Congressional BRAIN Initiative Briefing on Neuroethics

On Thursday, June 23 (12:00 PM EST), the Congressional BRAIN Initiative is hosting a virtual briefing celebrating the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative and the researchers who are helping advance our understanding of the body’s most complex organ. In recent years we have seen unprecedented progress in [...]

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PsychedelX Virtual Conference

PsychedelX is a free virtual conference, talk competition, and idea incubator open to the general public that features 15-20 minute live and pre-recorded talks from IPN members on any topic related to psychedelics. It will take place from June 9th to the 11th. It launched in 2021 and takes place [...]

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International Neuroethics Society: Call for Posters & Abstracts!

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) invites researchers and clinicians from around the world to submit abstracts for presentation at the 2022 INS Annual Meeting on November 2-4. The hybrid meeting — expected to include online and in-person opportunities — will take place in Montreal, Canada at the Institut de recherches cliniques [...]

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April 22nd – Wharton Neuroscience Student Society Summit

The Wharton Neuroscience Initiative Student Society is hosting their first ever End-Of-The-Year Summit. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Joseph O'Doherty, Director of Brain Machine Interface at Neuralink, will be giving a presentation on the intersection of neuroscience, technology, and business. Followed by business workshopping opportunities, valuable professional networking, refreshments and WiNSS T-Shirts! [...]

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Open Position: Post-doc Fellow in Neuroethics

The Wexler Lab at the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a full-time postdoctoral fellow in neuroethics. This 12-month position will begin in fall 2022; there is a possibility for renewal contingent upon funding. The fellow will work on an [...]

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Students and trainees: Work with the Neuroethics Society!

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) is seeking students, postdocs, and trainees with an interest in neuroethics to apply to serve on the Student/Postdoc Committee. The committee represents the interests of early career professionals learning about and integrating neuroethical principles into their research, scholarship and careers.

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Call for Applications – Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

The Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience (PSSN) program at Columbia University invites applications for interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions to begin on July 1, 2022. Selected applicants will join our existing Presidential Scholars and a large group of mentors and affiliated faculty from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. PSSN [...]

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Call for Applications – Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy

Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP) are now accepting applications! SSNAP 2022 will occur at Duke University from May 22nd to June 4th. These two weeks of intensive training in philosophy and neuroscience aim to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and professors in these fields. A [...]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: SCAN Applications 2021-22

For those interested in applying the the Graduate Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN), please be aware that we are looking to accept students for Spring semester 2022, not Fall semester 2021. The required, foundational SCAN courses will not be offered during their usual time in Fall semester [...]

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Insights on race and neuroscience

Oliver Rollins is a sociologist who knows his way around neuroscience, and a former visiting fellow at the CNS.  He has just published a fascinating article in Nature Human Behavior on the inter-relations between race, racism and neuroscience, with advice for creating an antiracist neuroscience.  Check it out here:

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Sneak peak at next semester’s Book Club books!

Next semester's Book Club choices are... Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, by Robert M. Sapolsky (author appearance Feb 25, 2021) The Problem of Alzheimer's: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It, by Jason [...]

Our recipe for great discussion

Take one fascinating contemporary book on neuroscience and society Add a half dozen expert faculty leading discussions on particular parts of the book Mix well with a diverse group of students and faculty for a stimulating and informative hourlong discussion! Click here to see the upcoming discussions, and don’t forget [...]

Applications for CNS Undergraduate Fellows 2020-21 now open

The Undergraduate Fellows Program at the Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania is made up of juniors and seniors from any school or department who have identified an interest in exploring the intersection of neuroscience and society. Fellows receive access to faculty, distinguished visitors, and special [...]

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Educational Resources for Middle and High Schoolers

For those of you home schooling high schoolers or advanced middle schoolers, the CNS developed a high school curriculum on neuroscience with our friends at the Franklin Institute, which has been taught for several years now in Philly public schools.  Some of the activities need a classroom, but many do [...]

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Opportunities to help launch an Engineering Ethics program at Penn

The School of Engineering & Applied Science is piloting an Engineering Ethics educational program, they need grad students and postdocs with background in bioengineering and/or technology ethics to help develop curriculum materials.  For more information or to apply, contact Brit Shields, Ph.D. at  Applications should include a CV and a [...]

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Neuroethics Essay Contest

The International Neuroethics Society (INS) and the International Youth Neuroscience Association (IYNA) are pleased to announce a call for submissions for the Neuroethics Essay Contest in 2020. Now in its seventh year, the contest aims to promote interest in neuroethics among students and trainees around the world. Participating authors can [...]

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CNS talks and events canceled through April 17

CNS is following the Penn Provost’s recommendation to cancel gatherings through April 17 due to COVID-19 risk.  This includes the April 2 Public Talk by Anna Wexler and the April 8th Lunchtime Conversation with Zab Johnson.  Stay tuned for announcements regarding events after the 17th.  Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

Emily Falk’s Public Talk Featured in the Daily Pennsylvanian

The CNS's first public talk of the academic year (2019-20) by professor Emily Falk was featured in the Daily Pennsylvanian. Dr. Falk discussed her research on how ideas and behaviors spread, particularly in regards to public health advertising. You can read the full article here:        

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