BBI Virtual Seminar Series


In 2020-2021, BBI has asked its latest seed grant award teams to select and invite an esteemed scholar from their research fields. The talks take place Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.


Past talks

December 8, 2020 – "Decoding the Neural Architecture of Speech Comprehension" with Dr. Laura Gwilliams


October 27, 2020 – "Whole-brain Imaging in Behaving Nematodes" with Dr. Aravinthan Samuel


October 6, 2020 – "Antibody Targeting of the Healthy and Pathologically Disrupted Blood-Brain Barrier" with Dr. Eric Shusta


QED Talks


In the spring and summer of 2020, the Brain and Behavior Initiative hosted a virtual seminar series: BBI QED (Quarantine EDucation) Talks, a "TED"-style seminar series for scholars and non-experts alike. The QED Talks were designed to bring us together during a time when we were separated physically: a series of short, topically-diverse presentations followed by a Q&A, the QED Talks intended to educate through inquiry and endeavor to apply research about the brain and its behavioral outputs to your everyday life.


Monday, July 13, 2020 – Cultural and Institutional Factors Affecting COVID-19 Growth and Death Rates

On July 13, Professor Michele Gelfand (University of Maryland) discussed the implications of the cultural factors that affect COVID-19 responses. Dr. Gelfand's work on "tight" and "loose" cultures was featured on NPR's Hidden Brain podcast earlier this year.


Monday, June 29, 2020 – SARS-CoV-2 Therapeutics: Getting from the Bench to the Bedside

On June 29, Dr. Matthew Frieman (University of Maryland School of Medicine) discussed his latest research around therapeutic interventions for the novel coronavirus. Dr. Frieman is the recent recipient of a DARPA grant for COVID research in collaboration with the Wyss Institute at Harvard University.


Monday, June 15, 2020 – Panic! at the Costco: Unmasking COVID-19 Fear and Anxiety


On June 15, BBI welcomed Associate Professor Seth Norrholm (Wayne State University School of Medicine) to discuss the fear and anxiety surrounding COVID-19.


Monday, June 1, 2020 – COVID Brainstorms: The Neurological Complications of the Novel Coronavirus


On June 1, 2020, BBI welcomes Elizabeth Rutkowski, M.D. (Augusta U) to discuss the different neurological complications of COVID-19. You can find Dr. Rutkowski's recent work on the virus and stroke in Translational Stroke Research.


Monday, May 11, 2020 – The Enduring Influence of Infant Temperament Across Development

"The Enduring Influence of Infant Temperament Across Development" features Distinguished University Professor Nathan Fox. Please see Prof. Fox's recent publication about this topic in PNAS for a preview of his talk.


Monday, May 4, 2020 — This Is Your Brain on Green Buildings

In "This Is Your Brain on Green Buildings," Assoc. Prof. Edward Bernat and Asst. Prof. Ming Hu discuss their collaborative research, which uses electroencephalography and virtual reality to assess the human brain's responses to green architecture, seeking to quantify the “soft” benefits of building design in order to intervene in the pre-build stage.


Monday, April 27, 2020 – Parenting Through a Pandemic

Our first event is "Parenting Through a Pandemic" with Prof. Andrea Chronis-Tuscano and the Chelsea School in Hyattsville, MD. Please see Prof. Chronis-Tuscano's recent piece in Maryland Today for a preview of her talk.