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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Alumni Spotlight


Dr. Gwen Calhoon '06

Dr. Gwendolyn Calhoon (Psychology, 2006) received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in May, 2013.  She studied information processing in individual neurons within the basal ganglia for her thesis project, entitled “The Nucleus Accumbens as a Switchboard: Heterosynaptic Suppression in the Ventral Striatum,” which she completed in the laboratory of Dr. Patricio O’Donnell.  In support of this work, Dr. Calhoon earned an Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  Dr. Calhoon was an active participant in her graduate program, notably serving as the chair of the UMB Program in Neuroscience student training committee, for which she was awarded the Elaine Otani Award in 2011.  She also contributed to the broader scientific community, presenting at numerous conferences and chairing the Gordon Research Seminar on Catecholamines in 2013.

Following the completion of her graduate studies, Dr. Calhoon returned to the St. Mary’s Psychology Department in the spring of 2013 to teach Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Neuroscience. During this time, she was inducted into the Nu Rho Psi national neuroscience honor society. Her work has appeared in several peer reviewed journal articles, including a first author paper in Neuron (Calhoon & O’Donnell, 2013, Closing the gate in the limbic striatum: prefrontal suppression of hippocampal and thalamic inputs, Neuron, 78 (1): 181-90).  Dr. Calhoon is looking forward to beginning her postdoctoral work with Dr. Kay Tye at MIT in the spring of 2014.