BEHN 606 Journal Club

1 credit
Offered in various terms 

Next offered: Spring 2018 Qualifying Exam Preparation (CRN 32027)

This course is an in-depth examination of the literature on a particular topic that will vary from quarter to quarter. The course objectives are to provide an up-to-date overview of the topic of interest, and to provide students with experience at evaluating, presenting, and discussing the primary research literature. Each week, one student will present the article(s) to be examined that week, and will lead a discussion with the rest of the class of relevant issues as they arise.


Past topics include:

Fall 2016 - Writing - Garet Lahvis
This journal club allows students who have participated in "Narrative Writing for the Research Scientist (BEHN 655) will continue to develop their writing abilities and explore themes introduced in BEHN 655 including narrative distance, reflection, voice, tension, and syntax. Classes will include writing exercises, discussions of the assigned readings, short lectures, writing assignments (expect at least 2 hours per week), and workshops of submitted works.

Spring 2015 & 2016 - Qualifying Exam Preparation - Deb Finn & Suzanne Mitchell
One aspect of the BEHN qualifying exam requires that a student create a research plan that broadly conforms to NIH NRSA guidelines. Students who complete this course will be familiar with the required elements of writing a project summary and narrative, specific aims, and a research strategy section of an NIH NRSA application, will have created drafts of these sections, and have participated in discussions of those sections with other students taking the course. These activities should provide techniques and a basis on which to prepare for their qualifying exam.

Winter 2015 - Epigenetics - Lucia Carbone

Spring 2012 – Neurobiology of Decision Making – Suzanne Mitchell & Bonnie Nagel
This course will cover various aspects of decision making, as it is examined in both human and animal models. Emphasis will be placed on discussion of the translational aspects of each concept area.

Fall 2012 – Bioinformatics – Lucia Carbone
This quarter, we'll be looking at paper whose the major focus is bioinformatics and methods for the analysis of next-generation sequencing data. The goal of this Jclub is also to educate students about the type of data that can be obtained (e.g. sequence, methylation, RNA, Histone modification, etc.) and the tools that are available to analyze such data. Moreover, we will explore the work done by large consortia in order to learn about publicly available data and how to access them. 

Spring 2011 – The Role of the Cerebellum in Drug and Alcohol Abuse – David Rossi

Fall 2009 - Synaptic Plasticity in Drug Addiction – Matthew Frerking
This quarter, we'll be looking at the topic of synaptic plasticity in drug addiction. There's been a lot of high-profile papers suggesting that long-term changes at synapses in the ventral tegmental area and the nucleus accumbens are cellular mechanisms that underlie the behavioral features of drug addiction… how well does the data live up to the hype? We'll see if we can sort it out. 

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