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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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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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No Seminar on Columbus Day Recess – 10/13/2014

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Real time imaging of dynamic secretory events to define essential genes involved in regulated secretion – 10/20/2014

Dr. Duy Tran Developmental Glycobiology Section, NIDCR, NIH   Regulated secretion is a critical process by which cells deliver molecules to the cell surface and extracellular space. Secreted cargo is synthesized in the endoplasmic reticulum, traverses the Golgi apparatus and is subsequently loaded into secretory vesicles. Secretion occurs in response to an external stimulus and […]

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How positive emotions impact our success and well-being -10/27/2014

Dr. Beth Cabrera Senior Scholar Center for the Advancement of Well-Being George Mason University   Researchers in the field of positive psychology have discovered a number of benefits associated with positive emotions. Dr. Cabrera will discuss how these benefits contribute to success and well-being and will highlight specific strategies that can be used to create […]

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The Bubble Economy – 11/3/2014

Dr. Robert U. Ayres Emeritus Professor of Economics and Political Science INSEAD   I want to present four theses of possible interest. First, that economic theory today has not caught up with the changes in the world since Adam Smith and David Ricardo. Then externalities were comparatively rare and unusual. Today they are pervasive, thanks […]

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Modeling brain circuitry over a wide range of scales – 11/10/2014

Dr. Pascal Fua École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne   Electron microscopes (EM) can now provide the nanometer resolution that is needed to image synapses, and therefore connections, while Light Microscopes (LM) see at the micrometer resolution required to model the 3D structure of the dendritic network. Since both the arborescence and the connections are integral […]

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