Seminars by distinguished scientists are an important component of the graduate curriculum. There is a wide range of seminars for students in the Neuroscience Graduate Group to attend, from our formal Perspectives in Neuroscience Series to frequent faculty recruitment talks. It is not unusual for students to choose from over 5 seminars in a typical week during the academic year. Our students are encouraged to attend as many seminars as possible, as they play a large role in broadening their general neuroscience knowledge.

Perspectives in Neuroscience Series

The Perspectives in Neuroscience Series is the official formal seminar series at the Center for Neuroscience. For this Seminar Series, the faculty host a Pre-Perspectives Discussion of the general issues related to the month¹s seminar topic, usually a relatively informal discussion the night before the seminar. Our graduate students and post-docs meet all the speakers in the Perspectives Series at a catered lunch hour and an informal meeting following the seminar. The flyer is available here.

2015-16 List of Speakers 

September 24 - Mark D'Esposito, UC Berkeley

October 22 - Jinny Kim, Korea Institute of Science (KIST)

November 5 - Brad Postle, University of Wisconsin

December 3 - Elizabeth Buffalo, University of Washington

December 10 - Scott Murray, University of Washington (CNS Alumni Lecture)

January 14 - Viviana Gradinaru, California Institute of Technology

January 21 - Coleen Murphy, Princeton University

February 4 - Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, UC San Francisco

February 11 - Mayank Mehta, UCLA

March 8 - Huda Akil, University of Michigan (Ted Jones History of Neuroscience Lecture)

April 7 - Josh Gordon, Columbia University

May 5 - John Morrison, UC Davis Primate Research Center

May 12 - Paul Frankland, The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids)

May 19 - Lu Chen, Stanford University

June 2 - Indira Raman, Northwestern University


In addition to seminars from speakers outside UC Davis, we also have a seminar series for labs within the Neuroscience Graduate Group, called NeuroLunch. Each month, the members of a single laboratory present their recent research results to the Graduate Group. Neurolunch seminars are held on the last Tuesday of each month. Lunch is provided by the Center for Neursocience at 11:30 a.m. and the presentations start promptly at noon.

2015-16 List of Lab Presentations

October 29 - Johannes Hell

November 19 - TBD

January 28 - Gene Gurkoff

February 25 - John Gray

April 28 - Alex Nord

May 26 - Mitch Sutter

Student Organized Seminar Series

The Neuroscience Student Organized Seminar Series is a symposium in which graduate students nominate, invite, and host neuroscientists whose work they admire. Traditionally, three to four speakers are hosted each academic year representing multiple areas of neuroscience research. The goal of this seminar series is to promote interactions between graduate students and invited speakers. As such, the invited speakers spend much of their social time with graduate students. The graduate students are responsible for arranging all aspects of the speakers' visits.

For the 2015-16 seminar series, the student organizers are Abby Laman-Maharg, Katy Pannoni, and Amber Schedlbauer. Support for the series has been provided by the Center for Neuroscience, the Vision Science Training Grant, and the Center for Mind and Brain.

The invited speakers for the 2015-16 academic year

January 27 - Ben Barres, Stanford University

April 27 - Denise Head, Washington University

Reception 3:30 PM in CNS 113 / Seminar 4:00 PM in CNS 113 / Dinner 6:00 PM TBD