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Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium

The 2021 Glassman Syposium will be held November 4–5

The Glassman Symposium Poster Session seen from a balcony above

Honoring Outstanding Student and Faculty, and Alumni Research in Behavioral and Life Sciences

The Brain Awareness Week Faculty/Student Symposium was renamed the Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium in 2013 in honor of the late Professor of Psychology Robert Glassman, who played a leading role in developing Lake Forest’s popular neuroscience major.

The symposium consists of a series of talks given by Lake Forest College faculty and alumni on November 4 and an poster session where Lake Forest students and alumni will present their original research on November 5. 

November 4 – Faculty/Alumni Talks

7–9 P.M., presentied via Zoom
Request a Zoom link from Dr. Shubhik Debburman at or 847-735-6040. 

Sara ZelenbergSara Zelenberg, PhD

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, Lake Forest College

Cognitive Probabilities: Simulating Human-Like Object Identification in Situations of Uncertainty

7:05 P.M.

Sara ZelenbergNijee Sharma Luthra '04, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Californa, San Francisco

Enhancing Cognitive Resilience in the Parkinson's Disease Brain

7:25 P.M.

Janet McCrackenJanet McCracken, PhD

Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Lake Forest College

Avian Cognition and Socratic Method

7:45 P.M.

Michael WhiteMichael White '07, MD

Assistant Professor of Neuro-Oncology, University of Rochester

Improving and Extending Life for Patients with Metastatic Cancer in the Brain

8:05 P.M.

Vivian TaVivian Ta, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Lake Forest College

A New Frontier for Improving Police-Community Relations

8:35 P.M.

Closing Remarks, Synapse

8:55 P.M.

November 5 – Undergraduate and Alumni Research Poster Session

Abstracts for the poster session will be posted before the event; please check back here for updates. 

4:30–6:30 p.m., Calvin Durand Hall, Mohr Student Center

4:30 P.M. Chicago Society for Neuroscience and Synapse Reception and Unveiling of Annual Neuroscience Sculpture

4:45 - 6:10 P.M. Poster Viewing
Enjoy posters and exhibits by current students and recent alumni of original student/faculty research conducted at Lake Forest, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Midwestern University, Northwestern University, University of Minnesota, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Rush University

6:10 P.M. Closing Ceremony
Introduction, Synapse
Remarks, Lake Forest College President Stephen Schutt
Recognition of student scholars and celebratory photo