Whether you are looking to better navigate the exhibit floor, network at socials, or take part in professional development workshops, these videos provide new and returning attendees with tips to get the most out of the SfN annual meeting.
What advice do you have for maximizing time at scientific conferences? Discuss below.
David R. Riddle, PhD
David R. Riddle recently was appointed professor of Biomedical Sciences at the new Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, following a long tenure as professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He served in a variety of capacities in the Wake Forest Multidisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, and also was involved for many years in the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs (ANDP). Working with other leaders of the ANDP and with leaders and staff of SfN, Riddle helped facilitate the merger of ANDP with SfN to create a new standing committee within SfN, the Committee on Neuroscience Departments and Programs (CNDP). Serving as the inaugural chair of the CNDP, he worked with SfN committees, staff, and with other leaders in neuroscience training throughout the U.S. and internationally to develop and implement programs, activities, and initiatives that advance higher education and training in neuroscience. Riddle continues to work on professional development activities with SfN while also focusing on medical education and on his research into the mechanisms of radiation-induced brain injury in cancer patients.
Jeffrey Smith, PhD
Jeffrey Smith is the director of the Brain Research Lab at Saginaw Valley State University. Smith has been the Malcolm and Lois Field Endowed Chair of Health Science since the fall of 2010 and previously served on the faculty of several private liberal arts colleges across the country. He earned a BS and MS in psychology from Georgia College and a PhD in psychology from Emory University. The research that Smith and his students are currently focused on explores the mechanisms (behavioral, cellular, and pharmacological) that impact recovery from traumatic brain injury. Smith has mentored more than 60 undergraduates in his lab over the years and many have gone on to receive post-baccalaureate training in psychology, neuroscience, medicine, and other health professions. Smith currently serves as the president for the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience.
Cara Altimus, PhD
Cara Altimus is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine studying the neural circuits that underlie spatial learning. She serves on the SfN Trainee Advisory Committee and the Advisory Group on Member Value and is a previous president of the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association.