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May 2019

NSB Seminar – Anthony Burgos-Robles – 5/15

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Weds May 15, noon Tobin Hall 423 Anthony Burgos-Robles, PhD Research Scientist Massachusetts Institute of Technology Amygdala-prefrontal dynamics controlling fear during health and stress-induced disease Abstract: Fear is a crucial emotional response that promotes safety and survival, as it allows individuals to properly respond to threat and danger in their environment.  Yet, when fear becomes excessive and uncontrollable, especially on individuals experiencing too much stress and anxiety, fear becomes pathological and increases vulnerability for the development of psychiatric disorders.  Despite…

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NSB Seminar – Karla Kaun

May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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NSB Summer Seminar Weds, May 22, 2019, 12:00 Location: 423 Tobin Hall Karla R. Kaun Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Brown University  How Alcohol Influences Memory Circuits to Induce Cravings Have you ever wondered why people crave alcohol but not apples? We are wired to seek and respond to rewarding experiences, and drugs of abuse work by hijacking our brain’s reward centers. However, the sheer number and variety of nerve cells within the mammalian brain’s…

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UMass Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Conference

May 28
Campus Center Auditorium, 1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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UMass Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Conference Focus on Neuroengineering Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 12:00 - 8:00pm. University Campus Center Auditorium Abstract submission is closed. There will be free on-site registration. This conference brings together neuroscientists and engineers to find areas of overlap for collaboration. It includes new approaches for visualizing and recording from neurons, manipulating gene expression in neurons, and understanding brain function. Speakers will also talk about interfaces between the brain and the rest of the body and the mechanical forces…

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Workshop on Methods in Systems Neuroscience and Neurotechnology

May 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Campus Center Auditorium, 1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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The workshop is part of the UMass Interdisciplinary Neurosciences conference. The main goal of this workshop is to bring together neuroscience and engineering researchers to discuss modern techniques in neurotechnology.  The intended audience is students (graduate and undergraduate), postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff who have interests in learning about or implementing new technology in their neuroscience research.  In particular, we will discuss viral vector techniques, open-source strategies in electrical and optical neural monitoring and manipulation, and design of experimental tools…

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June 2019

Neurosciences Summer Seminar-Emily Rothwell

June 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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June 12, 2019, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 Emily Rothwell Post Doctorate Researcher Lacreuse Laboratory UMass Amherst Cognition and Aging in Marmosets

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Neurosciences Summer Seminar Series – Rebecca Spencer

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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June 19, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 Rebecca Spencer Associate Professor Somneurolab Psychological and Brain Sciences Fact or Fiction? “My Fitbit told me I don’t sleep enough” and Other Sleep Myths Sleep on it. Sleepy Time Tea. The post-prandial dip. Fact or fiction? Myths about sleep are prevalent. My talk will use these myths to introduce you to the tools we use and some of the work we do.

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Neuroscience Summer Seminar Series – Eric Bittman

June 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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June 26, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 Eric Bittman Professor Emeritus Bittman Laboratory Biology It's about time: Circadian coordination of brain and body function  

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July 2019

Neuroscience Summer Seminar Series – Marcela Fernandez-Peters

July 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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July 3, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 Marcela Fernandez-Peters Visiting Assistant Professor Healey Lab Psychological and Brain Sciences   Effects of neural aromatase on auditory scene processing in songbirds Songbirds like humans are highly social and gregarious species that communicate under often variable and significant levels of background noise. Neurons in the avian secondary auditory cortex (caudomedial nidopallium, NCM) are tolerant to significant levels of background noise. In addition, NCM's auditory response is known to be modulated…

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Neuroscience Summer Seminar Series – Joseph Bergan joined by Eric Strieter

July 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Joe Bergan Assistant Professor Bergan Lab Psychological and Brain Sciences Eric Strieter Associate Professor Strieter Lab Chemistry July 10, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 An in vitro platform for nanobody generation and molecular interrogation of intact neural circuits It is possible to observe neural circuits deep inside tissue samples, revealing neuroanatomy with fine detail while also preserving the macroscopic organization of the intact brain. However, many powerful tools used to understand the molecular organization of…

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Neuroscience Summer Seminar Series – Lisa Sanders

July 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tobin 423, 135 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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July 17, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tobin Hall Room 423 Lisa Sanders Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Research Neurocognition and Perception Laboratory Psychological and Brain Sciences Auditory and Phonological Processing During Natural Language Comprehension Current measures fail to isolate the auditory and phonological processes that contribute to natural speech comprehension from other linguistic and domain-general abilities.  I’ll be submitting an R01 (NICHD) proposal in October that aims to evaluate new event-related potential (ERP) measures specific to the auditory,…

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