Featured speakers at the 2022 Neural Computation and Engineering Connection

The CNC’s annual Neural Computation and Engineering Connection (NCEC) meeting will be returning this week (Thursday-Friday May 5-6) with both in-person and streaming attendance opportunities. In addition to a poster session, talks from undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs, and an ethics panel discussion, keynote speakers will highlight cutting-edge research in computational neuroscience. This year’s slate of speakers will highlight their distinct methodological and theoretical approaches to questions about the dynamics of neural [...]

BRAINS celebrates 10 years of building a diverse neuroscience community

For CNC faculty Sheri Mizumori, strengthening the diversity of the neuroscience community nationally isn’t just about recruitment, it’s about retention. The statistics on retention of underrepresented scientists are not promising – as you move up the hierarchy of academia, from undergraduates to graduate students to postdocs to early-career faculty to tenured faculty, representation of scientists from racial and ethnic minorities and scientists with disabilities decreases at each stage. Despite institutional calls for change, [...]

Research opportunity for pre-doctoral students at the interface of data and neuroscience

The UW Computational Neuroscience Center and the Shanahan Fellowship program have an exciting opportunity for a pre-doctoral researcher. Both undergraduate and postbac students will be considered. Students will gain hands-on research experience in neural computation, neural networks, and computational modeling/method development. Students will be mentored by current Shanahan fellows. The ideal candidate will have experience with: • Coding languages, especially Python • Machine learning and data science tools, such as scikit-learn • Neural networks, such [...]

A look back at the Computational Neuroscience Training Program

Over its 10 years, the CNC training program funded 16 graduate students and over 30 undergraduate students, providing research experience and education for aspiring computational neuroscientists. With the NIH-funded program having completed its cycle in 2020, we look back on the impact of the training program on its students. Diving into computational neuroscience Computational neuroscience, to undergraduate Chloe Winston, had long "looked interesting [and] sounded interesting." But before applying to the CNC's training [...]

CNC welcomes new Assistant Professor Edgar Walker

New CNC faculty Edgar Walker, PhD, assumed his role as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics on January 3rd. Since completing his graduate work in the lab of Dr. Andreas Tolias at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Walker has been a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Fabian Sinz’s lab at the University of Tüebingen in Germany.   Walker has been in computational neuroscience since graduate school, working on both experiments [...]

UW’s Minor in Neural Computation and Engineering Enters 4th Year

The field of computational neuroscience encompasses a huge range of research, including the many projects run by CNC faculty. From theorists modeling how the brain could interact with devices in the next generation of neuroengineering (Raj Rao) to experimentalists analyzing what exactly is going on in a monkey's brain as it navigates through a video game world (Beth Buffalo), there are endless possibilities when you combine neuroscience and computation. With faculty and affiliates [...]

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