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"Dude, Where's My Car: Alcohol, Memory and the Developing Brain" to be topic of lecture Jan. 25

January 11, 2006

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Raising an issue of perennial concern on college campuses, Duke University Medical Center Professor Scott Swartzwelder will discuss how alcohol and other drugs can affect learning and memory in adolescents and young adults. His lecture, titled "Dude, Where's My Car: Alcohol, Memory and the Developing Brain," will take place on Jan. 25 at 4:15 p.m. in Dana Auditorium at Middlebury College. The event is free and open to the public.

Scott Swartzwelder

Swartzwelder is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center, and a senior research career scientist for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. His central research involves his studies of the ways in which alcohol and other drugs interact with the brain, particularly with the mechanisms of learning and memory during adolescence and early adulthood. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and has trained dozens of young scientists and clinicians. He also has created and taught several innovative college courses on memory and drug effects, and has consulted extensively as a scientific advisor with a number of national institutes and departments, as well as with numerous public education and policy organizations. 

Swartzwelder is the co-author of several books, including "Just Say Know: Talking With Kids About Drugs and Alcohol" and "Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy." He is a consultant for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and often appears on television and radio broadcasts, such as "CNN Headline News" and National Public Radio. He is a regular contributor to national newspapers and magazines, including USA Today and Discover magazine.

Dana Auditorium is located in the Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125). For more information, contact Joanne Leggett in the Middlebury College Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 802-443-5388 or