NeuroBlitz has been a tradition in the department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB) since 2006. Typically, this seminar series meets 2x per month during the academic school year, featuring 3 graduate student speakers. Unlike other programs on campus, NeuroBlitz remains organized and coordinated by the graduate students, allowing for the control of their own professional development. Ultimately, NeuroBlitz serves as an opportunity to develop one’s communication skills with the support of all members within the NBB department.
It’s difficult to think of a skill, other than communication, that encompasses so many domains. Interviews, conferences, and manuscripts all require an individual to convey information in a concise manner while presenting themselves appropriately. In fact, an amazing idea (or scientific breakthrough) relies on communication to truly have an impact.
Location: Herklotz Conference Room, Qureshey Research Lab
Time: 12:00pm on scheduled Wednesdays (see schedule dates below)
Attendance: All undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, staff, and faculty members are invited to attend
Speaker: (info for speakers further down below schedule)
Time Limit: 15 minutes
Questions: 5 minutes (following presentation)
Prizes: Parking Pass for the upcoming quarter
Level: Above lay-person, but below Lab meeting
Panel: 3-person rotating panel
Members: Post-Doctoral and Faculty Members
Invitation: Invited to oversee 2x meetings throughout the academic year
Goals: Provide experienced feedback
Areas: Each member is responsible for 1 of 3 areas (Presentation, Science, & Communication) to evaluate.
Neurobiology 221 Scientific Communication:
While NeuroBlitz is a great opportunity to earn experience in communicating, we strongly encourage graduate students seek formal instruction to develop their skill. Each year, Dr. Marcelo Wood and Dr. Craig Stark teach an all-inclusive graduate class on scientific communication. Click on the following for a sample syllabus, school of Biology course catalogue, or to contact the professors (Wood & Stark)
Before your NeuroBlitz presentation (or any presentation), please review our suggest checklist (PDF downloadable checklist).
Panel member feedback is general and not specific to any 1 individual. Each speaker should aim to improve one aspect or another through their NeuroBlitz presentation. The following describes feedback for recent speakers as well as underlying trends that the panel-members have seen across speakers over time.
Presentation: (Presentation Slides, Aesthetic, Flow)
Science: (Hypothesis, Results/Expectations, Background Support)
Communication: (Clarity, Pace, Tone)