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Free lecture on brain interactions set for April 11 at MSU

April 2, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about the ways different areas of the brain interact during working memory will be given on Friday, April 11, at Montana State University.

Nicholas Dotson, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience and the recipient of a Kopriva Graduate Fellowship, will present "Patterns of the Brain" at 4:10 p.m. in the Byker Auditorium in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building. A reception will follow. 

Cognitive processes, such as working memory, require the cooperation of a vast network of neurons spanning multiple cortical and sub-cortical brain areas. However, the mechanisms used to coordinate these widely distributed networks remain largely unknown, eluding neuroscientists for decades. Dotson will discuss the properties of several patterns of activity observed during visual working memory in non-human primates. He says the significance of this work is far-reaching, as individuals suffering from traumatic brain injuries, psychiatric disorders and other neurological disorders often exhibit working memory deficits, and measurable deficits in certain patterns of activity.

Dotson’s lecture is presented by the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which is funded through an endowment created by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva, who died in 2002, also created an endowment to fund the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides support and opportunities for graduate students in MSU’s College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series features six seminars annually, with talks provided by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers. For more information about this and other Kopriva lectures, visit http://www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/kopriva.html. 

This lecture is also part of MSU's Year of Engaged Leadership. During the current academic year, MSU is highlighting the many events and activities of the university that help develop the leadership skills of students, faculty, staff and community members. For more information, go to http://montana.edu/year

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu