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Angie Voyles Askham

Senior reporter

Angie Voyles Askham is Senior Reporter for Spectrum, where she covers neural circuits and gene therapy, among other topics. She proposed and writes Spectrum Launch, a monthly newsletter for early-career researchers. Before joining Spectrum in 2020, she worked in radio journalism and academic publishing. Voyles Askham has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from NYU and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. You can email her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @avaskham.

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April 2024
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Newly found hypothalamus circuits shape bullying behaviors in mice

by  /  1 April 2024

Activity in the tiny brain region helps submissive rodents learn to avoid aggressors, and aggressive mice to curb their attacks, according to two recent studies.

November 2023
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Running a lab like a startup company: Q&A with Dorothy Tse

by  /  9 November 2023

Adopting an entrepreneurial mindset pushed Tse to define her research priorities as she launched her lab.

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Neuroscientists weigh carbon costs of attending annual meeting

by ,  /  6 November 2023

Travel to the Society for Neuroscience conference is responsible for tens of thousands of metric tons of carbon emissions, according to a new study, but neuroscientists have yet to agree on what that should mean for the future of the in-person meeting.

October 2023
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Vast diversity of human brain cell types revealed in trove of new datasets

by  /  12 October 2023

The collection offers a glimpse into differences in cell composition — across people and brain regions — that may shape neural function.

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How to stay afloat in the flood of scientific literature

by  /  11 October 2023

A combination of automation and social curation can help keep early-career researchers from drowning in the sea of scientific publications.

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Uncertainty and excitement surround one company’s cell therapy for epilepsy

by  /  5 October 2023

After 10 years of work, Neurona may have the data to quiet its skeptics. But its ongoing clinical trial will be the ultimate test.

September 2023
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Six tips for postdoc success

by  /  14 September 2023

Postdoctoral positions are relatively short, so starting out on the right foot can make all the difference. Researchers offer their advice for making that happen.

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How to make the most of your postdoc experience

by  /  14 September 2023

Scientists at different career stages offer advice for new postdoctoral researchers — that and more in this month’s issue of Spectrum launch.

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Magnetic stimulation for autism: Q&A with Xujun Duan

by  /  11 September 2023

A new individualized approach to transcranial magnetic stimulation may one day be an effective treatment for social and communication difficulties, if the results from Duan’s small preliminary trial pan out.

August 2023
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Unwritten rules of tenure

by  /  9 August 2023

Academics are not always aware of the standards — both explicit and implicit — that are used to assess them for promotion. We explore these expectations and more in this month’s issue of the Spectrum Launch newsletter.