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Amparo network to engage people with Parkinson

A research center at the University of São Paulo has launched a network to promote discussions and foster interdisciplinary treatment of Parkinson's Disease. Fernanda Giacomassi, Agência Universitária de Notícias, 9/28/2016. (In Portuguese.)

With assistance from NeuroMat the Museum of Veterinary Anatomy adheres to open scientific dissemination

The Museum of Veterinary Anatomy, at the University of São Paulo, is currently relicensing all images so they can be uploaded to the open educational repository Wikimedia Commons. These images have had in August several hundred thousands views. This initiative was organized and supported by the NeuroMat scientific dissemination team. Roberta Minhoto, CFMV Sala de Imprensa, 9/22/2016. (In Portuguese.)

GLAM initiative with the Museum of Veterinary Anatomy will load hundreds of valuable images

Members from the User Group Wikimedia in Brazil have established a partnership with the Museum of Veterinary Anatomy of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (MAV-FMVZ) of the University of São Paulo in order to relicense high-quality images of objects from the museum collection and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. The goal is to upload from 300 to 400 pictures of mounted animals, macerated skeletons and anatomical models, with a great scientific, educational and artistic value, especially for projects like Wikipedia. This activity has had the support of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat), from Brazil. As a pilot step, the UG BR has uploaded four images to the Commons. So far, three of these pictures were voluntarily improved by an experienced editor and have been nominated as either valued or featured image. Initial uploads are already featured on Wikipedia pages in Portuguese, English and French, eventually reaching tens of thousands of visitors a day.Text by Célio Costa Filho 08/2016. (In Portuguese.)

Body maps inside the brain

This month Claudia Vargas and Maria Luiza Rangel published the text titled "Os mapas do corpo no cérebro" (Body maps inside the brain) at the "Museu do Amanhã" official website. Vargas is the technical consultant of the museum's exhibition "Sport & Brain", which can be seen until October 2. Vargas is also a NeuroMat co-principal investigator, one of FAPESP's Research, Innovation and Dissemination centers, hosted by the University of São Paulo (USP). Text by Claudia Domingues Vargas & Maria Luiza Rangel, 08/2016. (In Portuguese.)

NeuroMat hosts first-ever Wikipedian-in-residence in Brazil

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat) has hosted David Alves as their Wikipedian-in-residence since April. He has received a grant from the São Paulo Research Foundation to establish a practice of scientific dissemination through Wikipedia in NeuroMat, a top-tier research center at the University of São Paulo. Report by Ed Erhart, Wikimedia Blog, 7/15/2016.

What the frontier of science has to do with Wikipedia

Two months ago a task force with journalists and scientists officially began to improve the content of the mathematical theory of the brain in the Portuguese Wikipedia. This is an initiative of "wiki scientific dissemination", developed in NeuroMat, one of FAPESP's Research, Innovation and Dissemination centers, hosted by the University of São Paulo (USP). Report by Célio Costa Filho, ARede Educa, 6/13/2016. (In Portuguese.)

Experiment sheds new light to learning processes

The time that each of us takes to make a decision increases proportionally to the number of alternatives available to us. How so? This is actually just partially true, according to results from an experiment led by André Helene , professor of the Institute of Biosciences (IB) of USP and researcher at the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat). Report by Tabita Said, Jornal da USP, 6/6/2016. (In Portuguese.)

Neuromathematics Research Center works with Wikipedia to boost science diffusion

Wikipedia, the open-content, online encyclopedia produced by the collaborative efforts of a worldwide community, is one of the most frequently visited websites, yet some say that many of its entries lack a sound scientific basis. To improve the platform’s content in its particular knowledge area, the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RDIC-NeuroMat), one of the RIDCs funded by FAPESP, has set up a task force of journalists and scientists to edit Wikipedia entries and to add new information. Report by Diego Freire, Agência FAPESP, 5/25/2016.

During the Wikipedia Year of Science, a center at USP improves entries on brain theory

The Wikipedia has knowingly attracted a vast audience and henceforth has had a major impact on disseminating science. In order to improve the content of this electronic encyclopedia, the Wiki Education Foundation --a nonprofit organization which works on filling content gaps on Wikipedia-- launched in 2016 the "Year of Science" on the encyclopedia. This effort was exclusive to North America. Yet, the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (RIDC NeuroMat), at USP, launched its own "Year of Science" on Wikipedia. Report by Tabita Said, Jornal da USP, 5/30/2016. (In Portuguese.)

NeuroMat investigates how much time a brain takes to make a decision

On May 15, the member of the Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics (NeuroMat) André Frazão Helene and colleagues published "On Sequence Learning Models: Open-loop Control Not Strictly Guided by Hick’s Law", on Scientific Reports, a journal of Nature's group. "The meaning is that the nervous system, relying on past experiences, generates predictions on what will happen in the future," the researcher explained. Report by Tabita Said, Jornal da USP, 5/23/2016. (In Portuguese).

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