SfN 2012 To Do List

One of the biggest challenges facing the average attendee at the annual Neuroscience meeting is contending with the vast array of options available at any given moment of the day. On each of the five days of the conference, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and beyond, there are–from all the major themes–posters, small talks, big talks, crazy big talks, workshops, roundtables, panels, and endless opportunities to interact and network with other neuroscientists, and, most importantly, sightsee.

There are numerous ways to navigate through this awe-inspiring labyrinth of options, and the strategy that will work best for any particular person will depend on a host of factors, such as stage of career, age, physical fitness, and sheer cognitive wherewithal, to name just a few. Well, based on my undisclosed status on those dimensions, here’s some things I intend to do, or did–I wrote this on the plane yesterday and only got wifi this morning.

Sunday 8:30-11:00 a.m. Symposium — A Matter of Life and Death: Establishing and maintaining sex differences in brain and behavior throughout the lifespan
(This was a great session!)

Sunday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Workshops/Meetings — Chapters Workshops: Creative Strategies and Leadership for Chapter Successs
(Get involved with your local chapter!)

Sunday 8:00-9:30 p.m. Satellite/Ancillary Events — Association for Women in Science Dessert Reception
(Hey Ladies!)

Monday 9:00- 11:30 a.m. — Workshops/Meetings- Teaching Neuroscience: Connecting to the Humanities and Social Sciences
(Play nice and think big picture!)

I suggest resting up Monday afternoon because Monday evening is going to be nuts! I’m not sure exactly how I will navigate all these but sometimes half the fun is trying.
Monday evening
6:30-9:30 p.m. Rat Models of Autism: New Insights from Novel Tools
(Take back the lab, rats!)
6:30-9:30 p.m. Satellite/Ancillary Events — Methods in Beahvioral Neuroscience
(Rally behavior folks!)
6:45-8:45 p.m. — Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Social
(Support the future of neuroscience!)
7:00-8:30 p.m. Satellite/Ancillary Events — patient HM
(Because everything about him is fascinating.)

After such a busy evening, sleep in on Tuesday morning!

Tuesday 12:00-2:00 p.m. Workshops/Meetings — Celebration of Women in Neuroscience Luncheon
(Hey again Ladies!)

I recommend spending Wedneday at our posters. 🙂

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