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.


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.







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.


Nguyen, Minh Bao (2010).   Effect of white noise on primary stress response in zebrafish (Danio rerio).   Mentor: Dr. John Ramcharitar


Very little is known about the effects of chronic anthropogenic noise on fish physiology. Furthermore, little research has been done on the stress response of fishes to long-term noise exposure. Zebrafish are an appealing model for a noise/stress study because they are hearing specialists and a model organism. In this study, zebrafish (Danio rerio) are exposed to Gaussian white noise (114 db re1uPa) over a one hour period. Zebrafish cortisol levels are tested at 0, 15, 20, 40, and 60 minutes of white noise exposure to determine stress response. Cortisol concentrations over time did not prove significant against each other (ANOVA; p > 0.05).