The final lectures for the Academic Initiative's open online course were filmed yesterday, on-site at the SENS Foundation Research Center in Mountain View, CA. A very considerable amount of editing work remains to be done, but once that work is complete and the videos are prepared, we will post them on the Academic Initiative's website.
The Academic Initiative's interns presented posters detailing their summer projects yesterday at the SENS Foundation Research Center. We're all proud of the work our interns are doing, and are looking forward to seeing the final results of their projects as they continue their work here.
The Academic Initiative will be done filming the off-site lectures for its online coursework within a month. After that, the Initiative will shoot content at the SENSF Research Center, edit footage, prepare course materials, and prepare our website to accommodate the coursework. In all, we still anticipate that we'll be releasing the coursework by the end of 2012.
The Academic Initiative is likely to see another increased budget in 2013. We plan to offer at least as many scholarships and grants as we're offering this year, while we are nearly certain to expand our summer internship program, bringing in more interns overall and sending them to a greater number of labs. This year, some interns have been placed at the SENS Foundation Research Center, while others have gone to the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. We hope to place more interns at each location next year, and to add new locations.
SENS Foundation's researchers have reached their decisions, and all of the applicants to the SENS Foundation Academic Initiative's 2012 summer internship program have been informed of their status.
Over the last few months, the SENS Foundation Academic Initiative has witnessed a rapid increase in its membership numbers, and in the interest it receives from students across the United States and the world. In order to properly utilize and expand upon this interest, the Initiative will need new volunteers, new ideas, and new projects.
Peter Schapira, an on-site intern at the SENS Foundation Research Center, has spent the last month working on his own project with funding from a $2400 Academic Initiative grant.
A literature review written by Academic Initiative members Adiv Johnson, Kemal Akman, Stuart Calimport, and Daniel Wuttke, with oversight and assistance from two professors who will be listed as co-authors, has been accepted for publication by Rejuvenation Research.
Last month, the Academic Initiative took an early and important step towards the completion of its first online course: we held our first filming, recording a lecture by Dr. Judith Campisi. This will be the first of nine guest lectures we get on video, each of which will be delivered by a well-known and experienced scientist. When we have completed the course, we will make all of the lectures freely available on our website.
In the summer of 2012, the Academic Initiative will bring as many as three interns to the SENS Foundation Research Center in Mountain View, California to participate in SENS research for three months. These interns will receive stipends of $2000 per month. If they are not local to the San Francisco Bay Area, they will also receive a credit towards airfare. Undergraduate, graduate, and medical students are all encouraged to apply.
The goal of the web recon project is to make resources for learning about aging readily available. It is assumed that the target audience will have a wide variation in range of prior knowledge. Therefore, it will include material suitable for novice, intermediate, and advanced students.
Each semester, the SENS Foundation Academic Initiative awards merit-based scholarships to a handful of its students and mentors. This round's winners dedicated significant time and energy to the Initiative, helping it to become the best program it can be.