This New Directions Initiative would allow me to become a fellow in an intensive five-day short course in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging associated with Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This course will be a significant new direction for me in two important ways. First, I will have the opportunity to directly experience a technique with which I have no previous experience. Though I have taught about some of the advances and controversies involved with fMRI, I have never undertaken an experiment using the technology. Second, brain imaging is accomplished in humans, while I work with rodents. Therefore, this experience will allow me to teach my students more completely about this powerful method used so commonly in neuroscience research and will deepen my understanding of the physiological processes of measured hemodynamic changes in the brain. In addition, I can engage with the scientists in this field for the benefit of my students and myself while providing me with a more educated stance on facilitating an important aspect of science literacy; comparison between popular press summaries and scientific reports.