by Megan Sperry
thinking about: graduate student unions
- University of Pennsylvania: The group Graduate Employees Together (GET-UP) is leading the effort to form a union. They are hoping to hold a vote by May 2017.
- Harvard: Students voted on unionization in November; some ballots remain under challenge because Harvard and the union disagree over which jobs qualify as teaching or research.
- Cornell: Voting March 27-28.
- Duke: Voted in February, with 691 students against the union and 398 in favor. However, ballots were identified from individuals not enrolled as students.
- Yale: In February, the Math, Sociology, History, History of Art, English and Geology and Geophysics departments voted to unionize. The Physics Department voted against unionization.
- Columbia: Voted to unionize, with 1,602 in favor and 623 against. However, Columbia University is claiming that the election was invalid since voters did not have to show identification
doing: taking in the art of neuroscience
Using these data, we then used algorithmic and mathematical simulations to chaotically link up the center points of neurons with the end points of axons and to infuse causality into the connectivity, the most complex part of the project. As microetchings are animated, these connections have timings associated with them and influence connections later made within complex neural circuits. We could control action potential speed, bursting vs. tonic behavior, axon diameter, degree of randomness in connectivity, etc.
reading: Talking as Fast as I Can