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Unquenchable Neuroscience

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
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The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE), Fall 2011, 10(1):E1-E1 JUNE is a publication of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) EDITORIAL Unquenchable Neuroscience William Grisham Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563 A couple of my heroes in the history of neuroscience are Rita Levi-Montalcini and Santiago Ramon y Cajal. Levi-Montalcini faced the ferocity of Nazi oppression; Cajal’s work was initially overlooked because he published in Spanish and not German or French, which were the dominant languages of neuroscience in his day. Despite their circumstances, they both showed incredible resourcefulness and continued their work, even working in home laboratories. Although the readers of JUNE probably do not face the adversity that Levi-Montalcini and Cajal did, in many ways JUNE readers embody their spirit. Undergraduate instructors are typically resourceful folks who can do much with little. In the months and years to come funds may be scant. A poor economy leading to declining tax revenues and a loss of wealth in the private sector will probably lead to cuts in tax-based sources and private donations that fund undergraduate research and teaching. Nonetheless, neuroscience as an enterprise and we as educators shall endure. JUNE is here to help. The current issue presents novel and interesting ways to conceptualize a curriculum, to include chemistry as a component of neuroscience education, to employ quantitative neuroanatomy, to integrate outreach and service with neuroscience, to incorporate non-fiction novels and writing in neuroscience courses, and to build low-cost equipment. Maintaining JUNE as a valuable resource is the responsibility of the JUNE readers. Please keep sending submissions with your resourceful ideas, relating to neuroscience education, broadly defined. In particular, the editors would like to so

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