The ninth annual NGG Student-Led Retreat will take place on Friday, September 2, 2016 at the Smilow Center for Translational Research.
The retreat will feature student research talks and panels, and the return of the NGG Photo Scavenger Hunt, First Year Family Feud, and raffles. Our keynote speaker for this year’s retreat is Geoffrey Aguirre, MD PhD. Dr. Aguirre is an NGG alum and is currently an Associate Professor in Neurology. He studies cortical organization of vision and clinically treats patients with disturbances of visual perception, thinking and memory. His keynote will address topics of his research as well as the need to effectively address the misuse of neuroscience in the public sphere. The day will finish with the annual NGG Welcome Picnic in the Biopond (AKA James G. Kaskey Memorial Park).
The eighth annual NGG Student-Led Retreat took place on Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Wistar Institute.
In addition to student research talks and panels, the 2015 retreat included multiple raffles, an all new NGG Photo Scavenger Hunt, and the second annual First Year Family Feud. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Deena Weisburg, director of the Cognition and Development Lab at Penn. Dr. Weisburg is best known for her work examining the seductive allure of neuroscience explanations in advertising, the news, and even science. The day wrapped up with an exclusive premier of our very own NGG music video and the annual NGG Welcome Picnic at the Biopond.
The seventh annual NGG Student-Led Retreat took place on Friday, August 29th, at the Smilow Center for Translational Research. The 2014 retreat featured various talks from NGG Students, including the year-by-year panel, one-minute flash talks, and 12-minute research talks, future of the field discussions with post-docs, and a Family Feud game, in which the first years guessed how upper year NGG students responded to questions. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Martha Farah of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Farah is an Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences and Penn Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Society. The day ended with the winner of the first ever APICAL (Award for Persistent Involvement in Community and Leadership) awarded to Tanya Weerakkody and the annual NGG Welcome Picnic at the Biopond.
The sixth annual NGG Student-Led Retreat took place on Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Smilow Center for Translational Research. The retreat featured student talks, an alumni career panel, faculty flash talks, and a keynote address by Congressman Chaka Fattah of the 2nd district of Pennsylvania. Congressman Fattah is the leading congressional advocate for neuroscience research, and his Fattah Neuroscience Initiative aims to “coordinate Federal research across agencies and draw upon public-private partnerships and the world of academia” (FNI website).
You can watch the video of Congressman Fattah’s keynote address here:
Thanks to everyone who participated in and attended the retreat!
The 5th annual retreat took place on Friday, September 28, 2012 and featured student research talks, a career panel of NGG alumni from a variety of career paths, new faculty flash talks, and a keynote research talk by NGG alum Jess Cardin, PhD ’04. Thanks to everyone for attending and contributing to a wonderful retreat!