WRITER: JENNIFER BROWN
CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
Release: March 13, 2001
Public is invited to Brain Awareness Week lecture at
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The public is invited to attend
this year's Brain Awareness Week lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22. The
event is part of a weeklong celebration by the University of Iowa Neuroscience
J. Anthony Movshon, Ph.D., professor of neural science
and psychology and Presidential Professor at New York University (NYU) will
give a talk, titled "Brain Mechanisms of Visual Perception," in the Seebohm
Conference Room, 283 Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB).
A central goal of neuroscience is to link behavior
to brain activity. Movshon's work seeks to uncover those links by studying
the relationship between neuronal activity in the visual system of primates
and its consequences for perceptual decisions and motor activity.
Movshon received his doctorate from Cambridge University,
England, in 1975 and joined the faculty of NYU that same year. Apart from
a sabbatical year spent at Oxford University, England, Movshon has remained
on the faculty at NYU. Movshon became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
A poster session preceding Movshon's talk will showcase
the work of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty conducting
neuroscience research at the UI. The posters will be on display in the atrium
of EMRB, and refreshments will be available.
The Brain Awareness Week campaign, launched in 1996,
has united the Society for Neuroscience with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
and a coalition of more than 1,200 science, advocacy and other health organizations
that share an interest in elevating public awareness of brain and nervous
system research. To find out more about other Brain Awareness Week events
around the country, visit www.sfn.org/BAW/.
For more information about the UI lecture and poster
session, contact Jon Andresen, student in the UI Neuroscience Graduate Program,
at 335-7685. For more information about neuroscience at the UI visit the Web
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.