Houston Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience Proposal

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					             Houston Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
                    2006 Proposal for SfN Chapter Grant
                              Brief Summary

The Houston Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience is submitting a
proposal for the 2007 SfN Chapter Grant for the support of activities that promote
research and public education in the neurosciences organized by the
Neuroscience Research Center (NRC) of The University of Texas Health Science
Center at Houston. These activities promote the goals of the SfN Strategic
Plan.

In an effort to increase the awareness and attendance of the public to two annual
events, we would like to broaden the scope of advertising to promote the events.
We are proposing that the SfN award $2000 in funding for additional advertising
efforts for the following activities:

An annual Public Forum in conjunction with BAW to promote the benefits of brain
research. The topic each year relates to an area of neuroscience research.
Nearly 400 members of the public attend this community event.

An annual event called ‘Brain Night’ at the John P. Mc Govern Museum of Health
and Medical Science. The event is designed for elementary school age children
and their families and includes mini-lectures and brain-related demonstrations.
             Houston Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
                    2007 Proposal for SfN Chapter Grant
                              Specific Goals


  Public Forum
 The annual Public Forum is held in conjunction with BAW to promote the public
 and personal benefits of brain research. The goal of this activity is to promote
 public information and general education about the nature of scientific
 discovery and the results and implications of the latest neuroscience research.
 The topic each year for the Public Forum relates to an area of neuroscience
 research that is of great interest to those in the public sector. Selected faculty
 members of the University of Texas Medical School, who are experts in the
 subject deliver lectures and then answer questions from the audience. A
 reception following each Public Forum event allows participants the opportunity
 to interact with the speakers and local public advocacy groups. Past topics
 include: Revealing the Secrets of the Brain: How it Works; How it Fails, The
 Injured Brain: Stroke and Trauma, and The Developing Brain. Advocacy
 groups that have participated in the past include: The Institute for Rehabilitation
 and Research, Brain Injury Association of Houston, Down Syndrome
 Association of Houston, Mental Health Association of Greater Houston, Special
 Olympics of Texas, and Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Houston.

 Increasing the funds for advertising for the annual Public Forum will allow us to
 reach a greater number of people in promoting the public and personal benefits
 of brain research. Additional funding will allow us to advertise for the forum in
 local publications. More than 400 members of the public attend the Public
 Forum. Increased advertising in local publications will significantly increase
 this number.

Brain Night
The annual event called ‘Brain Night’ is at the John P. Mc Govern Museum of
Health and Medical Science in partnership with the Museum and the Houston
Independent School District. Houston Area Chapter members, postdoctoral
fellows, residents and medical students provide demonstrations and
presentations to teach the children about neuroscience. These “hands on”
activities give the children an opportunity to learn about concepts of
neuroscience at their level.

Increasing the scope of the advertising for the annual ‘Brain Night’ activity will
allow us to reach a greater number of people to promote public information and
general education about the nature of scientific discovery. Additional funding will
allow us to advertise in local publications. Over 800 individuals participate in
activities, from mini-lectures to brain-related demonstrations.          Increased
advertising will increase this number.
                           SfN Chapter Grants Available


Introduction
The SfN Chapters Committee announces the availability of funds for Chapter activities.
Grant funds ranging from $500-$2,000 in total costs will be awarded to individual
Chapters on a competitive basis. Proposals must be received by the SfN Central Office
Chapters office no later than the posted deadline. There are two deadlines per year, but
each Chapter may submit only one proposal per year.

Awards are designed to help new chapters succeed in their local missions, to support
Chapter infrastructure, to promote the goals of the SfN strategic plan
(www.sfn.org/strategicplan) and to support novel initiatives by the Chapters. Chapters
are highly encouraged to solicit matching funds from institutions within their geographic
location.

Other guidelines for the Chapters Committee grants
1. There are three (most) important reasons for making these awards available: 1) to
   help new Chapters succeed or reinvigorate older, dormant chapters, 2) to promote
   goals of the SfN strategic plan (www.sfn.org/strategicplan), and 3) to promote novel
   initiatives linked to neuroscience literacy, education or training.

2. It is important to ensure Chapters spend the money on what they propose to spend it
   on. Accountability will be required. A final financial and project report, with return of
   any unused funds will be due in the SfN Chapters office no later than 30 days after
   the event. If the proposal does not involve a discrete “event” but rather purchase of
   some piece of equipment or something that will be used by the chapter for multiple
   events receipts should be submitted.

3. Chapters Committee members may visit Chapters during events for which funds are
   provided, particularly for new initiatives, i.e., to monitor success.

4. The awardees and the purposes of the awards will be announced on the SfN
   webpage and in the Neuroscience Nexus, SfN’s monthly On-line newsletter.

5. For Brain Awareness Week-related activities, the Chapters Committee encourages
   the solicitation of matching funds. The SfN Chapters Committee will also seek
   additional funding sources for these initiatives to be announced at a later date.
                           SfN Chapters Grant Proposal
                                Application Form

1. Name of Chapter: Houston Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience

2. Chapter Representative contact information (name/address/phone/fax/e-mail):
   Douglas Baxter (Douglas.Baxter@uth.tmc.edu)
   University of Texas Medical School, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
   6431 Fannin, Room 7.046, Houston, TX 77030
   Tel. 713.500.5565
   Fax 713.500.0621

3. Chapter Treasurer contact information (name/address/phone/fax/e-mail): N/A

4. Checks Payable to: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

5. Mailing address for checks:
   University of Texas Medical School, Department of Neurobiology and
   Anatomy, 6431 Fannin, Room 7.046, Houston, TX 77030

6. Attach a brief summary of the proposal (not more than 150-200 words).

7. Specific Goals of the proposal and how it relates to the SfN strategic plan, BAW
   activities, or otherwise promotes increased Chapter membership and activity
   (750 words/1 page limit).

8. Budget: Explanation and Justification. Travel may be allowed only for visits to
   promote chapter membership and if part of a formal program. Requests for travel
   funds must be accompanied by a compelling justification.

9. Number of current chapter members. (Please indicate the number of faculty, staff,
   postdoctoral trainees, graduate students and undergraduate students).
   242       Faculty members
   2 Staff members
   54 Postdoctoral trainees

10. List of Chapter-sponsored events during the past 3 years. Please include event
    dates and titles.

11. Chapter web page, if applicable: http://nba.uth.tmc.edu/nrc/

12. All chapter awardees are required to submit a final report including detailed budget
    expenditures within 30 days after the funded event or activity. Any unused funds
    must be returned to the SfN.

   Please submit this form by the deadline posted on the web to chapters@sfn.org or
   1121 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005 or fax: 202-962-4941

For SfN Use Only
Proposal Number:
Date of Submission Received:
   Amount Requested:
Amount Awarded:
             Houston Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
                    2007 Proposal for SfN Chapter Grant
                                  Budget


The Houston Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience requests $2000 to
increase advertising for the Brain Awareness Week events hosted by the
University of Texas HSCH Neuroscience Research Center. The increased
advertising funds will be used to place advertisements in local news publications,
which will increase attendance at the two public events: the Public Forum and
Brain Night.

Current costs of advertisements in local publications:

Texas Medical Center News                                $1,214.00 per ad (2 wk)

The Houston Chronicle                                    $1,092.00 per ad (2 wk)


                                                         $2,306.00


Contribution from SfN                                    $2,000.00

Contribution from NRC                                    $ 306.00
              Houston Area Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
                     2007 Proposal for SfN Chapter Grant
                       List of Chapter-Sponsored Events


Public Forum

March 23, 2002 –Genes and the Brain
March 25, 2003 –The Injured Brain: Stroke and Trauma
March 20, 2004 –The Developing Brain
March 19, 2005 –The Aging Brain
March 11, 2006 –Memory

Brain Night

March 20, 2002
March 23, 2003
March 19, 2004
March 24, 2005
March 16, 2006