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April Science Café: Speed

Speed Science Cafe poster

Join us at Esselon on Monday, April 15th at 6:00 PM for Speed: Life in the Fast Lane with Sheila Patek of the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Patek will explore some of the world’s fastest animals – but maybe not the ones you’re thinking of! We hope to see you then!

All Science Café events are free and designed for a public audience. Light snacks will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, visit

Sinauer Associates Lecture: Eric J Nestler

Neural circuitry of depression

8th Annual Sinauer Associates Lecture
Eric J. Nestler
Department of Neuroscience
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

"New Insight Into the Neurobiology of Depression"

4 PM Weds, April 3, 2013
222 Morrill Science Center (South)

March Science Café: Beyond the Chatter

March Science Café poster

March's Science Café features Sarah Partan, Hampshire College, who will present Beyond the Chatter: Adventures in Animal Communication on Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. at Esselon Café.

Learn about the fascinating world of animal communication and the answers to such questions as: Why did the robot squirrel wave its tail? What do female pigeons really want, his song or his dance? Do urban birds find it harder to get a date over all that noise?

All Science Café events are free and designed for a public audience. Light snacks will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, visit

Today's OEB seminar is cancelled due to snowstorm

With the University closing at noon today, Kristina Stinson's seminar has been cancelled.

Classic Readings in Evolution and Ecology

Classic Readings will meet on Tuesdays from 12 noon - 1 pm in the OEB Seminar Room (319 MOR 2). The schedule and pdfs of papers can be found here. All OEB grad students are invited. Contact discussion leader Scott Schneider with questions.

February Science Café: Smell

Smell Science Cafe poster

February's Science Café topic is Smell: the Secret Sense and features the work of OEB doctoral candidate Tom Eiting. Learn how the sense of smell works in mammals, from the anatomy of nasal passages to how smell is perceived.

The event begins at 6:00 pm on Monday, February 4 at Esselon Café on Route 9 in Hadley, MA. Light snacks are provided and drinks available for purchase. All Science Café events are free and designed for a public audience. You can find more information on the Science Café series here.

Lord's study on why wolves are forever wild attracting attention

OEB alum Kathryn Lord's (PhD, 2010) recent paper in Ethology, A Comparison of the Sensory Development of Wolves (Canis lupus lupus) and Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) is attracting attention. Lord's research may explain why wolves are forever wild, but dogs can be tamed. Her work suggests the different behaviors are related to the animals' earliest sensory experiences and the critical period of socialization.

Artemis Roehrig and Joshua Pezet Thesis Defenses

Joshua Pezet, MS Thesis Defense
1:00 PM, Friday, January 18, 2013
319 Morrill II
Advisor: Joe Elkinton

Artemis Roehrig, MS Thesis Defense
10 AM, Thursday, January 17, 2013
319 Morrill II
Advisor: Joe Elkinton

Long and Kuo awarded Dissertation Research Grants

OEB doctoral candidates Skye Long and Chi-Yun Kuo have been selected to receive Graduate School Dissertation Research Grants. These new, competitive grants are awarded to UMass doctoral students to help cover expenses connected to the student's doctoral dissertation research. Congratulations to both!

Sinauer Associates Lecture

Cornelia I. Bargmann
Torsten N. Wiesel Professor
Lulu and Anthony Wang Laboratory of Neural Circuits and Behavior
The Rockefeller University

Using fixed circuits to build flexible behaviors
4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28
Engineering II Auditorium (Rm 119)

Dr. Bargmann's research focuses on how the environment, experience and the biology of the brain interact to shape an animal's behavior. Her lab aims to investigate how neural circuits develop in the nematode C. elegans. She is particularly interested in how genes influence neural pathways and behavior. She also has a longstanding interest in human genetics and developmental disorders.