MBB Junior Symposium 2013: New Methods in Brain Science: Optogenetics, the Connectome, and Functional Imaging 2.0


Sunday, September 22, 2013, 9:45am to 1:45pm


William James Hall 1 (basement lecture hall)

Please note: This event is not open to the public.

The MBB junior symposium features talks by and discussions with a variety of scholars on an interdisciplinary theme in mind/brain/behavior. The symposium will include speaker presentations and a lunch/discussion with speakers and MBB faculty. The talks are open to all MBB undergraduates and faculty, and the full symposium activities are open to MBB juniors and to those MBB seniors who did not attend the 2012 symposium. Participation is required of students pursuing the Certificate in MBB (students in honors MBB tracks) and is also open and recommended to students pursuing or considering a secondary field in MBB.


Juniors and seniors who are completing the symposium requirement - and thus who will be attending the entire symposium - should pre-register by emailing Shawn Harriman at shawn_harriman@harvard.edu. Please include your name, year, MBB affiliation (track or secondary field), and concentration. You will receive a confirmation email with background readings for the symposium. Please pre-register by Wednesday, September 18th.


9:45 a.m. - Registration (outside William James Hall 1)
10:00 - Welcome and Introduction, Prof. Robert Stickgold
10:15 - Optogenetics, Prof. Edward Boyden
11:05 - Connectome, Prof. Jeff Lichtman
12:00 p.m. - Functional Imaging 2.0, Prof. Joshua Greene
12:45  - Lunch and Discussion
1:45 - Conclusion


Ed Boyden
Benesse Career Development Professor, Associate Professor at Media Lab, Joint Professor in Biological Engineering and in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Jeff Lichtman
Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences (Harvard University)

Joshua Greene
John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences (Harvard University)


Joshua Greene, John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences (Harvard University)

Carole Hooven, Lecturer on Human Evolutionary Biology (Harvard University)

Edward Kravitz, George Packer Berry Professor of Neurobiology (Harvard Medical School)

Robert Stickgold, Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Harvard Medical School)