Next week, Dr. Lighthall will serve as an invited speaker at the UCF Distinguished Speaker Series. Her talk entitled, “A Peek Inside the Adaptable Aging Brain” will highlight new discoveries in the neuroscience of aging and provide a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the aging brain.
Time and location details:
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.,
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Those wising to attend may rsvp at: http://sciences.ucf.edu/dss/
This summer, Dr. Lighthall was invited by the National Academy of Sciences to the 2017 Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science conference in Ambon, Indonesia and served as chair of the symposium on neuroplasticity.
Dr. Lighthall’s talk entitled, “Understanding and Leveraging the Power of the Adaptive Brain,” provided an overview of the topic of neuroplasticity and introduced the symposium speakers from the US and Indonesia.
You can watch her presentation here.
Congratulations to ADD Lab PhD student, Lindsay Conner, on receiving an award from the UCF Summer Mentoring Fellowship Program. Lindsay, along with three other incoming Psychology grad students (pictured here), took part in this campus-wide competitive fellowship program. The program provides funding support from the College of Graduate Studies for underrepresented students to complete summer research projects before they begin graduate school. Lindsay’s summer project study examined consumer decision-making processes through brain imaging. She presented her preliminary findings at the fellowship showcase in front of an interdisciplinary audience of students and faculty. For more highlights, read the College of Sciences Newsletter story here.
The tragedy that occurred in Orlando on Sunday June 12th weighs heavy on our hearts. Now and forever, our lab stands with UCF and the Orlando community as a place of respect and love for all people. For information about campus resources and events, such as blood drives and vigils, as well as volunteer, counseling and community activities in the wake of this shooting, go to http://ucf.edu/orlandounited.
Dr. Lighthall proudly modeling her hospital gown before testing out the Orlando VA’s new 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanner.
Dr. Lighthall celebrated the end of the year with UCF’s new Neuroscience Alliance student organization. The event was hosted by Dr. Kimi Sugaya and offered a chance for undergraduates to directly connect with neuroscience faculty across different departments. Cheers to all our aspiring brain scientists at UCF!
Lab research assistants, Melissa Merz and James Ross, presented at the UCF SURE 2015. Their independent research examined how individual differences in emotion, decision style, and financial literacy predict beliefs about gain and loss probabilities during economic decision making.
First-year PhD student, Kylie Fernandez, presented her research at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting in NYC. Her poster entitled, “Asymmetry in attention and memory while learning in gain versus loss domains”, presents work in collaboration with Dr. Camelia Kuhnen of the UNC Kenan–Flagler Business School.
MDNA ended the year with an exciting new seminar series that bridges the gaps between neuroscience disciplines. The event featured a welcome message from Dr. Lighthall (Seminar Coordinator), research presentations by Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya (MDNA Chair, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences) and Dr. Jeffrey Bedwell (Psychology), and a social hour with refreshments. The MDNA Seminar Series will continue in Fall 2016 and serves to connect UCF and non-UCF faculty, researchers, clinicians, and students interested in neuroscience. Click here to learn more about MDNA.
The Graduate Dean’s Fellowship to superior graduate students who are newly enrolling in one of UCF’s graduate programs. These awards provide one year of support to the most qualified applicants to the institution. Congratulations, Lindsay!