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No Monday Seminar – 2/9/2015

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.

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Canceled: Excitability and Synaptic Integration in Midbrain Dopamine Neurons. – 2/16/2015

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 […]

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Modeling protein interactions and assembly with single-particle reaction-diffusion in solution and the membrane – 2/23/2015

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 […]

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Neuromorphic Applications And Neurorobotics: A Large-Scale Cortical Model For Visually Guided Navigation – 3/2/2015

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 […]

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No Monday Seminar (Spring Break) – 3/9/2015

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.

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Limbic System Development Underlying the Emergence of Classical Fear Conditioning in the Rat – 3/16/2015

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 […]

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Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution 3/23/2015

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 […]

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Complexity in Global Political Economy: What Can Social Science Learn from the Natural Sciences? – 2/2/2015

Dr. Hilton Root Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs George Mason University     DYNAMICS AMONG NATIONS employs insights from the study of complex systems to examine the interdependent, networked environment of today’s global power transitions – as well as the rise and fall of empires in Europe and Asia. For too long, […]

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Science from an NSF Viewpoint – 1/26/2015

Dr. Jim Olds Assistant Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences National Science Foundation   Science Policy is more important than ever. With federal funding for basic research undergoing a secular stagnation, decisions about how to spend those scarce dollars for the greatest return on investment for the American taxpayer take on ever more importance.  In my […]

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Robotic gait training to improve locomotion after spinal cord injury: Translations between rodent models and clinical practice – 10/6/2014

Dr. Nathan Neckel Research Assistant Professor Department of Neuroscience Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Georgetown University Physical therapy is a grueling process usually met with limited gains and quickly reached plateaus of recovery. Many robotic devices have been incorporated into the clinic because they provide a highly repeatable and accurate training experience while lessening the burden […]

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