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February 2017

Frances Champagne – How Do Early Life Experiences Shape Behavior?

February 8, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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Featuring Frances Champagne, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, this talk is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight lecture series, offered free to the public to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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Presidential Scholars Research Symposium

February 13, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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Current Presidential Scholars will discuss their cross-disciplinary research and new findings on topics in Society and Neuroscience.

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March 2017

Neuroscience in the Body: Perspectives at the Periphery | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

March 6, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Buell Hall, Maison Francaise, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027 United States
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From the perspective of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and the science of touch, we consider the physiological environments in which neurons are embedded.

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April 2017

Ben Hayden – Neuronal Foundations of Economic Value

April 6, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
301 Uris Hall, New York , NY 10027 United States + Google Map

Value is a central concept in economic theory and in neuroeconomics. Nonetheless, we have only recently begun to understand how the brain evaluates options and compares values to make beneficial choices. These processes appear to involve the coordinated action of multiple prefrontal and striatal regions acting together. Our work suggests that value is an emergent process that depends on the coordinated action of component processes, including memory, executive control, and action selection.

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Carol D. Ryff – Unequal Lives and Aging: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?

April 12, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Mailman School of Public Health, Hess Commons, 722 W. 168th Street
New York, NY 10032 United States
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Dr. Ryff will review growing evidence on the health and longevity consequences of inequalities in educational attainment and income. She will highlight the work of MIDUS investigators in explicating the mechanisms (behavioral and biological) that link inequality to adverse health outcomes. MIDUS researchers have also advanced understanding of protective psychological and social factors that offer buffers against these pernicious processes. She will illustrate with a focus on “purposeful life engagement,” which is emerging as a key asset to healthy aging. Future directions will focus on two neglected topics (one negative, one positive) in the science of inequality: greed among privileged elites as an insufficiently studied fundamental cause, and the role of the arts and humanities in promoting better lives and more beneficent societies.

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Advocate for Science – braiNY

April 12, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jerome L. Greene Science Center, 3229 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Support for (neuro)science education and research funding is essential. As scientists, we must be able to effectively communicate why science is important for society, as well as engage our public officials for their continued support for funding. This program will provide an introduction to those who wish to become active in advocating for neuroscience and provide lessons and a plan to go forward with this newly gained knowledge. Our panel includes Mr. Ross Frommer, J.D., VP and Associate Dean of Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Ross previously served as Director for NY State Office for Senator Patrick Monynihan. He will bring insight at both the public office and Insitutional level for political action. Dr. Abigail Kalmbach, Society for Neuroscience Early Career Policy Ambassador will discuss her advocacy events which include visiting Capitol Hill and working to build an advocacy network. Finally, Dr. Maryam Zaranghalam will discuss her experiences in outreach and science communication, as well as her interests in advocacy. The event will be moderated by Dr. Haung (Ho) Yu, Assistant Professor at CUMC and SfN Governance and Public Affairs Member.

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The Human Sense of Smell | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

April 13, 4:15 PM - 7:00 PM
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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How does our brain make sense of scents and flavors? To explore the human sense of smell in its perceptual, neural, and cultural dimensions, the panel brings together cross-disciplinary perspectives from neuroscience, philosophy, and perfumery.

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Eric R. Kandel – Reductionism in Art and Brain Science

April 24, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
501 Northwest Corner Building, 550 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Neuroscientist and Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel will discuss his latest book, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science, in a free, public lecture at Columbia University. In this new book, Kandel, whose remarkable scientific career and deep interest in art give him a unique perspective, demonstrates how science can inform the way we experience a work of art and seek to understand its meaning.

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The Neuroscience of Movement

April 25, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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Featuring Thomas M. Jessell, PhD, Codirector of Columbia's Zuckerman Institute and Claire Tow Professor of Motor Neuron Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center, this talk is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight lecture series, offered free to the public to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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May 2017

Sound Studies and Auditory Neuroscience: New Perspectives on Listening | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

May 1, 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Faculty House, Columbia University, 64 Morningside Drive
New York, 10027 United States
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This seminar features leading scholars from auditory neuroscience, sound studies, and music cognition discussing scientific and humanistic perspectives on the role of acoustic conditions and cultural exposure on the formation of the sense of hearing itself.

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