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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Welcome to Neuroscience

The neurosciences investigate the molecular, cellular, and genetic aspects of nervous system functioning as well as their influences on behavior.  The minor in the neurosciences will allow the exploration of the brain from a biological, chemical, and psychological perspective.  The understanding of the neurosciences requires knowledge about the function of neurons, the function of various brain regions, and their relation to behavior, as well as a grasp of the methodology behind neuroscientific research including development, analysis, and interpretation of experimental studies. 

The goal of the neuroscience minor is to create a cross-disciplinary approach to the neurosciences with each student gaining experience and perspectives from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and psychology.  The minor places a strong emphasis on direct research experience within the neurosciences.  In addition, the neuroscience minor creates an environment where faculty and students work collaboratively and discuss issues of neuroscience. 

Any student with an interest in pursuing the cross-disciplinary minor in the neurosciences should consult with the minor coordinator, Dr. Anne Marie Brady (GH 126, 240-895-4258 or x4358, ambrady@smcm.edu).  Students are encouraged to declare their participation in their sophomore year but no later than the end of the junior year.  Students also should seek an adviser, whether formal or informal, from participating faculty.