Updated Neuroscience major with 2 tracks approved at OWU!
Feb 2016: The faculty have approved changes to the Neuroscience major that includes a complete re-design of the curriculum. This includes offering 2 "tracks" for Neuroscience majors - Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience and Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience. The tracks require the same number of courses and have very similar electives, but are designed to give students more flexibility in choosing courses that best match their interests and preparation for post-graduate plans.
"Computational Neuroscience" approved as a new major at OWU!
Jan 25, 2016: The faculty have approved "Computational Neuroscience" as a new major at Ohio Wesleyan. To our knowledge, this makes OWU the ONLY LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE in the country with this major! We are thrilled for its approval, and look forward to its continued development.
Computational Neuroscience is the computational modeling of the brain and neuronal function and interactions. It takes advantage of computer programming, advanced mathematical theories, and of course, the biology and function of neurons and the brain. Contact either Dr. Chris Fink (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Pamela Pyzza (email@example.com) for more information on the major.
Computational Neuroscience description & requirements.
Book Club for "NeuroTribes"; author Steve Silberman to speak on campus
Jan. 21, 2016: Author & science journalist, Steve Silberman, will be speaking on the OWU campus on April 8th. Mr. Silberman has recently published "NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity," which has been been met with very positive reviews.
The OWU Neuroscience program is sponsoring a book club in preparation for the author's visit. Starting Feb. 3, the book club will meet every Wednesday from 12-1, to discuss that week's reading from "NeuroTribes" (usually about 20 pages). The Neuroscience program will cover about half the cost of the book for interested students, and asks each student to contribute $8.
We plan to order all the books in one big order, so if you would like to purchase the book at the reduced cost through the Neuroscience program, please email Prof. Chris Fink (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5pm on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Feel free to invite any others who might also be interested.
OWU Neuroscience Program awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for Undergrad Summer Research!
Jan. 21, 2016: Professor Jennifer Yates of OWU and Professor Amy Jo Stavnezer of Wooster were awarded a NSF grant to establish a multi-site REU for Neuroscience research. Official recruitment will begin shortly for summer 2016 positions. The participating institutions includes Ohio Wesleyan University, College of Wooster, Kenyon College, and Earlham College - all liberal arts colleges part of the Great Lakes Colleges Association.
New Neuroscience Courses at OWU!
January 2016: With the addition of 4 new neuroscience professors in the past 3 years, the OWU Neuroscience program has several new neuroscience-specific courses, with new ones continuing to be developed and added. These include:
Biophysics of the Brain
Introduction to Neuroscience
Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience
Professor Chris Fink awarded grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study epilepsy!
Nov 2015: “...the hope is that this line of research will eventually enable the prediction of epileptic seizures," Fink said. "The grant will provide funding for an OWU student to conduct summer research with me for the next five years.”