OYM87: NRFing SKITCHy NDP with Brad Dieter

[Start] This week on the On Your Mind Neuroscience Podcast: We’re joined by special guest Dr. Brad Dieter who tells us about his journey from running people on treadmills to running proteins on a gel.  Then we discuss the challenges of preparing for conferences, the importance of colour coordination, and taking classes way to late into grads school. On Our Minds: Liam has been dreaming of telling a story in The Bench Warmers, a new…

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OYM86: Totally T-Shaped

[Start] This week on the On Your Mind Neuroscience Podcast: Kathryn has been so busy getting ready for conferences she hasn’t prepared for her committee meeting, and Liam’s been so busy not thinking about it he hasn’t gotten ready for conferences! Maybe he should spend less time interviewing politicians like Ted Hsu and Laurin Liu about science policy, and more time focusing on school. Still not focusing on school Liam’s been reading about the Ethics…

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We’re terrible jugglers

  You may have noticed that our website is out of date….really out of date.  And if you haven’t, then ignore this post and keep on enjoying our backlog of episodes! But really, we’re working on the pile of show notes that have accumulated amidst the barrage of balls that we’re juggling, it’s just taking longer than usual. In the meantime, we will continue to produce episodes every week that you can stream in the…

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OYM85: Auto-pilot

[Start] This week on the On Your Mind Neuroscience Podcast: Kat has had a dramatic change in problems, and now has so much data she can’t stop working on it (literally), while Liam has realized that maybe it was a mistake to sign up for so many extracurricular activities. On Our Minds: In what little spare time Kat has she’s been searching for levity in the IgNobel Prizes – Personal favourites include the universal pee…

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OYM84: Shrinkage

[Start] We’re Back!! This week on the On Your Mind Neuroscience Podcast: We celebrate our triumphant return and realize that somewhere during our break we became senior PhD students in our labs. A lot has happened since we spoke last, so Kat catches us up on Tom Insel’s push to involve private tech companies in neuroscience, and why neuroscience needs hackers, and Liam give his thoughts on former OYM guest Jean-François Gariépy’s Public departure from academic science and if encouraging students to study science…

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OYM78: The Brain of a Man

[Start] From Figure 5 of this week’s article. Transcriptional sex differences in the mouse POA This week on the show, Liam shares his experience wrestling with confusing but exciting results that could take his project in an unexpected direction, and Kat’s talking about her sometimes frustrating love of reviewing manuscripts.  She’s just finished reviewing a paper and is struggling with the idea of assigning ‘impact’ to the work.  And while she’s been trying not to…

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OYM77: Eating for Two

[Start] The hosts have had a busy week this week, and have been fighting the urge to lounge in the new-found sun instead of in the fluorescent lab light.  Liam’s slowly chipping away at his “to write” list and has just finished his ethics application for a new project that would involve the touchy subject of fetal brain donation.  He’s also having to go from big picture research questions to the nitty-gritty details of writing…

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OYM76: Health for the Homeless with Sophia Rinaldis

[Start] Cities participating in At Home/Chez Soi We’re elated to welcome Sophia Rinaldis to the On Your Mind studio this week!  She’s a social worker who has just completed her second Master’s Degree and is here to help us take a sociological and social sciences look at mental health and homelessness in Canada. But first, Liam has been settling in to tackle a huge list of writing, including an ethics approval form for a new…

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OYM75: Flies are the Shi-TS with Ian Blum and Robin Keeley

[Start] Figure 9 from this week’s paper. Circuitry of olfactory and visual memory in fruit flies.   We’re doubling up on guest hosts this week, with Ian Blum and Robin Keeley calling in from Baltimore!  They’re coming to us from the safety of Robin’s living room, where they’ve got some thoughts on the “two body problem” – the struggle that a couple in academia goes through when trying to find careers in the same institution…

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OYM74: MOR Pain MOR Gain

[Start] This week on the On Your Mind Neuroscience Podcast: Kat’s away, and Liam is reunited with Adel Farah. Long time listeners will remember that a year ago Adel left academia for medschool, and Liam has recently decided that he will be leaving academia for…. something. We have a long chat about our motivations for leaving and what we have found, or hope to find, in the next phases of our careers. This week Liam…

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