N & B News

March 22, 2019

Neuroscientist Michael Goard was awarded a 2019 research grant from the Whitehall Foundation. The award ($225,000 over 3 years) recognizes pioneering efforts of junior and senior faculty and will support a novel direction for the lab. Goard has developed an approach using a scanning laser microscope to measure neural activity in mice performing a virtual navigation task to determine how spatial memories are stored in the cortex.

Founded in 1937, the non-profit organization is dedicated to scholarly research in the life sciences and neurobiology.

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Karen Szumlinski
February 26, 2019

We’ve all seen these people. Maybe at one point in time we’ve actually been these people: messy, falling-down drunk, slurring and incoherent, precariously close to catastrophe … and asking the bartender for another shot.

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July 05, 2018

UCSB/MIT/Harvard neuroscientists find posterior parietal cortex region is crucial to connecting perception to action.

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January 31, 2018

Karen Szumlinksi, an expert in the neurobiology of addiction, joins journalist Sam Quinones to discuss the opiod crisis in America.

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January 10, 2018

Skirmantas Janusonis was awarded a Challenge Grant by the California NanoSystems Institute for his project "Brain Serotonergic Fibers: From a Single-cell Stochastic Process to Cognition in a Matrix."

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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.