Genetics in the Clinical Setting
Speaker: Patricia Celestino-Soper
Description: This presentation will touch on a few topics in human and molecular genetics to exemplify how genetics is important for human health. Specifically, I will talk about the use of genetic knowledge and tools in the clinical setting for the diagnosis of human genetic disorders.
Speaker: Yunlong Liu
What are they thinking?: Imaging risky decisions in the adolescent brain
Speaker: Leslie Hulvershorn
Description: Difficulties with decision-making, particularly in risky situations, may place some youth at high risk for the development of substance use disorders and risky sexual practices. This talk discusses brain mechanisms in high and typical risk youth that underlie decision-making, prior to the effects of drug use on their brain. This study will use brain mechanisms to design new interventions to improve risky decision making.
The Power of the Video Game
Speaker: Matthew Powers @paradoxcreature
Description: In this talk, I will be speaking on how videos games have evolved from purely entertainment devices to systems that help with PTSD and burn victim treatments to the gamification of real-life situations and on how VR gaming is the next potent revolution facing us all.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and climate change
Speaker: Dan Chavas @drchavas
Description: Will global warming make hurricanes stronger or weaker? Will tornadoes become more frequent? How else might "extreme" weather change? Extreme weather events can have major impacts on your every day life and on society as a whole, in part because these events are infrequent and so we are not accustomed to dealing with them. But their rarity also means there is much less historical data available to evaluate how they may change in the future. How can Science help us solve this problem?
Speaker: Cate Hill
Eye Can’t Handle This: Finding Drugs for Ocular Disease
Speaker: Tim Corson
Description: Many diseases can damage our eyes. Several of these involve abnormal growth of the blood vessels that normally nourish our light-sensing cells. These diseases – such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration – can lead to blindness. We will discuss how the eye is structured, why it has blood vessels, what can go wrong, and how we go about searching for new drugs to fix these (and other) problems. Eye research is worth seeing!
Speaker: Michael Sturek
Tales of the Spouse Mouse: Modeling the effects of binge alcohol drinking on brain and behavior
Speaker: Steve Boehm
Description: Binge alcohol drinking is a large and growing problem in the US, particularly among adolescents. This talk will introduce a model of binge alcohol drinking in the adolescent mouse, and discuss how we use the model to understand the behavioral and neurobiological effects of binge drinking during this critical developmental period.
Speaker: Bethany Neal-Beliveau