N & B News

September 21, 2017

A multidisciplinary team of researchers, including UC Santa Barbara scientists John Bowers, Michael Goard and Luke Theogarajan, has been awarded $9 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and widely share state-of-the-art optical brain-imaging techniques.

The group of neuroscientists, electrical engineers, molecular biologists, neurologists, bioengineers and physicists was recognized for its collaborative NEMONIC (NExt generation MultiphOton NeuroImaging Consortium) project, which pushes the boundaries of brain imaging.

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September 15, 2016

A UC Santa Barbara researcher studying how the brain uses perception of the environment to guide action has a new understanding of the neural circuits responsible for transforming sensation into movement.

“Mapping perception to a future action seems simple,” UCSB neuroscientist Michael Goard. “We do it all the time when we see a traffic light and use that information to guide our later motor action. However, how these associations are mapped across time in the brain is not well understood.”

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June 27, 2016

Not many kids have the chance to get up close and personal with a real human brain. But in Santa Barbara a growing number are doing just that, thanks to “The Brain Lady.”

Meet Karen Szumlinski, a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, whose “Brainiacs” outreach program to local schools perfectly blends her knowledge of brains and passion for education.

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June 10, 2016

Many UCSB pre-med students choose to build their professional foundations at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the only department on this campus that investigates the brain at all levels – from its molecular dynamics to perception and behavior. Its Biopsychology major has become a hub for future physicians intending to specialize in neurology, neuropsychiatry, and related fields. The major offers rigorous courses in neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, and neurodevelopment, and excelling undergraduates can take some of these courses at the graduate level.

April 08, 2016
Brain Awareness Week 2016 officially spanned March 14-20th, but for PBS Professors Karen K. Szumlinski and Tod E. Kippin, outreach activities at local schools and organizations began in January and continue on into late April. For the past 5 years, “The Brainiacs” Drs. Szumlinski and Kippin have been conducting brain awareness presentations for the 7 preschool classrooms at the Orfalea Family Children’s Center on West Campus, teaching 3 to 5 year olds about the basics of brain function, with a focus on brain safety. With the “matriculation” of their own children to elementary school, Drs.
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February 16, 2016

Emily Goard Jacobs and Michael Jacobs Goard are alumni from the Neuroscience PhD Program entering class of 2004. Jacobs completed her thesis in the lab of Mark D’Esposito on the effects of estrogen on dopamine-dependent cognitive processes. Goard completed his thesis in Yang Dan’s lab on cholinergic neuromodulation of visual perception.

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May 20, 2015

Professor Karen Szumlinski of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences has been selected to receive this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

May 14, 2015

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is pleased to acknowledge the achievements of its graduate students for the 2014-15 academic year. These achievements include a number of published papers, travel & dissertation awards, presentations at conferences, fellowships, scholarships, grants, and teaching awards.

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