Neuroscience News

Birdsong Could Offer Clues to Human Speech Disorders

Thursday, March 17, 2016
UA researcher Julie Miller believes birds can help us understand the genetics behind language problems associated with Parkinson's disease. Speech problems accompany several common neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, although the cause of these problems is not well-studied. Julie Miller, an assistant professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, has focused her attention on zebra finches for research into speech and language disorders, particularly those associated with Parkinson's.

Alan Nighorn receives University Distinguished Professor Award

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The University Distinguished Professor Award was created to recognize faculty who have a long-term commitment to undergraduate education and have made outstanding contributions at The University of Arizona. Alan has made a difference in students' lives through personal commitment and mentoring a broad range of undergraduate students.

Lynne Oland receives Copernicus Award

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The Copernicus Award is one of the highest honors the College of Science can bestow on its non-tenure eligible faculty, appointed personnel or classified staff. Lynne's extraordinary accomplishments significantly advance the mission of their department and the knowledge base of their discipline.

Evidence of Ancient Brains

Monday, November 9, 2015
A fossil creature buried in an "invertebrate version of Pompeii" more than half a billion years ago reveals an exquisitely fossilized brain. "This is the oldest preserved brain of any kind," said Nicholas Strausfeld, a Regents' Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona's Department of Neuroscience, who identified the brain as typifying that of a modern mandibulate arthropod, thus virtually unchanged for at least 520 million years. Neuropaleontology is now an important part of research on brain evolution.

John Hildebrand Elected Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Dr. John G. Hildebrand, Regents' Professor of Neuroscience, has been elected to serve in the position of Foreign Secretary for the National Academy of Sciences.  During his four year term, Dr. Hildebrand will be one of the governing officers of the Academy and will have responsibility for international activities and building and maintaining ties with sciences academies across the globe.  Congratulations to John on a well-deserved appointment!    

Neuro-Imaging Fossils Reveals Evolutionary Relationships

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
CNN talks with Regents' Professor Nicholas J. Strausfeld about ground-breaking work to reveal the nervous system structures of 500 million year old fossils.  This work shows both early evolutionary differences among arthropods and suggests evolutional links between spiders and crustaceans.  Read the CNN article and the full findings as published in the October 17th issue of Nature.  

Neuroscience From Bugs to Bots

Saturday, June 1, 2013
A University of Arizona researcher studies the brains of dragonflies in his drive to design and build smarter robots.

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