Seminars & Events
Monday, February 11, 2013: Dr. Daphne Soares (University of Maryland College Park) will speak on "The Sensory World of Cavefishes" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.
Monday, March 4, 2013: Dr. Joe Cheer (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Endogenous Cannabinoids and the Pursuit of Reward" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.
Friday, April 12, 2013: Dr. Jill McGaughy (University of New Hampshire) will speak on "The Role of Cortical Norepinephrine in the Ontogeny of Executive Function" at 3:00 pm in Schaefer Hall 106.
Dr. Erin Johnson '02 recently received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and was inducted as an alumni member of Nu Rho Psi.
Ron Saul, "Chronic activation of the substantia nigra nociceptin/orphanin receptor induces motor deficits similar to Parkinson's disease," 2008. Saul, the 2008 winner of the Neuroscience Award, infused a drug into the substantia nigra of rats and measured the resulting motor behaviors, mood disturbances, and cognitive abilities.
Dr. Erin M. Johnson '02 (Biology & Psychology) completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in April 2008. Her dissertation on “Distinct but complementary roles of TrkB and p75NTR in synaptic development” was awarded an Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award. As a graduate student, Erin won several other awards including the First Place Prize for the Best Poster Presentation at the Annual Neuroscience Day at Dartmouth Medical School, the First Place Prize for the Best Designed Poster at the Annual Neuroscience Cluster Retreat at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Sproull Fellowship awarded from the University of Rochester, and an Interdepartmental Neuroscience Training Grant from the University of Rochester.
Erin has published one article in the Journal of Physiology (Johnson et al., 2007, TrkB is necessary for pruning the climbing fibre-Purkinje cell synapse in the developing murine cerebellum, v. 582, 629-646) and has a second manuscript submitted at the Journal of Neuroscience. Erin has recently begun a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Michigan Medical School. Erin was inducted into the SMCM chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the national neuroscience honor society, on October 24, 2008.