Krasnow Symposium June 19-24 George Mason University

Submitted by James L. Olds on Wednesday, 2/23/2011, at 3:07 PM

For those alumni who have an interest in the areas at the intersection of policy, neuroscience, complexity and modeling, you're invited to attend this year's Krasnow Symposium.

George Mason's conference center is approximately 12 miles from the US Capitol Building in Fairfax Virginia


Jim Olds '78

In the Lab

Fighting Obesity by Studying the Brain

Janurary 25, 2011

Obesity is an epidemic that ravages individuals and weighs upon society as well. At Amherst College, John-Paul Baird, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, has spent the last year eight years exploring neural networks and brain chemicals that impact eating behavior. These chemicals, called neuropeptides, influence feelings of hunger and fullness, or satiety. Professor Baird's lab is working to characterize how some of these neuropeptides function in certain areas of the brain to influence food intake. The longer-term goal of basic research such as this is to identify potential therapeutic compounds that could contribute to the treatment of obesity and other eating- and metabolic-related disorders.

Lisa Raskin, John William Ward Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Human behavior


When she was hired at Amherst in 1979, Lisa Raskin was just 25—one of the youngest faculty members in the college’s history.

Work in Progress

Amherst College Psychology Professor J.P. Baird Awarded Three-Year, $237,000 NIH Grant

Submitted by Holly R. Saltrelli
February 28, 2008 Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417