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.


Examples of St. Mary's Projects in Neuroscience:

St. Mary's Projects (click the names to open the project abstract in a new window)

  • Bouslog, Chris (2012). Social play behavior in rats effected by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and tactile simulation. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Burke, Jesse (2012). The impact of adolescent exposure to olanzapine on adult cognitive performance. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Dippel, W. Chris (2012). Cognitive and behavioral impairments evaluated in the neonatal ventral hippocampus lesion model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Ehrig, William (2012). The effect of prenatal fluoxetine exposure and neonatal tactile stimulation on motor and cognitive behavior in adult rats. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Flynn, Elise (2012). The effect of cocaine or natural reward in the NVHL animal model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Goluskin, Sasha (2012). Investigating the role of the 5-HT1B receptor in the CA1 of rats. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Jones, Shelby (2012). Cognitive and behavioral impairments evaluated in the neonatal ventral hippocampus lesion model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Miller, Emily (2012). Effects of cocaine on behavior in the NVHL model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Placek, Katerina (2012). Early postnatal sensory stimulation as a means to overcome emotional deficits from gestational exposure to fluoxetine. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Rees, Steven (2012). Ethanol influence modeling: Investigation and experimentation. (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar)
  • Romano, Alison (2012). Modeling disorders with the DIVA model:  A look at ataxic dysarthria. (Mentor: A. Jamieson)
  • Singley, Rachel (2012). Ototoxicity and otoprotection in the Carassius auratus lateral line system. (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar)
  • Bernstein, Julie (2011).  Perinatal exposure to Bisphenol-A : alterations in adult behavior and dopaminergic functioning. (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Brack, Cody (2011).  Short- and long-term effects of gentamicin on auditory thresholds in the goldfish (Carassius auratus).  (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar) 
  • Cammarata, Erin (2011).  Temporoammonic excitation of CA1 cells in an animal model of depression. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Flerlage, W. Jesse (2011).  Role of delta FosB in enhanced incubation of cocaine craving in the neonatal ventral hippocampal lesion model of schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Holmes, Ashley (2011).  Effects of orexin A in the nucleus basalis magnocellaris (nBM) on olfactory discrimination acquisition and reversal.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Kallevang, Jonathan (2011).  Performance on hippocampal dependent tasks in the cycad model of Parkinson’s disease in rats  (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Mikael, Makeda (2011).  Maternal separation as an animal model of depression.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)  
  • Mirenzi, Aaron (2011).  Analyzing the gender aftereffect in biological motion : the effects of adaptation to static and dynamic stimuli.  (Mentor: E. Hiris) 
  • Parr, Christina (2010).  Odor and spatial working memory in an environmentally-induced animal model of Parkinsonism. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Severino, Amie (2011).  Effects of ethanol on mechanoreceptor activity in the medicinal leech (Hirudo verbana).  (Mentor: M. Baltzley)
  • Swanson, Thomas (2011).  Effect of adolescent olanzapine administration on dendritic branching in the hippocampal circuit. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Tracy, Megan (2011).  Investigating the efficacy of antipsychotic drug treatment on an animal model of schizophrenia.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Chaudhary, Sheena (2010).  Long-term Effects of Adolescent Antipsychotic Drug Treatment on Reward-related Behavior and Cognition Functioning in Adult Rats. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Cole, Trey (2010).  The Effects of Adolescent Stress on Adult Working Memory and Susceptibility to Drug Addiction in a Neurodevelopmental Animal Model of Schizophrenia.  (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Fomum-Mugri, Larissa (2010).  An Investigation of Preclinical Cognitive Impairments in the Rat Cycad Progressive Model of Parkinson’s Disease. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Gibbons, Kaitlin (2010).  Connectivity between Mechanosensory P Cells in the Leeches Hirudo verbana and Macrobdella decora. (Mentor: M. Baltzley) 
  • Hernandez, Alex (2010).  The Impact Of A Four-Week Escalating Dose Regimen Of Methamphetamine On Cognition And Serotonin Levels Within The Hippocampus In Adult And Adolescent Rats.  (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Kircher, Dan (2010).  Perinatal Exposure to Bisphenol-A: Does it Produce Similar Behavioral Deficits to Those Observed in Animal Models of Schizophrenia?  (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Konka, Kimmie  (2010).  Investigating the Effects of Postnatal Exposure to Prozac on Adult Rat Motor and Emotional Behavior.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)  Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Lewis, Christopher (2010).  The Influence of Voice Gender on the Perceived Sex of Biological Motion.  (Mentor: E. Hiris) 
  • Nguyen, Minh Bao (2010).  The Effect of White Noise on Primary Stress Response in Zebrafish (Danio rerio). (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar)
  • Nichols, Caitlin (2010).  The Relation between Positive Computed Tomography Findings and Symptom Manifestations in Concussed Children.  (Mentor: M. Baltzley)
  • Piantadosi, Patrick (2010).  The Effect of Intrabasalis Orexin A Infusion on Reversal Learning Performance in Rats with 192 IgG-saporin Lesions of the Nucleus Basalis Magnocellularis. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Piantadosi, Sean (2010).  Examining the Effect of Voluntary Exercise on Spatial Memory, Fear Conditioning and BDNF Levels in the Hippocampus of Male and Female Rats.  (Mentor: A.M. Brady)
  • Rowlands, Abby (2010).  Effects of Isolation Rearing on the Motivational Properties of Cocaine in the Conditioned Place Preference Test.  (Mentor:  A.M. Brady)
  • Selckmann, Gordon Michael (2010).  An Investigation of the Teleost Sensory Saccular Epithelia: Cranial Nerve Arborization and Innervation of the Saccule Sensory Epithelia.  (Mentor:  J. Ramcharitar)
  • Smith, Elizabeth S. (2010).  Combining Two Models of Schizophrenia: Behavioral and Neuronal Implications.  (Mentor:  A.M. Brady)
  • VanBlargan, Laura (2010).  The Effect over Time of Gentamicin on Goldfish Auditory Hair Cell Densities.  (Mentor:  J. Ramcharitar)
  • Graydon, Megan (2009).  Examining Anxiety and Depression in a Rat Model of Alzheimer's Disease. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Johnson, Kaitlyn (2009).  Hippocampal and Cognitive Changes in an Animal Model of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Oben, Marie (2009).  Continuing Exercise after Brief Cessation: The Effects on BDNF Regulation, Depression, and Anxiety. (Mentor: A. Bailey)  Winner of a Myron G. Marlay Award
  • Scurci, Stephanie (2009).  Electrophysiological Study of the Role of Nitric Oxide in Long-Term Depression at the Crayfish Neuromuscular Junction.  (Mentor: J. Ramcharitar)
  • Slomski, Jennifer  (2009).  Use of a Touchscreen to Assess Categorization Learning in Rats.  (Mentor: A.M. Brady)  Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Songrady, Judy (2009).  Environmental Enrichment vs. Cognitive Enrichment in Aged Rats: Effects on Cognition and Hippocampal Neurogenesis.  (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Whitlow, Victoria (2009).  Effects of Neonatal Exposure to Antipsychotic Medication on Neuronal Expression of Glucocorticoid Receptor in the Rat Hippocampus and Medial and Orbital Prefrontal Cortices. (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Whitt, Josh (2009).  The Effects of Prenatal Antipsychotic Exposure on Neuronal Expression of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)
  • Blackwell, Robert (2008).  Cognitive Deficits in Beta-Catenin Knockout Mice: An Endophenotype Approach to Modeling Bipolar Disorder. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, a Geneva Boone Award, and a Myron G. Marlay Award
  • Coster, Jenalee (2008).  The Effects of Voluntary Exercise on Acquisition of an Olfactory Learning Set in Long-Evans Rats with Lesions to the Nucleus Basalis Magnocellularis.  (Mentor: A. Bailey) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Edwards, Margaret (2008). The Effect of Ongoing Adenosine Antagonism at the A1 and A2a Receptor on Long-Term Memory. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Enos, Jennifer (2008). An Attempt to Block the Expression of CS-Potentiated Feeding: Antagonizing NPY Y1 Receptors with BIBP3226. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Logan, Trevor (2008).  Learning Set Acquisition in a Rodent Model of Alzheimer's Disease: The Effects of Continuous Intracerebroventricluar B-Amyloid Infusions on Learning Set Acquisition in Rodents.  (Mentor: A. Bailey)  Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Medley, Vanessa (2008). Examining Behavioral Flexibility in Long-Evans Rats Following Lesions to the Prefrontal Cortex.  (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Saul, Ron (2008). Chronic Activation of the Substantia Nigra Nociceptin/ Orphanin Receptor (NOP) Induces Motor Deficits Similar to Parkinson’s Disease: A Behavioral and Motor Assessment Following Chronic UFP-112 Administration into the SNr. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Ivy, David (2007). Oxidant Stress and Nicotine’s Role in Diffuse Vascular Injury. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • McGill, Jacquelyn (2007). The Effects of Diazepam on Anxiety with Repeated Testing in Rats. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research and a Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant
  • Reid, Chelsea (2007). Periadolescents on Methamphetamine: The Impact of an Escalating Dose Regimen of Methamphetamine on Non-Spatial Working Memory and Serotonin within the Hippocampus. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research 
  • Ruiz, Casimira (2007). Cognitive Deficits and Individual Differences Resulting from Behavioral Sensitization to an Escalating Dose of Methamphetamine. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research  
  • Ward, Caitlin (2007). Conditioned Place Preference and the Effect of Dopamine Antagonism on Cocaine Reward in Adolescent and Adult Rats. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Wiest, Matthew (2007). The Effects of Acute Exercise on a Dominant-Submissive Relationship in Rats. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Asmann, Suzanne (2006). A Behavioral Investigation of an Isolation-Rearing Model of Schizophrenia in Rats. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Calhoon, Gwendolyn (2006). The Effects Of Cognitive Intervention In Adolescence On Behavioral Abnormalities In A Rat Model Of Schizophrenia. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
    Winner of a Myron G. Marlay Award
  • Callahan, Lauren (2006).  The Effects Of Isolation Rearing In Adolescence On Behavioral Sensitization To Methamphetamine In Adulthood. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • Lubben, Jade (2006).  Exercise As A Protective Mechanism Against Chronic Stress Induced Memory Impairments And Hippocampal Damage In Rats. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
  • MacFarland, Megan. (2006).  Sex Differences In The Effects Of Valium On Neuronal Activation And Elevated Plus-Maze Behavior In The Rat. (Mentor: A.M. Brady) 
    Winner of a Myron G. Marlay Award
  • Kallarackal, Angy. (2005). The Effect of Apamin, a Small Conductance Calcium-activated Potassium (SK) Channel Blocker, in a Mouse Model of Neurofibromatosis1. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
  • Shutty, Meagan. (2005).  The Effect of Mucismol, a GABA Agonist, on the Acquisition of Learning Set in Male Long Evans Rats. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
    Winner of a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
  • Chiappelli, Joshua. (2004). Behavioral Functions of 5-HT1A Receptors in Rat Orbitofrontal Cortex. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
    Winner of the Geneva Boone Award for Best SMP in Psychology for 2003-2004 and a Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant
  • Martin, Kelly. (2003). The Effects of Flumazenil on Learning Set Formation in nBM Lesioned Long Evans Rats: GABAergic Influences. (Mentor: A. Bailey) 
    Co-winner of the Geneva Boone Award for Best SMP in Psychology for 2002-2003 and a Sigma Xi Grant