ICLM: Discover, teach, treatI.C. Learning & Memory


Please remember that each of the topics below only need answers that are no longer than a type written page, and preferably less (500 words would be ideal). You only have to answer 4 of the 5 questions!

1- A company recruits you as a consultant: They want to know where to invest in research and development (R&D) in neuroscience. As a renowned expert in learning and memory, they would like your opinion on future directions for your field that may have an impact on treatments for cognitive deficits. The company has teams of physicists, neuroscientists, chemists, etc., all devoted to development of new treatments. You do not have to be specific with details: Instead the company is looking for big picture advise and ideas. Please write a brief report for the company.

2- After one of the lectures in the course, you come up with an exciting idea that brings together research in that professor’s laboratory and in other lecture(s) in the course. You are so excited that you decide to email the professor about your brilliant idea. Please, write that email summarizing your idea and why it is so exciting and important!

3- The Dean of a new University comes to you, an expert in Learning and Memory, for advice concerning a new program in Learning and Memory at the University. The University has decided to develop a state of the art program and they need your advise on what common learning and memory core facilities to develop (core facilities help labs with techniques that are widely used; For example, a behavioral core facility helps researchers carry out behavioral experiments). Please, write a report summarizing and explaining your vision for the cores the department should have.

4- Science Magazine contacts you because they are writing a feature article on technological innovations that are changing how we understand the brain. They contacted a few leading neuroscientists for comments and they very much want your opinion. You decide to write about one technological innovation that will transform neuroscience. Please write that email to Science Magazine.

5- Please, describe the most interesting thing you learned in the course, and explain why you found that particular discovery so engaging.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SEND THE EXAM BY E-MAIL TO silvaa@g.ucla.edu AND alcinojsilva@gmail.com by no later than 5 PM on June 5th, 2019
ALSO, please deliver a hard copy of your exam by no later than 5 PM on June 5th, 2019 to:

Catherine Weston UCLA Dept. of Neurobiology 73-214 CHS Phone: (310) 206-3944 Fax: (310) 825-2224