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Jan. 23-24: Free will explored in philosophy forum
January 9, 2014

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

Mele-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Recent discoveries in neuroscience are challenging long-held beliefs about conscious decision making or “free will.” Alfred Mele, an expert in action theory, will examine this critical intersection of science and philosophy in two free public events Jan. 23-24, at Washington State University Pullman.

The neuroscience of emotions
April 16, 2007

Jaak Panksepp will discuss the nature of emotional feelings in the mammalian brain on April 20 from 3-5 p.m. in room 147 of the Academic Center at 600 North Riverpoint Blvd in Spokane.  Panksepp will explain the implications of this work for understanding and treating emotional disorders such as autism and promoting emotional well-being. Afterward, a reception will follow the event. The discussion is part of the Third Friday Seminar Series, hosted by the Office of Research and the Health Research and Education Center in Spokane. Panksepp is the Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Sciences at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary MedicineParking is … » More …

Brains feel like mush? Student displays might explain why
March 3, 2006

A Jell-O brain feast and synaptic tag are just a couple of the displays to be exhibited by WSU’s Neuroscience Program as it hosts the annual Kid’s Judge! science fair on Tuesday, March 7, during Brain Awareness Week. More than 100 area fifth-grade students will judge science models created by students, faculty and staff. Models provide a hands-on learning experience for the visiting students, who will determine which are the most understandable and creative displays. The event will be 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Ensminger Agriculture Pavilion. Read more about this annual program in a WSU Today article from last year at

Kids Judge! Brain models, neuroscience made fun
March 4, 2005

About 100 local fifth graders will boost their brain power by participating in the Third Annual Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair, 9 a.m-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the CUB ballroom. The interactive fair will allow students to learn about the brain’s physiology and function through judging brain models that were put together for a WSU undergraduate neurophysiology course. Brain models will highlight topics such as brain electrical currents, neurons, hearing, taste and memory. The course, Neuro 430, is taught by David M. Rector, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology. Rector believes his students learn best when they break … » More …

Neuroscience leader accepts top post in sleep research
August 6, 2004

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Alliance for Medical Research has selected Gregory Belenky, MD, to head its sleep research initiative. He is also being named a research professor at Washington State University, Spokane.Belenky currently holds the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and serves as director of the Division of Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.Belenky will be introduced to the community Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2-3 p.m., in the Phase I Classroom Building, Washington State University Spokane, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. He will give a brief presentation on his vision for developing the sleep research program in Spokane. Congressman George … » More …

Rector’s work improves on MRI
May 7, 2004

Washington State University assistant professor David Rector is among 20 recipients nationwide of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation’s 2004 Young Investigator Awards.The grant is a three-year award totaling $240,000 given to some of the nation’s most promising young faculty members who are in the first three years of a tenure-track appointment. Rector’s work seeks to understand and define a unique sensory ability among harbor seals. The seal’s whiskers are an integral part of its neurosensory capabilities, somewhat like a human’s sense of touch. The mammals can sense extremely small changes in hydrodynamic forces in the water caused by passing fish or vessels. As a … » More …