GSAN Samosa sale

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The fundraising team is holding a samosa sale tomorrow (Tues., Nov. 4th) between 12h30 and 14h30 at the Jeanne Timinns Foyer in the MNI. All proceeds will support events hosted by the Graduate Student Association in Neuroscience, so come and get your hot samosas (nom nom nom)!

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GSAN committee 2014-2015

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GSAN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 2014 – Register by May 19th!

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GSAN Research Symposium 2014 – Registration
The GSAN Research Symposium is only a few weeks away. The symposium will take place at the MNI on the afternoon of Friday May 23rd (1pm). Join us for student presentations in Molecular and Systems Neuroscience, as well as a keynote lecture by Dr. Madhukar Pai, entitled “Open access publishing: the good, the bad, and the predators.” Dr. Pai is an Associate Professor in McGill’s department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health, and Associate Director of the McGill International TB (tuberculosis) Centre. Dr. Pai also currently serves on the editorial board of PLoS Medicine, and is a section editor for PLoS ONE.

If you have not already registered, please complete the form below.

Note: If you voted during the abstract selection process you were automatically registered at that time.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1y3kxQbrQpyNue3210RFrIXoQppNE3uBb1mDu28vFEb0/viewform

GSAN Research Symposium 2014 - Poster

Please REGISTER here by May 19th: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1y3kxQbrQpyNue3210RFrIXoQppNE3uBb1mDu28vFEb0/viewform

Please email: vpacademicgsan@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Neuro Clothing Orders!

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If you missed out on our first clothing drive or simply want to get some more neuro swag, now is your chance!
View the catalogue here: Neruo Clothing Orders 2014
We have sizing samples for you to try as well. If you’d like to try on some hoodies or sweatpants, please contact Lea (lea.perret@mail.mcgill.ca) if you’re at the Douglas or Hazim if you happen to be around the MNI (hazim.alkhani@mail.mcgill.ca).
 
To place an order, please get in touch with your institute representative ( http://gsaneuro.com/institutes/ ).  There are no order forms for you to fill out, simply contact your rep with your request and they will register the information for you. Everyone is welcome to place an order so spread the word! If any profits are made from the clothing drive, proceed will go towards funding future GSAN events.
All payments must be made by May 9th

 

 

Survey on the living conditions of Quebec students

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The deadline (April 25, 2014) is approaching to participate in the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ)  survey on living conditions of students. Your participation will allow for a real portrait of the situations faced by students in Quebec regarding, for example, their sources of funding, their incomes, their debt situation, and their studies-family balance. Participation will also give you a chance to win a MacBook Air 13’’ and an Apple iPad.

For more information, visit the following Web page: www.sourcesetmodes.feuq.qc.ca

Link to survey: https://clients3.som.ca/feuq13417b/?mp=47 é

GSAN Research Symposium 2014 – Abstract Voting details

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Over the next two weeks, you will have a chance to read and select which abstracts you would like to see presented at the GSAN research symposium on Friday May 23rd.

There are two pdf documents (see link below) containing abstracts in the Cellular & Molecular and Systems Neuroscience categories (there are ten abstracts in each section, which are arranged in alphabetical order based on title). Author names and affiliations have been removed to reduce bias in voting.

Abstract voting is open from Monday April 14th to Monday April 28th. Don’t miss your chance to have a voice in what topics/presentations are included in the research symposium!

Once you have read the abstracts, please follow the links below to make your selections among the Cellular & Molecular and/or Systems Neuroscience abstracts. There are ten abstracts in each section and you will be instructed to select the top four. A ranking of 1 will assign 5 points to an abstract, 2 will assign 3 points, 3 will assign 2 points, 4 will assign 1 point, and being unranked will not assign any points. The four presenters selected for each section will be those with the highest number of overall points.

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience Survey

Cellular and Molecular Abstracts Compilation

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JL_eohnZ9K8BxUc4lj36WZjjRgdFfgQXIpu1R23J9Gg/viewform

Systems Neuroscience Survey

Systems Abstracts Compilation

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_Q3hpykLjpMmLFG52QUJ1EYfYmuVQGboDhvpyQ_7Vbw/viewform

To ensure the fairness of results, you will have to provide your name and McGill email, but individual selections will not be disclosed outside of the GSAN VP Academic and two Academic Officers.

Also, please inform us (via the voting survey) whether you plan to attend the symposium, so we can prepare appropriately for the number of attendees.

If you have any questions about the voting procedure please email vpacademicgsan@gmail.com or check out the GSAN website http://gsaneuro.com/

Cheers,

The GSAN Academic Team

GSAN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 2014 – Abstract submission now open!

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Full details of our GSAN’s Research Symposium in Neuroscience, to occur on Friday, May 23rd, 2014, can be found here: http://www.gsaneuro.com/academic/graduate-symposium-in-neuroscience/

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Abstracts (minus title) must not exceed 250 words, and abstract titles must not exceed 12 words. Abstracts must include a list of authors with one primary author (i.e. the one submitting the abstract) in bold. Please also indicate your supervisor(s) by underlining their name(s).

Abstracts should be submitted in one of two categories: (1) cellular/molecular OR (2) systems neuroscience. Please SPECIFY which categoy you want to present in. If your abstract contains content suitable for both categories, please submit to the category you feel is most appropriate.

All submissions should be sent as a word document to vpacademicgsan@gmail.com.

After the submission period has closed, all IPN students will be invited to vote for which abstracts they would most like to see presented. Names will be removed from the abstracts before the voting occurs. The top ranked abstracts will be selected for oral communications at the research symposium on Friday May 23rd, 2014 at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Presentations will be adjudicated by professors from the IPN department. A prize for the best presentation in each category will be awarded. There will be no poster presentations at this event.

Thank you for your participation! Should you have any questions, comments, concerns or feedback, send us an email at gsan.mcgill@gmail.com or vpacademicgsan@gmail.com.

Email: vpacademicgsan@gmail.com if you have any questions.

BrainReach Knowledge Translation Contest

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BrainReach (http://www.mcgill.ca/ipn/brainreach) is creating a newsletter that aims to teach high school students about neuroscience research and further stimulate the students’ interest in science! 
 
Simply fill out the newsletter page template (provided online) with a summary of a research study that your lab has done. 
 
Download full contest details, templates, and an example newsletter page here: www.dropbox.com/sh/94suohb48mkyigf/blIwi_wXd0 
 
PRIZES!—2 categories 
IPN Students (1st prize – $500, 2nd prize – $250, 3rd prize – $250)
Open to all IPN students NOT currently volunteering for BrainReach 
BrainReach Volunteers (1st prize – $500, 2nd prize – $250, 3rd prize – $250)
Open to all 2013-2014 BrainReach volunteers (instructors, committee members, BR North) 
 
Final Submission Deadline - April 13th, 11:59pm 
Must submit final version of newsletter page to be judged. 

Questions? – email BrainReachHS@gmail.com

Trivia Night!

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The Olympics are now over, but a more elite competition is just around the corner!

TriviaNight

GSAN will be hosting its first ever TRIVIA NIGHT on Monday March 10th, 7pm at Thomson House in the basement lounge. Free beverages and snacks will be provided while you challenge friends and colleagues to see who will win the gold medal in trivia! The format will be similar to PGSS trivia (4 rounds), but one round will have a neuroscience theme.

There will be prizes for the best team, and the most creative team!

IMPORTANT: Please register using google document below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zoYh0PBjw30bb0PRdnYZCsj85bE8zh0768F1CA05BvM/viewform

Your registration will allow us to plan how many drinks and snacks to provide. Guests from outside the IPN are welcome, but please let us know how many will be joining you.

Free French Classes!

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GSAN will be starting FREE French classes in the coming weeks! Classes will be led by student volunteers from the IPN.

Location: Humanities & Social Sciences Library, Seminar room TBA. Time: 6:30 pm

3 levels will be offered:
1. Beginners (very little or no experience): Class will alternate between Mondays and Thursdays. Start: Thursday 27th of February.
2. Intermediate: Class will alternate between Tuesdays and Fridays. Start: Friday 28th of February.
3. Middle-advanced: Every Wednesday. Start: Wednesday 26th of February.

All levels will offer grammar, conversation, vocabulary & exercises.
You don’t have to know your level to register, just give us an estimation of your knowledge. A placement test will be sent to all registered students to correctly asses your level.
Please note that we may modify the classes content & levels according to student’s needs and motivation.
Thank you & special thanks to all the volunteer teachers for their time and enthusiasm!!

REGISTER HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sZ_hjTDfXk2Llmzxa0hHANA1ExHZkq14RIKwPHF_OY8/viewform

If you have any questions please contact:
newintl.gsan@gmail.com

GSAN Ice Skating at Park Lafontaine! Feb 19th 2014 at 7pm!

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Join GSAN for an evening of ice skating on Wednesday, Feb 19th 2014 at 7pm!

Skates and hot chocolate will be provided for FREE!

Please RSVP (especially for skate-sizes)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dUIs9HrpcI7BLdxAxkRTI_7pXGSoyIVb1btf8GHP_wQ/viewform

 

Free French Classes!

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All IPN students are welcome to join free French Classes organized by the GSAN and moderated by IPN students.
Classes will start by the end en February-first week of March and will take place once a week at 6:30 pm. Location T.B.A.

Beginners: Classes will alternate between Thursdays and Mondays. First week Thursday, next week Monday, third week Thursday again etc.
Basic-Intermediate: Classes will alternate between Friday and Tuesdays.
Advanced: Classes will take place on Wednesdays.
A link to register will be posted next week!

GSAN Committee Members

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Survey for interest in French classes

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Dear IPN students,
The GSAN would like to start regular and FREE French classes- language exchange meetings!

The following is a survey to evaluate your willingness to join such events either as a student or as a volunteer teacher/moderator.
Please follow this link to help us plan the classes according to your needs:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X4Msjzrua4g2oYrfAR3hKJo79gGg4JxU3jlf3LC1Pc0/viewform
If you have questions please contact  newintl.gsan@gmail.com

SERF on Optogenetics

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SERF on Optogenetics
Date: October 30th, 7-8.30PM @ Thomson House (room 404)
Join this term’s first SERF (student experimental research forum) to learn more about optogenetics, and discuss this technique with other students in a laid-back atmosphere. Round off the evening and stay for a few drinks at Thomson House afterwards.

SERF poster Optogenetics v2

 

GSAN Committee 2013-2014

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image[3]President: Julia Nantes: gsan.mcgill@gmail.com

VP Finance: Rochelle Herrington

VP External:Hazim Alkhani

VP Academic: Brent Dawe

VP Social: Shaleeza Kaderali

Secretary: Jacalyn Guy

Academic Officers:

Jonathan Cote

Anne Löffler

Social Officers

Aimee Chan

Lindsay Wallace

Fundraising Officer: Falisha Karpati

Website coordinator: Ravishankar Palanisamy (Ravi)

Sports/Recreation Coordinator:Camille A. Juzwik

New & International Students Officer:Ana Fernandez

Public Relations Officer: S. Gabriela Torres-Platas

PGSS Representatives:

 Julien Ouellet

Marisa Cressati

Ana Fernandez

Institute Representatives:

Miguel Cisneros (MNI)

Kristen Parker (MNI)

Victor Mocanu (MNI)

Arjun Paliwal (Montreal Children’s Hospital)

Sylvia Joseph: (Jewish GeneralHospital)

Armita Dehmoobadsharifabadi: (RVH)

Adele Tufford: (Bellini,IRCM, Macintyre)

Lea Perret: (Douglas)

ZarahChaudhary: (Douglas)

Hannah Schubloom: (StewartBiologyBuilding)

GSAN Committee Elections

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Elections for committee positions on the Graduate Students Association for Neuroscience (GSAN) will occur at the general assembly on Wed. Sept. 25th between 6-8pm at the Montreal Neurological Institute (de Grandpré Communications Centre). 

All IPN students are welcome to run for a GSAN committee position!

GSAN Committee Positions Available

Website Coordinator (1)

Recreation/Sports Coordinator (1)

Advertising/Fundraising Officer (2)

Social Officers (2)

International Student Officer (1)

Public Relations Officer (1)

Academic Officers (2)  

Institute Representatives (1-3 per institute, dependent on IPN student population)

PGSS Representatives (3) 

To run for a position, you must (i) email gsan.mcgill@gmail.com by Tues. Sept. 24th indicating which position(s) you would like to run for, and (ii) attain at least 3 signatures from other IPN students on the nomination form (attached) and bring this form to the general assembly. All candidates are welcome to give a 1-minute speech at the assembly detailing why he/she should be elected. Please familiarize yourself with the duties of the position you are running for as well as the responsibilities of all committee members, irrespective of position (see attached document). 

Email gsan.mcgill@gmail.com if you have any questions!

GSAN Committee Elections Information


GSAN’s year end GALA!

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 Neuro Gala Poster

You are cordially invited to GSAN’s year end gala at Le Square on Friday June 28th, 7:30 pm. The cost is $25 and include a starter, main course, dessert and wine. Please contact your institute reps for tickets:

MNI 
Douglas
RVH/Duff and Strathcona
 
McIntyre

alireza.hashemi@gmail.com

Bellini and IRCM

adele.tufford@gmail.com

GSAN General Assembly – Monday, June 10th 6:30pm

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GAposter_spring2013It is time to elect a new GSAN executive committee! Our general assembly will take place on Monday, June 10th at 6:30pm in deGrandpre Communications Center. It is important that as many IPN students as possible attend and participate as GSAN represents IPN students, organizes academic and social events and participates in PGSS meetings.

We are also calling for nominations of students who wish to be part of the executive; that is President, VP Social, VP Academic, VP Finance and Operations and VP External. (N.B. Officer elections are held in the fall.)

            • Please see the Executive Positions document explaining each executive position, from the constitution, and from our current execs.
            • Please note, that to run for president, you must have previously or currently held a position on the committee (executive or officer).
            • To nominate yourself for an executive position, you must e-mail gsan.mcgill@gmail.com with your name and expected date of graduation, fill out the GSAN Exec Nomination Form and obtain 10 signatures from IPN students on this form.

Please peruse our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GSANeuro) or this website to get a feel for what we do at GSAN. Click to find our constitution.

As usual, pizza and beer will be served to those participating in the meeting!

Feel free to ask any questions (gsan.mcgill@gmail.com).

[PGSS-PGSA-GSAN] Call for Abstracts: Graduate Symposium in Neuroscience

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Hi IPN!
We are now accepting abstract submissions for GSAN’s Graduate Symposium in Neuroscience, which will take place Wednesday, May 29th in the DeGrandpré Communications Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Our event aims to showcase the tremendous research performed in the IPN and will consist of an afternoon filled with student presentations and scientific debate.
The abstract submission period will remain open until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, April 24thAbstracts should not exceed 300 words and must include a title and list of authors. Please also indicate your supervisor(s) in your message.
This year, IPN students will select the abstracts for presentation. Once the submission period has closed, students will vote for their favourite abstracts via survey. The students whose abstracts receive the highest number of votes will be invited to present their work as a 10-15 minute presentation.
All submissions should be sent as a word document to gsan.mcgill@gmail.com
We look forward to reading your submissions!
Sincerely,
The GSAN Academic team

Notice of PGSS Annual General Meeting

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Attention GSAN students…

This Wednesday, March 20th, PGSS (Post Graduate Students’ Society of McGill) is having its Annual General Meeting. ALL graduate students are invited to speak and vote on important motions concerning student finances and tuition, among other issues.
In past years, GSAN students have been under-represented at this meeting, leading to decisions being made that may not reflect the views of those in our program. For example, at last year’s meeting the PGSS student body voted to support the province-wide student strike and to join the student protests over tuition hikes. However, it appeared that the strike and similar policy was initiated by a very vocal minority, comprised of students from only a few departments.

Now is the chance to have your voice heard! You are encouraged to attend!

Meeting Location and Time: Thomson House Ballroom, 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Dinner is provided FREE for all attendees!

 
Motions that may be of interest to neuroscience students being put forward at the AGM include:
 
5.3 Motion regarding international student differential fee waivers (Meng Fu/Anne-Sophie Pratte)
-This motion calls for the restoration of fee waivers that were previously available to international graduate students, but have since been rescinded
 
5.6 Motion to censure Academic Affairs Officer and Secretary-General (Fernanda Soler Urzúa/Gretchen King)
-This motion calls for the censure (official expression of strong disapproval) of two PGSS executives, for failing to ensure the completion of an audit of the private security firm which provides security on the McGill campus
-Censure is often used in political organizations as a step toward suspension or expulsion
 
5.7 No indexation of tuition (External Affairs Officer/Gretchen King)
-This motion calls for PGSS to officially oppose the Quebec government’s plan to link tuition increases to the rate of inflation (about 3% per year), as well as “mobilization of McGill groups” to “demonstrate” against the government
 

From your PGSS representatives

Matlab workshops

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GSAN is offering… MATLAB Workshops!

All of us could use some more understanding of computer programming. It can aid our research and help us use technology more efficiently.

As such, coding is rapidly becoming a basic skill for the 21st century researcher.

MATLAB is used widely across academia and industry across many disciplines.

So… Come learn with us! Mark down these dates:

Introduction to Programming Through MATLAB

Tuesday, October 28th, 18h00 to 19h30

De Grandpré Communications Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute

Presenting Your Data

Tuesday, November 4th, 18h00 to 19h30

De Grandpré Communications Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute

MATLAB for Brain Imaging

Date and location to be announced.

Please stay tuned!

Please send any questions to vpacademicgsan@gmail.com


2014-2015 GSAN Academic Team

VP Academic

Jonathan Côté: cote.jonathan@gmail.com

Academic Officers

Rowan Pentz: rowan.pentz@gmail.com

Kathleen Xu: kathleen.xu@mail.mcgill.ca

French Classes

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GSAN offers free French classes for members of the graduate student neuroscience community. Classes are held at the MNI and run throughout the academic year. Three different levels are currently offered:
Beginner’s level: Tuesdays 6-7pm
Intermediate level: Thursdays 6-7pm
Advanced level: Wednesdays 6-7pm

For questions or if you would like to register, please contact our French classe coordinator Anne at: anne.loffler@mail.mcgill.ca

French Class Teachers:

Beginner’s level:

Marie Franquin (franquin@mail.mcgill.ca), Anton Plavski (antonplavski@hotmail.com), Christine Dery (christine.dery@mcgill.ca)

Intermediate level:

Fernanda Pérez Gay Juàrez (fernandapgj@gmail.com), Romane Dufoix (romane.dufoix@mail.mcgill.ca), Victor Mocanu (victor.mocanu2@mail.mcgill.ca)

Advanced level:

Jonathan Côté (cote.jonathan@gmail.com), Sebastien Dery (sebastien.dery@mail.mcgill.ca), Marie-Pier Girourad (marie-pier.girouard@mail.mcgill.ca)