On October 23-24, 2015, the NEURO Club hosted its first annual BrainStorm event, funded by the Uncommon Fund Starting the weekend off on Friday with the Think Tank on the quad (special thanks to Dr. Casasanto), BrainStorm's main event was a four-speaker lecture, vastly varying in topics.
Saturday Lecture Event
Dr. Dean Falk
Dr. Dean Falk is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Florida State University, as well as a Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in New Mexico. She specializes in the evolution of the brain and cognition in higher primates, with her primary research focus being the human fossil record. Her work focuses on the evolution of the human brain (paleoneurology) and the associated emergence of language, music, art, and science.
Dr. Thor Stein
Dr. Thor Stein is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, as well as the Associate Director of the Neuropathology Core at the university’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center. His research involves the study of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He studies the role of trauma in the abnormal accumulation of tau and proteins involved in RNA processing.
Dr. Sliman Bensmaia
Dr. Sliman Bensmaia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on somatosensory neuroscience and neuroprosthetics. He works on developing approaches to convey meaningful and naturalistic sensations through stimulation of peripheral or cortical neurons in order to reproduce patterns of neuronal activation that are relevant for basic object manipulation.
Dr. Winifred E. Newman
Dr. Winifred Newman is the head of the Department of Architecture for the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. Her work concentrates in perception, psychology, architecture, and neuroscience. Dr. Newman’s research includes space perception and neurological issues, ecological psychology and context mapping, and neuroaesthetics.