2013 Matarazzo Lecture: Russell D. Fernald, Ph.D., Oct. 29

Dr. Fernald

The Department of Behavioral Neuroscience invites you to its 2013 Matarazzo Lecture Series and reception featuring special guest speaker, Russell D. Fernald, Ph.D., professor of biology at Stanford University. This year’s lecture is titled “How does social behavior change the brain” and will be held at the Vey Conference Center on the 11th floor of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, October 29 at 2 p.m. The lecture will be directly followed by a 3 to 4 p.m. reception with hor d’oeuvres and drinks.

An RSVP is appreciated – to do so, please contact Nicole Ernst.

About the speaker

Dr. Fernald, professor of biological sciences and the Benjamin Scott Crocker Professor of Human Biology at Stanford University, is also the Mimi & Peter Hass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Among numerous other honors, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. His lab uses the African cichlid, Haplochromis (Astatotilapia) burtoni, to answer the following questions:  How does social experience influence the brain? Their research is focused on understanding the mechanisms through which social change is transduced into cellular and molecular changes. They use techniques from behavioral observation to molecular probes to discover how the brain is influenced by social change.

This lecture series honors the founder of the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Joseph Matarazzo, Ph.D., who in 1957 established the OHSU Division of Medical Psychology. Four years later, the division was converted into a basic science department, thus establishing the first Department of Medical Psychology within a medical school in the U.S. The department warmly recognizes the dedication and insight provided throughout the years by Joe.