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Inaugural Evolution, Brain and Disease Symposium marks annual Nu Rho Psi Induction

The Lake Forest College chapter of the national neuroscience honorary Nu Rho Psi presents the 2014 Evolution, Brain, and Disease Symposium on April 26 (Saturday) from 12:30-5:15 pm at the Johnson Science Center. This public scientific meeting highlights the capstone student research projects from four biology and neuroscience spring courses, features a seminar on memory, and honors alumni, faculty and students inducted as new member into the honorary.

What is Nu Rho Psi?

Nu Rho Psi was founded nationally in 2006 by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. The Lake Forest College Chapter became the 26th member of this national organization in spring 2012 and was named the national Chapter-of-the-Year in 2013-2014.

Five current neuroscience majors, one faculty member, and three recent alumni will be inducted as 2014 members of the society at 4:10 p.m.:

Malia Hansen ’17
Rachel Granberg ’16
Fatima Hooda ’16
Cassandra McCray ’16
Maegen Schultz ’15
Dr. Michael Zorniak ’07
Jennifer Riddle ’07
Lokesh Kukreja ’08
Dr. Alexander Shingleton, Associate Professor of Biology

The Inaugural Evolution, Brain, and Disease Symposium, April 26, 12:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

This unique scientific conference brings together the capstone research projects conducted collaboratively by students of four biology and neuroscience courses: BIOL/NEUR 346 Molecular Neuroscience (taught by Dr. Jason Pitt), PSYC/NEUR 370 Neuroscience and Behavior (taught by Dr. Javier Sanchez), BIOL/NEUR 389 Evolution (taught by Dr. Alexander Shingleton), and BIOL130 Deadly Shapes, Hostage Brains (taught by Dr. Shubhik DebBurman).  A major goal of Nu Rho Psi is to encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship, particularly in neuroscience, and therefore, it worked with the four instructors to cross-fertilize the research efforts of life sciences students in these courses.

Dr. Irina Calin-Jageman, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Dominican University, will deliver the keynote address. Calin-Jageman received her B.A. in biology and music from Albion College, and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Wayne State University.  She did her postdoctoral training at Emory University and was a research professor at the University of IIllinois at Chicago, before she joined Dominican in 2008. Calin-Jageman is an expert in the field of sensory neurobiology and the biology of learning and memory. On these topics, she has published more than a dozen articles  in journals that include Journal of Physiology, Biochemistry, Virology, Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Neuroscience, and PLoS One.


12:30 p.m., Welcome Remarks, Victoria Egedus ’14, Johnson  200

12:35-1:55 p.m., Research Talks
BIOL/NEUR 389 Evolution students, Johnson 200

2:00-3:45 p.m., Posters & Exhibits on the Bridge

BIOL/NEUR 346 Molecular Neuroscience,                                                  

PSYC/NEUR 370 Neuroscience and Behavior

BIOL/NEUR 389 Evolution

BIOL130 Deadly Shapes, Hostage Brains

3:45-4:10 p.m., Nu Rho Psi Reception, McCormick Auditorium Lobby

4:10-4:30 p.m., Nu Rho Psi Spring Induction, McCormick Auditorium

New Member Induction
Senior Class Salute
Nu Rho Psi Senior Leadership & Service Award

4:30 pm-5:15 p.m., Nu Rho Psi Keynote Seminar, McCormick Auditorium

Dr. Irina Calin-Jageman, Associate Professor of Neuroscience

IN IT FOR THE LONG-TERM:What simple animals can teach us about the molecular basis of memory”

5:15 p.m., Closing remarks, Sarah Chiren ’16

The event is open and free to the public. Parking is available on Middle Campus (enter at the College and Sheridan Road intersection).