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New York Alumni and Parents Event

Date: 6:00pm PST November 14, 2013

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Join undergraduate, graduate, and law alumni, parents, and friends for a special event, featuring Assistant Professor of Biology Tamily Weissman-Unni.

The event is hosted by Trustee Ruth Sigal and Elliott Sigal, President of Lewis & Clark Barry Glassner, and his wife Betsy Amster.

Thursday, November 14, 6 p.m.
Apella at Alexandria Center for Life Science
450 East 29th Street
reception followed by remarks

Tamily Weissman-Unni on Coloring In The Brain: How Multi-Color Brain Mapping Can Teach Us About Development and Disease.

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The cost of the event is $10, which includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Please click here to register.

For questions about this event or to register over the phone, please call our office main line at 503.768.7950.

More on the Presentation and Speaker

Circuits in the brain and spinal cord are responsible for controlling our every behavior, such as breathing, perfecting a tennis swing, or solving the weekly crossword puzzle.  Although some basic principles of neural circuits are understood, many questions remain regarding how these circuits develop, function, and are affected in disease. Recent advances in multicolor fluorescence techniques now allow scientists to label complex neural circuits in vivid multicolor and ask detailed new questions about brain development and dysfunction. Professor Weissman will discuss her research program using the “Brainbow” multicolor strategy to visualize circuits in the nervous system of living zebrafish. She is using these strategies to study both the development of complex circuitry as well as how some circuits degenerate in Parkinson’s Disease.

Professor Weissman-Unni holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Pomona College. She has been teaching at Lewis & Clark since 2011. Her courses include Genetics & Evolution, Introduction to Neuroscience, Neurobiology, and Brain Structure and Function. In addition to conducting groundbreaking research, her images can be seen as art. Weissman-Unni’s office is decorated with images from her past and present research, several of which have appeared in the world’s most prominent scientific journals, including Nature. The pictures are visually striking, an opinion that’s apparently shared by many. Weissman-Unni’s images have won photo contests, been used as cover images for books and magazines, been featured in traveling art exhibits in Europe, and hung in living rooms. 

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