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March 2016

Neuroscience Seminar Series: Josh Whitt ’09 presents “A Tale of Good Timing: Neuronal Control of Circadian Behavioral Rhythms”

March 21, 2016 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Goodpaster Hall room 195, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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Josh Whitt

We are pleased to welcome back SMCM alumnus Josh Whitt '09 who is currently working on his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland,  Baltimore.  Josh will discuss what circadian rhythms and behavior are and how dysfunctions in circadian rhythms may be related to  aspects of mental illness.  He will also discuss his specific interest  in regulation of the large conductance calcium- and voltage-activated potassium (BK) channel and its influence on circadian time-of-day information processing. Co-sponsored by the Lecture & Fine…

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June 2016

Chesapeake Writers’ Conference

June 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - June 25, 2016 @ 10:00 am
Daugherty-Palmer Commons, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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Join us on Maryland’s Western Shore—five minutes from the Chesapeake, ten from the Potomac–for a week of craft talks, lectures, panel discussions, and readings, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. It is possible to receive college course credit for the work you do at the conference. Enrollment is limited; applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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September 2016

Neuroscience Seminar Series: Dr. Michael Krashes presents, “Hunger-driven Motivational State Competition”

September 12, 2016 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Goodpaster Hall room 195, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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The Neurosciences program welcomes Dr. Michael Krashes, an investigator at the National Institutes of Health. "Behavioral choice is ubiquitous in the animal kingdom and is central to goal-oriented behavior. Hypothalamic Agouti-related peptide (AgRP) neurons are critical regulators of appetite. Hungry animals, bombarded by multiple sensory stimuli, are known to modify their behavior during times of caloric need, rapidly adapting to a consistently changing environment. Employing a battery of behavioral assays and real-time monitoring of ARCAgRP activity, we found that hunger significantly increases its capacity…

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October 2016

Neuroscience seminar Series: Dr. Margaret McCarthy presents “Surprising Origins of Sex Differences in the Brain: Lessons from Animal Models”

October 24, 2016 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Goodpaster Hall room 195, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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McCarthy

The Neurosciences program welcomes Dr. Margaret McCarthy, a professor of pharmolcology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. "Hormones sculpt the developing brain early in development to create enduring sex differences in adult physiology and behavior. Contrary to the expectation of direct effects on neurons we have found the neuroimmune cells and endocannabinoids, the brains own marijuana, are critical components of the sex differentiation process. We also find that epigenetic changes to the genome both establish and maintain sex differences. Together these provide sources of…

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February 2017

Neuroscience Seminar Series: Dr. Alexaii Kravitz

February 27 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Goodpaster Hall room 195, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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The Neurosciences program welcomes Dr. Alexaii Kravitz, an investigator at the National Institutes of Health. His topic: "Obesity, Motor Circuitry, and Physical Activity." Dr. Kravitz will discuss links between obesity and inactivity in mice.  He will discuss brain circuits that control movement and how they are altered in obese mice.  He will also explore the relationship between activity and obesity, and ask which comes first: Does obesity cause inactivity, or does inactivity cause obesity? Co-sponsored by the Lecture & Fine Arts…

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March 2017

Fostering Faculty and Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities at SMCM

March 20 @ 2:45 pm - March 21 @ 12:30 pm
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By popular demand, we are organizing a faculty research forum to address the challenges and benefits of integrating research, scholarship and creative activities in the liberal arts curriculum here at St. Mary's College of Maryland. To this end, we have invited Dean Jeffrey M. Osborn, The College of New Jersey who is a recent recipient of the prestigious Fellows Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Dr. Osborn will discuss Developing an Institutional Infrastructure to Support Excellence in Undergraduate Research,…

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April 2017

Neuroscience Seminar Series: Dr. Jordan Gaines Lewis ’11

April 3 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Goodpaster Hall 195, 47645 College Drive
St. Mary's City, 20686 United States
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Gaines-Lewis

The Neurosciences program welcomes alumna Dr. Jordan Gaines Lewis '11,  a neuroscientist and award-winning science writer. Her topic: To Sleep - Perchance, to Breathe: Untangling the Pathophysiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a prevalent sleep disorder characterized by obstruction of the upper airway during sleep, resulting in intermittent hypoxia and fragmented sleep. Patients with OSA are more likely to have elevations in systemic inflammation, hyperactivation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, and develop the metabolic syndrome compared…

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Neuroscience Seminar Series: Dr. Elizabeth Smith ’10

April 17 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Goodpaster Hall 195, 47645 College Drive
St. Mary's City, 20686 United States
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Elizabeth Smith

The Neurosciences program welcomes alumna Dr. Elizabeth Smith ’10, a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her topic is TBA. Liz earned a PhD in psychology with a focus in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Texas in 2015. Co-sponsored by the Lecture & Fine Arts Committee. Counts towards Lecture Reflection Requirement in PSYC303, PSYC490, PSYC493/494

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September 2017

Neuroscience Seminar Series:  Dr. Alex Poulopoulos

September 18 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Goodpaster Hall room 195, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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Alex Poulopoulos

The Neurosciences program welcomes Dr. Alex Poulopoulos, a researcher from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology. His topic: Wiring across hemispheres: New approaches to study how brain circuits form The formation of the brain during development, as well as its function in adulthood, entails the wiring and rewiring of neuronal connections into complex circuitry. To examine the underlying biology that allows such complex circuits to form and to change with experience in meaningful ways, we developed experimental strategies…

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