz

Randy Blakely Lab