On June 10, the Stanley Lab joined academics across the country in the #ShutDownAcademia, #ShutDownSTEM, and #Strike4BlackLives movement. In solidarity, we did not perform any research nor conduct business as usual, but instead, used the day to reflect and educate ourselves on the injustices in our country as well as within our department. As a group, we then watched Dr. Manu Platt, PhD in a speech that he gave at the 2017 BMES Diversity Award Lecture where he encouraged us all to act now in contributing to make our communities more equitable. We concluded by brainstorming on things we will do as a lab to support Black Lives, diversify our communities, and make the world a more just place for all. We look forward to more of such discussions.
Several members of the Stanley Laboratory recently spent the afternoon at The Children’s School in the 4th grade classroom of former GIFT Program participant Jocelyn Paez. Jocelyn spent several weeks last summer as a member of the Stanley Lab, learning about our research and working with tools designed to make neuroscience accessible to the general public. She planned and implemented a neuroscience module to integrate into her curriculum over the course of several weeks this year. As the culmination of that lesson our group spent the afternoon with her class demonstrating the use of tools for neural electrical recording and guiding the children through the process of designing an experiment, recording data and analyzing their findings.