The Student Seminar Series meets at noon on select Wednesdays throughout the academic year. Second-year students present papers from recent literature. Each student is expected to present two 30-minute presentations during their second year. Presentations are followed by lively discussion, pizza lunch and a closed session with the student presenter and two faculty.
Informal and Student Seminars
Neurogenesis and tissue renewal in the olfactory system
January 28, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am
The olfactory epithelium in the nose is the peripheral organ for the sense of smell, housing primary olfactory sensory neurons. Olfactory neurons are generally felt to be short-lived, requiring ongoing replacement from basal stem cells to maintain olfactory function. Anosmia (a loss of the sense of smell) in humans can occur in neurodegenerative diseases or due to inflammation, tissue damage or aging. Evidence suggests that neurogenic exhaustion, or excess cumulative damage, may contribute to olfactory loss. Accordingly, our work has focused on understanding mechanisms involved in ongoing...
March 20, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Dianna Amasino, from the Huettel Lab, is interested in social motivations and influences in value-based decision-making. She uses eyetracking and fMRI to understand how social stimuli affect the processing of value-related information, in particular how networks of social brain regions interact with and impact value networks.