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From left, UTSA neuroscience doctoral students Ulises Ricoy and
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UTSA, UTHSC seminar series features noted scientist

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Dec. 7, 2005)--The University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC) host John Maunsell for a presentation, "Effects of Attention on Sensory Signals in Monkey Visual Cerebral Cortex," at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at UTHSC Medical School Room 3.104A.

Maunsell, a professor of neuroscience and ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine, is also funded through grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The seminar, free and open to the public, opens the new San Antonio Neuroscience Alliance (SANA), offering a collaborative interdisciplinary neuroscience initiative for doctoral students studying in neuroscience or related fields.

"This is open to any doctoral students doing neuroscience-related research in a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, biology, chemistry, psychology, engineering and kinesiology," said David Jaffe, SANA co-chair.

The program is expected to enhance the value of the doctoral education experience by facilitating the opportunity to enroll in complementary neuroscience-related courses at both institutions, supporting faculty who will serve as co-mentors and facilitate the process to increase student participation. Currently, UTSA and UTHSC have approximately 70 students enrolled in their combined doctoral neuroscience research programs.

Additionally, the program plans to provide stipends on a competitive basis to assist students in funding their doctoral educations, sponsor monthly research colloquiums, and support a distinguished speaker seminar series. Interaction between the two campuses will also be fostered by a spring retreat (May 10) where neuroscience doctoral students will have the opportunity to interact, present their current research, and attend a plenary seminar given by an invited speaker.

For more information, contact David Jaffe at (210) 458-5843 ) or Randolph Glickman at (210) 567-8420.

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