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Neuroscience Program

Neuroscience is one of Washington and Lee's oldest interdisciplinary programs. Our first major graduated in 1990 and since that time many students have successfully completed the neuroscience curriculum.

The mission of the program is to foster an environment of collaborative research wherein students learn discipline-specific knowledge, analytic and scientific thinking and ethical principles of research through close interactions with faculty members actively engaged in basic neuroscience research. Coursework in this program serves to provide background and context for the research activities that are the core experience for our students.

We are quite serious about this. All Neuroscience students complete research with our faculty and we think this is the best way to learn. Lectures and lab exercises have their place but nothing replaces the experience of pursuing a question that no one else has answered.

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News from the Society for Neuroscience meeting, November, 2013

W&L Neuroscience had a good showing; several student co-authored posters were on display:
* indicates students

Alvin Thomas* '14, Ashley Barnes* '13, Katherine Strickland* '15, Jon Erickson. Iterative Gaussian mixture model splitting of multimodal PSTH for studying activity dependent changes in cultured network connectivity. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2013.

Gregg*, J, JM Tilghman*, H Schmidt*, FL Watson, and EA Fradinger. (2013) USDA-approved organophospate pesticides cause developmental abnormalities in two aquatic vertebrate models. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience 2013: Online Program No. 222.05: 2013 Neuroscience Meeting Planner.

Fradinger, EA, GX Garcia*, JM Tilgman*, O Mac*, A Jimenez*, D Bourgaize*, and FL Watson (2013) Effect of chlorpyrifos exposure on the development of cholinergic neurons. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience 2013: Online Program No. 222.03: 2013 Neuroscience Meeting Planner.

Gunawansa*, N. & Blythe, S. (2013) Sex differences in diet-induced cognitive impairment. A poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, CA

The papers below were presented at the Society of Neuroscience - Faculty in Undergraduate Neuroscience satellite meeting
Turman*, ZK, J Gregg*, J H Schmidt*, JM Tilghman*, N Hole*, H Garcia*, Jonathan Gregg*,EA Fradinger, FL Watson. (2013) Organophosphate pesticides induce morphological abnormalities and decreased locomotor activity and heart rate in Danio rerio and Xenopus laevis. Society for Neuroscience/ Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (San Diego, CA)

Heinen*, DJ, D Rhoades*, A Watson*, C Ives*, B Misaghi*, FL Watson. (2013) Translational profiling of Retinal Ganglion Cells In Response to Optic Nerve Injury in Post-Metamorphic Xenopus laevis. Society for Neuroscience/ Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (San Diego, CA).

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