SFN 2013 Correspondent Reports: Saturday (Day 1)

donfoodDon Noble: La Playa Taco Shop was the place to go in Mission Beach.  Well worth the positive Yelp reviews.

Kara K.: Mother of god I am hungover. I heard talk of people going to the conference center today. I woke up at noon and my whole life hurts. #sfn2013 #alcoholism #stillinmissionbeach #howdoIgetbacktodowntown #goingbacktosleep

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Laura Mariani: The highlight of Saturday was seeing Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison give a talk on the association between mood disorders and creativity at the Fred Kavli Symposium. As the daughter of someone with bipolar disorder, Jamison’s book “An Unquiet Mind,” which is about her own struggle with manic depression, was really composer and NPR personality Bruce Adolphe gave an amazing talk about music and creativity and played an excerpt from a piano concerto he’s writing based on “An Unquiet Mind.” The Neuroscience and Society programming is always interesting, but this year was a standout for me.important to me. At her talk she revealed that she’s currently working on a book about the association between creativity and mental illness in the life and work of Robert Lowell, one of my favorite poets. It was a fangirl moment. At the same symposium, composer and NPR personality Bruce Adolphe gave an amazing talk about music and creativity and played an excerpt from a piano concerto he’s writing based on “An Unquiet Mind.” The Neuroscience and Society programming is always interesting, but this year was a standout for me.

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Eric Maltbie:  I’ve been really impressed with how humble San Diego is.

I was greatly saddened when I learned that the original context for the “America’s finest city” slogan was ironic. Apparently, back in the early 70s there just weren’t enough hotels here to host a large convention, so the mayor held “America’s finest city week” to rebuild San Diego’s reputation after Republicans abandoned it in favor of Miami for hosting the RNC.

shirtBut hey that was 40 years ago, and now there’s a huge convention of neuroscientists to wonder why there are shirts in your fountains, so don’t fret San Diego!

Tom Hennessey: At a seminar from Neuron, clever people talking cleverly to an auditorium of clever people, Eric Kandel name dropped Helen Mayberg as an example of positive motion in a field, psychiatry, that really hasn’t changed very much in the past 40 odd years. Rock on Helen.

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Yvonne Ogbonmwan: I finnished up my preSfN satellite meeting by having wonderful lunch at Lou & Mickey’s with my co-mentor from UGA. Later, myfirst official day of sfn was packed with professional development seminars and I had the wonderful opportunity to talk to scientists in various field outside of academia. Pivturr attached sworffish and sauteed veggies for lunch.

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