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The translation of Knowing Neurons articles into Spanish was done by UCLA students enrolled in two Spanish community-engaged learning courses: M172XP Latinos, Linguistics, and Literacy and M165XP Taking it to the Streets: Spanish in the Community. Through outreach projects like this, undergraduate students in these courses connect theory with practice by using their cultural knowledge and linguistic skills to make educational materials and resources accessible to the Spanish-speaking community. In this particular project, students with a passion for both Spanish and neuroscience translate articles from English into Spanish, interview Spanish-speaking neuroscientists (see podcast section), and conduct workshops for Latinx youth on the path to earn a STEM degree.
The translations were reviewed and edited by a linguist, Dr. Carla Suhr from the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and a neuroscientist, Dr. Rafael Romero-Calderón from the UCLA Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program. Generous support was provided by the Brain Research Institute (BRI) at UCLA.
La traducción al español de los artículos en Knowing Neurons ha sido realizada por estudiantes de UCLA inscritos en dos cursos de servicio comunitario en español: M172XP Latinos, Linguistics, and Literacy y M165XP Taking it to the Streets: Spanish in the Community. A través de proyectos de alcance como éste, los estudiantes subgraduados en estos cursos ponen en uso su conocimiento cultural y destrezas lingüísticas para hacer más accesibles materiales y recursos educativos para la comunidad hispanohablante. En este proyecto en particular, estudiantes con una pasión por el español y la neurociencia traducen artículos del inglés al español, entrevistan a neurocientíficos de habla hispana (véase la sección de podcast) y realizan talleres para los jóvenes latinos interesados en estudiar una carrera en las ciencias.
La Doctora Carla Suhr, lingüista del Departamento de español y portugués de UCLA y el Doctor Rafael Romero Calderón, neurocientífico del Programa Interdepartamental de Neurociencias de UCLA han estado a cargo de la revisión y edición de las traducciones. El Instituto de Investigaciones Sobre el Cerebro (BRI, por sus siglas en inglés) de UCLA muy generosamente apoyó este proyecto.
The UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI) is a catalyst for education, outreach, and research collaborations among current and future scientists, engineers and clinicians who seek to understand the healthy and diseased brain. The BRI is one of the first neuroscience research collectives established in the United States. Now with approximately 300 faculty members representing nearly 30 departments from 6 schools. The institute provides multiple financial, informational and operational resources to invigorate research programs and support collaborations bringing together investigators from disparate scientific fields. The BRI also co-ordinates a large portion of neuroscience educational programs on campus, and also works through its outreach programs to enrich scientific knowledge in the community by inspiring elementary and secondary school students to explore a scientific career.
The Cortex Club was established in May 2009 by a group of Oxford neuroscience DPhil students spearheaded by Abhishek Banerjee and Dennis Kaetzel and registered with the Proctors of Oxford University in December 2009, with the support of Prof. Zoltan Molnar as Senior Member. It maintains an official university club status under the sponsorship of Prof. David Bannerman and is largely organized by doctoral students and postdocs. The Cortex Club connects researchers at the University of Oxford with world-leading neuroscientists through a unique educational forum dealing with cutting-edge topics and significant challenges in neuroscience. Their events range from small intense debates with up-and-coming scientists to large discussion sessions led by internationally prominent speakers, followed by the opportunity to ask them questions over drinks.
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Grey Matters is a neuroscience outreach organization founded by students at the University of Washington on the core belief that science education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of educational background. Each quarter, they publish a free, high-quality neuroscience journal that is written, edited, illustrated, and designed entirely by undergraduate students. For the past eight years, Grey Matters has been home to over 200 student publications spanning 17 journals. Grey Matters also hosts An Evening with Neuroscience, an annual event dedicated to fostering an exciting and inclusive space for neuroscience education for the general public. Grey Matters’ mission is to enhance public understanding of neuroscience, to encourage greater participation in the scientific community, and to develop skilled science communicators via collaborative publications.
With over half a million subscribers on her YouTube channel, Vanessa Hill is one of the world's most popular science communicators and educators. In 2013, she launched BrainCraft Studios, a unique educational video series where neuroscience, psychology and human behaviour is explained through her excellent use of stop motion and paper craft animation. Using simple, accessible language Vanessa has been able to make our journey through some of the most compelling mysteries of neuroscience as animated as ever. BrainCraft is an educational video series that is part of the PBS Digital Studios network. Its mission is to bridge the gap between scientific research and your daily well-being.
Since 2012, Aeon has established itself as a unique digital magazine, publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. They ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society and the arts. Through their Partnership program, Aeon publishes pieces from university research groups, university presses and other selected cultural organizations. Aeon is committed to big ideas, serious enquiry and a humane worldview. That’s it.
BrainFacts.org is an authoritative source of information about the brain and nervous system for the public. The brain is the most complex biological structure in the known universe. It is a topic rich with exciting new discoveries, continuing profound unknowns, and critical implications for individuals, families, and societies. The site is a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, all leading global nonprofit organizations working to advance brain research. Leading neuroscientists from around the world form the BrainFacts.org editorial board.
MazeEngineers is a central hub for all things related to behavioral neuroscience. Founded by a group of Harvard trained Emergency Medicine physicians, they aim to put a spotlight on behavioral testing as a fundamentally important objective measure to help translate findings from the neuroscience bench to the bedside. The Resources hub answers questions as small as “should I change gloves between subject tests?” to important ones such as “How do I perform a Morris Water Maze test?” MazeEngineers collaborates with hundreds of institutions worldwide each year to merge classical behavioral tests with new technology and bring innovation and excitement to the world of behavioral science.
The Modern Youth Education, Leadership, and Inquiry in Neuroscience (MYELIN) Initiative is a project spearheaded by the International Youth Neuroscience Association (IYNA) and The Synapse Project to produce a comprehensive curriculum for a high school introductory course in neuroscience. The MYELIN team hopes that their curriculum will accelerate the education of the next generation of neuroscientists just as the myelin sheath facilitates impulse conduction along an axon. Their mission is to promote neuroscience education in secondary schools across the globe and encourage students to become the next leaders and inquirers of the neuroscience community. By allowing free access to the curriculum, the MYELIN team wants to encourage all students, regardless of their economic backgrounds, to love neuroscience and in the near future, develop new therapies for debilitating neurological diseases and gain new insight into how the brain works.
PLOS Neuro Community is an online gathering place for current and prospective PLOS authors working in neuroscience and related disciplines. Neuroscience represents one of the most extensive PLOS subject areas, with over 14,000 articles published to date in brain mapping, connectomics and cognitive neuroscience, including pioneering, breakthrough work in each of these areas. PLOS Neuro Community works to provide an informal online avenue for researcher collaboration and discussion of timely neuroscience research.
The field of psychology publishes interesting, important, and potentially life-altering information at a rapid rate, but most research findings rarely reach public awareness. Psychology in Action is an organization formed by UCLA Psychology doctoral students to help ameliorate this issue through scientific communication. They aim to elaborate, connect, and help explain psychological research to community members and other interested parties outside of their field.
Psychology Today is devoted exclusively to everybody's favorite subject: Ourselves. On their site, they have gathered a group of renowned psychologists, academics, psychiatrists and writers to contribute their thoughts and ideas on what makes us tick.