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    9 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health
    By Alyssa Wright-Brown / December 7, 2022

    9 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

    Social distancing, self-isolation, and lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in fewer face-to-face interactions with others, and there is evidence...

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    Upset About Teaching in Graduate School
    By Nioka Burns / August 15, 2022

    Upset About Teaching in Graduate School

    Forced to Teach while in Graduate school? Take advantage of the System Teaching takes away from research, but here are...

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    Open-Source Fiber Photometry Data Analysis Packages: pMAT vs. GuPPY
    By Kristin Marquardt / June 21, 2022

    Open-Source Fiber Photometry Data Analysis Packages: pMAT vs. GuPPY

    Overall conclusion: pMAT is more user friendly, but GuPPY has more options and flexibility Summary Comparison Table   One of...

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    Can I Start a Family and Still Get Tenure?
    By Penny Kalvin / June 16, 2022

    Can I Start a Family and Still Get Tenure?

    Being a researcher demands a lot from a person. One neuroscientist revealed in a Nature article how she works countless hours a...

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    Why are Neuroscientists transitioning from Academia to Industry? Perspectives from Plexon PhDs
    By plexon / June 2, 2022

    Why are Neuroscientists transitioning from Academia to Industry? Perspectives from Plexon PhDs

    There has been a lot of discussions on Twitter and other platforms about graduate students and post-docs transitioning from academia...

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    Grounding and Referencing for Electrophysiology Recording Systems
    By Andrew Klein / March 14, 2022

    Grounding and Referencing for Electrophysiology Recording Systems

    It has been said, an informed consumer is the best customer. At Plexon Inc, our goal is for users to...

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    Optogenetic Stimulation: Choosing the Right Equipment
    By Nafi Yasar / February 7, 2022

    Optogenetic Stimulation: Choosing the Right Equipment

    Are you thinking about adding optogenetics to your lab? There is no shortage of articles discussing light sources and fiber...

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    Linear Probe Discussion with Prof. Dr. Pascal Fries
    By Pascal Fries / August 9, 2021

    Linear Probe Discussion with Prof. Dr. Pascal Fries

    Linear Probe Discussion with Prof. Dr. Pascal Fries   My question is for beginners, which probe would you recommend for...

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    Causes of Noise in Electrophysiological Recordings
    By Nafi Yasar / June 28, 2021

    Causes of Noise in Electrophysiological Recordings

      A poor ground or reference connection will cause large amplitude noise, which will completely drown out the electrophysiological signal....

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    What is an Isosbestic Control and Why Do You Need it In Fiber Photometry?
    By Kristin Marquardt / April 14, 2021

    What is an Isosbestic Control and Why Do You Need it In Fiber Photometry?

    Data from fluorescent calcium indicators is always reported as a ratio: ΔF/F. This is the same from dyes like Fura-2...

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    Top 5 Tips for Grant Writing
    By Justin Brown / January 22, 2021

    Top 5 Tips for Grant Writing

    Grant writing can be a long and stressful process, so we’ve gathered some grant writing tips to help you get...

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    4 Ways to Show Appreciation in the Workplace
    By Justin Brown / November 25, 2020

    4 Ways to Show Appreciation in the Workplace

    Thanksgiving in America is coming up this week, a perfect time to start thinking about showing appreciation and thanks to...

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    What to do with no SfN in 2020?
    By Justin Brown / October 27, 2020

    What to do with no SfN in 2020?

    As we start to get into the winter season, or as I write from Texas, the mildly less hot season,...

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    Are preprints important?
    By Justin Brown / October 5, 2020

    Are preprints important?

    A preprint is when you make a research article, or part of a research article, available for free either on...

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    Working efficiently from home – Is it possible to stay productive during COVID?
    By Holly Hunsberger / August 11, 2020

    Working efficiently from home – Is it possible to stay productive during COVID?

    Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. You don’t need to work 80 hours in the...

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    Conferences Moving Online: How Will This Change the Future?
    By Lisa Wentzel / June 4, 2020

    Conferences Moving Online: How Will This Change the Future?

    In late February, the Biogen Leadership Conference was held in Boston. Within two weeks it was determined to be the...

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    The Lab Notebook
    By Sam Debes / May 20, 2020

    The Lab Notebook

    You wake up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night. You’ve had a strange dream about the...

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    How to Tackle the Problem of Toxic Labs and Abusive PIs?
    By Joanna Komorowska-Müller / May 5, 2020

    How to Tackle the Problem of Toxic Labs and Abusive PIs?

    Over the course of my studies, I came across a significant amount of people that were working in unhealthy environments...

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    Yoda’s Wise Words on Fear – Turn Concern into Altruistic Action
    By Nioka Burns / March 25, 2020

    Yoda’s Wise Words on Fear – Turn Concern into Altruistic Action

    I am not someone that watches many hours of TV, but this weekend, COVID-19, rain, and a 1-year-old limited what...

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    Transitioning from Academia to Industry
    By Justin Brown / March 23, 2020

    Transitioning from Academia to Industry

    There are a lot of reasons why someone might want to get out of academia and start looking to get...

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