Seminars & Events

Thursday, September 11, 2014: Dr. Bevil Conway (Wellesley College) will speak on his research in visual neuroscience and color at 4:30 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

Monday, October 27, 2014: Dr. Todd Gould (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Genes to behaviors to treatments in bipolar disorder" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195

Friday, December 5, 2014:  Dr. Brian Mathur (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Braking bad: Aberrant inhibitory neurotransmission in addiction" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.

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Alumni Highlight

Check out Jordan Gaines Lewis '11's award-winning blog, Gaines on Brains. 

gainesonbrains.com

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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 x4258, 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.