Wednesday Night Lectures

All Wednesday night lectures are held in the Speck Auditorium at 8:00 PM Eastern followed by a wine and cheese reception right outside the building.


June 7, 2017
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência
Nonapeptide Regulation of social Behaviour: Lessons from Fish
Watch Dr. Oliveira’s lecture here.
June 14, 2017
 A Neural Circuit Approach to Psychiatric Disease Models
 Watch Dr. Gordon’s lecture here.


June 21, 2017
UC Berkeley
Itchy and Scratchy: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Acute and Chronic Itch
 Watch Dr. Bautista’s lecture here.
June 28, 2017
Cynthia Moss
Johns Hopkins University
3D Space Representation in Echolocating Bats
Watch Dr. Moss’ lecture here.


July 5, 2017
Exploring Rodent Decision Circuits to Gain Insight into the Features and Bugs of Human Decision-Making
Watch Dr. Churchland’s lecture here.
July 12, 2017 Nicholls Lecture
Princeton University
Neural Mechanisms for Dynamic Acoustic Communication in Flies
July 19, 2017 Konishi Lecture
Rockefeller University
Dissecting the Molecular Mechanisms of Vocal Learning and Spoken Language
Watch Dr. Jarvis’ lecture here.
July 26, 2017
Columbia University
How do Neural Circuits Evolve?
Watch Dr. Kelley’s lecture here.

The 2016 Wednesday Night Lecture Schedule:

June 15
Michael Long
New York University
How does the Brain Generate Behavioral Sequences?

Watch Dr. Long’s lecture here.

June 22
Sarah London
The University of Chicago
Measuring and Manipulating the Dynamic Genome to Understand Brain Function and Behavior

Watch Dr. London’s lecture here.

June 29
Villu Maricq 
University of Utah
How Motors Deliver and Remove the Machinery of Memory

July 6
Adrienne Fairhall
University of Washington
Variability and Synchrony in Birdsong Learning

Watch Dr. Fairhall’s lecture here.

July 13 Nicholls Lecture
Carol Barnes
University of Arizona
Impact of Aging on Circuits Critical for Normal Memory Function

July 20
Todd Sacktor
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
PKMzeta, LTP, and Memory
Watch Dr. Sacktor’s lecture here.

July 27 Konishi Lecture
Gilles Laurent 
Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
On the Brain of Sleeping Dragons
Watch Dr. Laurent’s lecture here.

The 2015 Wednesday Night Lecture Schedule:
June 10
Benedict Carey
Science Writer
 Drunk Fruit Flies and Grandiose Irritability: Finding the Science in the Story

June 17
Bettina Osborn
A Bird’s Eye View of an Evolving NIMH Grant Portfolio in Learning and Memory
Watch Dr. Osborn’s lecture here.

June 24 Konishi Lecture
Margaret McCarthy
University of Maryland Medical School
 Surprising Origins of Sex Differences in the Brain
Watch Dr. McCarthy’s lecture here. Be sure to check her “History of Neuroethology” rhyme beginning at 6 min 32 sec.

July 1
Sarah Woolley
McGill University
Generation and Perception of Vocal Variability
Watch Dr. Woolley’s lecture here.

July 8
Michael Markham
University of Oklahoma
Energetics of an Active Sensory and Communication Signal: Organismal, Cellular, and Molecular Perspectives
Watch Dr. Markham’s lecture here.

July 15  Nicholls Lecture 
Allison Barth
Carnegie Mellon University
Dynamic Connectivity Mediated through Presynaptic Silencing in Pyramidal Cell Networks
Watch Dr. Barth’s lecture here.

July 22 Forbes Lecture
William Catterall
University of Washington
Calcium Channel Regulation and Short-Term Synaptic Plasticity
Watch Dr. Catterall’s lecture here.

July 29
Nachum Ulanovsky
Weizmann Institute
Neural Codes for 2-D and 3-D Space in the Hippocampal Formation of Bats
Watch Dr. Ulanovsky’s lecture here.



Jeff Lichtman (Harvard)  A Connectomic Approach to Neural Systems & Behavior 07/31/14

Michael Nitabach (Yale University)  Neural Circuits Controlling Innate Behavior 07/08/14

Rafael Yuste (Columbia University)  The Brain Activity Map: Imaging and Manipulating Entire Neural Circuits 07/02/14

Stephanie White (UCLA)  Of Speech and Song: Molecular Microcircuits for Learned 06/24/14

Edward Kravitz (Harvard)  A New Department, a New Transmitter Compound, a War and a Movement or How I Spent the 60s and Early 70s 06/23/14