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2018 Glassman Brain, Mind and Behavior Symposium

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October 28, 2018

The sixth annual Robert B. Glassman Memorial Brain, Mind, and Behavior Symposium will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15.

This unique symposium is a highlight of the College’s award-winning 15th annual Brain Awareness Week on campus Monday, November 12 through Saturday, November 17.

The Glassman Symposium will begin with undergraduate research poster presentations by current students and recent alumni from 5:00 to 6:40 p.m. in Calvin Durand Hall. More than 40 presentations will feature the work of over 60 students and alumni who are conducting research at the College and several medical schools.

 This session will be followed by a set of faculty and alumni talks that are intentionally interdisciplinary. This year’s topics will focus on clinical trials and intervention development, improving quality of life in neurological conditions, Descartes and the philosophical origins of neuroscience, racial minorities’ perception of whites’ smiles, and love and danger on the brain, from 6:50 to 8:30 p.m. in Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel. The following lectures will be presented:

  • Ernest H. Volwiler Professor of Mathematics, Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science DeJuran Richardson: “Clinical Trials and Intervention Development”
  • Illinois Institute of Technology PhD candidate Kristina Johnson ’12: “Improving Quality of Life in the Presence of Neurological Conditions”
  • Visiting Instructor in Philosophy Daniel DeFranco ’08: “Descartes and the Philosophical Origins of Neuroscience”
  • Lecturer in Psychology Taylor Tuscherer: “Racial Minorities’ Perception of Whites’ Smiles”
  • Assistant Professor of Biology Flavia Barbosa: “Love and Danger on the Brain: How Bat Predation Shaped the Mating Behavior of Moths”

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.

“As far as I can remember, Bob Glassman has been the greatest champion for neuroscience at Lake Forest College,” Lake Forest College Disque D. and Carol Gram Deane Professor of Biological Sciences Shubhik DebBurman said. “It was his vision to teach the relevance of neuroscience to students and the larger community in the broadest of strokes. He cared deeply that we appreciated the relevance of this burgeoning academic field to our everyday lives. I think he would appreciate how we have honored him.”

The Glassman Symposium and all Brain Awareness Week events are free and open to the public.

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