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.


Ruiz, Casimira (2007).  Cognitive Deficits and Individual Differences Resulting from Behavioral Sensitization to an Escalating Dose of Methamphetamine.  Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research.
Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Brady


Sixteen rats were administered saline or an escalating dose of methamphetamine (meth) (3 days a week for 5 weeks, increasing 1 mg/kg to 5 mg/kg at 1 mg/kg a week). Locomotor activity of meth-treated animals resulted in sensitized (activity increased by 50% or more) and non-sensitized (activity did not increase by 50%) rats. Following a 4 week withdrawal period, rats were tested for conditioned place preference to determine the rewarding properties of the drug when compared to food. Additionally, rats were tested in a set-shifting task to assess cognitive impairment due to repeated meth use. Meth had no effect on either test for any of the three drug groups (sensitized, non-sensitized and saline).