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Fall Social

The Middle TN Chapter for the Society for Neuroscience (MTNCSfN) and the Neuroscience Student Organization (NSO) would like to cordially invite everyone to attend our Fall Social which will be at 5:10pm on October 31st, immediately following the Neuroscience Seminar at Vanderbilt. This will be held in the 3rd floor lobby area of MRBIII (next to Suzie’s). If you’re coming from off campus, you should be able to park in Public Parking Spaces in the Wesley Place Garage (spaces 52-170, 21st Ave & Scarritt Place) or along the street at the Garage.  See Visitor Parking Information here for more options and details.

We will have homebrewed and commercial beer, hot cider, wine, favorite fall foods and desserts, pumpkin painting and other fun games. This year, we will also be featuring a costume contest! So, please come dressed in a fun/creative/scary/simple costume of your choice! Also, please invite any rotation students and neuroscience enthusiasts to attend the seminar, and then stick around for the social. If you haven’t updated your MTNCSfN membership, you can do so at the social or here on our website. Your membership dues to the chapter are the critical way to support future socials and outreach initiatives like the summer undergraduate research program, and it’s tax deductible. It’s only $10 for students and $20 for non-students, so please take a few minutes and update your dues. Don’t wait! We hope to see many of you there!

Annual Chapter Meeting

Our Annual Chapter Meeting was held on May 30 at 5pm in MRB III (Vanderbilt) after the Neuroscience Nanosymposium.  We discussed business, offered refreshments, and introduced Caitlin Nelms from Austin Peay State University, the student selected for the SERPENT program.  She will work in Dr. Mark Wallace’s Lab. Read more about Caitlin’s story on the APSU website.

Caitlin Nelms from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN was selected for the 2012 SERPENT program

Also at the meeting, trainees presented their research in 4 minute micro-talks for the annual Data Blitz.  Winners of the Data Blitz were chosen by votes of the chapter members present at the meeting and were awarded $50!  To vie for SfN travel awards through the chapter, applicants were required to participate in the Data Blitz.  Nominees to compete as representatives of our Chapter for National SfN Awards were announced at the end of the meeting.  Read more about the Next Generation Award in our posts.

Congratulations to the award nominees and Data Blitz winners listed below!


Travel Award Nominees:

Graduate Student:

Yaoguang Jiang

Vivien Casagrande Lab


Ryan Stevenson

Mark Wallace Lab


Next Generation Award Nominee:

Nicole Baganz

Randy Blakely Lab

Data Blitz Prize Winners

Graduate Student:

Brad Kraemer

Bruce Carter Lab


Ryan Stevenson

Mark Wallace Lab


March is Brain Awareness Month!

Each year, the chapter participates in Brain Blast (educational outreach event for children). This year the event was held at Vanderbilt 100 Oaks on March 3.  Read more from the VUMC Reporter.


Spring Membership Drive and Special Seminar

The Spring Membership Drive was held February 23rd at 4:00 p.m. in 1220 MRB III.  David Zald gave a special seminar on his recent work. Members renewed, joined, and donated funds.

Announcement:  “To kick off the MTNCSFN membership drive, Vanderbilt Associate Professor David Zald will give a brief talk, Your Brain on Dopamine on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 4pm in Vanderbilt’s MRB III Room 1220.  Open to members and prospective MTNCSFN members from undergraduates to faculty, the seminar will be followed by a chili cook-off and dessert contest.  Bring your entries and come to eat and vote to pick the winners.  Vote by contributing $1 to your favorite dishes.  These donations will go to the chapter to help fund the SERPENT program (for a local undergraduate to do neuroscience research and outreach this summer with a Vanderbilt or Meharry faculty member).   Join the chapter or renew your membership by paying dues at this event or pay online.”