Terence Sejnowski
Terence Sejnowski

Neuroscience expert to speak May 4 at UTSA

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 1, 2006)--A pioneer in the field of computational neuroscience will speak at a May 4 seminar hosted by UTSA and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC).

Terence Sejnowski will present a lecture, "Think Globally, Act Locally," at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 4 in Main Building Room 0.106 on the UTSA 1604 Campus. The seminar is free and open to the public.

A professor of neuroscience, Sejnowski heads the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego. His research focuses on the hippocampus, which is believed to play a major role in learning and memory, and the cerebral cortex, which holds our knowledge of the world and how to interact with it.

The seminar is the second for the new San Antonio Neuroscience Alliance (SANA), offering a collaborative interdisciplinary neuroscience initiative for doctoral students studying in neuroscience or related fields.

SANA is expected to enhance the value of the doctoral education experience by providing complementary neuroscience-related courses at both institutions to support faculty serving as co-mentors to increase student participation. Currently, UTSA and UTHSC have approximately 70 students enrolled in the combined doctoral neuroscience research programs.

Additionally, the program will provide stipends on a competitive basis for doctoral students, sponsor monthly research colloquiums and support a distinguished speaker series. Interaction between the two campuses also will be fostered by a May 10 retreat where neuroscience doctoral students can meet, present research and attend a seminar with a guest speaker.

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

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