We are excited to announce that we received the Society for Neuroscience 2016 Next Generation Award. This award recognizes SfN chapter members who have made outstanding contributions to public communication, outreach, and education about neuroscience. To celebrate the award reflecting our dedication to neuroscience education, we, the team members of Knowing Neurons, reminisce over some of their favorite moments in the past year.
I, once, had a neuroscience moment in my kitchen. As I carefully assembled the layers of a delicious English trifle, I was consumed by its similarity with the layers of the cortex. (I know! I’m such a nerd.) What’s more, the layers of both happened to develop in the same way: inside out. That, dear readers, is the story behind this brain fact, marking a true confession of a neuroscientist smitten by lab gloves and oven mittens alike. – Anita Ramanathan
As a graduate student, we are all familiar with the jaded feeling of pouring over data, reading stacks of papers, and exhausting ourselves to answer a question or explore a problem of interest. My favorite part of science is stepping away from the experts and conveying scientific information to a different audience — explaining our work to those outside of our field brings back the spark and joy that originally made me fall in love with neuroscience. Here at Knowing Neurons, we strive to not only bring back the spark in ourselves, but get others excited about the fascinating field that is neuroscience. We are so grateful for the Next Generation Award from the Society for Neuroscience and cannot wait to continue creating fun, interesting, dynamic neuroscience content! – Jenn Tribble
As a creative enthusiast, it’s been a great journey with Knowing Neurons in creating unique visual content to engage our audience in fun and attractive ways. I made Infographics, 52 Brain Facts and easy-to-understand scientific illustrations to make neuroscience more approachable to the public. Knowing Neurons has provided me with a platform to pursue my passion in artistic creation alongside being a neuroscientist. I want to thank our determined team members, who are tireless in sharing neuroscience knowledge with the public and finding inspiring ways to spread fascinating facts about the inner working of the mind and brain. Also, I am truly grateful for the Next Generation Award from the Society for Neuroscience, and we will continue our outreach efforts with innovative and meaningful scientific information. – Jooyeun Lee
At Knowing Neurons we are always searching for new ways to get others interested in the brain. Typically, even in neuroscience courses you only learn about a limited number of organisms: flies, chimpanzees, zebrafish, humans. So, I had the idea of creating shareable graphics with brain facts about unique animals. For example, how the hammerhead shark senses electrical changes in the water through an organ called the ampullae of Lorenzini. It has been great fun brainstorming and searching for the weirdest and most unheard-of animal brains for the “Weird Animal Brain” series. – Kayleen Schreiber
My favorite moment this year was seeing content I had written for Knowing Neurons republished in high profile places like Aeon, Psychology Today, and The Atlantic. Knowing Neurons is reaching a huge audience and influencing the way people think about the brain. I honestly believe this is just the beginning. We are going to keep expanding and allowing curious-minded individuals everywhere to explore the world of neuroscience in unique ways. This has been a huge year for us, and I want to thank our readers and everyone who has been a part of this experience. – Joel Frohlich
I have experienced so much joy working with so many talented young neuroscientists because of the creativity our platform encourages. In the last year, our passion for this project has allowed us to explore new types of educational content, including a weekly Brain Fact infographic and YouTube videos. I am extremely grateful that all our hard work has culminated in the Next Generation Award, and I am excited to see how we will grow to become an even more powerful outlet of creative neuroscience communication! – Kate Fehlhaber
We are honored to receive the 2016 Next Generation Award on Tuesday, November 15th at 5PM, just before the Presidential Special Lecture in Ballroom 20 at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. We, the team at Knowing Neurons, want to give a huge THANK YOU to the selection committee and to you, our beloved readers.
Meet us at SfN: We will be presenting a dynamic poster all day Sunday, November 13th at DP10 in Hall B. Please stop by and say hello! We will have swag! We’d love to meet you and talk about science communication, education, and outreach efforts about all things brain! #scicomm #sciart
Create with us: We are always looking for new contributors, who are passionate about neuroscience education! We welcome all kinds of brain-related topics in many modes of communication: articles, videos, infographics, etc. This is your opportunity to be a creative science communicator! Learn how you can contribute here!
Get into the SfN mood: We’re having a neuroscience tailgate party here at Knowing Neurons. To get your SfN groove on, we will be posting special interviews with some amazing neuroscience professionals giving special lectures at SfN this year. #fanmoment
We are looking forward to meeting you at Neuroscience 2016! #SfN16