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.


VanBlargan, Laura (2010).   Effect of gentamicin on auditory hair cells of goldfish (Carassius auratus) over time.  Mentor: Dr. John Ramcharitar


Aminoglycoside antibiotics have similar ototoxic effects on the hair cells of humans as they do on other vertebrates, including fish, and can result in hearing loss. Fish have the ability to regenerate damaged hair cells, whereas human hair cell death results in permanent hair loss. In order to investigate the regeneration of auditory hair cells after gentamicin injection, I injected goldfish (Carassius auratus) with gentamicin and determined hair cell densities in the saccule over a three week period. The gentamicin had no significant effect on the hair cell densities at any time. Investigating different dosages and injection methods could establish better methods for using goldfish as a model for ototoxicity studies.