Science Café
Feb
9
5:00 PM17:00

Science Café

Have you heard? Susan Shore and Ross Maddox will present their research in this Science Café.


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Ross Maddox 

When ears aren't enough: how your eyes help you listen

We live in a world of many sights and sounds--sometimes too many. In noisy places where it's hard to hear, we often rely on what we're seeing to help us listen. We'll talk about some of the ways scientists study this "audio-visual integration," and how the results of those studies might be leveraged to improve communication in real world settings.


Susan Shore

Why are my ears ringing? Multisensory systems contribute to tinnitus

Fifty million people in the United States suffer from some degree of tinnitus, commonly referred to as ‘ringing in the ear’.  Scientists generally agree that tinnitus is generated in the brain, through ‘maladaptive neuronal plasticity’ in response to damage of the cochlea.  Dr. Susan Shore, a professor of neuroscience in the department of Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan has spent the last decade studying the mechanisms underlying tinnitus generation.  Her lab discovered that ‘touch’-sensitive neurons in the auditory part of the brain become hyperactive and synchronize with each other in animals that develop tinnitus.  Calming these neurons down with specially-timed multisensory stimulation can reduce tinnitus in guinea pigs and humans.

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Sex and chocolate
Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

Sex and chocolate

Join us as scientists Pascal Gangeaux and Francisco Villarreal discuss sex and chocolate!  Pascal will explain why it takes hundreds of millions of sperm to fertilize one egg, and Francisco will enumerate the history and health benefits of cocoa.

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Autism: Hype vs. Hope
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Autism: Hype vs. Hope

Scientists Leslie Carver and Eric Courchesne will delve into science's current understanding about autism.  Leslie will explore social reward processing in those with ASD, and Eric will explain why the constant reported "breakthroughs" haven't seemed to make a real difference yet.

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From the Highest Mountains to the Deepest Seas: Understanding Adaptations to Low Oxygen
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

From the Highest Mountains to the Deepest Seas: Understanding Adaptations to Low Oxygen

Join UCSD researchers Erica Heinrich, Michael Tift, Esteban Moy and Naomi Deacon as they discuss the genetic and physiological adaptations in human populations living more than 14,000 feet above sea level in the Tibetan and Peruvian highlands, mammals that experience low oxygen while diving at sea and during sleep apnea events on land, and laboratory research in animal models that aims to better understand system-wide low oxygen tolerance.

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Speakers (all UCSD):

  • Erica Heinrich
  • Michael Tift
  • Esteban Moya
  • Naomi Deacon
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