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.


Wiest, Matthew (2007).  The Effects of Acute Exercise on a Dominant-Submissive Relationship in Rats.
Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Brady


A dominant submissive relationship (DSR) was established by pairing animals in the straight runway tube task (SRTT) and measuring their behavior for two weeks. Animals were exercised over a ten day testing period, during which DSR behavior was measured. After the treatment period, behavior was measured during social interaction and compared to before the animals were exercised. We were able to successfully establish a DSR by using the SRTT. Non-exercised pairs were measured for c-Fos and the DSR established in the SRTT was determined to differentially activate the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and not the amygdala between dominant and submissive animals. Even though some of the behaviors measured during social interaction were influenced by exercise, dominance behavior was not significantly altered by exercise during the SRTT or social interaction.