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Practise what you preach

The recent US election brought home once again the reluctance of large swathes of educated population to accept the ‘theory’ of evolution. A mere passing mention of the ceaseless creationist vs evolutionist debate triggers a stereotypical reaction from anyone who considers oneself even remotely related to scientific circles (graduate students, for example): a sigh, an awkward little laugh and apparent willingness to change subject, or – if you are lucky – a feat of righteous wrath and an impromptu lecture on the dire necessity of ‘educating the masses’. Continue reading “Practise what you preach”

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Top 5 things to do as a neuroscience student in Munich this semester (SS 2017)

The summer semester is starting, so here are the top things to do as a neuroscience student in Munich  (in chronological order):

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Top 20 alternative career paths

What comes after your PhD ? You might be wrapping up your PhD, set for a post-doc and suddenly having doubts about your career choice. Or, you might be just starting your PhD. It’s never too late, or too early, to give some thought to your career.

You can read about GSN student Sara’s  approach here.

Below is a list of top 20 alternative career paths, compiled by Cheekyscientist (from their free ebook).  Cheekyscientist is a platform that helps PhDs transfer from academia to the industry.

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Tips on applying for a PhD

It’s that time of the year again. And no, I am not talking about New Year’s resolutions (although sticking to them will probably be on the top of your list). I am talking about Graduate School Applications. Chances are that if pursuing a Master’s or a PhD has crossed your mind you will already be in the midst of scanning through dozens of Programmes/Scholarships and trying to figure out a way to make your application stand out from the rest. It’s a very busy, stressful and time-consuming period, but also one that will determine the next few years of your life and career. Continue reading “Tips on applying for a PhD”

Interview with Patricia Churchland (part 2): about leaving academia, sexism and letting the brain go wild

I sat down for an interview with Patricia Churchland, the founder of neurophilosophy, before she gave a talk as part of the Munich Neuroscience Lecture Series on December 5th 2016. We talked about various topics including working in interdisciplinary teams, science communication, thinking of leaving research and being a woman in science. In this second part, we discussed leaving academia, sexism and letting the brain go wild. You can find Part 1 of the interview here.

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Interview with Patricia Churchland (part 1): the importance of philosophers, farming and methods to access neural circuits

I sat down for an interview with Patricia Churchland, the founder of neurophilosophy, before she gave a talk as part of the Munich Neuroscience Lecture Series on December 5th 2016. We talked about various topics including working in interdisciplinary teams, science communication, thinking of leaving research and being a woman in science. In this first part, we discussed the importance of philosophers, farming and methods to access neural circuits.

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Resources for post-PhD considerations

Yes, it will be that time next year: when I need to figure out what I’m doing with my life. Academia? If not, what options are there? Since I have spent some time looking for other options, I will share the resources I came across – maybe you also need to figure out what to do with your life next year? Continue reading “Resources for post-PhD considerations”

Movement related activity suppresses certain sensory signals

When you want to judge the texture of an object, you actively use your fingers to touch and feel the given surface. The very act of moving your fingers already provides sensory stimulation (e.g.: the skin in between your fingers stretches). How does the brain make sure this sensory stimulus does not drown the information from the salient touch ?

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How to legally re-use your own figures

When working on the figures for a recent paper I realised that I was using schemes of the animal I work with that come from a copyright-protected book. I decided that I will get rid of those schemes and instead produce my own. However, there was still a potential copyright issue: depending on where the paper would be published, the rights for the figures might well end up with the journal rather than with me. The solution that allows you and others to re-use your own figures is to publish everything on a platform such as figshare under a creative commons license before you publish it in a paper, and then cite yourself on figshare in your paper. That’s what I did! Continue reading “How to legally re-use your own figures”

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