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  • Deb Sarlin | Marching through MiddleMay
    for Nothing Found It seems we can t find what you re looking for Perhaps searching can help Search for Marching through MiddleMay Search for Recent Comments Archives Categories No categories Meta Log in Entries RSS Comments RSS WordPress org

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  • Leadership Fellows: Advice & Insights | Student Life as seen by the Leadership Fellows of Brandeis International Business School
    realistically you end up paying more for taxis and access to things when staying outside the zone Tools for booking your spring break are mostly Internet based I used Expedia kayak Priceline and many other sites My agent surprised me with the deal they were able to get so try calling a travel agent It s free to get quotes I know that my agent used Expedia to book the hotel and Funjet to book the flights I will say make sure everything is confirmed before the day of departure I only say this as Funjet and the airline had some miscommunication for my flights and it gave me a scare at the airport However it did work out just fine Getting around is rather easy Taxis are everywhere There is also a city bus Taxis can range from 10 20 and the city bus is only 1 They both will take USD but make sure to have change The bus drivers won t break large bills and the taxis will either overcharge to not break larger bills or will make change in Pesos The pesos are used everywhere but the exchange rate varies drastically The taxi drivers typically give unfavorable exchange rates Nightlife is very big in Cancun Many tourist and locals go out to have a great time The nightclubs are located in the same block Most clubs have covers that range from 20 100 This cover does include open bar There are covers that will get you into multiple locations This is fun if you feel like hoping around There are many different types of places depending on the type of night you are looking for The most famous club is coco bongo Their cover is 80 100 This comes with open bar and many live shows This is very entertaining If you re looking for a show and a big party save coco bongo for a Friday or Saturday night Mandela night club is a great party spot and is more stereotypical spring break night club Directly behind it is Mandela Beach club This is an open air club located on you guessed it the beach Other fun places are señor frogs city and chuchito perez Daytime activities are plentiful in Cancun You can ride jet skis speedboats canoes go parasailing snorkeling scuba diving swim with dolphins visit the Mayan museum in Cancun or there are many activities that are just outside of Cancun Some of these are Xplore which is a adventure park that has zip lines even one that you go through a ring of fire at night time four wheelers swimming and other things Xcaret is another fun place It s a giant waterpark filled with many activities For day trip activities I recommend booking a tour or renting a car The tours will be more expensive but you don t have to worry about anything I picked renting a car be used tours typically take all day With a rental car you can see more sights in one day My day of adventure was the highlight of the trip My travel mate and I rented a car to visit Chichen Itza the great Mayan pyramid This is a MUST do It is about an hour outside of Cancun After we went to Tulum which is Mayan ruins on the beach This is about two hours from Cancun Then we ventured to Sistema Sac Actun or Grand Cenote This an underwater cave system situated along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula Please google and see how beautiful it is Before heading back we went to Xplore and did some zip lining It was a long day but filled with fun I opted to do everything in one day to get more lazy beach time If you re up for it then do it all in one day I think most people would enjoy doing one or two activities in one day vs many My advice is to shop around for vacation packages call an agent too and book early This trip ran me 1 500 for hotel Royal Solaris and direct airfare JetBlue for 9 days and 8 nights I m sure a better deal could have been found if I booked earlier I only booked about a month prior I recall seeing deals for much less 2 3 months out If you re waiting for a group to decide then act fast I hope this blog helps you get an idea of what spread break in Cancun is like For me it was worth every penny I m looking forward to going back in the near future See you at the playa Written by Omar Sedky MBA 15 Posted in Uncategorized Experiencing World Ready Posted on April 2 2015 by airiz18 No Comments As a second year MBA student at Brandeis International Business School I had the privilege to attend the 2015 World Business Dialogue For an international business student like me studying at Brandeis IBS I need to be a true representation of World Ready and that is where I found World Business Dialogue a perfect opportunity to test my skills The question remains what is World Business Dialogue Why is it useful to attend such conferences How does it help a business student like me The answer can be found by reading the following description of the conference and I can personally verify its authenticity World Business Dialogue is the largest business convention that is hosted every year by the student run non profit initiative of Organisationsforum Wirtschaftskongress OFW University of Cologne They have set the goal to bring together the best international students globally operating companies businesses and distinguished politicians scientists Together they form a multicultural cross generation think tank with the aim to unveil trend setting innovation and cultural shifts in society POWER OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE Jan Pieter Jan Peter Balkenende is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal CDA He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 22 July 2002 until 14 October 2010 After his premiership Balkenende retired from active politics and became a Partner Corporate Responsibility at the professional services firm Ernst Young and became professor of Governance Institutions and Internationalization at the Erasmus University Rotterdam wikipedia Notable speakers of the past include Bill Gates Microsoft Michael Bloomberg former mayor of NYC Dr Josef Ackermann Deutsche Bank Dr Auma Obama Sauti Kuu Foundation and Muhammad Yunus Nobel Peace Prize laureate This year the panel discussions and project presentations focused on areas such as Manipulations in the Digital World War for Talents Artificial Intelligence Role of Political stability and Peace on Economic Growth or vice versa and Ethical Boundaries for Economic Growth PUBLIC PANEL DIGITAL ABSOLUTISM Achim Berg Arvato Dr Robert Epstein AIBRT Wolf Lichtenstein SAS Institute Ksenia Yolkina Yandex Catharina van Delden Innosabi Patrick Bernau Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung The prestigious conference attracts over 2000 applications every year and competitively selects only around 200 based on selection criteria including but not limited to leadership skills quality of application essay about global business topic and their strategic fit and motivation for the betterment of society This year it was held from the 8th 13th March in Cologne Germany I am sure this sounds exciting yet the timing does not work with our Brandeis calendar Well the world doesn t end here There are many opportunities to consider that have different themes schedules and are perfect for our growth Some of them worth mentioning are Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations HPAIR http www hpair org South American Business Forum SABF http www sabf org ar Busines Today http www businesstoday org conferences 40th international conference Asia Pacific Week http asiapacificweek anu edu au Funding For Conferences There are many conferences that help cover the full or partial expense of attending However the student run conferences including World Business Dialogue have no expenses covered That should not hold you back from applying Such conferences have opportunities and limited funding for a few applicants which cover expenses if you are selected to be volunteer part of project or are at a certain merit level Also contacting sponsors including school administration crowd funding campaigns asking for small expense sharing from your friends and family all over the world are the best sources of helping you fund the opportunity of a lifetime Hence find ways and put your business acumen to good use in getting other people or companies to pay for what you are doing Get a t shirt place a company logo on it ask for donations etc At the end I would say definitely try it apply for it and maybe you will get it If you work towards anything statistics suggest you have a 50 50 chance of getting there If you don t try statisticians quite firmly believe that you would never get it Muhammad Farooq Afridi MBA 15 mfarooq brandeis edu Posted in Uncategorized Success Is An Iceberg Posted on March 27 2015 by airiz18 No Comments Written by Leadership Fellow Sebastian Scott MBA 15 A few weeks back as I was looking on LinkedIn I came across a great visualization titled Success Is An Iceberg And although I wasn t able to locate the exact source of the photo I suspect that the Iceberg Theory which was made famous by the writing style of American writer Ernest Hemingway inspired this image To me the message is quite simple the reality is that life is not easy and life is not fair It s easy for everyone to look at someone else and think wow they are successful or they have a good life but sometimes we forget to ask ourselves how did they get there or what do I need to do in order to be that successful And while we read books watch television shows and listen to stories of triumph I don t think we hear enough in detail about the journey and struggle to success The truth of the matter is that success is like an iceberg As spectators we only see the top layer or the final result But it takes much more than just showing up or using your words in order to be successful In order to be successful it takes hard work sacrifice good habits failure persistence being goal oriented focus and risk And even if this formula doesn t pan out as perfectly planned it is your job to get up and keep trying As Brandeis IBS students fighting for the best internships the best jobs academic achievement and leadership positions is a part of every day life But the students that succeed are the ones who show up go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to achieve their goals and dreams The most successful students at Brandeis IBS and most successful people in life are icebergs LinkedIn com Posted in Uncategorized Finals Are Over Welcome Our Upcoming GLOBAL GALA Posted on December 22 2014 by airiz18 No Comments Congratulations We have all gotten through the most stressful weeks now let s take a deep breath and relax See what s waiting It s our beautiful Global Gala For those who are not familiar with this beauty the Global Gala is an annual celebration event that started January 2014 it s like Diwali like Lunar New Year like La Latinada but much bigger Here you can see many festival celebrations from different cultures including but not limited to different styles of dance fashion shows even some musical instruments that you have never seen before You cannot imagine how fabulous of an event it is The 2nd annual Global Gala will be on January 23rd 2015 No time to wait just show up to support our Brandeis IBS family or participate no matter what it is singing dancing musical instruments everything interests us Check out pictures from last year s event here If you are interested in performing in a dance playing an instrument or singing walking in our fashion show and or representing your home country in a culture booth please sign up here We are looking forward to seeing you By Xuehai Wei MBA 15 Posted in Uncategorized Travel Mania Maine Posted on November 10 2014 by airiz18 No Comments Being a graduate school student we all get tied up with classes homework quizzes assignments exams and club activities Everyone needs a break from this strenuous schedule One of the beautiful and scenic places near Massachusetts is the Maine coast Located at a distance of 250 miles from Waltham Maine s coast is well known for its beaches lighthouse hikes and lobster clams Places to visit in Maine 1 Cape Elizabeth Portland ME Cape Elizabeth located in Portland Maine along the coast is an ancient lighthouse Cape Elizabeth was established for trade Currently located in Portland it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east Cape Elizabeth being a favorite tourist destination the lighthouse has a museum and a gift shop For enjoying lobster in Portland Dimillo s Restaurant is a must go place Try their fishermen platter for delicious seafood 2 Acadia National Park Bar Harbor ME Acadia National Park is located on the island of Bar Harbor in Maine The park has a varied geography with beaches and mountains Acadia National park has the tallest mountain on the Atlantic Coast in the US You can enjoy various hiking trails from easy to hard difficulty levels in Acadia National park The park s Loop Road has all the major hikes and beaches along this 27 mile road This park also has many scenic lakes stables restaurants and a gift store If you like hiking and want to enjoy the thrill of a difficult hiking trek Precipice Trail is worth a shot 3 Cadillac Mountains Bar Harbor ME 4 Ogunquit Beach ME Ogunquit beach is a beautiful place to visit in summer This beach is located at the exact confluence of the Ogunquit River and the Atlantic Ocean This beach has many shops along the beach and a shower facility available along with parking This beach is located only 80 miles i e 1 and half hour drive from Waltham Do visit this beach in summer 5 Things to Eat Apart from seafood Maine is famous for its blueberries While visiting Maine do not forget to try out the blueberry cookies Seafood is also a must try in Maine I would personally like to suggest you all to utilize your available free time to explore the New England region through all the seasons Enjoy your time here in Waltham and do take the advantage of your proximity to the beautiful and scenic Maine Coast Posted in Uncategorized Fun and Frolic in Bawstaan Posted on October 24 2014 by airiz18 No Comments Dear students Now that your midterms are over it s time to stop thinking about studies and have a little fun It is very important that you take a break enjoy the last days of fall and recharge before finals get here Here are a list of fall activities you can enjoy around Boston right now 1 Pumpkin Carving at Brandeis IBS Do not miss this awesome fun and bonding activity on October 31 st at Brandeis IBS Bring your friends and get creative Warning Cutting through a pumpkin feels good 2 Take a walk through Boston Common Enjoy this beautiful view with a seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte or sipping pumpkin beer at the famous Cheers bar near the park http www cheersboston com main home html 3 Take a trip to neighboring states This picture was taken at Lake Champlain in Vermont a few weeks ago Now is the perfect time to take a quick reasonable trip to the neighboring states where you can enjoy the beautiful view and relax with some fresh air And if you do go to Vermont make sure to pick up some maple syrup as it is the best in the area 4 Celebrate Halloween Halloween is very popular in USA and people love to dress up so join the festivities with a good costume and have some fun Do not forget to take a trip to Salem MA where you will find haunted houses the Witch Museum costume parties and much more For more information check out http salemhalloweencity com 5 Go to a sports event As you might know Boston is a big sports town and as the weather gets colder make sure to attend a Celtics or Bruins game Even if you are not a huge sports fan the energy and passion of Boston sports fans will have you cheering in no time By Vinjola Dhamo Posted in Uncategorized How to Save a Few Dollars in Waltham to Explore the World Posted on October 3 2014 by airiz18 No Comments By Raffi Garcia PhD Student For many of us being in graduate school often means making adjustments to our lifestyle particularly in how we manage our finances As you have probably found out Boston is a great wonderful city but it is also very expensive The fact that Waltham is so close to Boston makes living in Waltham costly As a 3 rd year PhD student I have now been living in the area for a while and have come to figure out a few ways to save money around Waltham that I would like to share with you Save on food toiletries etc One of the advantages of living in Waltham is that the Watch City as it is commonly referred to has both a Costco and a BJ s Most cities have at most one of these two big box retailers This means that there are more opportunities to save on food toiletries etc Costco and BJ s are membership only warehouse clubs that offer merchandise at a discount by taking advantage of economies of scales You can buy pretty much anything from them from meat

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  • American Studies Program
    behind their own and others failure to chronicle this history No Comments Joyce Antler Permalink Posted by musegade When Red was a Scary Color Hollywood and the Blacklist October 24th 2014 A talk by Arnie Reisman screenwriter of Hollywood on Trial 1976 Wednesday October 29th at 5 00 p m Mandel Center G03 Arnie Reisman is an award winning writer producer and performer In 2009 with Ann Carol Grossman he produced for PBS The Powder the Glory a 90 minute film focusing on the business rivalry and cultural influences of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden His national telecasts include Hollywood On Trial Oscar nominated documentary on the blacklist The Other Side of the Moon 90 minute PBS special for 20th anniversary of the lunar landing and PBS AIDS Quarterly with Peter Jennings Since the inception of the series in 1996 he has been a regular panelist on National Public Radio s Says You the weekly comedy quiz show now airing in more than 120 markets He was also the former executive editor of the news weekly Boston After Dark now the Boston Phoenix This October Reisman was named Martha s Vineyard Poet Laureate for a two year term from 2014 2016 No Comments Events Permalink Posted by musegade He s got a vision for backyard farming an interview with Professor Brian Donahue October 22nd 2014 If you know how to do it the time commitment is not huge says Brian Donahue of his farming plan Brian Donahue a Brandeis historian and Massachusetts farmer believes that New Englanders need to grow more of their own food We ll never be entirely self sufficient but if we made better use of our productive land we could make ourselves healthier he argues by eating fresher produce and protecting our environment In a new plan called A New England Food Vision Donahue and some colleagues suggest that we should be growing half of our own food by 2060 To do that we ll need to plant more suburban yards and convert precious timberlands to pasture Read Brian s interview at the Boston Globe No Comments Brian Donahue Permalink Posted by musegade A Screening of Detour 1945 with Introduction and Q A by Noah Isenberg October 14th 2014 Monday October 20 2014 at 7 00 p m Schwartz 106 Noah Isenberg Professor and Chair of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts will introduce and provide Q A for Edgar G Ulmer s 1945 film Detour on October 20th at 7 00 p m in Schwartz 106 Professor Isenberg is the author most recently of Edgar G Ulmer A Filmmaker at the Margins California 2014 which the New York Times called a page turner of a biography His other books include Detour British Film Institute 2008 and as editor Weimar Cinema An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era Columbia 2009 which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title He serves as book review editor of Film Quarterly

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  • Jack of many trades, master of none. — Ross Morrone's Blog
    we consider to be enough to run some data analysis and create a point of contact for our admissions office Name Email Phone Program of interest Zip Code It s simple information but it is enough to move them onto the next step of our admissions process The only questionable input we have here is a zip code but that is important to be able to help our admissions office with the specifics for out of state applicants financial aid and scholarships ahead of time It also can be tied with our online advertising efforts to quantify some data Measurable Metrics As with anything these days you want to be able to measure the success or failure of your work Once we begin to get these two goals implemented into our website redesign I anticipate that we will be able to measure their success by seeing change in the following metrics decrease in our Bounce Rates decrease in Exit on landing pages increase in user information submissions increase in user time on page What goals have you set for your own website this year How do you plan on measuring them What s your opinion Join the conversation below or tweet me rossmorrone No Comments 3 Stages of Marketing To Live By according to Ryan Hanley February 17th 2015 Content Marketing I m in the middle of reading Content Warfare which came out this week and I am almost out of digital highlighter Early in the book Ryan Hanley talks about 3 stages of marketing that will help a brand differentiate itself from competition After reading through the 3 I realized it s a simple equation but if followed correctly the impact can propel your business ahead of competition The main idea is to allow your True Fans to help push your products or services out organically for you True fans are defined by Kevin Kelly co founder of Wired Magazine as someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce They will drive 200 miles to see you sing They will buy the super deluxe re issued hi res box set of your stuff even though they have the low res version They have a Google Alert set for your name They bookmark the eBay page where your out of print editions show up They come to your openings They have you sign their copies They buy the t shirt and the mug and the hat They can t wait till you issue your next work They are True Fans Here is my take 1 Differentiation of Features This is not always the easiest to figure out because it forces you to neglect products that you may think are important to your revenue stream However as I will mention later these products will reap the benefits of selling the hell out of a product that gains you True Fans Start with the features that set you apart from the competition In Higher Ed we all have similar programs but our Engineering program may offer the opportunity to work hands on with technology that the next University can only let you read about This becomes our one of our features 2 Differentiation of Benefits Once you define your features you should have everything you need to define the benefits of your features In the example above I mention that our program has hands on experience worked into our program This becomes the benefit for the customer Coming to our University will get you experience that the next person will only that theory knowledge of As Hanley mentions marketing terms of benefits offered forces a company to think less about itself and more about the customers being served 3 Discovery of what your brand says about people and companies that use your product Although a long titled stage it s probably the most important in the process At this stage you begin to tell the stories of users of your products This is where content marketing is born and the distance between you and the competition grows At this point you have defined the features of your business and the benefit to your customers now it is time to tell the story of the effect of your product Here you highlight and showcase the stories your True Fans but not always want to tell In my opinion this happens organically without our knowledge The conversations that occur in between our marketing efforts by our True Fans to others It s the most important stage but it can not be accomplished without stages 1 and 2 Hanley Ryan 2015 02 16 Content Warfare How to find your audience tell your story and win the battle for attention online p 1 Ryan Hanley Kindle Edition What s your opinion Join the conversation below or tweet me rossmorrone No Comments 5 Content Questions to Ask About Your University Website February 16th 2015 Higher Education When deciding if your website has a content marketing strategy in place the hardest question to answer may be finding out where to start Below is a list of 5 questions that will help you decide if you have a strategy in place as well as how effective it is 1 Do we have a content marketing strategy in place Chances are you and many others are producing a lot of content for your website However is it content that is benefitting your website This is an impossible question to answer if you don t understand what a content marketing strategy is The simple explanation is that a content strategy acts as a guide for all content creators of your organization to follow to ensure that your web pages contain content that is authentic consistent and valuable to the audience The keyword here is guide in the literal sense Having a guide allows content creators to create posts paragraphs and multimedia that keeps the tone of your website consistent The direct beneficiary of this practice is your audience because no

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  • Environmental Central: Be the Change
    already taking rather than driving yourself Take a nature hike with your family as an activity Get out into nature instead of staying home on your electronics Take a reusable bag with you when you go shopping on Black Friday Go around the table at Thanksgiving dinner and say why you re thankful for the environment This will bring people closer to their relationship with the Earth Now some haikus Be Thankful for Earth Food Water Fuel and Turkeys Reduce and Reuse Red Orange Yellow Colors that we need to keep Protect sacred land Let s rejoice today Environmental action Thanksgiving hooray Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for what we have so let s remember to be thankful for the Earth around us Have a great break Comments 0 November 17 2014 Business and The Environment Filed under Uncategorized afortnow 2 09 am Climate change and economic growth often seem at odds with each other Economic growth an increase in GDP per capita occurs with industrial and infrastructure development investment and innovation Yet we face boundaries or negative externalities with a limited supply of resources such as fossil fuels polluting effects from unregulated business and economic activities and the growing issue of climate change Economic growth lifts people out of poverty creates jobs encourages innovation and helps improve the welfare of nations however climate change advocates often claim that undisrupted and unregulated economic growth leads to widespread environmental degradation that will have repercussions over the next hundreds if not thousands of years Can we have economic growth and a sustainable environment where we slow the encroachment of climate change Do we have to choose between no growth and business as usual How can American people respond to this conundrum how can businesses respond This is a question for you to answer At first solutions may seem impossible it may even make you feel hopeless But we need to think more creatively and actively work towards forming the future that both we and our children want to have Many of these solutions must come from businesses that shape our economic growth Not only are businesses responsible to their shareholders who must demand change business are part of larger system that depends on the environment and the welfare of their consumers Businesses that invest or depend on fossil fuels are not making the most sustainable or profitable decisions We see future where our businesses are built on the premise of a triple bottom line profit environmental benefits and humanitarian benefits Instead of a future with less consumption and zero or declining economic growth we advocate to encourage creative green solutions to build a green economy Let s not limit ourselves Let s innovate and act Here are a few ideas that we had Feel free to comment and expand on them Price goods to include the full environmental and health costs This will make sustainable products more profitable Provide products that do not contain toxic chemicals that could harm the environment

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  • Brandeis Insights
    our computing environment But surely we would benefit more if companies were required to share this information Currently all the incentives are for protecting and selling this sort of data not sharing it Nevertheless the Whitehouse proposals offer much that is good both for the consumer and the professional There are a host of devil in the details issues to be worked out but even a baby step is encouraging Posted by Michael Corn Filed in Security No Comments Time does fly February 13th 2015 Despite the snow it s time to get back on the wagon So a quick post before my 9am meeting It s data privacy month and I was asked to do a guest blog again this year for Educause There s a lot of great material on their DPM site so please take a peek and feel free to let me know what you think of my contribution http www educause edu focus areas and initiatives policy and security educause policy community engagement data privacy month Posted by Michael Corn Filed in Uncategorized No Comments Puzzle 1 November 24th 2014 For Brandeisians only u C E9 D E96 2F8FC2 AFKK 6 6E D 368 H E9 2 G6CJ 62DJ 4 A96C E92E 42 36 7 F 5 EC G 2 J H 2 E 4 C 2E qC2 56 D 5 E 65F H E9 E96 A92D6 28 4 362 D E96 DF3 64E 6 96 7 CDE 4 CC64E 2 DH6C H 86E 2 AC K6 2 5 E96 36 E96 6 GJ 7 9 D C 96C 7C 6 5D Hint Rosebud UPDATE We have our winner John Miller had the winning answer in my mailbox at 12 17 this morning John wins a nice mug once it arrives glorifying his cryptographic genius I won t post the answer this morning but will in a longer post this week Less than 3 hours the next one is going to be more difficult Posted by Michael Corn Filed in cryptography Puzzle No Comments WhatsApp November 23rd 2014 Wow http www wired com 2014 11 whatsapp encrypted messaging Almost every international friend I have lives on WhatsApp many of whom live in countries with shall we say undemocratic governments Does this mean that cryptographers are now civil rights heros Oh wait We already have I can t recall anyone ever telling me they went into computer science for reasons of social justice we gotta work on that meme Posted by Michael Corn Filed in Encryption Privacy Social Justice No Comments Spam and Phishing sadly still work November 9th 2014 From Google http googleonlinesecurity blogspot ca 2014 11 behind enemy lines in our war against html Posted by Michael Corn Filed in Uncategorized No Comments A Useful New Resource Gartner at Brandeis November 4th 2014 Just a couple of items tonight We recently signed an agreement with Gartner consulting This agreement allows access to Gartner s library for the faculty staff and students of Brandeis University

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  • Stop and Think | Just another Brandeis University site
    is your first post Edit or delete it then start blogging Just another Brandeis University site Search for Recent Posts Hello world Recent Comments Ms WordPress on Hello world Archives January 2015 Categories Uncategorized Meta Log in Entries RSS Comments

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  • Undergraduate Research
    temperature preference and thermotaxis In a new paper in Nature members of the Garrity lab working in collaboration with the Griffith and Theobald have have identified another protein GR28B D a member of the family of gustatory receptor proteins as another behaviorally important temperature sensor involved in rapid avoidance of high temperatures Authors on the paper include postdocs Lina Ni lead author and Peter Bronk grad students April Lowell Mol Cell Biology and Vincent Panzano PhD 13 Neuroscience undergraduate Juliette Flam 12 and technician Elaine Chang 08 Ni L Bronk P Chang EC Lowell AM Flam JO Panzano VC Theobald DL Griffith LC Garrity PA A gustatory receptor paralogue controls rapid warmth avoidance in Drosophila Nature 2013 story at BrandeisNOW Filed Under science Tagged With Biology Drosophila Garrity lab grad students Griffith lab gustatory receptor neuroscience Postdocs research science blog Theobald lab thermosensation undergraduate research Science Undergraduate Poster Session on August 1 July 2 2013 By division of science Brandeis Summer Scifest an Undergraduate Research Poster Session will be held on Thu Aug 1 2013 Undergraduates from laboratories and research groups throughout the Division of Science including summer visitors and Brandeis students will present posters on their research The poster session will run from 1 3 pm in the Shapiro Science Center atrium Update Abstract submission has closed the abstract book containing the abstracts of all 75 posters is now online Filed Under science Tagged With events science blog Undergrads undergraduate research How does the brain decide whether you like what you eat May 31 2013 By division of science When we encounter a taste we appreciate both its chemosensory properties and its palatability the degree to which the taste is pleasurable or aversive Recent work suggests that the processing of this complex taste experience may involve coordination between multiple brain areas Dissecting these interactions help understand the organization and working of the taste system The lateral hypothalamus LH is a region of the brain important for feeding In a rodent damage the LH and the rodent may starve itself to death stimulate it and you get a curious mix of voracious eating and expressions of disgust over what is being eaten Such data suggest that LH plays a complex game of balancing escape and avoidance palatability and aversion during the evaluation of a taste stimulus Little is known however about how neurons in LH actually respond to tastes of different valences Brandeis postdocs Jennifer Li and Takashi Yoshida undergraduate Kevin Monk 13 and Associate Professor of Psychology Don Katz have recently published a study of neuronal reponses in LH in the Journal of Neuroscience They have shown that taste responsive neurons in LH break neatly down into two groups one that responds preferentially to palatable tastes and one to aversive tastes Virtually every taste neuron in LH could be identified as a palatable or aversive preferring neuron In addition even without considering the specific tastes to which a particular neuron responded these two groups of neurons could be differentiated

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