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 as an alumni member of 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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Alumni Spotlight


Erin Johnson Speaking to members of Nu Rho Psi

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.