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Third Annual Nornes Neuroscience Lectureship


DR. KRYS STRAND, Director, Neuroscience Program
Associate Professor, Biology

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AMY KELLY, College Communication and Media Relations director

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The Neuroscience program at Concordia announces the 2018 Nornes Lectureship in Neuroscience featuring Dr. Marlene Behrmann speaking about her research. The lecture, “A Broader Vision of Object Recognition: Beyond the Cortex,” will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center, with a dessert reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Behrmann, professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, is a pioneer and leader in the field of visual cognitive neuroscience, in 2015 she became the first female scientist at Carnegie Mellon to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences. An expert in using functional imaging to elucidate the neural correlates of face recognition, word recognition, autism, dyslexia, and neurorehabilitation, Behrmann has published extensively and her work is often read and heard in science media outlets such as Science Daily, The New York Times, and CNN.

The Nornes Lectureship in Neuroscience was the vision of Dr. Howard. O. Nornes for the benefit Concordia students and faculty, and to the broader community. Nornes obtained a doctorate in neuroscience from Purdue University and did postdoctoral research at the University of Lund, Sweden, and the Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany. He is professor emeritus of neuroscience at Colorado State University and continues to teach courses in neuroplasticity of the adult brain. His major research interest was the development and regeneration of the nervous system.

The Lectureship was created through generous gifts from the Howard ’53 and Sonia (Nelsen) ’58, and the LaVern ’54 and Lois (Austin) ’56 Nornes families.