Beckman Institute Scientist to Present Lev Vekker Lecture

Posted: September 30, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

William Greenough, a distinguished neuroscientist with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), will deliver the Lev Vekker Lecture today at 10:30 a.m. at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, Room 229. His topic is “From Neurons to Cognition: Plastic Brain Mechanisms in Development, Learning and Memory, and Pathology.”

The lecture is named in honor of the late affiliate professor of psychology and faculty member at the Krasnow Institute who died in 2001. Vekker was known as the “patriarch of Russian psychology” in his homeland. He emigrated to the United States in1988 and eventually became a U.S. citizen.

Greenough is Swanlund and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Cell and Structural Biology at UUIC. He co-directs the Beckman Institute’s “biological intelligence” main research theme, and his own research interests include experience and lifespan brain development, cellular substrates of memory, and the neural basis of fragile X mental retardation.

Greenough is the recipient of the American Psychological Society’s William James Fellow Research Award; the Fragile X Foundation’s William Rosen Award for Outstanding Research; the National Institute of Mental Health Merit Award; and the University of Illinois Oakley-Kunde Award for Undergraduate Teaching, among others. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

All are invited. For more information, contact Jennifer Sturgis at (703) 993-4335.

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