Cravings for rewards such as drugs or junk foods can quickly become maladaptive and compulsive, key characteristics of addiction. But what exactly is happening in the brain in the addicted state, and can we control it?
Novella will discuss how old blood can be made young again focusing on approaches for blood stem cells rejuvenation.
Art and science are natural companions. Both are a means of investigation and discovery. Both involve ideas, theories, and hypotheses that we test in places where mind and hand come together—the laboratory and studio. Artists, like scientists, study—materials, people, culture, history, religion, mythology— and learn to transform information into something else.
Dr. Chris Davidson will provide an evolutionary perspective of one of the most critical public health issues in modern society: obesity.
Dr. Laura Corrales-Diaz Pomatto will discuss her research on sexual dimorphism and stress response. Spoiler alert: you'll learn how she switches the sex of fruit flies.
Dr. Alexandra Ycaza Herrera will discuss her research on how hormones affect women's stress response.
Dr. Prithvi Chellamuthu will discuss ways in which modern chemistry has improved our quality of life at the cost of environmental toxicities.
Dr. Jean Alupay will discuss her research on muscular hydrostats found in octopuses.
Dr. Yi-Pei Chen will tell us all about our parasites.
Dr. Timotei Centea is a materials engineer at USC, and will give a discussion on composite materials.