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2024 Kavli Prize awarded for research on face-selective brain areas

Studies by Nancy Kanwisher, Winrich Freiwald and Doris Tsao revealed how the brains of humans and other primates identify faces and helped establish an understanding of brain specialization.

By Olivia Gieger
12 June 2024 | 4 min read
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The Transmitter Launch: Q&A with Kaitlyn Casimo

A self-proclaimed “neuroscientist, engagement manager and theater nerd,” Casimo taps her broad training to engage the public and deliver “elevator pitch” workshops for Allen Institute scientists.

By Alaina G. Levine
7 June 2024 | 5 min read
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The Transmitter Launch: Industry internships, ‘Next Generation Leaders,’ and more

Working at a biotechnology or artificial-intelligence company is no longer an “alternative career” for researchers with a doctorate in neuroscience—plus jobs, training and funding updates for May.

By Elissa Welle
10 May 2024 | 4 min read

The Transmitter Launch: Networking in neuroscience—five ways to find people

These tips spell out how to reach new people for conversation and collaboration.

By Alaina G. Levine
12 April 2024 | 6 min read
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Knowledge gaps in cephalopod care could stall welfare standards

The U.S. National Institutes of Health wants to regulate research involving cephalopods. But there aren’t enough rigorous studies to base the regulations on, veteran cephalopod researchers say.

By Calli McMurray
13 March 2024 | 10 min listen
Headshots of Larry Abbott, Terry Senjowski and Haim Sompolinsky.

Theoretical and computational neuroscientists net 2024 Brain Prize

Larry Abbott, Terrence Sejnowski and Haim Sompolinsky split $1.45 million in recognition of their decades of work uncovering principles of brain structure and function.

By Gina Jiménez
5 March 2024 | 3 min read
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The origins of COSYNE: Building a community

Thirty years ago, theoretical and experimental neuroscientists rarely went to the same conferences. So I helped launch a meeting to get them talking.

By Anthony Zador
27 February 2024 | 7 min read
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The Transmitter Launch: How neuroscience outreach builds key soft skills

Getting involved in public-education programs can help trained scientists develop careers both in and out of the lab.

By Angie Voyles Askham
9 February 2024 | 4 min read
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The Transmitter Launch: Postdoc pay, emerging scholars and more

This month’s newsletter for early-career neuroscientists delves deep into the discussion around postdoctoral salaries and benefits.

By Angie Voyles Askham
10 January 2024 | 7 min read
Balagopal Pai stands in a lab.

Pushing for higher postdoc pay: Q&A with Balagopal Pai

After a 12-day strike last month, Pai and other postdoctoral researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City negotiated a salary increase that makes them the highest-paid postdocs in the country. Pai shared what it was like to be on the front lines of those efforts.

By Angie Voyles Askham
10 January 2024 | 6 min read

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