This week’s featured author

This week’s featured author: Nobel laureate Gerard ‘t Hooft (http://ow.ly/euRCv), author and curator of “Gauge theories” http://ow.ly/euRL9.

This week’s featured author: Fred “Rusty” Gage

Along with James B. Aimone and Sebastian Jessberger, Dr. Gage (researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies) wrote a review of Adult neurogenesis. As his bio notes, the “implications of Dr. Gage and colleague’s work go well beyond the academic realm by suggesting the possibility of neuron regrowth after brain damage, a paradigm shifting discovery that has led to new advances in the fields of research and medicine.”

His bio is available on the Scholarpedia Main page.

And they’re off! The competition’s first review is published!

Connectivity and anatomical locations of the FEF and other structures.

Congratulations to Mr. Ryan Fox Squire, Mr. Nicholas A. Steinmetz, and Dr. Tirin Moore (all at Stanford University in California), who have written and published Frontal Eye Field, the first review article of the competition! I encourage everyone to check it out.

How did they get their article out so quickly? Because Squire and colleagues are lucky in having started before the competition was announced. Fortunately for all competitors, this same opportunity is available to anyone who joins the author team of an in-progress article (these are the ones in gray as listed here).

(NOTE:  This is an experiment in the future of scholarship and scholarly collaboration — if you have 30 seconds and are thinking of participating, please fill out this ultra-short survey.)

Might competitions be used to build scholarly wiki-style encyclopedias?

Current and aspiring computational neuroscientists: you are invited to participate in a global experiment in scholarship and collaboration. Scholarpedia, with funding from Brain Corporation, would like to develop as a public resource the world’s most open, comprehensive, current, and scholarly computational neuroscience encyclopedia.

To this end, Brain Corporation is offering $10,000 (US) in prizes for writing and publishing the most popular reviews on topics in this field. As a Scholarpedia entry, each article will, prior to publication, undergo normal vetting and peer-review. Only after an article is published will it be eligible to begin receiving votes.

Once the article is published, it will be made publicly available at Scholarpedia under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Scholarly and scientific information has for too long been diffusely distributed behind pay-walls. By publishing your review article in Scholarpedia, you make it permanently available to all, and can keep it current by revising it as the field advances.

This week’s featured author: Geoffrey Hinton

Image of Geoffrey Hinton Geoffrey Hinton is one of Scholarpedia’s earliest contributors, and is a giant in the field of computer science, cognitive science, and computational neuroscience. He published the article Boltzmann Machine in 2007 and Deep Belief Networks in 2009. The short biography of him can be found on the Scholarpedia main page. Do check it out!