Jan. 23-24: Free will explored in philosophy forum

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences PULLMAN, 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

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, […]

Brains feel like mush? Student displays might explain why

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 […]

Kids Judge! Brain models, neuroscience made fun

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 […]

Neuroscience leader accepts top post in sleep research

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 […]

Rector’s work improves on MRI

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 […]