- National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
- National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs
- Global Children's Initiative
- Frontiers of Innovation
- Science of Health and Development Initiative
- Students, Education and Leadership Development
Throughout the year, the Center offers work for highly motivated students in its offices at 50 Church Street and in the labs of our affiliated faculty across the campus. Opportunities from providing administrative support and assisting staff with general office work and events to work on projects, such as coding and analyzing data, conducting research and literature reviews, note taking and producing report summaries of meetings.
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Mapping Brain Connectivity
"Mapping Brain Connectivity"In this narrated, 15-minute multimedia presentation, postdoctoral fellow Bobby Kasthuri shares some of the results and insights from his work at the Lichtman Lab, using images and videos that show three-dimensional recreations of actual neural connections in the brain. He also discusses the future direction of this work in helping to understand how early adverse experiences affect connectivity.
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The new field of “connectomics” aims to understand how brains behave at a level not previously possible—examining how entire brains are wired together, how wiring changes as brains grow up, and how interactions with the external world affect this wiring. The Lichtman Lab at Harvard University has pioneered tools to potentially map every connection in a complete brain and started to map the connectome in mouse brains. Now, in collaboration with the Center on the Developing Child, and as part of the Conte Center at Harvard, the lab is recruiting students to contribute to this mapping effort.
Students will use computer-based tracing tools developed with the latest in machine vision research to assist in reconstructing neural circuits imaged at nanometer resolution in order to build colorful, dynamic 3-D images of neural circuitry. In addition to helping reconstruct a visualization of the neural circuits they trace on the computer, students will be training the next generation of machine learning algorithms—which in the future will allow computers to further aid human tracing efforts.
Connectomics image data sets are over 1000 Gigabytes in size and much of that data has never been seen by anyone. Thus, this is a unique opportunity to learn and possibly discover something entirely novel about brain circuitry. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to see and operate the technology that produces nanometer scale connectomes, including electron microscopes.
Required Education, Experience and Skills
The successful applicant will be meticulous and pay great attention to detail. Scientific knowledge and interest is helpful but not required; excellent visual acuity and the ability to trace accurately using computer tools are the most beneficial skills for this work. Interns will be trained to use the tools to identify and trace neural circuits. The candidate should be willing to dedicate 3-4 hours per week to the position. Duties will be conducted on the Harvard Cambridge campus in the Northwest Building. This unpaid position is open to high school students, undergraduates and graduate students.
If you can attend the lab on-site in Cambridge at the Northwest Building, please submit a resume and cover letter to Lisa Haidar at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to remain on a list of interested applicants for when the process is widely available outside of Cambridge, please send your resume and cover letter to Adrianna Lohnes at email@example.com.
The Center for Public Policy at INSPER-Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa in Brazil is looking to take on a Harvard undergraduate student as a summer intern. The candidate will participate in a research project on child development, utilizing longitudinal data from a sample of 5000 people who are from Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The work involves using databases, producing statistics and building tables. The candidate will also help organize the INSPER session of the Núcleo Ciência Pela Infância’s Executive Leadership Course, which takes place in São Paulo, Brazil from June 24-26, 2013.
Opportunity Time Frame: Between June and August, 2013 (minimum 60 days)
Fields of Interest: Business & Economics, Public Policy
Language Requirements: Fluency in English and an intermediate level of Portuguese.
How to Apply: Interested students should fill out the following survey: