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This Week's Article

DAY: Monday
TIME: 5pm

NMS 4.106


UNJC Coordinator:
Sami Friedrich

UNJC Officer:
Devon Greer

UNJC Faculty Sponsor:
Dr. Moon Draper

ATTENTION: UNJC is now hosted every other week by SYNAPSE. Please see SYNAPSE Facebook page or email for more information.

...the brain is like a muscle. When we think well, we feel good.

Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.

-Carl Sagan

Our Goal as an Undergraduate Journal Club:

This journal club provides opportunity for undergrads to practice their scientific journal article-reading and critical thinking skills. These abilities are absolutely crucial to anyone and everyone interested in research or medicine – you will inevitably encounter a plethora of articles in your scientific career so why not get a head start? While there are currently lots of open journal clubs on campus, these are largely populated by graduate students, post-docs, and faculty, so they understandably can seem inaccessible and intimidating to undergraduate students. This particular journal club is designed to be a judgment-free zone where we make it our goal to help you learn in an encouraging environment to extract information, analyze data from a critical standpoint, and realize the broader implications from a research paper.

And it goes a little something like this...

At each meeting (time/place TBD), a paper (article) of interest will be presented and discussed. The papers will range in fields which encompass and overlap with neuroscience – this means everything from neurogenetics to development to computer science to cognition to philosophy to psychology to molecular neuro to... (you get the idea.) NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE IS NECESSARY, although *it will be assumed that you have read and attempted to understand the paper prior to the meeting.* The point of these presentations is to walk through the paper and address all questions/confusion, then spark discussion through the development of a critical analysis of its strong/weak points and expansion of the paper’s broader implications.

Once we get the ball rolling, I intend to open up presentation slots to anyone interested in presenting a paper. As a presenter, it would be your duty to choose a paper, walk the group through the important highlights of the paper, explain the paper’s data and figures, and be well-versed in any necessary background knowledge and/or supplemental info. A PowerPoint presentation containing background information and/or figures from the article is helpful, but not required.