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The Food Network: How your brain makes you feel hungry and full

Thu, February 25th, 2021
4:15 pm
- 5:30 pm

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The Food Network: How your brain makes you feel hungry and full

Matt Carter, Associate Professor of Biology, will present the first of six talks in the 2021 Faculty Lecture Series. Carter received his B.A. in Biology from Whitman College in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University in 2010. Carter’s research interests are in Neuroscience; for instance to ensure that an animal obtains an optimal amount of sleep, food, and water, the brain must sense the internal and external environment and influence behavior by producing sensations we describe as “tired/awake,” “hungry/full,” and “thirsty/quenched.”  The ultimate goal of his lab is to elucidate the neural basis of these homeostatic systems. Which neural populations and neural networks in the brain play an important role in maintaining homeostasis, and how does their activity affect animal physiology and behavior? Carter is currently a part of the Neuroscience Committee. 

This talk is presented as part of the spring 2021 Faculty Lecture Series. The series was founded in 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt, the spouse of a faculty member who wanted to “relieve the tedium of long New England winters with an opportunity to hear Williams professors talk about issues that really mattered to them.” From these humble and lighthearted beginnings, the Faculty Lecture Series has grown to become an important forum for tenured professors to share their latest research with the larger intellectual community of the college.

The Faculty Lecture Series is organized by the faculty members of the Lecture Committee. The aim of the series is to present big ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries. The lectures will be offered on February 25, March 4, 11, 25 and April 1, all beginning at 4:15 p.m.  The lectures are free and open to the public.

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