Keynotes and highlights

Michael Drew Research Week Keynote

2018 Research Week Student's Choice Keynote Address 

Acquiring, recalling, suppressing memories
Michael Drew, Ph.D.
Monday, April 30 at noon.

Drew is an accomplished early career scientist and award-winning teacher at the University of Texas at Austin. An assistant professor in the UT Department of Neuroscience and the Center for Learning and Memory, he investigates the neural mechanisms of learning and memory.

Research in the Drew lab focuses on the hippocampus. The lab seeks to understand how the brain forms memories of experience, how these memories are retrieved at the right time and place, and how these memories can be suppressed.

The Drew lab uses molecular genetic tools to manipulate neural circuit function as mice perform behavioral tasks. A major focus is on how adult-born neurons in the hippocampus regulate acquisition and retrieval of memories.

Drew is actively engaged in undergraduate neuroscience education and has played leadership roles in curriculum design and student advising. His teaching has been recognized with the University of Texas Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award.

Drew has developed a well-funded research program with support from: BRAIN Initiative of the National Institutes of Health; Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Mental Health; NARSAD Young Investigator Award; and Revson Foundation Senior Fellowship in Biomedical Science.

After earning his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Columbia University with Pete Balsam, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship with René Hen at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Event Highlights

GradEd Innovation Challenge: Develop leadership and teamwork skills by working together to formulate and pitch a solution to the challenge of evolving and expanding community during graduate school.

Science for All Audiences: Come learn tips and strategies on how to better communicate those tricky scientific concepts by understanding your target audience.  

Narrative Storytelling: Join our guest moderators, Monica Granados and Chris Bresky, as they share how changing the narrative of how we communicate our research can better engage our audiences.

Non-significant Data competition: Science thrives when we know all the data, significant or not!  Share your most significant non-significant data and enter for a chance to win.

Mock Study Section: Take a peek behind the curtains and see what’s it’s like when reviewers go over grant submissions.