Fall 2005, Vol. 6 (no. 2)
This newsletter is created
by the SPR Committee to Promote Student Interests and is sent to current and
recent student and full SPR members.
In our Fall '05 Edition, read about:
This year, SPR will be held in Lisbon, Portugal USA from September 21-24, 2005 at FIL Meeting Centre. Registration, travel, and other conference-related information are available at the SPR website (www.sprweb.org). Registration is due by Sept 2, 2005. After this date please register on-site at the meeting. Save money by registering before August 19, 2005!
If you are looking for a roommate or if you have advice to share with others, the new message board on the SPR Student website can help.
MUSEU NACIONAL DE ARTE ANTIGA
This museum holds the largest collection of Portuguese and old European middle-age and renaissance art existing in the country (e.g.,Santo Antão's Temptations by H. Bosch, A. Durer's St. Hieronymus, S. Vicente's Panels by Nuno Gonçalves).
The collection consists of significant works by Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and her husband, Arpad Szenes. Temporary exhibitions are also held by artists who shared Arpad Szenes' and Vieira da Silva's artistic experiences or with whom they were related.
MUSEU NACIONAL DOS COCHES
(last visit 5.30pm)
Carriages from the Portuguese Royal House and Gala Coaches of the 16th to the 19th centuries. The Museum's assets are remarkable for their historical value, being considered the best of their kind in the world.
MOSTEIRO DOS JERÓNIMOS
10am - 6pm
Portugal´s most famous
monument. A very beautiful combination of Gothic and Renaissance art.
16th-century monastery is one of the few surviving examples of medieval
Manueline architecture and is listed, along with the Torre de Belém, as a
UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also the resting place of Vasco da Gama and
the nation's most famous writer, Luís de Camões.
TORRE DE BELÉ
10am - 6.30pm
It is a short tower where the Portuguese watched out for foreign attack. It was built in 1515 as both a monument to Portuguese maritime discoveries and to protect the mouth of the river.
Open: Tue-Sat: 9am-7pm; Sun and Mon: 9am-5pm; Masses: Tue-Sat at 6.30pm; Sun at 11.30am
The cathedral was originally founded by Portugal's first king, Dom Afonso Henriques (1109-1185) in 1150 to commemorate the defeat of the Moors and is a mix of Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles.
CASTELO DE S. JORGE
9am - 9pm
This majestic medieval castle housed the kings and queens of Portugal until the 16th century. A very interesting castle on the top of a hill. You can see the whole city and also the ocean. A very relaxing place to sit and just enjoy the view!
Alfama - Castelo - Mouraria. One of the oldest quarters in Lisbon (near to the "Sé" and the old castle).
Bairro Alto and Bica. One of the most picturesque quarters in the city (many restaurants and bars around).
Chiado. An elegant shopping district.
Rossio. One of the busiest quarters.
Belém. Linked to Portugal golden age of discoveries as the site where the famous navigators set sail to discover the world (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos e Torre de Belém are there).
AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS ...
ELEVADOR DE SANTA JUSTA
Rua Santa Justa
Open: 7am-10:45 pm (Mon-Fri) 9am-11:45 pm (Sun-Holidays)
This is an elevator that
connects the upper and lower parts of town.
The Elevador de Santa Justa
is the city's most famous lift, a massive wrought-iron contraption at the end
of Rua de Santa Justa, with a cafe at the top.
You should take it all the
way to the top where you will have an amazing view of Lisbon.
ELEVADOR DA GLÓRIA
Open: 7am - 12:55 am
The Elevador da Gloria funicular offers a fast track to the Bairro Alto district. It sets off from the Praca dos Restauradores near the tourist office just north of the Rossio train station.
ELÉCTRICO (tram) 28
Tram 28 is a famous tram that takes you on a journey around some of Lisbon's most famous streets. We caught it from the Praca de Comercio and went up to the Alfama, past the Se Cathedral and Castelo. It can get crowded but they come along every 10 minutes or so.
The Oceanário is the second largest aquarium in Europe. It has huge pools that are home to manta rays, penguins and sharks, as well as adorable otters floating around on their backs.
• Traditionally, the nightlife center has been Bairro Alto, with its fado clubs, traditional, canteen-style bars, and upscale discos. The simplest thing is to walk in and out of a number of them if the place looks especially inviting. Rua da Atalaia is one of the more lively streets. The bars are open until 0400, often with lock-ins.
• Much of the action has moved on to the Docas (Docks) district, just to the east of Ponte 25 de Abril. One bar after another occupies a row of converted warehouses at the Doca de Santo Amaro, with a crowded promenade and tables out front. Back towards the city the Doca de Alcântara has emerged over the last few years as the new place of choice for Lisbon's moneyed professionals and 'in' crowd. At around 2:00 many locals head to the multitude of Lisbon discos, which rock until 6:00 or later, in the nearby Avenida 24 de Julho.
• Located right by the harbor, (east from Praça do Comércio and just opposite to the old train station of Santa Apolónia), there is a popular and very cool retro bar, Lux, which has been fitted out with furniture from 30 years ago (42, R. Gustavo Matos Sequeira, Santa Apolónia).
• The Port Wine House (Solar do Vinho do Porto) is located in an 18th-century palace that takes up an entire city block, and is filled with several hundred varieties of Port available by the glass or bottle (45, Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara, near Bairro Alto).
• Fado is a form of
music that developed in Lisbon in sailors' bars in the late eighteenth
century. Some of the best places to listen to these ancient Portuguese
$ A Parreirinha de Alfama, Beco Espírito Santo, 1, Alfama, tel: 21 8868209.
WHERE TO EAT
Traditional cafes / Terraces:
Bar Cerca Moura
Café Pasteis de Belém
Rua de Belém, 84, Belém
This is the only place to get the original "Pasteis de Belem" which are small, creamy pastries with cinnamon on top. The cafe opened in 1837 and is still going strong today, with over 14000 "pasteis" produced every day, following a very closely-guarded recipe known only to three people in the world (or so they say).
The food in Lisbon is very rich and varied. Fish and seafood abound in the "lisboeta" cuisine because of the fishing traditions of the Portuguese capital. Try the bacalhau (cod fish), it's prepared in a variety of ways, all of them delicious. Traditional sweets are also very varied and tasty.
See the list of restaurants in www.atl-turismolisboa.pt
For cheaper restaurants see also the list below:
In Bairro Alto:
$ Cervejaria Trindade - A brewery near Bairro Alto, with steaks and fresh seafood. A place with beautiful tiles.
Rua Nova da Trindade, 20-B, Tel: 342 35 06
$ A Primavera - typical portuguese specialities
Travessa espera, 34, tel. 21 3420477
$ Tasca do Manel - typical portuguese specialities
R. da Barroca, 24, tel: 21 3463813
$ Baralto - good, but very small (you must reserve)
R. Diário de Notícias, tel: 21 3426739
$ Restaurante 1º de Maio - good specialities (e.g. fish fillet with "açorda")
R. da Atalaia, 8, tel. 21 3426840
$ Cantinho do Bem Estar - very good, one portion for two.
R. do Norte, 46, tel. 21 3464265
$ Restaurante Artis - Serves as a restaurant and, approximately from midnight on, as a bar. The meals are not outstanding, but the mood is cool. Very good music.
Rua do Diário de Notícias, 95/97, tel. 21 342 47 95
$ Brasuca - brazilian food
R. João Pereira da Rosa, 7, tel. 21 3220740
In other places near Lisbon:
$ A Calçada - specialities from Alentejo and other places of Portugal
Calçada da Ajuda, 107, tel.21 3632678
$ Associação do Clube de Vela - fresh fish and a view to the river
Av. Brasília, Doca de Belém, tel. 21 3642711
$ Café Nicola - specialities are Nicola steak and Nicola coffee
Praça D. Pedro IV, Rossio, tel. 21 3460579
$ Tachos - good but very small
Rua dos Poiais de São Bento, 108, S.Bento, tel. 21 3957751
$ Casanova - very good pizzas but usually very crowded
Cais da Pedra à Bica do Sapato ( Sta. Apolónia), tel. 21 8877532
$ Viúva - good relation quality / price
Av. 24 de Julho, Pateo Pizaleiro, 28B, tel. 21 3966680
$ Santo António de Alfama - good apetizers, nice decoration
Beco de São Miguel, 7, Alfama, tel. 21 8881328
$$ Solar dos Presuntos - typical Portuguese food, mainly from Minho
Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, 150, tel. 21 3424253
$$ Mestre Zé - an excellent seafood rice
Praia Guincho, tel. 21 4870275 (West to the city)
$ Cantinho da Paz - indian food
R. da Paz, 4, tel. 21 3901963
$ Cantinho do Aziz - indian food, very, very small
Largo da Rosa, Castelo, tel.21 8876472
$ Sabor a Brasil - brazilian food
Edifício Lisboa, Alameda doa Oceanos, Parque das Nações, tel. 21 8955143
$$ Senhor Peixe - good fish
R. da Pimenta, 35-37, Parque das Nações, tel. 21 8955892
For specific information about Parque das Nações see also www.parquedasnacoes.pt.
· The Open Dinner Meeting with the Committee to Promote Student Interests - ALL SPR student members are welcome!
Date: Friday, September 23
Location: TBA: Look on the Meeting Message Board; Please indicate interest in attending by emailing John Allen at email@example.com
The SPR Student Interest Committee Dinner meeting, open to all SPR students and early career members, will be held Friday night Sept 23 from 7:30-10:00. The location will yet be determined. Interested members please contact John JB Allen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual meeting is a great chance to get involved with SPR. Learn about SPRs student initiatives, help influence SPRs future directions, and eat good food and drink fine beer. Do you have suggestions for improvements in student outreach? Would you like to work with one of our many subcommittees on issues relevant to your research? Please come with your appetite and opinions!
In addition, there are the usual opportunities to meet and mingle with other students and SPR members:
· The Student Social: time and date for this year's festivities remain to be determined, but if past years are any indication, it's an event not to be missed. Keep your eyes peeled for more information as it becomes available!
· Special Interest lunches and dinners: these events are a wonderful way to connect with others who share your research interests. These events are organized on an ongoing basis and are announced in various ways (over email, on the website, and posted on the message board at the conference), so keep your eyes peeled for topics that pique your special interest. Remember, these are typically no-host meals, which means bring your own funds.
RSVP requested prior to September 8,
Thursday, September 22nd
Please watch for an informal meeting of European Student Members (there will be a note regarding when and where at the message board of the conference) where we will discuss establishing a European student network. One goal of this informal meeting is to recruit volunteers in each European country as contact persons who would gather or spread information (e.g. grant possibilities, regulations concerning clinical training, PhD Programs, etc.) in their European country. This network could contribute to the integration of psychophysiology in Europe. Further functions of such a network should be discussed at this meeting.
Please feel free to contact any members of the International Subcommittee or the Committee to Promote Student Interests with questions or ideas. Contact information is listed on the student's web of SPR. We hope to see you at the upcoming meeting in Lisboa!
The Membership Retention subcommittee was formed in response to concerns that the retention rate of female student members may be disproportionately lower than retention rate of male student members. We have been working with the Rees Group to obtain statistics regarding membership patterns. Records indicate approximately 60% of current student members are female, but that only about 30% at the full membership level are female. Whether these data indicate that SPR has a specific problem retaining female members will be the focus of the committee's efforts. Additional factors that may underlie these female membership statistics are a growing population of female graduate students interested in psychophysiology and the possibility that the full membership data are representative of the gender distribution across faculty in psychophysiology-related academic fields more generally. In upcoming months, we hope to obtain more data in order to investigate factors associated with this observed membership pattern.
Are your needs being met? Please feel free to contact members of the committee below with suggestions, questions, comments, or to bond with a fellow psychophysiologist:
This subcommittee maintains and develops the SPR student website. They integrate content from other subcommittees, as well as develop new content as appropriate.
This subcommittee updates and prepares the semi-annual newsletter. The newsletter highlights items of special interest to students, and is timed to go out to members in electronic form in April, and again in August. These deadlines are timed with respect to two major SPR events that the newsletter can highlight for students: May 1 is the deadline for submitting an abstract, and the fall SPR meeting is in most often October, with student poster competition deadlines about one month prior to the meeting. The newsletter will highlight activities of other committees (e.g., Interview), as well as develop content as the committee sees fit.
This subcommittee will interview two SPR members per year. Stephan Moratti conducted a very nice interview with Brigitte Rockstroh, our first interviewee. We have a list of questions that was developed with the assistance of many members, and one that can form the core of any interview, with additional questions to be added as appropriate. At our recent meeting in DC, committee members suggested that it would be good to interview a post-doctoral fellow or new faculty member, and also to specifically inquire about the job market and interview/hiring experiences. The interviews ideally should be completed in time to highlight in each newsletter.
International Students Subcommittee
International students comprise a substantial proportion of the student membership, but also appear to be less likely to remain members after graduation. There are likely a variety of factors responsible, but the International Students Subcommittee can examine ways in which SPR can better address the needs of international students. Stephan Moratti developed an international exchange web page that allows interested labs to host students from other laboratories. Worth considering is that the 2005 meeting is in Lisbon Portugal. As that meeting draws near, one of the things the subcommittee can do is to make sure that student needs and interests are anticipated for this European meeting. The last European meeting in Granada, Spain was very popular and appeared to attract many European students.
Post-doctoral "Student" Subcommittee
Postdoctoral students have specific needs that overlap with those of student members. Recent efforts of our committee led to a reduced fee structure for recent graduates, but surely there are other issues that our committee might address.
Meeting Events Subcommittee
Each year we attempt to find a local student host for the annual meeting. This local host finds info on cheap eats, cheap excursions, and cheap transportation to the hotel. The student host also assists in finding a place for the SPR sponsored student social, and does whatever else seems appropriate to make the conference fun, informative, and affordable for students.
Program Committee Representative
Each year one of our student members sits on the program committee to ensure that the student voice is represented. This position also allows the student member to get an inside glimpse of the meeting planning, involves reviewing abstracts, and begets the immense gratitude of the membership.
Membership Retention Subcommittee
Works to identify issues affecting the retention of members, especially those of relevance for women.
Clinical Psychophysiology Subcommittee
Students enrolled in clinical programs face an additional set of demands and concerns, and this new subcommittee is working to provide a forum for discussing these issues. Topics of interest include discussing clinical applications of psychophysiology (especially new paradigms, etc) and issues specific to being in clinical programs while conducting psychophysiological research (e.g., accruing clinical hours, applying for internships, post-docs, etc.). The committee is hosting a special interest lunch at this year's annual meeting.
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