THE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR WOMEN IN STEM AT BAY PATH UNIVERSITY
IS PROUD TO WELCOME DR. KELLY LAMBERT
WOMEN IN STEM SPEAKER SERIES:
“THE NEUROBIOLOGYOF REAL LIFE: LESSONS FROM RATS, BRAINS AND NEVER-ENDING UNCERTAINTIES”
APRIL 20, 2016 4:00 PM MILLS THEATRE
BAY PATH UNIVERSITY LONGMEADOW CAMPUS
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Beliefs about parenting are shaped by experience, the media, and traditional roles. But what if scientific evidence lead us to think differently about the roles of nurturing and parenting in mothers and fathers? Perhaps the lines between the sexes in relation to child-rearing are not really that distinctive. Dr. Kelly Lambert’s ground-breaking research on parenting with female and male rodents has shown that female rats, after giving birth, become better foragers, sharper, and more courageous. Lambert’s research goes even further and answers the question: what about the dads? Her results may surprise you, and shake your notions of nature versus nurture. Lambert will speak to her laboratory and field projects, as well as more recent “green brain” research focusing on differences between natural and artificial habitats in rats, wild raccoons and semi-natural populations of Java macaques. Woven into her talk will be her own STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) journey, as a woman achieving remarkable success in her chosen profession.
Dr. Kelly Lambert is the Macon and Joan Brock Professor and Chair of Psychology at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where she teaches psychology and neuroscience courses and runs a behavioral neuroscience laboratory. She and her students investigate the behavior-induced neuroplasticity of the mammalian brain and how real-life experience alters behavioral and neurobiological responses, including the effect of chronic stress on behavioral and neurobiological systems, neurobiological mechanisms related to coping and resilience, and the effect of maternal and paternal experience on behavioral and neurobiological systems. Dr. Lambert was president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society from 2009- 2011, and has published research articles in journals such as Nature, Scientific American, and Behavioral Neuroscience. She was 2008 Virginia Professor of the Year and, in 2001, received the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.
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