Neuroscience Pasta Night – Success!

Neuroscience Pasta Night – Success!

The first departmental Pasta Night Discussion was a big success. We had a lot of fun cooking and discussing together the connectome. The event provided the opportunity to exchange ideas in a candid and informal manner resulting in a unique enriching experience for all the participants. Please see the following link for a summary of the discussion:

Neuroscience Pasta Night 12/10/14

In response to popular demand, we also included the wines and pasta recipes that we enjoyed during the event.

We plan to organize the next Pasta Night early next spring (March/April).

Please email Alberto with suggestions about possible topics or if you would like to lead the next discussion.

Thanks so much for your support and participation. We look forward to see you at the next Pasta Night!

~Pasta Night Discussion Committee

Mock Qualifying Exam

Mock Qualifying Exam

The NGSO is organizing a second Mock Qualifying Exam night this Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 5-8 pm for the remaining second year students who will be defending their qualifying exams this winter.

If you have already taken and passed your qualifying exam, would you be willing to donate your time to help these students with their qualifying exams?

Essentially, your job would be to channel your PI and ask some of the tough questions the students might face during their exam. You will also be asked to jot down a few notes of written feedback that will be given to the students. Ideally, each student would present for 15 minutes and face 15 minutes of questions.

FOOD will be provided, so please let us know what you would like.

We really need volunteers! Please respond to ASAP if you will be able to come and indicate any food preference. We really appreciate your help with this!

Neuroscience Pasta Night: 12/10/14

Neuroscience Pasta Night: 12/10/14

We are initiating a new departmental activity on Wednesday December 10th. The idea is to have fun preparing dinner together and discussing a current neuroscience topic. Hopefully, this less structured and fun activity will stimulate more spontaneous interactions and collaborations between all of us in the department. Everyone is welcome, students, faculty and staff.

The topic for the first pasta night is “The Connectome”. The discussion will be led by Scott Emmons who provided the following background reading (attached). Please come to share your thoughts and perspectives. Is the connectome the best thing since sliced bread or a total waste of time?

WHEN: Wednesday, December 10th

WHERE: Kennedy 901


  • 5:00pm: A group of us will start cooking and setting up. The menu includes Fettuccini “Cacio e pepe” and Papardelle “all’ Amattriciana”. White and Red will be wines selected by our own expert Costa Dobrenis.
  • 6:00pm: Dinner and discussion led by Scott.

Please come join us for cooking and a nice discussion.



From Scott:

Everybody come with a favorite neuron in mind that they would like to know the connectivity of: Imagine that Gerry Rubin has offered you a lab at Janelia Farm and the services of Davie Bock and his giant electron microscope to determine the connectivity of any neuron you want. But first, you have to explain to Gerry what neuron it would be and why you want to know its connectivity.

From Pablo:

Here is link to another paper for background reading:

From Alberto:

More background reading:

Einstein Party at SFN

Einstein Party at SFN

When: Sunday Nov. 16th, 2014 @ 7pm

Where: Iron Horse Tap Room

507 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Details: We will have food catered from Hill Country BBQ! Due to Einstein’s alcohol policy, this will be a cash bar event. Iron Horse has a happy hour from 5-8pm which includes $2 off drafts and $5 wine and well drinks.

Hope to see you there!

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Happy Hour Winter Double Whammy

Happy Hour Winter Double Whammy

Neuroscience Departmental Happy Hour

Winter Double Whammy!

Friday, December 5th

Student/Post Doc Lounge – Kennedy 908 (previously the secretaries’ office) – 5-7pm

Come have fun with everyone for two momentous (only slightly exaggerated) occasions

Official Opening of the new Student/Post Doc Lounge


SfN Poster Contest Winners Announcement

Come see the new decorations in the lounge and find out who had the best posters (or talk) at SfN!

Food will be provided – Beer will be available for small fee

Food and drink will start at 5pm and the announcement will be at 5:30pm

Everyone is welcome – PIs, Post Docs, Students, Techs, Staff!