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Release: March 13, 2001

Public is invited to Brain Awareness Week lecture at the UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The public is invited to attend this year's Brain Awareness Week lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22. The event is part of a weeklong celebration by the University of Iowa Neuroscience Graduate Program.

J. Anthony Movshon, Ph.D., professor of neural science and psychology and Presidential Professor at New York University (NYU) will give a talk, titled "Brain Mechanisms of Visual Perception," in the Seebohm Conference Room, 283 Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB).

A central goal of neuroscience is to link behavior to brain activity. Movshon's work seeks to uncover those links by studying the relationship between neuronal activity in the visual system of primates and its consequences for perceptual decisions and motor activity.

Movshon received his doctorate from Cambridge University, England, in 1975 and joined the faculty of NYU that same year. Apart from a sabbatical year spent at Oxford University, England, Movshon has remained on the faculty at NYU. Movshon became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 1991.

A poster session preceding Movshon's talk will showcase the work of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty conducting neuroscience research at the UI. The posters will be on display in the atrium of EMRB, and refreshments will be available.

The Brain Awareness Week campaign, launched in 1996, has united the Society for Neuroscience with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and a coalition of more than 1,200 science, advocacy and other health organizations that share an interest in elevating public awareness of brain and nervous system research. To find out more about other Brain Awareness Week events around the country, visit www.sfn.org/BAW/.

For more information about the UI lecture and poster session, contact Jon Andresen, student in the UI Neuroscience Graduate Program, at 335-7685. For more information about neuroscience at the UI visit the Web site www.uiowa.edu/~interdis/.

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