Oct. 2, 2015, 12:30pm (MBH 220):
Karen Hinkle, Norwich University:
"The Beauty of Molecular Switches: Functional Implications for Newly Identified Phosphorylation Sites in Src Family Kinases"
(sponsored by the Biology Department)
Oct. 9, 2015, 12:30pm (MBH 220):
Glen Ernstrom, Biology and Neuroscience, Middlebury College:
"Regulation of neurotransmitter release by the acidification of synaptic vesicles"
Nov. 13, 2015
Nate Kornell, Williams College:
"Why do tests enhance learning?"
(sponsored by the Psych Department)
Dec. 4, 2015, 12:30pm (MBH 220)
Julia Basso, NYU, Center for Neural Science:
“Exercise and the brain: a bi-directional relationship”
(Co-sponsored by the Dept of Psychology and Program in Neuroscience)
Feb 19, 2016
PSYC/NSCI LECTURE: Dr. Jom Hammack
Title: Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST): A nexus for stress and emotion
12:30 pm | MBH 216
Mar. 3-4, 2016:
Danielle Harlow, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Biology Class of '88 Speaker:
Mar. 3 @ 4:30p (MBH 216): General Audience Talk - "Lessons in glial biology: from the bench to clinical trials"
Mar. 4 @ 12:30p (MBH 220): Science Talk - "The Role of B Cells in the Pathophysiology of Multiple Sclerosis"
March 10-11, 2016:
Dr. Catherine Kerr, Brown University:
Mar. 18, 2016, 12:30pm (MBH 220):
David Miller, Vanderbilt University:
"Stop and Go Signals for Remodeling the Nervous System"
April 8, 2016, 12:30pm (MBH 220):
Melissa Glenn, Colby College:
A Beautiful Mind: The Neuroprotective Properties of Dietary Choline
During early life, environmental factors exert significant influence over the developing brain and organize systems and structures in ways that continue to be evident across the lifespan. One particular factor to which the brain is exquisitely tuned is the dietary availability of specific nutrients. In my lab, we study the essential nutrient, choline, and the extent to which its availability during early life is neuroprotective. We have found that pre- and postnatal choline supplementation protects adult rats from the kinds of stressful events or genetic predispositions that can induce depressive- or schizophrenia-like symptoms. We are exploring several hypotheses about how choline may influence the organization and function of neural systems to produce these effects in adulthood, including epigenetic regulation of gene expression, modulation of hippocampal plasticity, and alterations to dopaminergic signaling.