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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hail to the chief

Monica Moll, the University's new director of public safety and chief of police, is sworn in this morning by Judge Mark Reddin of Bowling Green. Attending the ceremony were Bowling Green Mayor John Quinn and representatives from local law enforcement agencies along with BGSU community members. Moll comes to campus from Kent State University.

Brain patterns topic
of lecture

Dr. György Buzsáki

Do you ever have a song that gets stuck in your head, or a series of thoughts or memories that seem to keep playing over and over in your mind, like a broken record? These out-of-control mental patterns are thought to be due to learned activity patterns in sets (assemblies) of neurons.

György Buzsáki, M.D., Ph.D., will discuss his research into why this occurs and its implications for other brain functions as the next speaker in the annual J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience lecture series. His talk, "Brain Rhythms and Cell Assembly Sequences in the Service of Cognition," will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 1) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater, preceded by a 6 p.m. reception.

Buzsáki is the Board of Governors Professor of neuroscience at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University.

The first time you ever heard the "Rubber Ducky" song, or the Pledge of Allegiance, it activated a set of neurons in your brain that served as a code for that input. When these sets of active neurons fire together during the song or pledge, or whatever occasion, they develop strong interconnections with one another. These connections become so strong that the neural firing pattern can happen over and over again, even in the absence of the original song, or other event.

Dr. Buzsáki is a contemporary neuroscientist who has provided tremendous empirical work and theoretical insight to advance our understanding of how these assemblies actually work, said Dr. Verner Bingman, Distinguished Research Professor of psychology. Buzsáki has helped to reveal where in the brain these assemblies exist, and is one of the foremost leaders in our efforts to understand just how the assemblies work to provide conscious memory, thought and reasoning.





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BGSU goes red

The University will recognize World AIDS Day tomorrow with campus activities beginning with a free World AIDS Day Carnival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 202B Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Also during that time, free, confidential HIV testing will take place in the Union, provided by the COMPASS/SASI Corp. and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. Stop by the carnival for the testing location.

The Student Wellness Network and other collaborating student organizations, along with the Center of Excellence for Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and AIDS Resource Center Ohio, are the co-sponsors for the carnival.

At noon, the Women's Center will host "World AIDS Day: Closer to Home" in 108A Hanna Hall with a presentation of global statistics as well as a panel of persons living with HIV. Finally, at 8 p.m., the Student Wellness Network will be sponsoring "BGSU Goes Red: A Panel Discussion on HIV/AIDS" in 101A Olscamp Hall.

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November 30, 2010