SfN Night at NSP
"SfN at NSP" has become an annual event, featuring a dinner reception, an "SfN Pre-poster" session, and a chance to hear and honor our own faculty and special guests. The "pre-poster" session is a chance for those planning to attend the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting to show early versions of their posters and receive valuable comments and feedback before preparing the final versions.

SfN Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience is the main event of the year for many neuroscientists. It provides a forum for learning and professional development as over 31,000 attendees from around the world gather to present and share ideas. It is a quiet time for the program here, but a very active time at the meeting itself, with many members of the program attending.
The 2008 meeting will be held in Washington, DC from Nov. 15-19. An Illinois Neuroscience reception is planned for Sunday evening, November 16.

Brain Awareness Day
For the past seven years, UIUC's neuroscience community has been engaged in.educating the community about brain function via an annual Brain Awareness Day each spring. Although primarily for children grades K-12, all ages are welcome to attend. Brain Awareness Day events are held at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign. The day's main attractions are the interactive exhibits that are fun and.educational for the whole family. Some exciting past exhibits have included "Brain Passport" (Diana Thomas), "Food for Thought" (Beverly Lab) and "The Invincible Invertebrate" (Claire Miller, Joel Stary).

For further information: Donna Korol, or Sam Beshers,

For information on the worldwide Brain Awareness Week, see

Grass Lecture

The Grass Lecture is sponsored by the NSP and the Society for Neuroscience. Distinguished speakers whose work is of very broad interest are invited to present these lectures. Our most recent speaker was Dr. Earl Miller, Picower Professor of Neuroscience at MIT (Earl Miller's home page). Dr. Miller's stimulating lecture, and the subsequent reception in the Beckman Atrium, were well attended and greatly enjoyed.

The next Grass Lecture is planned for 2009.