Top Row: Wayne Kuenzel, Kei Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Wada, Toru Shimizu, Scott Husband, Loreta Medina,
Haru Horita, Connie Siang, Sarah Durand, Alice Powers
This page describes the format and agenda of the avian brain nomenclature forum held in 2002.
Dates and Location: The Forum will be held over a full 3-day period, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, of July 18th, 19th, 20th, in 2002, in the Searle Conference Center, at the Duke University Medical Center. This is the third weekend of July, 2002. The Searle Conference Center has an audio-visual auditorium, 3 rooms for separate conference break out sessions, and a catered restaurant for conference participants. The Forum will begin promptly on Thursday morning, and thus, participants will arrive at the earliest, the Wednesday evening.
Specific Program: On the morning of each day, presentations of a person's or a group of person's hypothesis for removing and renaming telencephalic structures will be given (Table 1). A maximum of eight presentations will be allowed, as more is assumed a less efficient use of time towards accomplishing the objectives. The selection process will be done by the organizing committee, with input from the avi-eaters group.
The primary criteria will be that the proposal must describe which names are to be removed, the new nomenclature, and the basis for the new names. Selection for proposals to be presented will also depend upon the evidence that is published and/or posted on the web site for other persons to view. Evidence can include whatever is necessary to make a convincing argument. This includes connectivity, development, gene expression, brain region function, evolution, ethology, homologies, analogies, and cytoarchitectonics .
Participants have been asked not to present a hypothesis for the first time at the forum, as it is unlikely to be effective towards making a change, since it does not allow enough time for reflection and discussion within the 3-day period. Thus, a forum participant who wishes to present a hypothesis for nomenclature change is required to do so, by email, web site, and/or publication at least 6 months in advance of the forum.
Table 1: Preliminary format of the Avian Brain Nomenclature Forum.
On the afternoon of each day, discussion-debate sessions
will be held to make decisions on the various hypotheses presented (Table
1). To prevent discussions from becoming unwieldy or off the topic, persons
neutral to particular hypotheses will be designated as moderators. On
the third day, final decisions will be made as to what to rename the telencephalic
structures. This can include renaming major subdivisions and individual
brain structures therein, or renaming major subdivisions only. Decisions
will be made by democratic vote (2/3rds), sub-committee, or unanimous
consensus. As of now, the method of making these decisions is left flexible,
and will involve further discussion by the avi-eaters and organizing committee.
Updated by Erich Jarvis 10/24/2000, 7/20/2002
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