WELCOME TO NEUROBIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR
The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NB&B) was one of the very first departments to combine the study of animal behavior with its neural basis, based on the belief that the interface between them was one of great research potential. NB&B has a distinguished faculty with interests ranging from the intrinsic properties of neurons to the organization of animal societies. Research in the Department falls into five overlapping core areas: cellular and molecular neuroscience, systems neuroscience, computational neuroscience, chemical ecology, and animal social behavior.
Faculty, postdoctoral associates, technical staff, and graduate students all share the goal of understanding how the nervous system underlies behavior. NB&B offers a broad range of courses and research opportunities for undergraduate students, making it the most popular biology concentration at Cornell.
The associated Graduate Field of Neurobiology and Behavior encompasses all aspects of neurobiological and behavioral research on Cornellís Ithaca campus. The graduate program's goal is to advance the understanding of neurobiology and behavior by training the next generation of scientists working at this exciting interface.
Goldberg lab publishes work on dopamine and birdsong
Here is some coverage of the paper in the popular press:
Leap into the world of jumping spiders - Paul Shamble
How Do Fish Know When to Sing?
Some fish sing to mate. The Andrew Bass lab has shown how melatonin cna trigger this fascinating behavior
Hearing in a Jumping Spider
Smith, M. L., M. M. Ostwald, and T. D. Seeley. Honey bee sociometry: tracking honey bee colonies and their nest contents from colony founding until death. Insectes Sociaux: 1-11.
Madeleine M. Ostwald, Michael L. Smith, Thomas D. Seeley. The behavioral regulation of thirst, water collection and water storage in honey bee colonies.
Journal of Experimental Biology 2016 219: 2156-2165; doi: 10.1242/jeb.139824
Claire Rusch, Geoffrey T. Broadhead, Robert A Raguso and Jeffrey A Riffell. Olfaction in
context - sources of nuance in plant-pollinator
communication.COIS 2016, 15:53-60.
Disentangling visual and olfactory signals in mushroom-mimicking Dracula orchids using
realistic three-dimensional printed flowers.
Policha et al; New Phytologist
NBB Seminar Series
Weekly presentations from renowned researchers on their current work, during the Fall and Spring semesters.
January 26, 2017; 12:30, A106 Morison Room - Tom Schwarz, Harvard Medical School; Moving and Removing Mitochondria in Neurons and Mitotic Cells
Lunch Bunch Journal Club
A weekly discussion group for the evaluation of ongoing research projects - not necessarily finished products - in areas related to animal behavior. NBB graduate students studying animal behavior are encouraged to sign up to present once every year, especially those students in their second year and beyond. Students, post-docs and faculty from any field are welcome to both present and attend.
January 31, 2017; 12:20, W358 Mudd Hall - Joshua LaPergola; TBD
Topics in Neural Basis of Behavior
A weekly journal club for presenting recent papers of consequence and potentially broad interest.
January 27, 2017; 10:30, A305 Rosenblatt Room - Kim McArthur; Lane et al. 2016. Synergistic plasticity of intrinsic conductance and electrical coupling restores synchrony in an intact motor network. eLife.
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