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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on No Monday Seminar – 2/9/2015

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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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Canceled: Excitability and Synaptic Integration in Midbrain Dopamine Neurons. – 2/16/2015

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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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Modeling protein interactions and assembly with single-particle reaction-diffusion in solution and the membrane – 2/23/2015

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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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Neuromorphic Applications And Neurorobotics: A Large-Scale Cortical Model For Visually Guided Navigation – 3/2/2015

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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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Limbic System Development Underlying the Emergence of Classical Fear Conditioning in the Rat – 3/16/2015

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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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution 3/23/2015

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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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Theta-burst LTP in the dorsal striatum: its development and use to illuminate striatal dynamics underlying skill learning, and the aberrant learning behind addiction – 3/30/2015

Theta-burst LTP in the dorsal striatum: its development and use to illuminate striatal dynamics underlying skill learning, and the aberrant learning behind addiction – 3/30/2015

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 […]

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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Complexity and the Art of Public Policy – 4/6/2015

Complexity and the Art of Public Policy – 4/6/2015

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 […]

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Monday Seminar, Past Monday Seminars | Comments Off on Expanding the Evidence Base for Nutritional Management of Migraine – 4/13/2015

Expanding the Evidence Base for Nutritional Management of Migraine – 4/13/2015

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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