Venue & Organizing Committee

The conference will be held at UC San Diego, in The Village Meeting Rooms on 15.

Organizing Committee

Alie Caldwell is a third year in the Neurosciences graduate program at UCSD. She's studying the roles of astrocytes, a non-neuronal brain cell, in how neurons form and shape connections with one another. She is the co-creator, writer, and host of Neuro Transmissions, a YouTube channel dedicated to bringing neuroscience to a broad audience. She can be found at @alie_astrocyte on Twitter. 

Melissa Galinato is a Neurosciences graduate student at UCSD researching methamphetamine addiction. She writes and edits for NeuWriteSD, a student-run blog where she explores ideas about the brain.

Chris Gonzalez is a first year Neuroscience PhD student at UCSD. He is interested in using computational models and analysis to study neural oscillations and physiology underlying sleep architecture.

Rose Hendricks is a third year grad student in Cognitive Science at UCSD. She researches the ways that metaphor shapes our thoughts, perception, and emotions. She explores ideas about language, cognition, and academia on her blog WhatsInABrain and on Twitter (@RoHendricks).

Jarrett Loveletta first year in the Psychology department, studies learning and memory. His work focuses on understanding how humans can optimally acquire, retain, and maintain access to information in educational and other real-world contexts. He digs into these topics in his forthcoming blog, UnClognition, and occasionally on twitter (@UnClogSci). 

Catie Profaci is a second year UCSD Neurosciences graduate student studying the underlying mechanisms of blood-brain barrier breakdown during disease and injury.  Aside from the brain, her passions include running, wine, baseball, spicy food, traveling, cheese, NPR, and Bruce Springsteen.  She feels strongly about the importance of communicating science and loves writing for the UCSD student-run neuroscience blog, NeuWriteSD.  Check out some of her NeuWriteSD blog posts and follow her on Twitter (@cprofaci)!

Drew Schreiner is a first year graduate student in the Psychology department at UCSD studying the neural circuits that underlie actions and decision-making with Dr. Christina Gremel.  When not shining lasers into the brains of mice, he can be found backpacking, hiking, and playing guitar.

Caroline Sferrazza is a first year graduate student in Neurosciences at UCSD. She researches psychiatric illnesses and is currently rotating in the Gage lab at the Salk Institute. She believes that developments in science communication will be pivotal to the improvement of mental healthcare and is a contributor to NeuWrite San Diego.

Melissa Troyer is a graduate student in the cognitive science department at UCSD. Melissa uses human behavior and electrophysiology to study how people access (all sorts of) knowledge when using language. Check out some of her recent blog posts on language and more at NeuWriteSD.