Firstly, congratulations to to those graduating this May. It is now time to apply the degrees you have earned at Binghamton University in real-world situations.
With the immense amount of information you have accumulated over the past two semesters, it is fit to conclude this academic year with an issue on learning and memory.
This issue or Brain Waves broadly discusses brain awareness. Last month, from March 16 through 22, the Club participated in SfN’s sponsored Brain Awareness Week.
To accomplish this, writers discuss psychotherapeutics, as well as psychological disorders.
Being an interdisciplinary study, neuroscience is neither restricted to the biological sciences nor psychology. Thus, we are proud to include Dr. Grewer of the chemistry department as this issue’s faculty contributor. Discussing his lab’s work on glutamate recycling, you will learn in our next issue glutamate’s importance in the brain regarding memory and learning.
For our first issue of Spring 2009, Brain Waves will focus on the development and use of language in human society.
In greater detail, an evolutionary perspective will be featured that will discuss the emergence of human written language, specifically the alphabet, highlighting its adaptive value, as well as its importance in human society.
To complement this, a faculty member from the Psychology department will discuss her research on word recognition. Dr. Connine’s work has focused on spoken word recognition, an ability of the human brain that consistently goes unnoticed.
This issue highlights human obesity—a growing concern—through a psychobiological lens:
For our third and final issue for this semester’s volume of Brain Waves, the newsletter will highlight a pervasive social concern that effects many people: Obesity!
The neural causes of obesity, the foundational biological underpinnings that allow for consumption and satiation, as well as the animal models that permit further study, are all covered in this comprehensive issue.
In order to achieve this level of completeness, new contributors are brought to the table, and a faculty member of the Psychology department discusses her research.
—MLM & LJ
This issue features the current-state of genetic engineering and also broaches upon the ethical limitations encountered thus far.
From the Editor:
Issue II of Brain Waves brings you a glimpse of the strides being made in the field of bioengineering.
Despite the ethical controversies it is capable of arousing, bioengineering is undoubtedly the science of the future. It has shown powerful potential for solving scientific dilemmas involved in multiple facets of everyday life.
This said, it is important that we understand the capabilities and controversies that bioengineering brings to the table, so that we may develop informed opinions.
The Binghamton University Psychobiology Club is excited to present the first of many issues that will highlight neuroscience research, as well as other topics of interest. In particular, this newsletter is designed to expose psychobiology undergraduates to research fields that they may pursue when they graduate.
Many of the articles that appear here were inspired by research on campus, so the reader is encouraged to investigate the possibility of undertaking undergraduate independent studies through the psychology or biological sciences departments.
—Michael L. Miller & Lauren Jarchin