Seminars & Events

Friday, October 4, 2013: Dr. Laurie Ryan, SMCM '86 (National Institute on Aging) will speak on "Alzheimer's Disease: Targets and Treatments" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

Monday, October 21, 2013: Dr. Greg Elmer (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Domains and Constructs in Motivation: Where Does the Habenula Fit In?" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195

Friday, October 25, 2013:  Dr. Terry Davidson (American University) will speak on "Why We Overeat and Become Obese?  It Could be What We Think!" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

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Alumni Highlight

Dr. Gwen Calhoon '06 recently received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland Baltimore, and was inducted into Nu Rho Psi.

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SMP Spotlight

Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus present their SMP
Katie Gluskin and Jeff Haus, "Entorhinal Cortex Lesions, Habituation, and Latent Inhibition," 2013. Gluskin and Haus, the 2013 co-winners of the Neuroscience Award, infused a neurotoxin into the entorhinal cortex of rats to induce a lesion, and measured the resulting habituation and latent inhibition behavior within a fear conditioning paradigm.

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Mikael, Makeda (2010).  Maternal separation as an animal model of depression. (Mentor: A. Bailey)

Abstract 

The purpose of this investigation was to determine if there was a need for a second stressor to induce depressive-like behavior in the maternal separation animal model of depression. The stressors used in this investigation were shipment stress and maternal separation. Pups were exposed to two stressors, one stressor, or no stressor. On post natal day (PD) 2, the pups underwent maternal separation (3 hours/15 minutes) until PD 14. All animals underwent behavioral testing (Novelty Suppressed Feeding Test, Sucrose Preference Test, Elevated Plus Maze, Forced Swim Test) in adulthood. Results of the 2-way (Experimental Group x Arrival Method) ANOVA in males and females can be found in the results section with the significance of these results at the conclusion of the paper.