No seminar will be held on February 9th, because of M3C3: Maryland/Mason Meeting for Collaboration on Complexity & Computation, to be held in Research Hall. The Monday Seminars Series will resume on 2/16/2015 with a talk by Dr. Zayd Khaliq entitled Excitability and Synaptic Integration in Midbrain Dopamine Neurons.
Dr. Zayd M. Khaliq, Investigator, NINDS This seminar has been canceled due to inclement weather, but we hope to reschedule Dr. Khaliq for a later date. Abstract: The goal of our research is to understand the mechanism of synaptic integration and excitability of neurons located in the basal ganglia. Initial efforts in the lab have […]
Dr. Margaret Johnson Department of Biophysics Johns Hopkins University We recently developed a free-propagator reweighting (FPR) algorithm that solves reaction-diffusion (RD) dynamics of systems at single particle resolution both accurately and efficiently. The full spatio-temporal resolution of this RD method allows us to model complex biological systems where details like spatial gradients or particle assembly […]
Jeffrey L. Krichmar Department of Cognitive Sciences Department of Computer Science University of California, Irvine Abstract. Neuromorphic engineering takes inspiration from biology to design brain-like systems that are extremely low-power, fault-tolerant, and capable of adaptation to complex environments. The field of neurorobotics has grown into an exciting area of research and engineering. The common goal is twofold: 1) Developing systems that demonstrate some level of cognitive […]
Monday Seminars will resume on 3/16/2015 with a talk by Michael Burman entitled Limbic System Development Underlying the Emergence of Classical Fear Conditioning in the Rat.
Dr. Michael A. Burman, Assistant Professor Dept. of Psychology & Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences University of New England Fear and anxiety disorder have a lifetime incidence of over 25% of the population. Although the neural circuitry involved in fear conditioning in mature organisms is well understood, the development of these circuits is […]
Dr. Eric Betzig Group Leader, Janelia Research Campus, HHMI Co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry As our understanding of biological systems as increased, so has the complexity of our questions and the need for more advanced optical tools to answer them. For example, there is a hundred-fold gap between the resolution of […]
Sarah Hawes Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study George Mason University Dissertation Abstract: Corticostriatal plasticity facilitates action selection and skill learning through dynamic enhancement (“long term potentiation” or LTP) and reduction (“long term depression” or LTD) in communication strength between neurons. Striatal primary neurons are divided into two classes: motor-enhancing “direct” and motor-suppressing “indirect” pathway […]
Dr. David Colander College Professor, Department of Economics Middlebury College Much of the discussion of complexity focuses on the science of complexity. In this talk I will focus on the implications of complexity for public policy–how the advances in complexity science changes the way economists frame policy. I begin by reviewing how the economics profession […]
Dr. Margaret Slavin Assistant Professor Department of Nutrition and Food Studies George Mason University Abstract: Migraine is a prevalent, debilitating, and complex primary headache condition of significant public health concern. While external triggers of migrainous attacks have been noted for centuries, compelling evidence which connects individual foods to headache attacks remains limited. However, lesser-recognized […]
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