Category Archive: WSUV Neuro 490 Class

Feb 07

Why the debate on Autism and Vaccines remains a Controversy…

Vaccine Controversy Word Cloud

By Laura Kays, Washington State University Vancouver Neuroscience student A famous study by Andrew Wakefield sparked the debate regarding autism and vaccines between researchers and parents of autistic children. The study investigated an association between the onset of behavioral symptoms reported by parents and administration of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. The study …

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Feb 04

Hash Tags & Retweets: How Social Media Impacts the Vaccine-Autism Controversy


By Imee Williams, Washington State University Vancouver Neuroscience student Vaccines continue to be a controversial public health issue. There have been numerous studies that have supported no causation between vaccines and autism (i.e. Honda et al., Jain et al., and Verstraeten et al.), yet many individuals and families continue to question the safety of vaccines. …

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Apr 23

Neurodiversity: Promoting the Acceptance of Difference or Robbing Individuals of Their Voice?

By Miranda Durst, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student The term neurodiversity may mean many different things depending on who you ask. Currently, the term neurodiversity is part of a larger political movement, typically associated with autism rights. Like many political movements, certain members of the public both strongly agree and disagree with the term neurodiversity and …

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Apr 22

Are we still selective when it comes to Diversity?


By Angela Gonzalez, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student When we see how important “diversity” has become over the past decade or so in schools, communities, and businesses, we think of race, gender, or religion. These three majorly controversial topics are now the first thing that companies and schools pride themselves in. Many colleges now include images …

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Apr 19

Let’s Design a Poster!


By Beija Villalpando, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student You’ve spent countless hours running experiments and analyzing data, and now the time has come to advertise your hard work with a poster. You may be thinking, “how am I going to fit months of research onto my poster?”, but let me stop you there. Your poster should …

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Apr 17

Visualizing Data

Tran-Figure 2

By Alexander Tran, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student Pictures, graphs, charts and tables are all forms of visual aids but how do we know if our visual aids are conveying what we want the audience to perceive? For example, does your visual aid follow the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” or, does it …

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Apr 15

Designing a Professional Poster Guaranteed to Turn Heads


By Diana Latypova, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience Imagine that you have a research convention coming up where you are required to present a professional poster containing a summary of a year’s worth of your research. How do you possibly fit all of your data into a 42’’ by 44’’ poster? The answer is… you don’t. When …

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Mar 26

Violence and Video Games: Is There Really a Correlation?

By Silas Aho, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student The night of May 31 2014, in a town near Wisconsin, a young girl was reportedly tied to a tree and stabbed several times by two of her classmates. The reason for this act of violence was allegedly to appease a fictional character named Slender Man from the …

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Mar 23

Incarcerating Kids: is the Brain to Blame?

A young man in handcuffs

By Courtney Miskell, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student “as any parent knows and as the scientific and sociological studies… tend to confirm, ‘[a] lack of maturity and an underdeveloped sense of responsibility are found in youth more often than in adults” – Justice Anthony Kennedy Crimes committed by juveniles have been in discussion at elevated levels …

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Mar 10

Simplify, Don’t Dumb It Down: the art of getting to the point while respecting your audience

By Jonas Calsbeek, WSU Vancouver Neuroscience student “An alleged scientific discovery has no merit unless it can be explained to a barmaid.” -Ernest Rutherford, Nobel Prize winner (1908) This statement describes the difficulty that scientists face when attempting to explain their research to the general public. Not only is it important to understand complex chemical …

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