The Canadian Association for Neuroscience is proud to announce that a team from the Neuroscience Graduate Student Association at the University of British Columbia (UBC) who developed the “Neuroscience Through the Ages” project will be awarded a Neuroscience Outreach & Advocacy Award on Monday, May 14th 2018, during the 12th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting.
The Canadian Association for Neuroscience Advocacy Committee was impressed with the originality of this project, and its novel approach to public outreach. We are very happy to support this student-led initiative.
For the past year, the Neuroscience Graduate Student Association at UBC in Vancouver has been working on a project titled “Neuroscience Through the Ages” online interactive timeline. This project aims to present the history and fundamentals of neuroscience in an interesting and accessible manner – through the wonderful world of cartoon imagery. Over the past year, we have hired and collaborated with science cartoonists, Armin Mortazavi and Aarthi Gobinath, as well as website designer, Luis Bolanos. Content development begins with graduate students working individually or in groups to summarize the key findings and methodological advancements of specific historical researchers across many decades. These students gather information and pictures to help formulate a cartoon mock up (with suggested figures and captions). This information is provided to the cartoonist and the final products are made publicly available through an online interactive timeline. The timeline is a work in progress and can be found at www.historyofneuroscience.com or on twitter @neurohistoons.
The overall aims of the project are to:
- Provide an avenue for graduate students to explore the rich past of neuroscience research, which has laid the foundation for current research
- Encourage graduate students to become better equipped at digesting the findings and significance of past, as well as current, neuroscience publications
- Promote the involvement of neuroscience graduate students within larger outreach projects
- Provide an avenue for accurate neuroscience information to reach a broader audience – specifically by making the history of neuroscience publicly available, visual interesting, and easy to understand
- Instill an interest in and desire to pursue science research in younger individuals
Cartoon Example by Armin Mortazavi:
Cartoon Example by Aarthi Gobinath:
The Canadian Association for Neuroscience is proud to support the development of this project, and applauds the originality, dedication and organisation of the NeuroHistory cartoons team.
Samantha Baglot (MSc Candidate) | Lead Project Organizer and Content Developer
As part of the Neuroscience Graduate Student Association I was involved in coordinating, writing and applying for the UBC Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Initiative award. I was also involved in creating the first mock timeline with suggestions of historical events and important neuroscientists. I am now the lead project organizer, which includes overlooking the involvement and progress of graduate student content developers, professional cartoonists, and a website designer. I also manage website design and social media promotion on twitter!
Jordan Shimell (PhD Candidate) | Project Organizer and Content Developer
As part of the Neuroscience Graduate Student Association executive I helped to write and coordinate the UBC Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Initiative application with students and faculty. I created the first mock timeline with historic events and people that were important contributors to neuroscience. I secured the website domain and helped create prototype designs for layout. I was also the lead content developer on one of our first “Neurohistoons” on Ramon y Cajal, providing suggestions for cartoon ideas, images to base the cartoon off of, and research into Cajal’s early and scientific life.
Eli York (PhD Candidate) | Project Organizer and Content Developer
It has been my honour to contribute to the initial stages of development, as well as to the content of the Neurohistory website through developing timelines for Dr. Wilder Penfield and Dr. Pio del Rio Hortega. I was also involved in the UBC Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Initiative application process to highlight the importance of our website in making neuroscience history
accessible and interactive.
Naila Kuhlmann | Project Developer and Organizer
I was co-president of the Neuroscience Graduate Student Association (GSA) as we were developing the idea for this project and led the application for the UBC Faculty of Medicine Graduate Student Initiative award, which provided the necessary funding to make it a reality. Unfortunately, I had to leave UBC before the project could be followed through, but I put the GSA in contact with Armin before leaving and am very happy to see where it has gone since!
Armin Mortazavi | Lead Cartoonist
One of the most exciting projects I’ve ever worked on! In recent years, I’ve been building my profile as a science cartoonist and this timeline is the epitome of that. I illustrated most of the cartoons for this project, thanks to the input of Sam and the rest of the team. It was great to have so much creative freedom with the artwork too, and I’m excited to see the project grow.
Aarthi Gobinath (PhD) | Cartoonist and Content Developer
It has been such a joy to contribute to this project both as content developer and as a cartoonist. I worked in collaboration with fellow students to create the content for the discover of GFP illustrations. I also created the cartoons depicting the Nobel Prize in 1906 and the contributions of Dr. Rita Levimontalcini.
Luis Bolanos | Website Designer
It has been a pleasure to contribute to the project as the website designer and coder for the interactive timeline. I implemented the initial setup, and continuously add the new cartoons as they come in.
Jill Dosso (PhD Candidate) | Content Developer
Working individually, I researched and provided information on the life and accomplishments of Roger Sperry, and put together ideas for a cartoon based on his life.
Samantha Feldman (MSc Candidate) | Content Developer
Working individually, I conducted research on the life and scientific accomplishments of Dr. Korbinian Brodmann. I synthesized the information I found on Dr. Brodmann into a short comic, suggesting content and imagery for each panel for the cartoonist to draw.
Brett Hathaway (MSc Student) | Content Developer
Working individually, I researched the lives and accomplishments of Donald Hebb and Brenda Milner, and compiled this information into a cartoon format. I provided panel descriptions as well as suggestions and appropriate pictures for the cartoons.
Katelyn Hudak (MSc Candidate) | Content Developer
Working individually, I researched the lives and scientific accomplishments of Theodor Schwann, Alan Hodgkin and Andrew Huxley. I made suggestions for cartoon ideas, provided the necessary pictures for each comic and wrote cartoon panel descriptions.
Ellen Koch (PhD Student) | Content Developer
Both in a group and individually, I contributed to researching and writing a short description of the life and accomplishments of Wilder Penfield and Charles Darwin, and put together the ideas for cartoons based on these scientists.
Susan Lin (MSc Candidate) | Content Developer
Working individually, I contributed to the Alois Alzheimer cartoon by researching his life and career, providing cartoon ideas, and writing the panel descriptions.
Yanqi (Anne) Liu (MSc Candidate) | Content Developer
The neurohistoon project was a perfect route to make science understandable to the public audience. Working as a group, I provided contents and suggestions for the first cartoon on Santiago Ramon y Cajal’s contribution to neuroscience. Working individually, I provided contents and suggested layouts for cartoons describing the works of Max Lewandowsky and Oskar & Cécile Vogt.
Amy Smith-Dijak (PhD Student) | Content Developer
I was part of the group that produced the comic about the development of GFP. We researched the process by which this was accomplished, as well as the careers of the major players in the story, and synthesized this into a mock-up for the comic.
Additional content development by: David Cheng, Blair Jovellar, and Matt Sacheli