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What is the ASN Video Diary History Project?

The ASN History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of current and former American Society of Neurochemistry members and their experiences being a member of the society so that future members may hear directly from veterans and better understand the history of this society and the progress which has been made in the field of neurochemistry over time.

Why should I participate?

In August 2019, the American Society for Neurochemistry will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. To commemorate this special occasion, we would like to create a living history record of video interviews of founding ASN members who are still living, or senior ASN members who have meaningful recollections of the history of the society over the past 50 years. These video vignettes will be used to inspire students, drive membership and encourage long-term contributions to the society.

Interview Guide

Each interview session will be unique. The next page contains an outline (not a script) to help guide you through the video conversation. We highly recommend writing out your answers in advance, then practicing your responses a few times before recording to reduce the amount of editing needed.

  • Please do NOT read from your script on camera, as it will not film well.
  • Record 10 min. maximum, ideally 5 minutes.
  • Have a neutral background such a solid colored wall or wallpaper. Try not to film in front of lab equipment, books, or anything that will look “cluttered” on camera.
  • Make sure you are well lit from the front and do not have a window or bright light behind you.
  • If you have a microphone, please use it. Computer audio is good, but a separate mic is better!
  • Fix your hair and wear formal, simple clothing like you would give a talk. NO shirts or dresses with stripes or busy patterns please.
  • Ladies – a little makeup is ideal. Either mascara OR eyeliner (not both) is recommended.
  • Do not disclose any personal, private information, like your contact information (videos will be publicly posted on an ASN YouTube channel)
  • If you are at a large university, you may want to consider asking your media department to do the filming for you.



Introduction & Biographical Details* (required)

  • Begin by stating your name and organizational affiliation (if any).
  • Where and when were you born?
  • What inspired you to go into neurochemistry?

Membership Experience

  • What year did you join ASN?
  • What were you doing before you joined ASN?
  • How many years have you been a member?  Are you still an active member?
  • How did you find out about the society (mentor, colleague)
  • Who were your mentors in the society and scientific community?
  • What makes ASN distinctive versus other scientific societies to which you belong?
  • What is unique about ASN?


  • What are your fondest memories related to ASN?
  • What kinds of friendships and camaraderie did you form at ASN?
  • How did being a member of ASN help shape your career?
  • Retired scientists: Have you remained in contact with or reunited with fellow colleagues? If so, who?
  • What is your current status regarding ASN (still belong or retired)?
  • *What message would you like to leave for future generations who will view this interview?
  • Please add anything you feel should be added to this interview

How to Record Audio or Video Diaries using Zoom

 Local recording is available to all Zoom subscribers. Local recording means in your computer, not in the cloud.  It allows users to record video and/or audio locally to a computer.  Note: Local recording is not supported on iOS and Android phones. *If you have a paid Zoom account, see cloud recording to use a mobile device. If you have a Zoom account already, skip to step #3.

  1. Visit for a FREE account.
  2. Sign up using your existing Google or Facebook account, or enter your email address & create password (an email will be sent to you for validation).  Follow the prompts to finish signing up.
  3. Sign In with your email address and password.
  4. A screen will open with your profile.  On upper right corner, hover over “Host a Meeting” then select With Video On
  5. Click on Open Zoom Meeting à  a file will download in lower left OR a window will pop up showing Zoom.exe - open the software to launch Zoom. Click on Join with Computer Audio
  6. Your face should appear on the screen à close the popup window that says Click to invite participants
  7. To start recording- click on the Record button in the lower right corner and choose Record on this ComputerYou are now recording!  To pause or stop recording briefly, click the Pause or Stop buttons.
  8. To end the session, click on End Meeting on the bottom right corner, then End Meeting for All. This will end your session so you can save your recording.
  9. A pop-up window will open and show the saved file from recording. Click on file labelled “zoom_0” to play back your recording. The recorded file will be saved in your computer’s Documents folder which will now have a folder “Zoom” automatically created. Inside the Zoom folder,  all of your “zoom_0” files will be saved in subfolders with the specific time and date of the recording.  You can play back all of your files and delete the ones you don’t like.  Feel free to do as many “takes” as you like, but please only send us your BEST audio or video recording!
  10. When you have selected your favorite recording, right click on the file you wish to send us and rename itusing your last then first name as the file name
  11. Send your Zoom file to ASN:
    • Visit the ASN History Project Upload form
    • Enter your name, phone and email address, then upload your file and click submit to send your files to us.  That’s it!


*ASN reserves the right to edit any/all submitted files for content, clarity and brevity.  ASN reserves the right to post any submitted content on their website or social media channels for public viewing.