Chalk Talks

The bi-monthly NGG Chalk Talks offer an opportunity for upper-year neuroscience graduate students to give a presentation WITHOUT help from PowerPoint.

On a bi-monthly basis, a dissertation-level NGG student volunteers to give an informal half-hour talk in the evening with only a whiteboard, dried up markers, and illegible handwritten notes.  Presentations focus first on the overall goal of their project before discussing the current state of their research.  The audience is only other NGG students who have come for the science and camaraderie (not to mention dinner and drinks), which keeps the atmosphere light and the questions on target (and might also include a bit of good-natured heckling).  It’s a great way to catch up with fellow students and learn about the work they do.

Spring 2017 Chalk Talks:

March 3rd, 2017: Trish Parthasarathi, “Imagining the future leads to impatient decision-making or Don’t wait for the marshmallow: Eat it now”

Past Chalk Talks:

December 15th, 2016 – Sri Sritharan, “I can make you feel things you’ve never felt before: Artificial touch prothesis in the brainstem”

October 21st, 2016 – Sarah Ly, “Go the F*ck to Sleep: Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Behavioral State Regulation at the Synapse”

March 11th, 2016 – Leonardo Guercio,  “Bustin’ AKAP in Cocaine Relapse: Punny, but not Funny.”

October 30th, 2015 -David Reiner, “Try this witches’ brew: anti-obesity drugs act in the brain to make you feel full.”

April 17, 2015 – Noam Roth, “Cognitive Signals in Area V4 and Inferotemporal Cortex During Invariant Object Search, or, How Your Brain Helps You Find Your Lost Items No Matter Where You Put Them.”

February 27, 2015 – Shivon Robinson, “Pharmacological Mechanisms Underlying the Anxiolytic Effects of Buprenorphine, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Peanut Butter Chip.”

December 12, 2014 – Isaac Perron, “Sleep on it: How acute dietary manipulations can induce and rescue wake impairments: A talk title that needed another colon.”

October 24, 2014 – Will Olson, “My Foot Hurts, My Back Hurts, or Some of These Things Are Not Like the Others.”

May 24, 2014 – Colin Smith, “Mickey’s concussion conundrum: knowing neurons and memorable mice.”

April 25, 2014 – Nick Trojanowski, “A light meal: using lasers to map the the circuit for C. elegans feeding regulation.”

March 28, 2014 – Yin Li, “Optimal decision-making in a changing world: Why Donald Trump is an idiot.”

January 31, 2014 – Nicole Yohn, “The smoking gun: anxiety in offspring of nicotine users.”

October 25, 2013 – Ryan Natan, “How the auditory system adapts to the exciting sounds of oddballs.”

September 20, 2013 – Judy Wang, “Seize and assist: understanding pathogenic mechanisms underlying CDKL5-related disorders.”

May 24, 2013 – Matt Young, “How fear electrocharges your brain to remember.”

April 26, 2013 – Laura Felgendreger, “Standing at my podium trying to watch my sodium: The cellular signals underlying salt appetite.”

March 1, 2013 – Lindsay Morgan, “You are here: How places and spaces on the Penn campus are represented in the brain.”

December 7, 2012 – Erin Coffey, “Trash talk: how Alzheimer’s disease may depend on the lysosomes degrading us.”

Friday, November 9, 2012 – Collin Challis, “Lightening the mood: using optogenetics to study depression.”

Contact: TBA

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