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  1. 1. Boston University Mind and Brain Society <ul><li>Introductory Meeting 2011 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Mission <ul><li>The BU Mind and Brain Society is a group for students interested in a wide range of disciplines from computer science to biology to philosophy. We ask pressing questions about one of life’s most controversial topics in a casual forum of mutual respect. We to hope to one day understand something greater than ourselves in an intellectual, social and leisurely way. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How do we do it? <ul><li>Open forum, student-led discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Social Events </li></ul><ul><li>Special Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Community outreach (new this year) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why do we do it? <ul><li>New perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>A forum outside academics </li></ul><ul><li>Learning without textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Networking, friendship </li></ul><ul><li>Advice and inspiration </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who makes it happen? <ul><li>The Nerve </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frank DeVita & Lauren Joseph </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monika Chitre & Natalie Banacos </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Event Planning/Special Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greg Salimando, Macayla Donegan & Joel Pollak </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PR and Advertising </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alex Maxim & Shea Gillett </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. When/where does all this happen? <ul><li>E-board and divisional meetings are every Tuesday , beginning at 7pm, with staggered times for each division </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eboard 7pm: CAS 204B </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Events/PR: 7:30pm CAS 204B </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Nerve: 8pm CAS 213 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog: 8:30pm CAS 218 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>General meeting, events and discussions are on Thursdays at 7pm in 2 Cummington, Room 109 unless otherwise stated (larger events, movies) </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Executive Board <ul><li>President: Frank DeVita, CAS Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Vice President: Monika Chitre, CAS Neuro </li></ul><ul><li>Treasurer: Greg Salimando, CAS Neuroscience </li></ul><ul><li>Secretary: Alex Maxim, CAS Neuroscience </li></ul><ul><li>Lauren Joseph, Macayla Donegan, Nina Pollack and Natalie Banacos </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cooperation & Tonight’s Focus <ul><li>While the club is organized into separate divisions, there is plenty of crosstalk and we encourage all to be involved in multiple ways. </li></ul><ul><li>You will hear a bit from the coordinators and something about all of the things we do. </li></ul><ul><li>Sit back, relax and find something you like! Afterward, approach the coordinator and get yourself involved! </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Nerve
  10. 10. Co-Editors-in-Chief <ul><li>Frank DeVita - fdevita@bu.edu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CAS Biology, specialization in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research: Immunology/microbiology & atherosclerosis, Genco Lab BU Medical Center/School of Medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lauren Joseph - lmjoseph@bu.edu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CAS Neuroscience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research: Mechanisms of addiction, Caine Lab, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Your chance to express yourself <ul><li>The Nerve is the semesterly, entirely student created magazine published by MBS </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation for a science career, resume building </li></ul><ul><li>Topics reflect the club’s interests, ranging from computer science to philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Sections include: Research in Brief, Articles, Reviews and Opinions/Editorials </li></ul><ul><li>Student art and photography - no writing required! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Sections <ul><li>Research in Brief </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Short summaries of high impact research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Longer arguments on a focused topic with citations to support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary of a high impact paper with a thesis and argument </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Sections <ul><li>Opinion/Editorial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open-ended topic, few citations, maybe offbeat/less academic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Back Cover </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New this year - original science fiction or satire </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Workshops - you will have help </li></ul>
  14. 14. Key Players <ul><li>Writers! </li></ul><ul><li>Editors </li></ul><ul><li>External reviewers </li></ul><ul><li>Artists/photographers </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic designers </li></ul><ul><li>Local businesses (advertising, $$$) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Policies <ul><li>We have a strict timeline and must stick to it in order to meet our goal of publication on Dec.1 </li></ul><ul><li>The decision to participate is serious and requires significant extra work </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared, cool, calm and collected - it will make the process much more manageable </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t bite off more than you can chew! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Deadlines <ul><li>September </li></ul><ul><ul><li>22nd: Topics due, RIB topics chosen, artists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>27th: RIB topic selections due </li></ul></ul><ul><li>October </li></ul><ul><ul><li>18th: 1st drafts due, send to editors (return ASAP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20th: begin layout - save ourselves later </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25th: 1st edits due back, send for copy editing </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Deadlines <ul><li>November </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1st: Copy edits due, send to external review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Week of the 7th: Ext. review back to writers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15th: Final edits due from writers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>17th: Last copy edits, finalize & send to print </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Printing takes about a week (Thanksgiving) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Projected release at the annual MBS panel event on December 1, 2011 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Contact <ul><li>See Lauren or Frank tonight or email us </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] / [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Please don’t hesitate to contact us -- if you are thinking about writing, DO IT! </li></ul><ul><li>The experience is invaluable and unlike anything else that you will find on campus in science </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Nerve Blog
  20. 20. Administration <ul><li>Manager: Monika Chitre, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CAS Neuroscience, minor in Biology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Associate Manager: Natalie Banacos, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CAS Neuroscience, minor in Biology </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. What We Do
  22. 22. Categories
  23. 23. Posting Schedule
  24. 24. Associate Editors
  25. 25. Policies
  26. 26. Contact
  27. 27. Events and PR
  28. 28. Events <ul><li>Student-led discussions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal presentations and discussions organized and let by students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Showing of Memento </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Miracle Berry Tasting </li></ul>
  29. 29. Trips <ul><li>Bodies NYC </li></ul><ul><li>Society for Neuroscience Convention </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Panels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Neuro-Law, Dreams, Drugs </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. PR and Marketing <ul><li>Advertising for all events, The Nerve and The Nerve Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Join our Facebook group (Boston University Mind and Brain Society) and follow us on Tumblr @ buombs.tumblr.com </li></ul>
  31. 31. Help Us! <ul><li>Interested in helping out? </li></ul><ul><li>Eboard meetings every Tuesday 7pm CAS 204B </li></ul><ul><li>Events/PR immediately following at 7:30 </li></ul>
  32. 32. MBS Shadowing
  33. 33. Administration <ul><li>Students shadow neurologists and neurosurgeons in clinic or in the operating room </li></ul><ul><li>Participating doctors at MGH and BUMC </li></ul><ul><li>We coordinate with physicians to schedule times for interested students, attend Eboard meetings email new doctors and keep in contact with UG Neuroscience </li></ul><ul><li>We need two new coordinators! </li></ul>
  34. 34. Opportunities <ul><li>Opportunities are prioritized by interest and commitment to MBS </li></ul><ul><li>Certain dress codes apply to specific physicians </li></ul><ul><li>If you miss your scheduled appointment without making an effort days in advance to cancel, you will not have a second chance to shadow. </li></ul><ul><li>Times depend on doctors, but we meet every so often to discuss what we can do to make it easier on them </li></ul><ul><li>The first opportunity is September 21st !!! </li></ul>
  35. 35. InterAxon @ BU
  36. 36. What is Interaxon? <ul><li>InterAxon is a undergraduate-run educational outreach program dedicated to teaching young students about neuroscience and promoting an interest in higher education. </li></ul><ul><li>Originally founded at UCLA in 2006, the group has expanded to many other universities along both east and west coasts and now hopes to expand to BU through MBS! </li></ul>
  37. 37. How InterAxon Works <ul><li>By traveling to disadvantages high schools, middle schools and elementary schools in communities near the university, Interaxon @ BU will provide students with lessons about neuroscience that they may normally not have in their curriculums. </li></ul><ul><li>By engaging with these students through fun, interactive lessons and activities, we hope to encourage an interest in both neuroscience and sciences itself! </li></ul>
  38. 38. What You Can do to Get Involved! <ul><li>If you’re a student with a strong background in psychology, neuroscience or neurobiology and love to interact with kids of all ages, or just enjoy teaching/hearing the sound of your own voice, then step on up! </li></ul><ul><li>Start helping us to contact administrators of local high schools, middle schools and elementary schools in the Boston area to start pitching InterAxon to them! </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm cool, creative lesson plans and activities for students of all ages. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, go and teach some kids about neuroscience and feel really smart because you are in college and know more than them about stuff! </li></ul><ul><li>For more info and guidelines, check out http://interaxon-outreach.org/ for the UCLA site to see what this organization could be like at BU! </li></ul>