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Moravian to hold Undergraduate Research Conferences in Neuroscience and Psychology

Bethlehem, Pa., March 26, 2010—Moravian College will hold its first annual Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience (LVSfN) Conference in conjunction with the 25th annual LVAIC Undergraduate Psychology Conference on Saturday, April 17. The combined undergraduate research conferences will be held in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex and Haupert Union Building at the College’s Main Street Campus in Bethlehem, Pa. A $15 registration fee will be collected onsite the day of the conference, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the PPHAC Atrium.

Throughout the day, undergraduate students from Lehigh Valley area colleges will give oral and poster presentations of their research projects in neuroscience, psychology, and related philosophy. At 12:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, keynote speaker Nora S. Newcombe, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert on cognitive development, will present “Women Hate Maps, Men Won’t Ask Directions: Fact or Myth?” Newcombe is a professor of psychology at Temple University and principal investigator of the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center headquartered at Temple. She was educated at Antioch College, where she graduated with a major in psychology, and at Harvard University, where she received her Ph.D. in psychology and social relations.

At 4:00 p.m. in the UBC room of the Haupert Union Building, neuroscience keynote speaker Alyssa M. Picchini, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow with the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, will present “Neurogenesis in the Adult Hippocampus: Modulation of Stem Cell Fate by Experience.” Picchini holds a B.S. in neuroscience from Lafayette College, and M.A. and Ph.D. in pharmacology from Columbia University.

For questions regarding the neuroscience conference, please contact Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, director of the neuroscience program at Moravian College, and LVSfN president, at cfox@moravian.edu. For questions regarding the psychology conference, please contact Sarah K. Johnson, assistant professor of psychology at Moravian College, at skjohnson@moravian.edu.

LVSfN is a local affiliate of the National Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, the largest professional organization committed to the discipline of neuroscience worldwide. The Lehigh Valley SFN Chapter is composed primarily of neuroscience faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, clinicians and interested members of the public.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.