Krasnow Hosts Cookout for New Neuroscience PhD Program

Posted: August 4, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study is celebrating George Mason’s new neuroscience PhD program with a cookout on Friday, Aug. 27, at noon in the Krasnow South end loading dock area. The program’s students and their families are invited to learn more about the degree from the faculty members who will be on hand to speak.

The interdisciplinary program is a joint venture between the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Computational Sciences (SCS), and the Krasnow Institute. It is administered by the Computational Neuroscience Program within SCS.

The neuroscience PhD will train students to be research scientists in academia, industry, and government. The program provides students with an interdisciplinary academic environment for developing their intellectual ability to successfully pursue a career in the neurosciences.

The first two years of the program provide a common foundation in neuroscience and research methodology. Students will engage in the elements of research, begin to take electives, and attend a series of seminars covering neuroscience. The third and fourth years focus primarily on research.

The neuroscience faculty consists of a unique blend of traditional, experimental, and theoretical scientists. Research focuses on the broad areas of behavior, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, computational modeling, and informatics. Some of the key research initiatives currently under way at Mason include the effects of drugs and alcohol on behavioral and neurological development, the role of metals in memory and Alzheimer’s disease, and the connection between quantum processes and brain dynamics.

Faculty members speaking at the cookout include Jim Olds, director of the Krasnow Institute; Menas Kafatos, SCS dean; Bob Smith, Psychology Department chair; and Harold Morowitz, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy. For a complete list of neuroscience faculty, visit the program’s web site.

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