Aaron Batista Helps Researchers Unravel Neural Patterns Behind Learning
When Aaron Batista graduated with philosophy and computer science degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, he serendipitously stumbled into the budding field of bioengineering. An interest in neuroscience eventually led him to a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, where he was surrounded by scientists trying to understand how populations of neurons communicate. In his own research, Batista wondered how neuronal communication can flex and change, allowing learning to take place. FULL STORY >>
Science Advocacy: Taking it to the Schools
Citizens and policymakers could all benefit from a methodical, evidence-based approach to making the choices they face. Should I immunize my preteen against HPV? Will fracking be good for my community? Unfortunately, science is often viewed as an amalgamation of esoteric facts rather than a process that can be used to inform those critical decisions.
For many Americans, science is simply a prerequisite on the path to careers in far-removed disciplines like business, politics, or the arts. Even though it might make sense to leave the science to the scientists, doing so can lead to a culture where even well-meaning individuals find themselves picking and choosing their facts or ignoring the scientific consensus. FULL STORY >>
FOCUS IN SOUND - Maria N. Geffen
Dr. Maria N. Geffen is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery and Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton, her Ph.D. in Biophysics at Harvard, and did her post-doc at the Center for Studies in Physics and Biology at Rockefeller University in New York. In 2008, when she was still at Rockefeller, she received the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface, a $500,000 grant designed to help bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service. FULL STORY >>