HiveBio Students Get a Hands-On Lesson in Neurobiology

Bergen highlights various regions of the brain

This afternoon eight members of the community participated in HiveBio’s first run of the Sheep Brain Dissection class. Co-Founder Bergen McMurray led the class through a description of the different regions of the brain and explained how the different cell types connect and function within this amazingly complex system.

Eight members of the community are ready to get their hands dirty to learn about neurobiology

Bergen explains which areas of the brain are responsible for locomotion, sensory perception, speech, learning, emotions, and why the connection between right and left brain is so important. She also discusses how neurobiology is studied and how neurological diseases were discovered and treated.

Peeling away the outer membrane

The class was routinely encouraged to comment and ask questions. Several discussions focused on oxytocin, the “happiness” chemical in the brain, and the evolution of sexually dimorphic nuclei in the hypothalamus, and how research on this interesting but controversial topic may progress.

HiveBio would like to thank all of our students today for participating in the sheep brain dissection class and contributing to our discussion. See you next time in the lab!

Introduction to Microscopy with Dr. Cortney Bouldin

On Saturday January 25 at 1pm Cort Bouldin, Ph.D. will lead a workshop on the basics of microscopy and imaging. Get a view of the microscopic world of developmental biology, and learn how to capture and manage microscopy images using the NIH’s free image processing software, ImageJ.

Saturday January 25 @ 1pm
Introduction to Microscopy
Dr. Cortney Bouldin

Dr. Bouldin is a developmental biologist who uses zebrafish to study how humans develop. In this workshop he will share samples of his work, giving students a chance to learn about developmental biology, as well as instruct students on how to view specimens via a light microscope. Dr. Bouldin will share his research, as well demonstrate how time lapse photography can be used in research.

Zebrafish2In this class we will be using the cell phone microscopes that have been built in previous workshops. If you have one you want to bring, that’s great (or sign up for the next workshop on January 11th). Otherwise, we will provide microscopes for students.

Register at this link for Introduction to Microscopy