Assumption Faculty Discuss Neuroscience Research
Assumption College Psychology Professor Sarah Cavanagh, Ph.D., and Biology Professor Michele Lemons, Ph.D., recently appeared on Higher Education Today to discuss the field of neuroscience and the College’s neuroscience program. During the 30-minute program, they discussed how the human nervous processes complex emotions such as love and fear; how the brain can be studied via magnetic resonance imaging; how aspects of the field rely upon, and have implications for, a number of diverse disciplines; and the wider impact neurological studies can have on society.
The pair also talked about the unique benefits of Assumption’s neuroscience program, highlighting how the College is able to utilize the rich, collaborative and internship opportunities Worcester provides and combine them with Assumption’s small class sizes and close mentoring between students and faculty.
“You get the personal touch, but also the big resources,” noted Cavanagh.
The professors also discussed the important student neuroscience research performed at Assumption—which has been presented at national conferences—and how it benefits the field.
Assumption’s neuroscience concentration allows students to pursue their interest in the field via a biology major with a concentration in neuroscience, or a psychology major with a concentration in “brain, behavior and cognition.” Although a relatively new program, the concentration is increasingly popular and has already developed a reputation for success: two recent biology major/neuroscience concentration students, Zachary DeLoughery ’12 and Devyn Oliver ’14, were recently accepted to neurobiology graduate programs at Brown University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, respectively.
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College