Neuroscience Program


Maggie Acosta ’16 Presents Birthing Research at Development Conference

Senior Maggie Acosta applied to present her findings on reproduction in northern India at the International Development Conference held outside of Toronto in early February. Her submission was accepted, and she gave a talk at the event, which is geared toward students, academics and professionals engaged in international development and aid work.


Nine New Courses Offered This Semester

The following is a complete list of new Bowdoin classes as they are described in the course catalog, plus comment from the faculty teaching the course. (NOTE: Some courses are labeled ESD or VPA. These refer to Exploring Social Differences and Visual and Performing Arts, which are two of the five distribution requirements mandated by […]

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Neuroscientist Erika Nyhus Studies Memory, With Hope of Improving It One Day

Encouragingly, neuroscientists like Bowdoin’s Erika Nyhus are making headway in understanding how memory works — how our brains make, retain and retrieve memories. The work Nyhus is doing in her lab in the basement of Kanbar Hall could even one day lead to better diagnoses and treatments for people with disordered memories.

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Making Waves: Erika Nyhus’ Lab Explores Memory and Attention

This summer, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology Erika Nyhus is working with four student researchers — Kylie Moore ’16, Helen Wieffering ’16, Jacob MacDonald ’16, and Andrew Engel ’16 — exploring memory, attention and the human brain.

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A Year of Faculty Grants, Fellowships and Honors

Over the past year, Bowdoin faculty from every corner of campus received grants and fellowships to support new and ongoing research projects. Others were honored for their work.

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Bowdoin’s Gibbons Fellows Get Technical

Several students this summer have a unique opportunity from Bowdoin to find creative technical answers to academic questions. They are part of the Gibbons Summer Research Program, established by John Gibbons ’64, which enables students to work one-on-one with professors to apply technology to aspects of faculty research or work..

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Round-Up: Fellowships, Scholarships Take Students Far Into Studies

This year, many Bowdoin seniors and alumni were awarded some of the country’s most prestigious national fellowships and grants, helping them launch careers in academia, public service, medicine and more.

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Brain Waves, Phobias, and Bacterial Sugars: Bowdoin Research in Human Health

Professors and students at Bowdoin are probing an array of topics with implications for human health, from understanding Alzheimer’s and treating anxiety to developing therapeutics that combat dangerous bacteria.


Bowdoin Professors Win Honors and Grants

Bowdoin faculty members across the sciences and humanities continue to garner awards for their work – including research grants, scholarly accolades, and fellowships abroad – from institutions such as the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.

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The Important Implications of One Cricket Gene

Ben Ewen-Campbell, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School, spoke recently at Bowdoin about stem cell genes in germ cells and in brains.

“Investigation of UV Reflectance Patterns off the Scales of Carrasius auratus as an Important Factor for Female Mate Choice,” by Varun Wadia '15 and mentors Richmond Thompson and Madeleine Msall (photo by Catherine Yochum ’15)

Elgin Encourages Young Scientists at Annual President’s Science Symposium

As keynote speaker for the 2014 President’s Science Symposium, biologist Sarah Elgin offered an inspiring example for the 100-plus Bowdoin research students in the audience, who then presented the fruits of their own research labors through speeches and a poster session.

Bowdoin's Dube lab investigates disease-causing bacteria and develops therapeutics. From left: Sunnie Kuna ’14, Emily Clark ’15, Danielle Dube, Ian Kline ’15, Hallie Carol ’14, Van Tra ’13, and Jen Helble ’14

Insider Views of Science Research at Bowdoin

In the most recent issue of Bowdoin Magazine, “Bring on the Science” offers a taste of what it means to do science research at Bowdoin. Here, students and recent graduates give us the inside scoop.


Students Pursue Business Training in Diverse Fields

Eight students this summer received grants from the Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internships Fund to learn about the business world. We managed to catch up with two: Christa Villari ’15, who is interning for a neuromarketing firm in Boston, and Katherine Gracey ’16, who is with Christie’s in Hong Kong.


Bring on the Science (Bowdoin Magazine)

Grab your lab coat and goggles. At Bowdoin, scientific research has a central place in the liberal arts.


Dennett on Free Will and Moral Responsibility

In a recent lecture at Bowdoin, philosopher Daniel Dennett of Tufts University argued that although free will is constrained by biological boundaries, humans should still be held accountable for their actions.

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Panel Advises Aspiring Scientists on Finding Career Paths

Six professors and alumni held a panel conversation for students titled “What can I do with a degree in science?” in the Main Lounge of Moulton Union.

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A Bridge to Knowledge: Bowdoin’s First-Year Seminars

While many colleges offer similar first-year programs, Bowdoin’s program is somewhat unique because it teaches the skills of critical reading and persuasive writing through the lens of different disciplines.

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Building Brains, One Policy at a Time

Dr. Pat Levitt of the University of Southern California gave an Oct. 4 lecture “Toxic Stress and its Impact on Early Learning and Health,” explaining that our brains’ stories are shaped not only by our genes, but also by our early childhood experiences.


Three Bowdoin Seniors Receive Fulbright Research Grants

Three Bowdoin seniors, Kacey Berry, Jacob Blum and Emma Cutler, have received Fulbright Fellowships to support their research next year in Germany, Italy and Sri Lanka, respectively.

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Carlon Named Director of Bowdoin Marine Lab

David Carlon of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa has been named Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Bowdoin College Marine Laboratory, a newly endowed position at the college.