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Dr. Jaak Panksepp

Dr. Jaak Panksepp



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Famed neuroscientist Dr. Jaak Panksepp, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, will return to BGSU this month for a symposium in his honor. The University will host a “Festschrift”—a German term for a gathering of scientists to celebrate the career of another scientist—from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22 in 101B Olscamp Hall.

Now the Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science and a professor of veterinary and comparative anatomy, pharmacy and physiology at Washington State University, Panksepp spent most of his career at BGSU. He is known worldwide for his groundbreaking work into affective neuroscience, the neural bases of emotion. He played crucial part in developing the field of study, and his landmark book, Affective Neuroscience, on the foundation of animal and human emotions, is studied by neuroscientists around the world.

His work, particularly his discovery that rats engage in laughter, has been widely covered in the popular media. While he was on the faculty at BGSU, the campus was visited by such media outlets as People magazine, the British Broadcasting Company and the Discovery Channel. In 2008, a crew from CBS news came for a story on the ongoing research of Dr. Howard (Casey) Cromwell, psychology, who is following up on some of the work begun by Panksepp.

Participating in the Festschrift will be BGSU faculty, Panksepp’s son Jules (a postdoctoral student at Oregon Health Sciences University) and neuroscientists from Europe and the U.S. whose work has been influenced by Panksepp’s ideas.


 
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May 17, 2010

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