Seminar, April 19, 8pm

Harvey Society Lecture

Kevin J. Tracey, M.D. (Feinstein Institute for Medical Research)

Eavesdropping on conversations between the brain and the immune system

Rockefeller Institute (Caspary Hall), York Ave & 66th Street

Seminar April 11 - Shona Chattarji

Shona Chattarji, PhD (National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India)

Synaptic plasticity in the amygdala: implications for stress and developmental disorders.

Room: 611HN, 12-1pm

New PAPER: Mixed selectivity encoding and action selection in the prefrontal cortex during threat assessment

Grunfeld I.S., Likhtik E. (2018) Mixed selectivity encoding and action selection in the prefrontal cortex during threat assessment. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 49:108-115. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2018.01.008

The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) regulates expression of emotional behavior. The mPFC combines multivariate information from its inputs, and depending on the imminence of threat, activates downstream networks that either increase or decrease the expression of anxiety-related motor behavior and autonomic activation. Here, we selectively highlight how subcortical input to the mPFC from two example structures, the amygdala and ventral hippocampus, help shape mixed selectivity encoding and action selection during emotional processing. We outline a model where prefrontal subregions modulate behavior along orthogonal motor dimensions, and exhibit connectivity that selects for expression of one behavioral strategy while inhibiting the other..

October 4: Science, Policy and Populism: The Obama Years and Beyond

Kei Koizumi and Mike Lubell will lead a conversation at The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College on the subject of threats to and opportunities for the science community in 2017. Oct.4, 6pm. RSVP here. 

Kei Koizumi is a former Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development and Senior Advisor to the Director for the National Science and Technology Council under President Obama. 

Dr. Mike Lubell directed the Washington DC Office of Public Affairs of the American Physical Society for 22 years and is the Mark W. Zemansky Professor of Physics at City College, CUNY.  Dr. Lubell is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

The Roosevelt House: 47-49 East 65th St., between Park and Madison Ave.


Biology Seminar 9/18 - Asohan Amarasingham

I'm happy to host Asohan Amarasingham (Math. Dept., City College, CUNY) at the Biology Seminar on September 18th. Han's work beautifully emphasizes that neurophysiological recordings should be critically analyzed before we jump to conclusions.

Talk title: Interpreting variation across trials in neurophysiology

Room 926 Hunter North, 12-1pm