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Title TBC – 4/20/2015

Dr. Greg Wallace Assistant Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences George Washington University

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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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Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution 3/23/2015

Dr. Eric Betzig Group Leader, Janelia Research Campus, HMMI 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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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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Spring Break – No Monday Seminar – 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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Excitability and Synaptic Integration in Midbrain Dopamine Neurons. – 2/16/2015

Dr. Zayd M. Khaliq, Investigator, NINDS   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 focused primarily on synaptic and dendritic properties of dopamine-releasing neurons located in the substantia nigra, which play a central […]

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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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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   An abstract for this Monday Seminar is forthcoming, but the following is a description of Dr. Root’s recent book, which he will be discussing:   DYNAMICS AMONG NATIONS employs insights from the study of complex systems to examine the interdependent, […]

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Science from an NSF Viewpoint – 1/26/2015

Dr. Jim Olds Assistant Director, Directorate for Biological Sciences National Science Foundation NOTE: AS OF 9:45 AM ON MONDAY, 26 JANUARY, THE TALK IS DUE TO TAKE PLACE AS SCHEDULED. IF WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE MARKEDLY WORSE THAN PREDICTED, A NOTIFICATION WILL BE POSTED ON THIS PAGE, AS WELL AS THE KRASNOW HOMEPAGE, AND WILL BE […]

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