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Neuroscientist Ben Barres, who identified crucial roles of glial cells, dies at 63 - Stanford Medical Center Report

Stanford Medical Center Report
He was promoted to associate professor of neurobiology and of developmental biology in 1998, and to a full professorship in 2001. In 2008, he became chair of neurobiology. From 2005 on, he was the director of the Masters of Science in Medicine Degree ...

The Loss of a Prominent Neuroscientist and Advocate for Women in Science - HuffPost

I was saddened to read that Ben Barres, M.D., Ph.D., had died recently. His obituary in the New York Timesis worth reading. Ben was a highly respected neuroscientist and chair of the department of neurobiology at Stanford from 2008 until last year ...

Ben Barres, Neuroscientist and Equal-Opportunity Advocate, Dies at 63 - New York Times

New York Times
In 2008 he became chairman of the neurobiology department. “Ben pioneered the idea that glia play a central role in sculpting the wiring diagram of our brain and are integral for maintaining circuit function throughout our lives,” said Thomas Clandinin ...

AbSciCon 2008

Santa Clara, California - United States

Astrobiology is the study of the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. AbSciCon 2008 will convene the global community of scholars engaged in this interdisciplinary effort. Interested scientists and educators are invited to participate. The meeting will combine plenary events with focused topical sessions that broadly relate to the major scientific themes:
# The Astrophysical and Planetary Context for Life
# The Origin and Evolution of Life
# The Search for Life in our Solar System and Beyond
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AbSciCon 2008
United States

Listen to the talks given at the 2008 Astrobiology Science Conference. AbSciCon brought together a global community of scholars engaged in the study of the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.


6th International Biometals Symposium devoted to the importance of metals in biological systems.


European biotechnology convention in Paris including an exhibition, conference, opportunity for innovation and technology transfer and a career fair.

Korea South

High-level conference, international exhibition, and partnership event at OsongBio-Technopolis, Cheongju City, Korea; October 8 - 10, 2008.

Kentucky Cicada Watch 2008
United States

Reporting on the 2008 Brood VIX periodical cicada emergence in Kentucky. From the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

Rare Birds Yearbook 2008

Competition to add to the Rare Birds Yearbook, BirdLife International book focusing on the most endangered species in the world -- their current situation, future prospects, and what can be done to save them for coming generations.

United States

A four-week project based unit for high school science students in biology, chemistry or integrated physics and chemistry.

Top 10 Things Launched Into Space in 2008
United States

Wired story about 2008 space launch cargo, including tardigrades