Adam Prus (Psychology) and students Todd Hillhouse, Zachary Shankland, Lawrence Carey and Ashley Schmeling presented at the 2011 National Society for Neuroscience Conference in Washington D.C. Prus, Shankland, Carey and Schmeling spoke on “Effects of atypical antipsychotic drugs on differential reinforcement of low rate 72s performance in rats,” a finding from their research being done at NMU that although generally not considered treatments for depression, some atypical antipsychotic drugs (e.g., quetiapine) produce improvements in mood and related negative symptoms in schizophrenia, and that atypical antipsychotic drugs may augment antidepressant drug effects in treatment resistant depression. Prus, Hillhouse and Schmeling presented “The effects of the Neurotensin Receptor-1 Agonist PD149163 on signal detection performance in rats,” which discussed brain penetrant agonists of neurotensin NT1 receptors exhibiting atypical antipsychotic drug-like effects in animals models, including reversal of psychotomimetic-induced sensory gating deficits, but which have yet to be thoroughly evaluated in animal cognitive models. The presentation sought to evaluate the effects of the NT1 receptor agonist PD149163 on attention using a visual signal detection operant task in rats, finding it did not significantly alter the percentage of signals detected nor alter the percentage of non-signals correctly identified. The conference is the largest gathering of neuroscientists in the world with more than 30,000 attendees. Five other NMU students who have assisted with the research attended but did not present: Bree Ebrecht, Mellissa Esser, Aaron Kalbfleisch, Katelin Matazel and Kris Rusch.
Kia Jane Richmond (English) presented "Connecting Experiences: Words and Images" on a Nov. 19 panel titled "Writing Our Inquiry" at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in Chicago. She also attended the NCTE affiliate breakfast, where she accepted an Affiliate Website Award on behalf of the Michigan Council of Teachers of English. Richmond currently serves as past president of MCTE.
Robert Whalen (English) unveiled his forthcoming annotated edition of George Herbert's poems, The Digital Temple, at an international meeting of the George Herbert Society in Powys, Wales. The new resource, co-edited by
Whalen and Christopher Hodgkins of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and funded by the National
Endowment for the Humanities, will be published by University of Virginia Press next year. Whalen also accepted an invitation to lead a one-day seminar on digital editing at Trinity College, University of Dublin, which he did following his presentation in Powys.
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