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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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No Monday Seminar 11/17/2014 (Society for Neuroscience 2014 Meeting)

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The Panic of 1893 – History, Emotion and Modeling – 9/22/2014

Wayne Zandbergen PhD, George Mason University The Panic of 1893 was the worst economic crisis encountered by the century-old United States. Like the Great Depression, the 1890’s presented a double dip recession with associated bank panics. Unlike the Depression, in 1893 there was little regulatory infrastructure in place to deal with the ensuing economic problems. […]

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Science, Knowledge and Freedom – 9/15/14

Jim Manzi Founder and Chairman, Applied Predictive Technologies Non-experimental social science is not capable of making useful, reliable, and non-obvious predictions for the effects of most social interventions. Social science very likely can improve its practical utility by conducting many more experiments, and should do so. Even with such improvements, however, it will not be […]

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Biogenesis: the emergence of the fourth geosphere -9/8/14

Dr. Eric Smith Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University In most of 20th century Biology, the individual has been the locus of description, whether with regard to selection, development, or ecology. Efforts to understand the origin of life require that we adopt a wider perspective in which life is a planetary process. In […]

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